Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – August 13, 2010

WeirdNewsIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on U.S. President Barack Obama to face him in a televised one-on-one debate to see who has the best solutions for the world’s problems.  No word yet on if there will be a debate.  ***MARLAR: Obama first has to find a teleprompter that speaks Iranian.

The Universal National Service Act, or H.R. 5741 A bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would reinstate a compulsory military draft during war time and require U.S. citizens not selected for military duty to perform a “national service obligation” – as defined by President Obama – for a minimum of two years.  ***MARLAR: Meanwhile, Rangel continues to avoid the federally mandated obligation of paying his taxes.

GM says it’s Chevy Volt electric car will sell for $41,000 before a federal tax credit.   The vehicle will have a range of 340-miles before having to recharge.  It also has an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty, qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax, which brings the net purchase price to $33,500 after receiving the credit.  ***MARLAR: Of course, the Obama Administration isn’t allowing any more power plants to be constructed, so good luck with your recharge.

Saying they can’t afford a court battle with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), school officials in Cranston, Rhode Island, will likely amend the wording of a prayer banner in a school auditorium. The banner has been in the Cranston High School West auditorium since 1958. It reads as follows:
“Our Heavenly Father,
Grant us each day the desire to do our best,
To grow mentally and morally as well as physically,
To be kind and helpful to our classmates and teachers,
To be honest with ourselves as well as with others.
Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win.
Teach us the value of true friendship.
Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High School West.

Officials say the school district is millions of dollars in debt and cannot afford to fight the ACLU, which objects to the religious references. So they will change the poem to read:
“Our Earthly Atheists,
Go jump in a lake.

What has 40,000 wings and flies? A small plane covered with honeybees. The owner of a flight training center at the Beverly, Mass., airport found a swarm of bees on the left wing of one of his planes. The man called police, who suggested he contact local bee removal expert Al Wilkins. He used a specially designed vacuum to suck the bees off the wing. Wilkins figures there about 10,000 bees on that plane. He says the queen probably stopped for a rest and the rest of the swarm followed. ***MARLAR: Be looking for “Bees on a Plane” starring Samuel Jackson in theatres this summer.

It’s not what you would call a high-speed chase. Deputies in western New York report they were trying to stop a young man in Amish country in a horse and buggy.  Authorities say Jonas Hershberger headed across fields and into the woods in the town of Napoli (nuh-POH’-ly). According deputies, the 20-year-old eventually ditched the buggy and made a run for it. He was busted at a nearby home. Hershberger now faces a number of charges, including reckless endangerment. His bail has been set at $250.  ***MARLAR: Police said the last chase this slow involving a horse was a white Bronco driven by O.J. Simpson.

It’s one use for duct tape that has nothing to do with home repairs. Authorities in Southern California charge a woman tried to wrap up her daughter’s boyfriend with duct tape and kidnap him. San Bernardino County deputies report the victim told them the mom wanted to get him away from her 21-year-old daughter. The mother and an alleged accomplice have been arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping.  ***MARLAR: Their lawyer says the charges won’t stick.

A Wisconsin woman and her 5-year-old daughter got an unwelcome visit from a wild turkey that broke through a bedroom window while they were watching TV. Heidi Herrera says the bird charged into the living room, and chased them into another bedroom. Herrera eventually ventured out and found the turkey in the kitchen. When she walked toward it, the bird ran out the open front door and down the street, leaving feathers, blood and glass scattered through the house.  ***MARLAR: That has to be frustrating… none of the turkey, all of the mess.

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.

Some researchers at the University of Glasgow say they have some evidence that disputes the idea that humans evolved from Neanderthals. They say that humans and Neanderthals both roamed the earth simultaneously.  ***MARLAR: And they cite the existence of the WWE as evidence.

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.

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