DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – July 12, 2009

Are you a very ticklish person? It may mean you have a high IQ. If the slightest tickle makes you limp with laughter, it’s actually a good thing. A Harvard study shows that ticklish people have IQ’s that are on average 48-points higher than their non ticklish friends. Apparently men like Socrates, Leonardo Da Vinci and Albert Einstein were all so ticklish that sometimes just being touched was pure agony for them.  ***MARLAR: So how do you explain Elmo?

 

A $20-million German lottery winner says he plans to build the world’s largest pigeon coop. The unidentified man lives in a modest apartment with his family so he said the first thing he will do is buy a house in the country far enough from neighbors so he can build his giant pigeon hotel without disturbing anyone.  ***MARLAR: I might also suggest he purchase a giant shovel.

 

Scarlett Johansson, who is the face of cosmetics giant L’Oreal, admits she isn’t afraid to use plastic surgery in the future to avoid growing old ungracefully. She says, “I will definitely have plastic surgery — I don’t want to become an old hag!”  ***MARLAR: But apparently she’s fine with being shallow. 

 

Want to know what’s wrong with kids today — it’s the parents — who are insane! It’s no secret that many parents this day in age like to throw over-the-top birthday parties in exuberant yet inexplicable expressions of devotion to their babies’ supposed happiness. Case in point is a party recently thrown by Sheila Chapman and Ray Reed for their precious “Prince” Clayburn Reed in Tampa Palms, Florida, to celebrate Prince’s first birthday. The party featured 60 guests, a professional party-planner, pony rides, a magician and a piñata, all centered around a rented room at the local country club. Shelia told a reporter from the St. Petersburg Times, “These are the memories I want him to have. I want him to know how important and special I think he is.”  ***MARLAR: What memories?  He’s ONE YEAR OLD!  The kid can’t even say his own name, and you expect him to remember his first birthday party?

 

Victoria Walker is facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted of assault with a deadly weapon at Disney World. A woman claims that Walker came up from behind her screaming and accusing her of cutting in line at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cup Ride. She says Walker attacked her and her kids, threw her to the ground, pinned her between a giant tea cup and saucer, beat and kicked her, then tried to choke her with the lanyard she wears to carry a water bottle. ***MARLAR: That’s weird – I saw this happen last week when a lady had more than ten items in the express checkout line.

Health officials in Hong Kong are warning that some Chinese dishes such as fried rice and noodles are loaded with fat, cholesterol and sodium that can cause heart attacks and high blood pressure.  ***MARLAR: Even worse, an hour later you’re hungry for more fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

 

A 142-year-old sheep farm in Australia puts on a show for tourists where the sheep shearers demonstrate synchronized shearing to music. ***MARLAR: They tried synchronized swimming, but the sheep kept shrinking.

 

 

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