Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: February 22, 2011

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NEW NEWS…

Preliminary research from Australia has found that fish oil supplements reduce body fat, improve cholesterol levels and boost blood vessel function. There’s just one catch. The fish oil only eliminates body fat if it’s combined with exercise.  ***MARLAR: As does exercise without fish oil.

Police in Georgia say a 23-year-old man grabbed a baseball bat inside of a Wal-Mart and smashed 29 flat-screen televisions. Police have charged Westley Strellis with 29 counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree. Witnesses tell police he grabbed a metal baseball bat from the sporting goods section Wednesday, walked to the electronics department and destroyed the TVs on display.  ***MARLAR: Apparently he was frustrated after watching three episodes of NBC’s “The Cape”.

A mother in Myanmar says her baby girl’s 12 fingers and 14 toes have been no disadvantage – her grip may even be stronger than normal – and she’s now grasping for a Guinness record.  Phyo Min Min Soe, 26, knew her girl Le Yati Min had a little something extra since nearly the moment she was born.  “I asked the nurses whether my kid was born complete with hands and legs,” says her mother. “They replied that the baby even has more than she needs.”  Born with 12 fingers and 14 toes, Le may be the most “digitally enhanced” person in the world. Now, the 16-month-old girl’s family in impoverished Myanmar is seeking a Guinness World Record to prove it.  ***MARLAR: And at just 16-months-old she’s already the fastest typist in the world.

An Ohio woman has said yes to a marriage proposal that arrived by bus.  Laura Kalamets looked out a Canton restaurant window during a Valentine’s Day lunch with her boyfriend and saw a public bus with an ad on its side that read: “Laura, Will You Marry Me?” It was signed “Mark” and included in smaller letters the words “and make me the happiest man in the world.”  Kalamets says she thought she’d have a heart attack.  Mark Rose paid the transit agency $300 for the special ad and arranged for the bus to be parked in the right spot around noon on Monday.  The Repository newspaper of Canton reports the ad will remain in place for a week.  Now it has the additional message: “She said yes.”  ***MARLAR: The next step is to get married on that same bus and force the entire wedding party and all of the guests to have exact change.

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

A parliamentary panel in cigarette-friendly France has called for the government to ban smoking in public places like cafes and restaurants in less than a year, except in special “smoking rooms.” ***MARLAR: In response, smokers in France are now demanding that the name of Paris be changed to “Smoking Room.”  (audio clip)

The Afghan national airline — down to one serviceable plane — resumed regular service to Pakistan recently after a break of nearly 23 years. ***MARLAR: People still on layovers were happy to hear the news.

The University of Rochester reports that children who eat candy cigarettes are more likely as adults to smoke real cigarettes. ***MARLAR: Or to smoke Pixy Stix.

A woman in China complained of feeling weak, and doctors discovered she only had half a brain.  ***MARLAR: That sounds like a diagnosis Dr. House would make.

It’s quite the man cave.  Jimmy Grey says he’s been out of work for almost a year and needed a project to stay busy. So with the heavy snowfall this winter, the 25-year-old laborer got to work on an extreme igloo in his family’s yard in Aquilla (ah-KWIL’-uh), about 30 miles east of Cleveland.  His four-room creation has 6-foot ceilings and an entertainment room. He powers the TV with an extension cord plugged into an outlet in the garage. He also ran wires for cable television with surround-sound stereo.  Grey says candles help add ambiance for nighttime get-togethers with friends, and the freezing temperatures mean that the beer never goes warm.  ***MARLAR: How does an unemployed guy afford an extra TV with cable, surround-sound stereo, and beer?

Michael Young had the good fortune of being seated next to Juliet Lever on a flight from Belfast to Newcastle. The two hit if off instantly but Michael was too shy to ask Juliet for her number. However, he found himself pining away for his new lost love so much that he finally contacted Flybe Airlines and begged them to help track her down. They agreed to call her and Juliet then phoned Mike and agreed to a date. After a whirlwind romance, the couple plans to get married next month. Juliet says, “Every girl dreams of a fairytale romance and you couldn’t get better than this.”  ***MARLAR: Well, you could – but only if all of this took place on frequent flier miles.

London’s Daily Mirror awarded Keith Jackson of Wrexham, North Wales, the honor of holding the most boring job in Britain. His job is literally to watch paint dry. He works for a company that makes floor paint for places such as subways that have to be painted overnight and dry quickly. He times how long it takes different formulas of paint to dry by staring at them for hours and occasionally touching the surface with his finger to see how tacky it is.  ***MARLAR: Still, it’s got to be better than watching French films.

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