Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – July 18, 2010

Spouses are a bigger source of stress than bosses, research shows. There may be no place like home, but if you want to relax then you might be better off at work, according to the survey.   The poll of 3,000 men and women also found that husbands are more likely to send their wives’ blood pressure soaring than the other way round.  ***MARLAR: Upon hearing the news, husbands all over the nation immediately volunteered to go fishing… for their wives’ sakes.

A new 10% tax on indoor UV tanning goes into effect today.  The tanning tax is one of the provisions funding the national health care reform bill that passed in March.  ***MARLAR: Due to fewer people getting tans due to the new tax, the U.S. government is planning a new tax on the sun.

Parking in a handicap parking space in Appleton, Wisconsin will now cost you $300 if you don’t have the proper plates or placards.  Appleton’s fine used to be $60.  ***MARLAR: Ironically, stealing someone’s handicap placard is a fine of $60.

A Washington state city may have to lay-off a member of the police force. But throwing her a bone could soften the blow. The Snohomish City Council is considering whether to get rid of Dixie the drug-sniffing dog. Officials note the K9 cop costs the city about $16,000 a year in vet care, food and other expenses. The Everett Herald reports the city plans on keeping its other, younger police dog, which is used to track criminals.  ***MARLAR: Meanwhile, Dixie will be sent to rehab.

A father was accused of using a dog shock collar on his four children. Apparently the 41-year-old man was jailed Tuesday on charges of criminal mistreatment. The father acknowledged putting the electronic dog collar on his four children and shocking all of them at least once but he didn’t do it as a punishment. Rather, he thought it was funny. The children, all younger than 10, are in the custody of their mother.  ***MARLAR: Who took the children home on leashes.

Scientists have found more than 200 new species of frogs in Madagascar the Indian Ocean island’s unique wildlife, a study shows. The world’s fourth-largest island, known for exotic creatures such as the ring-tailed lemur and poisonous frogs, is a biodiversity hotspot. More than 80 percent of the mammals in Madagascar are found nowhere else, while all but one of the 217 previously known species of amphibian are believed by scientists to be native.  ***MARLAR: The animals are so strange and unusual, the Jerry Springer show is looking at the island for future guests.

More than age, marital status, blood pressure and smoking, anxiety is the top cause of heart attacks, according to a study from the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation of Massachusetts.  ***MARLAR: Unfortunately, the top cause of anxiety is marriage.

Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper reports that more men than women may soon be getting head implants. Plastic surgeon Luis de la Cruz of Madrid has developed an implant that adds nearly 2 inches (5 cm) to a person’s height by making an incision in the side of the head and squeezing the implant between the skull and the scalp. It costs $8500, but he’s already done it for 17 people who wanted jobs for which they would normally not meet the height requirement, such as firefighter.  ***MARLAR: Or to try out for a sequel to the Coneheads movie.

An 8-year-old boy in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was suspended from school for 3 days after he pointed a fried chicken finger at teacher and said “Pow, pow, pow.” This violated the school’s zero-tolerance policy against weapons. ***MARLAR: What’s even more amazing is that this means guns can now be added to the list of things that taste like chicken.

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