Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: February 08, 2011

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NEW NEWS…

How would you like to see the Monday after the Super Bowl as a national holiday?  A Web site called SuperBowlMonday.com is gathering signatures to petition Congress to do just that – make Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday so people can get Monday off as a three-day weekend.  ***MARLAR: Seriously, between talking about the game, downloading videos of the Super Bowl commercials, and quite a few people nursing a hangover, did anyone get any work done on Super Bowl Monday anyway?

Don’t expect to pinch pennies at the pump anytime soon. With gasoline topping $3.00 a gallon in much of the country, a fill up is a budget buster for many Americans.   Prices at the pump have jumped nearly 14% so far this year.    That’s on top of last year’s 53.5% rise.  The national average for a gallon of regular is $3.09.  But, in big cities the prices can be expected to be much higher, like $4.30 a gallon at a gas station in Washington D.C.  ***MARLAR: That seems wrong to me.  I’d think residents of Washington D.C. could simply use the hot air from politicians as fuel.

People in a Buckinghamshire, Great Britain town have borrowed every single book from their local library to block plans to close it down.  They emptied shelves to take all 16,000 books from Stony Stratford library, near Milton Keynes, reports the BBC.  ***MARLAR: You have to be extremely quiet in the Stony Stratford Library now – otherwise you’ll hear an echo.

Starbucks Corp will roll out its biggest drink size yet — the 31-ounce “Trenta” — in all of its U.S. coffee shops by May 3rd. The new size will be available only for iced coffee, iced tea and iced tea lemonade drinks in the United States.  ***MARLAR: And even better news, the “Trenta” iced coffee won’t cost five bucks.  It’ll be more like fifty-five.

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

Chocolate fans should be on the lookout for a stolen trailer containing 20-tons of chocolate. The Peru Police Department reports that the refrigerated trailer containing 40,000 pounds of Hersheys Chocolate Bars went missing from a parking lot, and anyone with more information is asked to call authorities.  ***MARLAR: Cops are on the lookout for a band of criminals with weight and pimple problems.

A Utah farmer has constructed a fence in his backyard made of three old cars sticking up in the air to send a message to new neighbors that he can do whatever he wants on his own land. “This is just a fun way for me to say, ‘Hey boys, I’m still here,’” Rhett Davis said. “This is my redneck Stonehenge.” Rhett came up with the idea after his new neighbors started complaining about his farm.  ***MARLAR: Hey, I think we just found a practical way to secure our borders!

A Pennsylvania woman is facing trial on animal cruelty charges for marketing “gothic kittens” with ear and neck piercings over the Internet.  Prosecutors are saying that thirty-five-year-old dog groomer Holly Crawford inflicted pain on the cats to make money, but she says she was not trying to hurt the kittens.  Crawford said she used sterilized needles and made sure the kittens were healing properly.  ***MARLAR: So let me see if I understand this.  Giving your cat adorable little earrings is cruel… but neutering your cat isn’t?

Jurors often have to solve puzzles of the legal variety. But an Australian judge has called a halt to a drug conspiracy trial because some jurors were playing Sudoku. People had assumed the jurors were taking notes, not solving numbers puzzles. But the jury foreman admitted to the judge that four or five jurors were playing the games while evidence was being presented. According to the foreman, Sudoku helped him concentrate during the slower portions of the trial. No action will taken against the game-playing jurors and a new trial will be scheduled.  ***MARLAR: As a judge I’d be yelling, “That’s it!  Contempt of court – three days in the slammer for obstruction of justice!  What do you think we’re doing here – playing games?!?!?”

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