Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – August 02, 2010

DailyDoseNewsA recent study says that New York city produces 1% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions — as much as the entire countries or Ireland or Portgugal.  ***MARLAR: Legislation is now being drafted to ban New Yorkers from breathing.

A University of Michigan study found that if a child is misbehaving, removing his tonsils might help.  ***MARLAR: Or just threatening to remove them.

A tractor-trailer missed a corner at the bottom of a hill, sliced through four lanes of traffic and smashed into the front of Idaho State Police headquarters in Lewiston, Idaho. Miraculously, no one was hurt by the accident.  ***MARLAR: But the driver was later taken to the hospital with multiple bruises after the cops found out the truck hit the coffee room and spilled diesel all over their donuts.

One-third of young American women check Facebook before brushing their teeth or going to the bathroom in the mornings, according to a survey done by Oxygen Media.  New research reveals women aged 18 to 34 are becoming increasingly addicted and dependent upon technology and social networking sites.  One in five even said they woke up in the middle of the night to respond to wall postings, tweets and texts, while 37 percent have fallen asleep with their phones in their hands.  ***MARLAR: This study proves one thing… I am a young American woman.

Reading the Bible daily turns out to be wise financial advice, according to a new Pew survey. The more faithful someone is in their Bible reading, the less debt that person is likely to have, the View from the Pew study concluded.   More than 1,000 Christian households participated in the second annual View from the Pew surveys, a collaborative research project by the ministry Maximum Generosity and Christianity Today International, a leading evangelical magazine publisher.   The study showed people who consistently read their Bible have smaller mortgage and car payments and fewer unpaid credit cards.  ***MARLAR: The trick is finding a way to afford to buy a bible while you’re in debt.

Seats in U.S. theaters have gotten bigger during the last century to accommodate the expanding size of the members of the audience.   A new report by Theatre Projects Consultants, a company that helps to design theaters, showed that from 1900 to 1990, the width of seats increased from 19 to 21 inches (48 to 53 centimeters).  In the last 20 years seat size has expanded an inch. Leg room has increased and space between rows has also grown. Between 1960 and 2000 the average weight of an adult American has increased more than 24 pounds, or 15 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  ***MARLAR: What do they expect when they serve nachos and Milk Duds at the movie theaters?

Fees for just about every passport-processing procedure are going up today and if you’ve snoozed, you’ll likely lose the next time you turn in your paperwork.  Applying for your first passport? If you’re 16 or older, it’ll run you $135, up from $100. Fifteen or younger? It’ll cost an extra $20, or $105. Renewals, meanwhile, are now $110, up from $75, while passport cards, the less-expensive documents designed for land and sea crossings between the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, will cost an extra $10 for adults and $5 for minors.  ***MARLAR: So while we battle illegal immigration, we’re also penalizing legal emigration?

Nicole Uribe of Pueblo, Colorado, was arrested on charges of swapping a 5-month-old boy for a down payment on a used Dodge Intrepid and cash.   Nicole and the two who took the baby-trade, were arrested on suspicion of felony trafficking in children. The baby was placed in a foster home.  ***MARLAR: That’s got to be a shot to your self esteem later in life.
“So I was traded for a car?  What was it… a Jaguar?”
“No.”
“A Mercedes?”
“No… it was a used Dodge Intrepid.”
“A WHAT?!??!”

A Malaysian motorist has been given a speeding ticket for driving faster than the speed of sound. Lee Ah Chai received three tickets which indicated he must have covered an 18 mile stretch of road in just one minute. He would have had to have been traveling at 1120 mph. Sound travels at about 740 mph. In another case, a taxi driver got a ticket which said he had been caught doing 695 miles per hour, close to the speed of sound. Authorities believe faulty equipment was responsible in both cases. ***MARLAR: Gee, you think?

A sheriff in North Carolina has painted his jail walls pink and decorated them with teddy bears. Sheriff Warren Hedge hopes the soft surroundings will humiliate criminals so much they won’t commit crimes again once they are released. He says the experiment at Davidson Country Jail in North Carolina is working as the number of re-offenders has fallen since he decorated. Hodge says, “We have a lot of muscle-bound, tattooed guys in here who have done silly things. The pink walls and the teddy bears bring them down a bit.” ***MARLAR: Wouldn’t this be considered “cruel and unusual punishment”?

Pittsburgh police said a high school student was facing charges for using a biology class snake as a jump rope. Police said it happened Monday at Taylor Allderdice High School. Police aren’t identifying the 17-year-old because he’s being charged in juvenile court. The boy will be charged with theft and cruelty to animals. The animal survived the ordeal and was being examined by a veterinarian.  ***MARLAR: If convicted, prosecutors expect to next go after Indiana Jones.

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