Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – August 15, 2010

WeirdNewsWendy’s bacon-lovers may soon feel a hit to their wallets. The chain said this week it is phasing out a cheaper bacon in favor of a higher-priced Applewood-smoked, center-cut bacon, which is already used on premium sandwiches like the Bacon Deluxe and Bacon & Blue burgers.  ***MARLAR: There’s an interesting business decision.  Let’s charge more for something when people are making less.  Is Wendy’s being run by the Obama administration?

Police say a man who robbed a fast-food restaurant with a gun was so mad about the amount of loot that he called back twice to complain.  The man walked up to the drive-through window of an Atlanta Wendy’s late Saturday night, wearing a ski mask and holding a gun.  He demanded the cash drawer, grabbed it and ran away.  But police say he later called the fast food restaurant to complain about the amount of cash.  Police say in one call he said that “next time there better be more than $586.”  He called again with a similar complaint.  ***MARLAR: Apparently he had ordered from the dollar menu.

Could this impact future air travel?- An experimental solar-powered plane landed safely Thursday after completing its first 24-hour test flight, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night.   The record feat completes seven years of planning and brings the Swiss-led project one step closer to its goal of circling the globe using only energy from the sun.  ***DUANE MATZ: And turning every passenger seat into an in flight tanning bed.

Getting a nip and a tuck could cost some extra bucks in Minnesota. State lawmakers are considering a proposal to tax tummy tucks and facelifts. The measure would extend Minnesota’s six-point-five percent sales tax to cosmetic surgery and other appearance-enhancing procedures. State Representative Phyllis Kahn is pushing the idea. She says anyone who can afford plastic surgery can afford to pay the tax.  ***DUANE MATZ: It’s kind of like liposuction on your wallet.

At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel senior fellow Justin Rattner outlined an exciting new use for advanced microprocessors: intelligent toilets. He said soon, your home will help you stay healthy. For instance, your toilet would check what you leave behind for early signs of disease. If it finds anything, it can call your doctor to make an appointment, checking your calendar for a convenient time. And if you collapse and fall off, the toilet would summon an ambulance. ***MARLAR: And if you forget to put the seat down, it screams at you in a woman’s voice.

After 50 years of dating — yep, 50 years– retired Italian gynecologist Giuseppe Rebaudi has finally popped the question and is ready to settle down and marry his long time girlfriend Silvie Basain. He’s 101 — she’s 98!  Silvie said her only worry was that they might be rushing things a bit!  She added, “We have only been together for 50 years! That may be a bit quick but then again you are only young once.”  ***MARLAR: Well, at age 101 and 98, you gotta really think about that whole “till death do you part” thing.

Little Debbie left a big mess. A truck carrying Little Debbie snack cakes crashed on a ramp over I-5 near Portland, Oregon. Two-thousand cases of snack food became junk food. While the snacks were still sealed, state officials say the cakes were exposed to the ground and heavy machinery. So, all those Little Debbies weren’t fit to eat. Food bank officials had hoped some of the snacks could be saved for donation. The driver of that Little Debbie’s truck was given a ticket for speeding.  ***MARLAR: And vehicular snackacide.

New research suggests that a gene linked to wet, sticky ear wax and excessive underarm odor may be an indicator of higher breast cancer risk. The Japanese study may give doctors another tool for predicting breast cancer risk. The researchers arrived at their conclusion by tracking a protein created by a gene called ABCC11, which is associated with breast cancer.  The ear wax and odor problems “may become lifesaving clues to the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.  ***MARLAR: If the doctor can stomach being close enough to examine you, you waxy, smelly freak.

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