Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: January 14, 2011

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NEW NEWS…

It should be official by today (January 14th) – all new stamps good for 1 ounce of domestic first-class mail will forgo a printed denomination and be acceptable for the typical letter regardless of the current postal rate.  The move is designed to help customers cope with postage increases.  ***MARLAR: Or, more likely, help hide postage increases.

Most Americans think they have a healthy diet — but many of them need to eat their words.  People are trying to eat right, but a lot are getting it wrong, according to a new Consumer Reports poll. A whopping 89.7 percent of those surveyed rated their own diet as “somewhat” (52.6 percent), “very” (31.5 percent) or “extremely” (5.6 percent) healthy. But a mere 28 percent said they limit sweets and sugar every day, and 26 percent said they curbed fat consumption daily, according to the poll.  When it comes to vegetables, the poll found that the five most popular — those eaten at least once a week — are lettuce or salad greens, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes (other than sweet potatoes) and broccoli.  The top five on the poll’s list of “wallflower” veggies — those that respondents said they rarely or never eat — are parsnips, Swiss chard, bok choy, turnips or rutabagas and artichokes.  ***MARLAR: The study indicates that for most people, their normal dietary habits are so bad they’d probably be better off eating a printout of the dietary study.

Judaism’s holiest place is adopting the most modern of conveniences; now if you can’t make it to Jerusalem’s Western Wall you can still get your important message to god via your IPhone.  The Western Wall Heritage Foundation has launched an app that allows anyone to type a message to be printed and placed in the wall’s cracks just as the faithful have been doing for centuries. It also has a live video stream of the wall which is turned off during the Sabbath in Israel so this app is kosher!  ***MARLAR: Sadly, even Heaven has a lousy AT&T signal.

Schools in Ottawa, Canada, are considering selling naming rights to corporations, but critics say nobody would want to go to Taco Bell High School.  ***MARLAR: Especially if they have refried beans at lunch every day.

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

Police say an Ohio woman punched through a McDonald’s drive-through window because she couldn’t get Chicken McNuggets.  Twenty-four-year-old Melodi Dushane has pleaded not guilty to a vandalism charge in Toledo. Police were called to the restaurant where she allegedly became upset because chicken nuggets weren’t available.  ***MARLAR: Wasn’t there a lady last year who called 911 to report McDonald’s was out of these things?  Wow… I’m going to have to try some of those tasty McNuggets.

A dog who has collected 3,000 balls at his local golf club in England has been rewarded for his efforts — with lifelong membership. Mongrel terrier Deuce and his owner Jim often take a sunset stroll at the club (Pontnewydd Golf Club) and the pet can’t resist looking for lost balls. The balls he collects are handed out to club’s younger players.  ***MARLAR: One word of advice, if they really are going to allow the dog a lifelong membership, I’d be especially careful about where you step in the sand traps.

Researchers at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands claim they have completed the first sequencing of an individual woman’s entire DNA. It’s the genome of one of their female researchers. Four individual male genomes have been sequenced so far, as have various animals such as dogs, cats, chimps, cows and a platypus. But this is the first time anyone has mapped all 3 billion building blocks that it takes to make a woman.  ***MARLAR: And yet the male researchers still don’t understand the first thing about a woman.

When British scrap metal dealer John Webber was a kid in 1945, his grandpa gave him a cup shaped like the faces of two ancient Egyptian women. He assumed it was brass. Recently, he was moving and found it in a shoebox under his bed, so he decided to have it appraised. It turned out to be a gold Persian cup dating to the 4th century B.C. It’s expected to sell at auction for at least a million dollars. Webber said his granddad had a good eye for antiques, but he has no idea where he found that. He recalled that as a kid, he used to use it for target practice with his air rifle. ***MARLAR: His grandpa was Indiana Jones. (

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