Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – February 28, 2010

Police expect to file charges against a 57-year-old man who was wearing only underwear in frigid temperatures when he hopped on the hood of his girlfriend’s moving car during an argument. Police have yet to identify the man or his 28-year-old girlfriend, saying they’ll release the names once they sort out what charges to file.  ***MARLAR: How about public indecency?  Or maybe being a public leech for dating a girl thirty years younger?

An Atlanta highway turned into a circus Thursday afternoon when an escaped zebra galloped along a busy section of interstate with police in hot pursuit.  The 12-year-old animal, named Lima, was exercising outside a downtown arena in preparation for an evening show when something spooked him, said Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus spokeswoman Crystal Drake. The zebra broke away from his trainers and bumped up against a fence, then wriggled through an opening.  ***MARLAR: The police said it was an easy capture, as they were chasing after a suspect already wearing prison stripes.

A woman in Essex, England, got two years’ community service after she stabbed her husband in the side with a kitchen knife because he brought her cheap flowers for Valentine’s Day.  ***MARLAR: Her community service will be to scare other women’s husbands into buying good flowers next year.

This john’s a palace. The men’s room at the Hermitage Hotel takes the top honors as the nation’s best restroom. The terrazzo floor shines, as does the art deco tile work. The Nashville bathroom is so swanky, the hotel even has pictures of weddings taking place there. Second in the best potty contest is the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. There, gents answering the call of nature can look out of one-way mirrors over the urinals.  ***MARLAR: What?  No TV or mini-fridge?

Do you wonder why 50% of all Americans are considered overweight? According to new study from the University of Minnesota, it’s because of the increasing numbers of food brands available to them. There’s more food available than ever! Another reason is that Americans eat out more and are eating larger portions. As a result, for every dollar spent in households on food, 20% went to eating out in the 1970s, but that has since increased to 38%.  ***MARLAR: So basically, the University of Minnesota spent all of this money on a study to tell us that we’re overweight because there’s plenty of food to eat and we like to eat a lot.  Where would we be without scientific studies?

Scientists in the Netherlands have found a way of training wasps to detect drugs and bombs. ***MARLAR: How’s that for giving new meaning to “sting operation”?

Good Housekeeping reports 76% of toy recalls are due to design flaws rather than problems like lead paint.  ***MARLAR: The most common flaw is the imprint “Made in China.”

A Florida couple is in the news for getting married in a Wal-Mart where they met. ***MARLAR: When you get such a great markdown on spouses, you gotta jump on it!

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