Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – April 30, 2010

A 120-pound Vermont black bear is back in the woods after getting its head stuck in a milk can. It took a state biologist, firefighters and police about 45 minutes to free the bear’s head from the can after the animal was found late Sunday morning off Vermont Route 106 in the town of Reading.  ***MARLAR: Is milk considered a bear necessity?

A woman accused of accruing thousands of dollars in bills at a Marin County hotel while pretending to be an IRS agent has been sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $55,000 to the hotel owners.  ***MARLAR: She’s so angry at the judge’s decision that she’s threatening to audit him.

According to Popular Mechanics, a company called Zero Pollution Motors is producing an air-powered car that will be available for Americans to purchase by the year 2010.  The car runs on compressed air, meaning no pollution.  It’s estimated that it will cost about $18,000 but seat up to six people, travel as fast as 96mph, and up to 1,000 miles on one tank of air.  ***MARLAR: The difficulty now will be convincing Congress to let us go to the Alaska Wildlife Refuge and drill for air.

Denver is suspending use of a diversity training video after receiving a complaint that it’s racist against white people. The video, “Laughing Matters: Think About It,” depicts a white blue-collar worker who’s racist, sexist and tells inappropriate jokes.  Dennis Supple, an air conditioning mechanic who had to endure it, said diversity means respecting everyone, it “doesn’t mean hammer the white guy.” He said the video amounts to institutional racism, and he asked the city to discontinue its use.  ***MARLAR: The answer to appropriate office diversity is simple – work from home.

A brisk walk can nix brain drain, a study from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, finds. People completed mental tasks more efficiently after a 20 minute stint on the treadmill than after resting. Exercise may expand the brain’s processing ability, says lead researcher Benjamin Sibley, Ph. D. Try a lunchtime walk so you can stay sharp in the afternoon.  ***MARLAR: Looking back on the lame delivery of my jokes so far this morning, I think I’m going to go take a brisk walk around the radio tower now.

Scientists working in a lab in New York think they may have created one of the most dangerous forces in the universe — a black hole.  ***MARLAR: They’re not sure yet though. They still haven’t finished drawing straws to see who’s going to stick their finger in it.

Starbucks is blaming the mortgage meltdown for its slump in sales.  ***MARLAR: Because nobody can afford to have both a house and Starbucks.

A pregnant woman who was fleeing a bear when she was struck by a slow-moving car said she would honor the euthanized animal by giving her baby the middle name “Bear.”  ***MARLAR: Sounds like she should name the kid after a car… like “Dodge.”

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