Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – August 05, 2009

school supply mountainAccording to the National Retail Federation’s back to school consumer intentions and actions survey: Families with school age children expect to spend an average of $527.08 on back to school shopping.  ***MARLAR: Which is also the approximate cost of printing one ream of stationary saying “The National Retail Federation’s Back To School Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey.”

Starting August 19, Continental Airlines will be raising its baggage fees. The first checked bag on domestic flights will cost $20, up $5, and the second bag will cost $30, for passengers who fail to use online check-in. Other fees are on the way.  ***MARLAR: Like $3 for a bag of peanuts, $1 for cream in your coffee, and an extra $48 per ticket if you want a pilot for your plane. 

A 56-year-old German man was seen stealing three pairs of men’s underpants from a sports center. Police in a town near Frankfurt knew who they guy was and later when they searched his house they found more than “1,000 underpants and around 100 tracksuit trousers. Now the ‘pants lover’ faces charges of theft and misappropriation.” ***MARLAR: The man said he did it because he wanted to follow his mother’s advice and was afraid he might be in an accident.

While much of the annual Santa Claus World Congress is a joke, two of Santa’s little helpers were completely serious when they exchanged vows in a civil ceremony Monday. The elf-eared Rune Hamrath Hansen kissed the bride, Sine Andersen, at a Christmas-themed wedding that opened the annual convention in an amusement park outside Copenhagen.  ***MARLAR: Elves really take marriage seriously, because “till death do us part” could mean 300 years!

Thirteen-year-old Erica Brewer is the new checkers champ of Fremont, Neb. She took on all comers at the recent Fremont Days celebration. While she wasn’t the youngest competitor, Erica is relatively to the game. She tells the Fremont Tribune she’s surprised she got so far in the competition. But Erica knows the secret of checkers. She it’s “all about thinking.”  ***MARLAR: Ah… that explains why I’ve never won a game. 

A study by Carnegie Mellon University found that women make less money than men because they aren’t aggressive enough to demand more money the way men do.  ***MARLAR: Whoa… so the problem is that we need more demanding women?

A study from Vanderbilt University showed that you can burn up 40 calories by laughing genuinely from 10 to 15 minutes. ***MARLAR: Although around here we’re perfectly fine if you fake it. 



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