Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: January 07, 2011

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NEW NEWS…

A man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game “Frogger.”  Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck.  In the “Frogger” arcade game, players move frogs through traffic on a busy road and through a hazard-filled river. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends.  Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled “go” and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway.  ***MARLAR: Fortunately, they don’t expect the injured man to croak.

A California medical marijuana dispensary has raked in food donations with a unique offer: free pot.  The Granny Purps dispensary in Soquel (soh-KEL’), about 60 miles southeast of San Francisco, offered a complimentary marijuana cigarette for every four cans of food a patient brought in this holiday season. Each patient was limited to a maximum of three cigarettes a day.  The dispensary took in 11,000 pounds of food and handed out 2,000 marijuana cigarettes between November and Christmas Eve, when the promotion ended.  ***MARLAR: Recipients of the marijuana then turned around and asked for their food back because they had the munchies.

Police say a dispute over the freshness of french fries got heated at a McDonald’s in northern Ohio. Authorities say a customer refused fries waiting Sunday night in their serving pouches at the restaurant near Sandusky. The manager insisted the fries were fresh.  Police say they were called when the customer said he wouldn’t leave until he got different fries. No charges were filed. Police say the man got his money back and left without fries. ***MARLAR: I can’t remember the last time McDonald’s fries were worth fighting over.  The new fries at Wendy’s, sure… but McDonald’s?

Police say an Idaho man on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas punched a teenage passenger who refused to turn off his iPhone as the plane approached the Boise airport.  Officers arrested 68-year-old Russell E. Miller, of Boise, on suspicion of misdemeanor battery.  Witnesses told police the 15-year-old was playing games and listening to music on his cell phone when flight attendants instructed passengers to turn off their electronic devices because the plane was landing.  Witnesses told police that when the teen didn’t respond, Miller got angry and punched the boy in the arm.  ***MARLAR: Police arrested the man on their own, because there’s not yet an app for that.

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

In Agra, India, a group of lawyers tied a young man to a tree and beat him for refusing to marry one of their relatives.  ***MARLAR: I’d have chosen a beating too if my only other alternative was to suddenly have a bunch of lawyers as in-laws.

Recent research suggests that your computer keyboard may be dirtier than a toilet seat.  ***MARLAR: They’ve obviously never seen the radio station’s bathroom.

In Naples, Florida, witnesses reported that Courtland Page Johnson was driving erratically and crashed his car into several barricades. He got out of his car, and that’s when, witnesses say, he started wrestling with something. That something was his pet snake. It seems Johnson had wrapped the snake around his neck and at some point during the drive it began attacking him. When authorities caught up with Johnson at his home he had cuts and freshly dried blood on his body, but did not need medical attention.  ***MARLAR: I might suggest psychiatric attention though.  Anyone who purposely wraps a giant snake around their neck (while driving nonetheless) needs a checkup from the neck up!

It’s a pretty cold thing to do over some hot sauce. Police in Miami report the manager of a Wendy’s was shot in the arm in a dispute over packets of chili sauce. According to officers, a drive-through customer argued with an employee about the limit of three chili sauce packets. The customer demanded ten and got them. Police say the man then asked for even more and the manager came out to talk to him. Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Mary Walter say that’s when the manager was shot several times in the arm, but didn’t suffer serious injury. Police are still searching for the chili sauce shooter, who drove off with a woman in his car. ***MARLAR: I suspect he ran for the border.

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