Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: December 30, 2010

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A Waterloo, Wisconsin family had a lot to celebrate this Christmas and will from now on.   Twenty-year-old Brianna Whitney, of Waterloo, gave birth to babies on Christmas Day – two years and 10 minutes apart. She had Logan Whitney this Christmas and had his sister 2-year-old Kyra Jensen two years ago.   She says Kyra’s due date was Jan. 21 and Logan’s was Jan. 5. Both were also delivered by the same obstetrician at St. Mary’s Hospital.  ***MARLAR: Christmas will be tough for these kids.  Not only do they have to share their birthdays with each other, but they also have to share their birthdays with the baby Jesus.  Who can compete with what?  If you get gold, frankincense or myrrh you’ll know you opened the wrong gift from under the tree.

A 103-year-old Great Britain grandmother is believed to be the world’s oldest Facebook user.  Lillian Lowe, from Tenby in Pembrokeshire, regularly keeps her online friends updated about her life using her iPad.  And being signed up to the social network also enables her to keep track of what her seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren are up to.  Mrs. Lowe, who is just two months away from her 104th birthday, took the oldest Facebook user title following the death of 104-year-old Ivy Bean in July.  While saying her online habit is “exciting” the cyber centenarian also admitted that it can be a “dreadful waste of time”.  She said: “I’m sure there are lots of other things I should be doing rather than playing on a computer.”  ***MARLAR: Like leaning on your walker and playing Wii Bowling.

Helen Young is just shy of the century mark at 98 years old, but she’s hit the 100 mark in another way: 100 grandkids.  The count: 24 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren. Soon, No. 101 will be arriving.  ***MARLAR: She has more family members than I have friends on Facebook.

Employers watch out – your workers can’t wait to quit.  According to a recent survey by job-placement firm Manpower, 84% of employees plan to look for a new position in 2011. That’s up from just 60% last year.  ***MARLAR: Tell me about it.  I can’t wait to get away from my boss… and I’m self employed!

RETRO NEWS: FORMERLY NEW, NOW NOT NEW, BUT STILL ENTERTAINING…

A rolled up newspaper can be an effective training tool when used properly.  For instance, use the rolled-up newspaper if your dog chews up something inappropriate or has a housebreaking accident.  ***MARLAR: Bring the dog over to the destroyed object (or mess), then take the rolled-up newspaper… and hit yourself over the head as you repeat the phrase: “I FORGOT TO WATCH MY DOG, I FORGOT TO WATCH MY DOG!”

The wind-power company First Wind has been eyeing a western Maine site as a possible location for a new field of turbines. But the proposed Longfellow wind farm on Black Mountain looks like it may be a no-go — because it’s too windy up there! Company spokesperson Matthew Kearns told a public meeting in Rumford that their tests show that gusts atop Black Mountain are too strong for turbine engineering to handle.  ***MARLAR: So, Maine is too windy to be powered by wind.

Retirement plans across the country are drastically changing due to the crummy economy. According to a nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project, nearly four-in-ten adults who are working past the median retirement age of 62 say they have delayed their retirement because of the recession. Of workers ages 50 to 61, 63% say they might have to push back their expected retirement date because of current economic conditions.  ***MARLAR: Retirement?  What’s THAT?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — even if it takes 949 more times! In Seoul, South Korea, 68-year-old Cha Sa-soon FINALLY passed her written exam for a driver’s license on her 950th attempt! No kidding. She has taken the test nearly every day since April 2005. The aspiring driver spent more than $4,200 in application fees, but until now had failed to score the minimum 60 out of a possible 100 points. She finally scored an even 60. Of course now she must pass a driving test before getting her license.  ***MARLAR: Other South Korean drivers don’t seem to be too concerned.  They’ve seen her drive and she’s still better than Chicago cabbies.

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