Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – August 13, 2009

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Could lipstick help you lose weight? Glenn Mouser is the vice president of research and development for Omega Tech Labs, says YES!  He makes a lip balm called Promise and Stop, and he claims the lip balm works because of the transdermal effectiveness. Every time you lick a little off, the active ingredients go to work. They also enter the blood stream through your skin and mouth.  ***MARLAR: The hard part is trying to look cool in front of your friends as they watch you eat eight lipsticks a day.

The great library of Alexandria, founded in 295 BC, held 700,000 books at its peak. But much of it was destroyed by fire in A.D. 47 when Julius Caesar laid siege to the city. ***MARLAR: Causing the immediate destruction of all records of Ceasar’s overdue books and library fines.

A couple looking for the blue waters of the popular island Capri ended some 400 miles away in the northern industrial town of Carpi after misspelling the destination on their car’s GPS. The couple arrived at the local tourist office in Carpi asking for directions to the famed Blue Grotto sea cave. Officials quickly informed them that they were in the town of Carpi and not Capri, the popular tourist island a far distance away. Oops.  ***MARLAR: The “Isle of Carpi Casino” was also a disappointment. 

Purdue University students Cameron Brown and Brett Westcott are a couple of nice guys. And they always have ready compliment for complete strangers. Brown and Westcott were in Baltimore Monday and Washington Saturday. They were saying nice things about everything from one man’s beard to a floral patterned shirt. The students’ 10-city Brightside tour heads to New York City this week, then to Rochester, N.Y., where tour sponsor, Kodak, is based. But some of the recipients of the compliments don’t know what to make of it. One woman in Baltimore wondered what the young guys really wanted.  ***MARLAR: You have to wonder what young guys are up to when they compliment you constantly – after all, the only other representation we have of that is watching Eddie Hascal on “Leave it to Beaver.”

Coca-Cola is getting into the milk business. The soft-drink maker is currently test marketing a sweetened fizzy milk beverage called Vio. Made with sparkling water, a hint of skim milk and cane sugar, the 8-ounce beverages come in four fruit flavors: Citrus Burst, Peach Mango, Very Berry and Tropical Colada.  ***MARLAR: Because already, when you want healthy, refreshing milk, you don’t look any further than Coca-Cola.

There’s a young man in Utah who’s getting an early start on his driving practice. Police say a 7-year-old boy led officers on a car chase through Weber County. It seems the pint-sized driver didn’t want to go to church. One witness says the boy ran a stop sign. Deputies tried to stop the car, but couldn’t. According to sheriff’s department officials, the car finally came to a halt in a driveway. Authorities say the 7-year-old is too young to prosecute or ticket.  ***MARLAR: That’s too bad, because personalized mug shots would’ve been great to take to “Show-n-Tell.”

Researchers plan to visit an uninhabited island in the Pacific next spring to search for clues that they hope will solve one of history’s most enduring mysteries: the fate of aviator Amelia Earhart. Researchers with the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery are slated to go to Nikumaroro Island, about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii, in May and June to retrieve the personal effects of a castaway who died there. Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and she was the first pilot of either gender to fly solo from Hawaii to California. She and navigator Fred Noonan vanished over the Pacific on July 2, 1937, during an around-the-world flight.  ***MARLAR: That’s strange; I seem to remember her ending up at the Smithsonian with Ben Stiller…

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