Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – August 24, 2009

It may have taken several fans of the Archie comic book series by surprise, but comic book collector Dave Luebke of Dallas was completely outraged to learn that Archie Andrews, the carrot-topped everyman of the comic world, was proposing to va-va-voomy rich girl Veronica instead of girl-next-door Betty! So he’s protesting by selling his copy of the 67-year-old series’ rare first issue. Luebke’s Archie Comics No. 1 sold for $38,837 when Dallas’ Heritage Auction Galleries offered it up on Friday. Luebke still has plenty of comics to read — over a million in his collection — but says 99 percent of his customers agree that perky, blond Betty is the clear choice over shiny dark-haired Veronica in the seemingly never-ending love triangle. The Archie Comics Web site shows Archie proposing to Veronica on bended knee on the cover of No. 600, which hits comic book stores August 19. That begins a six-issue story that takes place in the future when the perpetual high schoolers have graduated from college. ***MARLAR: This is like proposing to Ginger instead of Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island.  Can you really go wrong either way?  You either get homemade coconut cream pies whenever you want, or you marry Ginger and buy as many pies as you want. 

Have bugs – will travel. That’s what a Montana State University dinosaur researcher is offering. Tom Evans is a graduate student at the school. He maintains a colony of bone-cleaning beetles whose day job is to snack on animal bones that are part of his research. But in their off-research hours, these beetles work overtime. Evans rents them out to hunters who want their trophies cleaned.  ***MARLAR: And on weekends, he rents out the bugs as emergency weight-loss tools. 

A woman’s home was destroyed by a freak fire started by a crystal ball in her windowsill. After visiting friends, Kim Yeates returned to her home to find $16,000 worth of fire damage. Firefighters blame the blaze on a $33 crystal ball sitting in the window that magnified the sun’s rays onto the television and caused it to get overheated and explode.  ***MARLAR: You’d think someone using a crystal ball to look into the future would see this coming.

Few if any of the deals retailers have offered online during the recession have been as good as Best Buy Inc.’s sale price of $9.99 on a $1,800 52-inch TV, but it is turning out too good to be true.  The electronics retailer said Wednesday that it will not honor the $9.99 price posted Wednesday morning for the 52-inch Samsung flat-screen TV. By early afternoon, it was listed at $1,799.99, almost half off the original $3,399.99 price.  Bloggers and Twitterers lit up the Internet with posts about the offer, some insisting Best Buy must honor it, others making jokes.  Best Buy, based in Richfield, Minn., said it has corrected an online pricing error and will not honor the incorrect price.  ***MARLAR: They had to know this was a mistake. After all, is there ANYTHING you can buy at a Best Buy for less than ten bucks?

Drowsy spectators in one suburban Chicago courtroom might want to stifle their yawns from now on.  A 33-year-old Richton Park man is facing six months in jail for yawning in Will County Judge Daniel Rozak’s court last month.  The disturbance happened as Clifton Williams’ cousin, Jason Mayfield, was being sentenced for a drug charge.  A prosecutor who was in the courtroom described the offending yawn as “a very loud, boisterous” attempt to disrupt the proceedings.  But Mayfield disagreed, saying it was “not an outrageous yawn.”  Rozak found Williams in contempt of court and sentenced him to six months in jail. However, Rozak could free Williams if he apologizes and the judge accepts. ***MARLAR: Question… how do you NOT yawn in court?  Even with a Starbucks I.V. it’s the most boring place on the planet.  Well, second only to watching a Cleveland Indians game. 

If you want to lose weight, join a soccer league. According to new research from Copenhagen University in Denmark, a friendly game of soccer works off more fat and builds up more muscle than jogging or walking.  ***MARLAR: Especially European soccer where you get even more exercise by fist-fighting with the spectators.

The Consumers Union says 75% of people who use the internet don’t trust web sites that sell things. ***MARLAR: For more information, log on to our website to purchase the complete report.

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