Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: January 10, 2011

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NEW NEWS…

Californians can start saying goodbye to traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs now that the state has become the first in the country to require a new standard for the screw-base bulbs.  What used to be a 100-watt light bulb manufactured and sold in California will have to use 72 watts or less. The 72-watt replacement bulb, also called an energy-saving halogen light, will provide the same amount of light, called lumens, for lower energy cost.  ***MARLAR: They also contain mercury, which is poisonous, so if people die that’s another way they’ll use less electricity, so everybody wins.

Officials say a 53-year-old Oklahoma man told customs inspection at Detroit Metropolitan Airport that there was a perfectly good explanation for the $50,000 worth of heroin found in his luggage: They were for his grandmother who was very old and used them as a pain reliever.  ***MARLAR: Oh… well, in that case, move along sir, sorry to have bothered you.

Brett Favre insists his career is over and says he has no regrets about returning for 20th season.  ***MARLAR: At least he thinks it’s over.  Maybe.  He’s still wavering.

Women who eat a lot of red meat may be putting themselves at increased risk of stroke, a new study in more than 30,000 Swedish women hints.  The study team found that those in the top tenth for red meat consumption, who ate at least 3.6 ounces daily, were 42 percent more likely to suffer a stroke due to blocked blood flow in the brain compared to women who ate less than an ounce of red meat daily.  ***MARLAR: The problem is that most women eat red meat more than they think simply by biting their husbands’ heads off.

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

First came oxygen bars, and now 7-11 in Japan plans to start selling canned oxygen. Normal air is about 21 percent oxygen, but the cans contain 95 percent oxygen, and a quick inhalation supposedly invigorates a person, relieving stress and fatigue. 7-11 says each can contains enough oxygen for 35 two-second inhalations, which should last you about a week.  ***MARLAR: Or a one-way morning drive to work in Los Angeles.

In Southwest Ranches, Florida, Rob Falk must really love his pig. Town officials ordered him to get rid of his 300-pound Yorkshire pet pig named Strawberry, but Falk says he’d rather leave town than give up the animal. City Council members cited Falk’s landlord for a code violation in July. Last week, officials gave Falk 30 days to remove Strawberry from the home, saying that the town allows only one Vietnamese pot bellied pig per household. Officials are also worried that the pig will get bigger and grow large tusks. Falk says his family will move because “the pig is like one of our children.”  ***MARLAR: Oh yeah… Rob’s children have also been banned from town.

A study by research company Uinvue says the average family will spend 91 hours a year fighting and arguing. Fights flare up as much as three times a day, usually lasting for around five minutes. The most common arguments are over household chores, children “treating the house like a hotel”, and couples taking each other for granted. 3,000 families took part in the research and it was interesting to note that the mother seems to still play the most pivotal role within the family when it comes to resolving conflicts. However the results do show that dads are getting far more involved. Daughters were most likely to slam doors during an argument, while fathers preferred to go for a long drive to cool off. But it’s not the arguing that tears families apart — it’s how they deal with their disagreements. Families who promote healthy resolve to conflicts can actually realize a positive effect on family members. On the other hand, one in ten of the families surveyed said they were not on speaking terms.  ***MARLAR: And would only answer survey questions through gritted teeth.

A local zoning dispute in Naugatuck (NAW’-gah-tuck), Connecticut, has become, for some, a battle of good versus evil. The owner of a photo store put signs outside her store urging passing motorists to “Beep for Christ.” But then the owner of a neighboring tattoo store put out a sign urging motorists to honk twice for Satan.  Town officials responded by ordering the signs removed.  ***MARLAR: And put up their own signs saying, “Honk if you hate being told to honk.”

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