DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – July 09, 2009

Chicken soup may be good for more than just the soul. It’s a good weapon too. Steve Coleman attempted to rob a Chicago sewing-machine shop when he was stopped by the store’s owner. The quick thinking man tossed his bowl of chicken noodle soup at the robber, who then fled the scene. Police later arrested Coleman when they spotted a man near the scene of the attempted robbery who had noodles in his hair. ***MARLAR: Now that’s using your ole’ noodle!

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie: A tiny purple microbe that had been dormant for 120,000 years deep beneath glacial ice is brought back to life in a science lab. No, this one doesn’t take over the world or cause a pandemic. It’s actually harmless to humans.  ***MARLAR: Well, until it grows up to have one eye, one horn, and starts eating people. 

Denny’s has unveiled its new Rockstar menu, which includes the Unstoppable Breakfast — a biscuit topped with country-fried steak, eggs, cheese, gravy and three strips of bacon with hashbrowns — in honor of Rascal Flatts’ “Unstoppable” Tour.  ***MARLAR: Ironically, a breakfast like that stops your heart. 

Pati Moore from Naples Florida has a great idea for you when you suffer the loss of a pet. Pati is the creator of the Soft-Hearted Pillow (Contact Pati @ 888-450-4548). The pillow contains the ashes of your pet, which are secured in plastic and then encased in a soft pouch. When Pati lost her most recent dog, Samantha, she found that the hardest question to answer was “What is the best way to commemorate her and how can I continue to keep her near?” This is what inspired the “Soft-Hearted Pillow.” ***MARLAR: Finally – now I’ll know what to do with my Sea Monkeys!

The Sears Tower will be installing wind turbines on its recessed rooftops. This is just a part of a five-year, $350 million project to renovate the building, with upgrades in the glass exterior, internal lighting, heating, cooling and elevator systems, and those turbines, which will provide power for the building’s 4.5 million square feet of office and retail space.  ***MARLAR: With all the hot air blowing around Chicago politics, they plan to have a full-time maintenance man working the turbine. 

A Calvert, Maryland, woman began choking, and her golden retriever Toby jumped up and down on her chest, performing the Heimlich Maneuver and saving her life.  ***MARLAR: As a reward, the dog will be allowed to beg and be fed under the table for the rest of its life.

An eighth-grader in Monterey, California, did a science report on his brother’s dyslexia and ended up receiving an $87,000 government grant to study the problem. ***MARLAR: After hearing about this story, I’m hoping to get a grant myself. I’m strongly considering doing a report on life as a couch potato.

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