Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – February 25, 2010

If you were to go to India and get thirsty for a nice gold drink but can’t find any Gatorade you might try some gau jal instead. The secret ingredient? Cow pee. This fresh new drink is set to be released before the end of the year.  ***MARLAR: I’ll stick with milk, thank you.

Pennsylvania State police said a Uniontown woman faked a report that she was a hit-and-run victim because she was afraid she’d get fired for being late to work. Courtni Roberts faces a preliminary hearing March 31 on a charge of making false reports to police on Feb. 5.  State police said Roberts told a trooper that a car hit her left leg just above the knee and that the driver didn’t stop to help. The trooper learned that the injury Roberts claimed to have wasn’t consistent with being hit by a car so he questioned her again. That’s when, police said, Roberts admitted making up the story because she was late for work.  ***MARLAR: Whatever happened to blaming dead grandmothers?

It’s an office chair fit for the autobahn. German police have seized a motorized chair built by a couple of 17-year-olds. The teens put the chair on a metal frame, then added a lawnmower engine and bicycle brakes. Witnesses reported seeing the hot rod chair cruising on several streets. But the teenagers insist they only tested the chair by going a few yards. German authorities are investigating several possible charges against the teens, including driving without a license and registration violations. ***MARLAR: And mowing without a bagger.

One of the most powerful images in history is that of Martin Luther nailing his criticisms of the medieval Church (his “95 Thesis”) to a church door, thus beginning the Protestant Reformation. But there is considerable doubt as to whether he actually published his critique so dramatically. Many scholars believe now that he simply circulated it.  ***MARLAR: Today he would probably send it out simultaneously to millions via email. AOL would ban it as spam and bar him from its chat rooms, altering the course of history.

Electric and hybrid vehicles may be better for the environment, but the California Legislature says they’re bad for the blind.  It has passed a bill to ensure that the vehicles make enough noise to be heard by visually impaired people about to cross a street.  The measure would establish a committee to study the issue and recommend ways the vehicles could make more noise.  The state Department of Motor Vehicles says more than 300,000 of the vehicles are on state roads. Officials say they don’t keep statistics on pedestrian accidents involving those vehicles.  The bill has been sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has not taken a position.  ***MARLAR: In a related story, camouflaged military vehicles must now be painted bright orange so the deaf can see them coming.

A student nurse in a Colombian nursing school was kicked out because the teachers said her fingers are too thick and she can’t stitch up a cut properly. ***MARLAR: In an effort to prove them wrong, she’s making a hand-made quilt using nothing but rope and a railroad spike.

According to a study from the University of Texas, the best food to eat after working out is a bowl of healthy cereal with non-fat milk.  ***MARLAR: Or you can dip your energy bar in Gatorade.

Visitors to a Japanese zoo are seeing green bears.  The bears turned green after swimming in a pond with an overgrowth of algae. Fortunately no harm will come to the bears from the algae, and they are expected to return to their natural color in November.  ***MARLAR: Or possibly go with the GOTH look.

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