Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: January 03, 2011



According to USA Today, airline pilots are choosing their words more carefully. When speaking to passengers, pilots say “we are experiencing bumpy air” instead of turbulence, “rain showers” instead of thunderstorms and “gate” instead of “terminal,” which people associate with death. Additionally, flights are not late but “delayed.”  ***MARLAR: And your bags weren’t broken into by the baggage handlers, but merely “quality inspected inside and out”.

Norway’s 200,000 reindeer are being fitted with reflectors to protect them from being run over.  So far about 2,000 of the animals have been fitted with reflective yellow collars or small antler tags, reports the Daily Telegraph.  The aim is to reduce the number of car crashes that kill around 500 of the animals each year.  ***MARLAR: Hunters love the idea of the country making reindeers easier to aim their rifles at.

For the second time in one week, Green Bay firefighters were called to a fire in the same apartment unit.  Sunday’s blaze started about 1:30 p.m. in the basement of an apartment in the 1400 block of Norwood Avenue.  Officials said they put out a fire in the same area of the same apartment last Monday. The Brown County Arson Task Force is investigating.  ***MARLAR: They expect to find the cause to be a mother-in-law’s cooking.

The man who sold his Southern California home to “Octomom” Nadya Suleman said Sunday that he’s going ahead with eviction proceedings because she hasn’t made a long overdue $450,000 payment.  Suleman and her 14 children have lived in the 4-bedroom house for nearly two years.  ***MARLAR: Hard to believe someone getting a few hundred bucks every single month for each of her fourteen children couldn’t find a way to make payments.


A Virginia Commonwealth University study found that people with bigger brains are smarter than people with small brains.  ***MARLAR: Boy – it’s amazing what students and scientists will rationalize as “important research” nowadays, isn’t it?

The Irish have begun burying people with their cell phones, so they know they’ll have a way to call for help if they’re not really dead.  ***MARLAR: Right.  I can’t get a signal in a tunnel, and these people think six-feet-under is going to work with a cell phone?

A study conducted at the University of Dusseldorf in Germany has concluded that young women are better able to cope with stress than young men. ***MARLAR: That shouldn’t be all that surprising seeing as the main cause of stress in young men IS young women.

In Anchorage, Alaska, 27-year-old Cheng Saelee robbed his own mother at gunpoint because she wouldn’t give him money to help pay a $430 parking ticket! The Anchorage district attorney said that Saelee was also convicted of illegally contacting his mother from jail and trying to get her to drop the charges. Saelee was arrested after he became angry during an argument with his parents, got a handgun from his room and pointed the weapon at his mother.  ***MARLAR: True to a mother’s form though, she immediately spoke up for her son saying he was the best-looking mugger she’d ever seen.

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