Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – August 24, 2010

Four sisters from one family have each given birth within four days. That’s four sisters, four babies, four days. The same obstetrician delivered the babies of three of the sisters – 27-year-old Lilian Sepulveda, 29-year-old Saby Pazos and 24-year-old Leslie Pazos – in the same suburban Chicago hospital on Friday and Saturday.  A fourth sister, Heidi Lopez, gave birth on Monday in California.  Family members said the women didn’t plan the timing. Obstetrician Dr. Jean Alexandre, who delivered the three babies in suburban Chicago, calls the births “very unusual but wonderful at the same time.”  ***MARLAR: Birthday gifts will stink though – the family has to buy gifts for three other kids your age at the same time.

French criminals now face short arm of the law- France has ended restrictions barring people under 5 ft 3 in from joining the police force.  The country of Napoleon imposed minimum height requirements for police centuries ago, raising them over the decades as the average size of Frenchmen rose, but the rules have come to be seen as discriminatory.  ***MARLAR: Besides, using your club to knock someone in the shin can still be extremely effective.

An escaped convict was recaptured in Wyoming after he went to church, sang hymns and mowed the church lawn.  Tracy Province, 42, walked into Meeteetse Community Church 10 days after he escaped from an Arizona prison.  He sang in the morning service, shook hands with members of the congregation, then spoke to the pastor.  But a woman parishioner later recognized him from news reports and called the police, leading to the prisoner’s arrest as he walked out of a local motel.  The Rev Kingston speculated that Province might have entered the church in search of redemption for his sins.  ***MARLAR: All sins except the sin of escaping from prison, that is.  He didn’t seem all that sorry about that one.

Crazy like a fox!  Up to 24 retired NYPD cops, some already getting tax-free disability pensions, are being investigated for allegedly feigning mental illness to add Social Security benefits to their juicy incomes — even as they declared themselves sane enough to pack a pistol, The New York Post reports. Lawyers allegedly involved in the fraud also face potential fee-gouging charges, according to sources. ***MARLAR: Many are arguing it’s not a big deal, as being mentally ill yet still sane enough to work was Rod Blagojevich’s argument.

Some Virginia high school students have a bright idea. They’re helping to turn their school solar. The students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria raised 56-grand for 22 solar panels. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is congratulating the school. She says smart kids are helping the country reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  ***MARLAR: Although the list of school supplies now includes SPF-55.

Be careful what you say on your Twitter account – it could give information to the wrong people. An Arizona man, Israel Hyman recently discovered this the hard way when his home was robbed of thousands of dollars in computer equipment while he was out of town. His back door jimmied open and his Mac Pro, a pair of 23-inch LCD screens, and other equipment was taken. Israel believes that the thieves might have been tipped off by his Twitter messages, which also update his Facebook status. He says that anyone reading his Twitter updates (and Facebook) would have known he was leaving town.  ***MARLAR: (click, click, click) “Can’t believe I’m out of town and left my back door unlocked at 487 Pine Street… what a doofus.” (click, click, click, ENTER)

At age 11, Moshe Kai Cavalin (MOH’-shee Ky KA’-vah-lihn) is already a college graduate. He just earned his Associate in Arts degree from East Los Angeles College.  But he’s not ready to take it easy. Moshe starts summer school next week, to work on his second degree. Moshe graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. He started college when he was just eight and is the school’s youngest grad ever. Moshe hopes to transfer from the two-year school to a four-year college and major in astrophysics.  ***MARLAR: That’s got to be pretty embarrassing… you can’t go to the college toga parties without a signed note from your parents…

Three little fugitives dressed in black and white stripes have been let go. The weren’t crooks, but skunks.  Grand Forks Police Officer Will Speaker found a trio of baby skunks outside an insurance company office. He says they tried to make a run for it. But Speaker scooped them up and relocated the little critters. Officer Speaker wasn’t too worried about handling the skunks. He says the were too young to start spraying.  ***MARLAR: The skunks even LOOKED guilty with their black and white striped prison garb!

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.

This will probably come as no surprise to married women, but a University of Michigan study shows that having a husband creates an extra seven hours of extra housework a week. On the other hand, for guys who are married, having a wife saves him from an hour of chores each week.  ***MARLAR: I’m not seeing the downside.

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