Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: February 07, 2011

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Microsoft mogul Bill Gates says cell-phone technology could be used to register every birth around the globe and track children to make sure they have been vaccinated as government advisers urge.   ***MARLAR: Wow – even Bill Gates wants certification of Obama’s birth.

Beautiful people don’t just get all the breaks, scientists say they’re likely smarter than most people, too.  A study in England conducted by researchers at the London School of Economics found that attractive men and women generally have higher IQs.  The study indicated attractive men have IQs that are 13.6 points above the average, while beautiful women are 11.4 points higher than average.  Lead researcher Satoshi Kanazawa, insists this should not be considered justification for believing beautiful people are better than everyone else.  “Our contention that beautiful people are more intelligent is purely scientific,” he said.  ***MARLAR: So not only am I unattractive… I’m also stupid.

Police in a city ranked top in the state for alcohol-related traffic fatalities might soon be trying a new tactic to keep drunken drivers off the road: Electronic shaming on Facebook.  In a contentious move that has raised the hackles of privacy advocates and been met with resistance from a police department fearful of alienating residents, a councilman in Huntington Beach wants police to begin posting the mug shots of everyone who is arrested more than once for driving while under the influence. “If it takes shaming people to save lives, I am willing to do it,” said Devin Dwyer, the councilman behind the proposal. “I’m hoping it prevents others from getting behind the wheel and getting inebriated.”  ***MARLAR: So, if you see a mugshot on Facebook is it socially acceptable to click the “LIKE” button?

Iran has banned the production of Valentine’s Day gifts and any promotion of the day celebrating romantic love to combat what it sees as a spread of Western culture, Iranian media reported.  The February 14 celebration named after a Christian saint is not officially banned but hardliners have repeatedly warned about the corruptive spread of Western values. The printing works owners’ union issued an instruction on the ban, imposed by Iranian authorities, covering gifts such as cards, boxes with the symbols of hearts and red roses.  ***MARLAR: If you live in Iran you can still get married and have kids… but you’d better danged well not enjoy it!


If you eat less — specifically cutting 300 to 500 calories out of your diet every day — it will not only reduce your risk of many common diseases, but also it may slow the aging process. That’s the word from researchers at St. Louis University in Missouri.  ***MARLAR: This could explain why I’m only 42 but look 58.

Rambo has been busted. A soldier named Rambo was arrested in Goodland, Kansas, charged with stealing a Humvee while AWOL. But it’s not Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo. The real G-I is Private Wayne Rambo, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. And unlike with the Rambo from the “First Blood” movies, this Rambo was arrested without incident.  ***MARLAR: But you could tell he was influenced by the Rambo movies, because he was crying and yelling at the end and you couldn’t understand a thing he said.

OK guys. Admit it. Your skivvies probably have seen better days. According to a survey done for Jockey International, 77 percent of men say their undershorts are stained or tattered or worse. A quarter of guys confess their boxers or briefs are more than four years old. Another 15 percent admit they wear underwear that doesn’t fit. The telephone survey of 500 men was conducted by Kelton Research for Jockey. ***MARLAR: Nice to see I’m finally in the majority for something.

A Connecticut bride had to spend part of her wedding night in a jail cell after police said she hurled things at reception hall workers who closed the bar. When workers there closed the bar, Adrienne Samen allegedly began throwing things, including wedding cake and vases, inside the restaurant. Samen left the restaurant, and police found her walking down the road in her gown. While being taken into custody, she reportedly kicked the door and window of the police cruiser and tried to bite an officer.  ***MARLAR: Sounds like her new husband will have to endure a much longer sentence than the one his wife is about to get in jail.

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