Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: February 28, 2011

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UK budget airline Easy Jet apologized this week to Jewish customers after the only food choices served on a flight from Israel were ham melts and bacon baguettes.  Passengers who follow the faith’s ban on eating pork were forced to go hungry for the four-and-a-half hour journey from Tel Aviv to London.  The airline introduced the route in November, proudly promising that in-flight menus would feature kosher food that met Jewish dietary laws.  ***MARLAR: While we’re on this subject, how can a good Jewish boy go around with the name “Ham?”

A ballot proposition to ban circumcision is on track for gathering signatures, meaning that San Franciscans may vote on the measure this November.  It’s part of a national push to end the procedure, which some say is steeped in tradition but poses risks and has little medical benefit. ***MARLAR: This, from folks in California who live on plastic surgery which poses risks and has little medical benefit.

A study in Britain found that the average teenage boy is paranoid about his looks and spends 65 minutes getting ready to go out.  ***MARLAR: Because, let’s face it, it’s not easy getting your hair to look exactly like you just rolled out of bed.

The last refuge is vanishing for besieged smokers — at least in Honduras. A new law that took effect this week says family members can call in the police on people who smoke at home.  The new measure bans smoking in most closed public or private spaces and orders smokers to stand at least six feet away from nonsmokers in any open space.  ***MARLAR: We used to have smoking and non-smoking sections in restaurants.  Now we’re looking at smoking and non-smoking continents.


In London, a couple has given their baby girl, Autumn, a total of 25 middle names… all of them, the names of famous boxers. ***MARLAR: Which is only fitting, because with a name that long, she’s going to be in a lot of fights in school.

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.

A family in Rosemount, Minnesota has quite the impressive snow fort. Mark Webber and his sons built an elaborate snow fort in their front yard. It’s complete with tunnels and walls. Webber has been on active duty in the army for 16 years. He is now with the National Guard so he can keep his family in one place.  ***MARLAR: Which is a good thing, because moving from snow for to snow fort is expensive.

Stephen Starr, owner of the Barclay Prime steakhouse in Philadelphia, put a posh spin on the local favorite, the Philly cheese steak sandwich. The standard $4 version is sliced ribeye and grilled onions on an Italian roll with cheese. Starr’s has Kobe beef, Taleggio cheese, shaved truffles and sauteed foie gras, and costs $100. But will anyone order it? Starr said, “I believe you will have the rich guy in there who will say, ‘Cheese steaks for the table. And buy one for the guy over there.'”  ***MARLAR: Can you get it with Cheez Whiz?

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