Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – April 22, 2010

A man has been charged with driving drunk and hitting the car of a retired Maryland judge who once spared him jail time in previous drunk driving case. The suspect hit a car being driven by retired Montgomery County District Judge Edwin Collier, who was injured in the crash.  Collier presided over a case in 1998 in which police charged the man with drunk driving after an officer saw his car idling in a parking lot and gave him a sobriety test. He pleaded guilty in that case, and Collier spared him jail time, even though the man had been arrested on drunk driving charges twice in three months.  ***MARLAR: I just love poetic justice, don’t you?

A Collier County deputy was reprimanded after shocking a colleague with a Taser in an incident meant to be a joke. The December scene was caught on tape at the Collier County jail. A female deputy was seen showing a message on her iPod to Cpl. Wilmer A. Arencibia, who followed the woman and shocked her on the behind with his Taser.  ***MARLAR: The biggest shock in this story… the guy wasn’t fired.

It’s official; there is now a new world record for longest ear hair. (I’ll pause for a moment as you try to contain that gagging reflex.) B.D. Tyagi of India has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records to have the longest ear hair in the world. The hair coming from the center of his outer ears measures 10.2 centimeters.  ***MARLAR: He expects to be able to comb over his bald spot by March.

A widely available blood pressure pill could one day help people erase bad memories, perhaps treating some anxiety disorders and phobias. The drug was shown to significantly weaken people’s fearful memories of spiders and other creepy things.  ***MARLAR: My high blood pressure is caused by the memory of seeing myself in the mirror coming out of the shower.  Can it get rid of THAT memory?

Tax time is coming up and if you have to pay Uncle Sam, beware of an offer that sounds too good to be true. Many credit card companies are reminding cardholders that they can now pay the IRS with plastic. It might sound like a good idea if you owe money and are short on cash. But, there is a catch. When you buy something with your credit card, the merchant pays the transaction fee that the credit card company collects. However, the IRS doesn’t do that. Even though companies like Chase and United Airlines give double miles for each dollar of taxes paid with their cards, you’re on the hook for the transaction fee, which is about 2.5 percent of the total amount of the bill. Of course, there’s also the usual interest fees if you don’t pay your whole credit card balance in that first month.  ***MARLAR: Getting stuck with 28% interest paying your taxes?  You’d be better off going to Vinnie the Shark!

Seven-foot-nine Sun Ming Ming is the tallest player in the history of professional basketball.  At least according to the Maryland Nighthawks of the American Basketball Association.  But it’s not easy dressing the biggest guy on the court.  Sun complains his team sweat shirt is too small, even though it’s size extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-extra large.  ***MARLAR: No problem.  He can have some of the shirts I’ve grown out of.

Patients in a Dutch hospital are being allowed to choose the background music for their operations. Anyone undergoing local anesthetic can take their minds off surgery by listening to music over headphones. But if they want their doctor to listen in, the tunes can be played over speakers in the Emmen hospital. ***MARLAR: I know exactly what song I’d ask for I were going into surgery.  “The hip bone connected to the knee bone, the knee bone is connected to the foot bone …”

In Colorado, a 60-year-old man is suing an 8-year-old boy for causing a ski accident on the slopes and causing him a shoulder injury.  ***MARLAR: I’d think a 60-year-old man on the slopes would be dangerous enough as it is.

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