Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: February 10, 2011

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Just 30 minutes after you scarf down a salty snack, clear changes can be seen in your arteries, a new study shows.   Researchers found that salt-laden foods quickly impair the ability of blood vessels to widen even in people with normal blood pressure, according to the study published in this month’s The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  ***MARLAR: With this new information, pretzels and potato chips will now come with a warning label saying they could kill you.

A suburban Dallas teen-ager had to take on a waitressing job to pay $637 after being ticketed for using bad language in a high school classroom.  Court records show that teacher Michelle Lene heard Victoria Mullins curse loudly in class one day last October. She was sent to the principal’s office and given lunch detention. The next day, the school resource officer presented the North Mesquite High School student a ticket.  The fine for disorderly conduct/abusive language was $340, but other charges included failure to show for a hearing.  ***MARLAR: Are schools so hard up for funds that they’re now ticketing students for foul language?  They must make a fortune during Finals Week.

Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women and Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research said the federal government should focus on equal pay in order to achieve economic security for women rather than promoting the institution of marriage between a man and women.  Many studies over the years have shown that marriage between a man and a women benefits women financially and leads to healthier lives for the couple’s children.  For example, a Pew Research Center study conducted last year showed that married life tends to make people richer. ***MARLAR: So marriage has a tendency to make people richer, but the National Organization for Women is opposed to marriage.  Yeah, that’s really looking out for your target market there, ladies.

China is planning to create the world’s biggest mega city by merging nine cities to create a metropolis with a population of 42 million. ***MARLAR: You gotta feel sorry for that town’s dog catcher.


In Darmstadt, Germany, four friends were walking through the woods at night when they suddenly found themselves confronted by a pack of wild boars! Fearing for their lives they managed to take cover in a waste dumpster they jumped into. Police got an emergency call around 3 a.m. from a man who said he and his buddies were too terrified to come out and to please come rescue them. A police team found them shivering and freezing in the metal dumpster and escorted them from the scene. The boars had apparently already disappeared.  ***MARLAR: That’s strange.  I know they are bores, but I never really felt Regis and Kelly were all that scary.

In China, the Zichuan District People’s Court has reportedly used a special software program to determine sentences for defendants being found guilty in the court – more than 1,500 times so far.  The program covers about 100 different crimes including robbery, murder, and crimes against the state. The judge enters details of a case and the system produces a sentence. While the software developers and the judges defend the computer program as honest and just, much of the Chinese media claims this is just laziness on the part of the court.  ***MARLAR: Most do agree this is better than the old system of using a Magic 8-Ball.

In Hayward, California, Ted Estarija said he was kind of expecting his cell phone bill to be a little higher this month after adding his 13-year-old son to his calling plan. Ted was right. It was higher — almost $22,000 higher! The bill included $21,917 in data usage charges as the boy apparently downloaded about 1.4 million kilobytes of data last month. As Ted’s plan didn’t cover data usage, he was charged by the megabyte. Fortunately the folks at Verizon Wireless did the right thing and credited Ted’s account for the entire amount. In the meantime, the boy’s account has been suspended.  ***MARLAR: Teens misusing their cell phones… is there an app for that?

In Clinton, New Jersey, 46-year-old Jamie Capp has won his two year long legal battle to go hunting with a 12-gage shotgun. What makes his case so unique is that Jamie suffered a serious neck injury while playing football when he was hit head-on during a tackle. The subsequent injuries left him a quadriplegic. But despite being paralyzed, Jamie can use his 12-gage shotgun powered by batteries that is operated by a breathing tube. He can even adjust the angle of the gun by nudging a switch with his mouth. When describing how it felt to fire his first shot in 30 years, Jamie called the experience “priceless.”  ***MARLAR: Wow, talk about shooting off at the mouth!

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