Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – August 11, 2010

WeirdNewsSarah Taylor was one of about 84,000 Americans in need of a kidney transplant. She also was one of a few people who have been able to meet their medical needs through Facebook.  One night the 53 year old was on Facebook and decided to post a message.  She said, ‘If anybody would be interested in being a donor for me for a kidney transplant, you have to be between the ages of 18 and 64, you cannot be obese, cannot have high blood pressure and cannot be diabetic. And, if that leaves anybody, please call Allegheny General in Pittsburgh.,’” To her surprise, she received more than 197 responses from all over the country, including one from Australia.  But the best match was Sarah Steelman, a high school friend and former Pennsylvania representative who lived just two blocks away from Taylor in Indiana, Pa.  They had their surgeries earlier this month and both came out of it without any complications.  ***MARLAR: Wow, talk about over-sharing on Facebook!

Police said a local pharmacist gained a measure of revenge against a serial burglar in a sweet fashion. Police said they responded to an alarm at the Clinic Pharmacy and found a window broken and four pill bottles of hydrocodone were missing.  But they said the pharmacist told them that because of recent burglaries, he had filled the pill bottles with chocolate candy instead of the drug.  Police said they don’t have any suspects in the break-in.  ***MARLAR: But are now on the lookout for burglars with a pimple problem.

Police said a California woman tried to run over a man with her car, then hurled a bag of urine at arresting officers. Pasadena Lt. Chris Russ said 39-year-old Monica Avila was booked for investigation of attempted murder.  ***MARLAR: And urinating in public.

A bear got into an empty car, honked the horn and then sent it rolling 125 feet into a thicket, with the bear still inside, a Colorado family said. Seventeen-year-old Ben Story said he and his family were asleep in their Larkspur home, 30 miles south of Denver, when the bear managed to open the unlocked door of his 2008 Toyota Corolla early Friday and climbed inside.  ***MARLAR: Those Toyotas sure are dangerous.  Accelerator pedals that stick to the floor, floor mats that are dangerous, and now we find out they attract bears!

Students at Cheektowaga Central High School in Buffalo, New York, recently spent a night in cardboard boxes on the school’s lawn during 18-degree weather to show their solidarity with the area’s homeless population. Unfortunately, according to a Buffalo News report, the kids didn’t quite live the homeless lifestyle as many brought DVD players to watch movies inside their boxes, ate donated Dunkin’ Donuts and pizzas, and ducked into the school’s heated gym whenever they got too cold or bored. ***MARLAR: “Oh, we feel for the homeless, we just don’t want to feel LIKE them.”

Keely Givhan, of Beloit, Wisconsin, was pulled over by traffic police because her license plate bulb was out. When officers ran a check they found an arrest warrant had been issued after she failed to appear in court over unreturned items from the city library. Neither she nor her family members had the $330 to pay her library fine, so she remained in jail… for six days.  ***MARLAR: She had the right to remain silent both in jail and at the library.

A 33-pound cat in China is being described as a “feline monster” because of its 31-inch waist and large size. The 9-year-old cat is so heavy it needs the help of its owner to get onto a bed. However, the cat is in surprisingly good health despite its weight. The cat’s owner said it has no interest in eating fish but prefers to eat six pounds of chicken and pork each day. ***MARLAR: I did the math, and that’s over 18% of the cat’s weight every single day! If that were me, I’d have to eat sixty-three pounds of food every single day! So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some catching up to do.

The United Kingdom has something fun when it comes to tattoos: eyeball tattoos.  A volunteer named Pauly became the first guinea pig to get the procedure done to one of his eyes – which meant 40 injections with a blue ink that eventually made the entire white of the eye become blue.  Nobody knows the health risks, and the company that made the tattoo available say it’s completely safe.  Pauly, however, has a word of caution.  “The procedure was extensively researched and done by people who were aware of the risks and possible complications and that it should not be casually attempted. Now that this experiment has been started, please wait for us to either heal or go blind before trying it.”  ***MARLAR: Apparently it affects the brain too – even before the needle is used.

While only 8% of American women have an hourglass figure, wherein the waist measures at least 9 inches less than the bust, most new clothes are designed to fit that shape.  ***MARLAR: Isn’t that like McDonald’s suddenly making 92% of their menu items out of grass simply to appease the vegetarian customers?

A 74-year-old retired truck driver in Denmark was stopped by police for driving erratically and had to finally admit he’s never had a driver’s license in 57 years of driving trucks across Europe. He faces a fine of at least $869 for driving without a license. ***MARLAR: He said the thing that really scares him about being caught is now he’ll have to deal with the DMV.

Exercising for 30 minutes a day will not only strengthen your heart and muscles, but also strengthen your brain. If you work up a sweat for just a half an hour and you will be able to learn faster, remember more, think more clearly and recover more quickly from brain injuries.  ***MARLAR: In other news, exercising for 30 minutes a day will not only strengthen your heart and muscles, but also strengthen your brain. If you work up a sweat for just a half an hour and you will be able to learn faster, remember more, think more clearly and recover more quickly from brain injuries.

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