Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – July 24, 2010

Chia: It may not be just for pets anymore.–The seeds behind the world’s favorite hair-sprouting ceramic creatures might start turning up in an unexpected place: your cake recipe.  According to a new study, a gel made from chia seeds – yes, the same ones that lend their name to the beloved line of Chia Pets – may work as a substitute for eggs or oil to reduce the fat content of cakes.  ***MARLAR: Ch-ch-ch-chia cake!

Mothers who smoke while pregnant increase the risk that their child will develop psychological problems, a new study finds. And a related study found that babies exposed to secondhand smoke from fathers or other people may be at increased risk of developing weight problems, even if mothers are nonsmokers.  Both studies appear online in advance of publication in the July issue of the journal Pediatrics.  ***MARLAR: Mothers and fathers smoking around babies… sounds like the babies are suffering from secondhand stupidity.

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) said he will introduce a bill for a federal research program on the affects of cell phone radiation on users. The bill will also call for a warning label for mobile phones, as a growing body of research around the world indicate potential links between long-term use and cancer.  ***MARLAR: Of course, we’re also told that eating red meat will cause cancer but we’ve not stopped doing that.  Come to think of it, I don’t recall ever seeing a warning label on my spare ribs.

The Liberty Counsel has filed a lawsuit to overturn a ban on Bible distribution on public school campuses in Florida’s Collier County. According to the Liberty Counsel, the School Board allowed World Changers to distribute free Bibles to students during off-school hours on Religious Freedom Day, but now the school officials claim that Bibles do not provide any educational benefit to the students and the distribution should stop.  ***MARLAR: No educational benefit?  Have these people never read the book of Proverbs?

In Holland, Michigan, Scott Rodgers was fined $600, given probation and three days in a work program and banned from McDonald’s for misdemeanor assault and battery after he threw an Egg McMuffin at a McDonald’s manager. He had ordered four of them with ham, but one had sausage. His attorney claimed he didn’t throw it but rather returned it quickly. But the prosecutor said, “The manager was picking egg out of her hair.”  ***MARLAR: Hey, look – an Egg McMullet!

In Parker City, Indiana, Jerry Morgan was shocked to see that the front windows of his neighbor’s house were shattered and there was blood all over the walls. Fearing the absolute worst he dialed 911. Police arrived only to find that no murders had occurred but that the culprit was a scared female deer, still stuck in the house. Police were able to get the deer out, but not before it destroyed ever single room.  Homeowner Monte Jeffery said his insurance company told him they don’t cover deer damage.  ***MARLAR: They might want to remember that when they send their next letter to Santa.  DON’T LAND ON THE HOUSE – IT’S NOT INSURED AGAINST REINDEER!

Two Macedonian men are accused of stealing two 30-foot bridges to sell for scrap metal.  ***MARLAR: They will be taken to jail, as soon as police figure out how to get them there.

A Philadelphia street crew ran into a problem while out fixing potholes.  Their truck was swallowed up by a large pothole that opened up while they were patching a smaller pothole.  As they were moving their truck after fixing a hole on Vassar Street, a larger hole opened up, swallowing the truck.  ***MARLAR: On the plus side, the pothole no longer needs to be filled now.

If you spend a lot of time listening to your iPod or similar device, you’d better turn the volume down. There’s growing evidence that the devices can cause hearing loss for those who like to crank it up.  ***MARLAR: Loud music can cause hearing damage?  Gee… who knew?

A new study shows that 5 million American children have some degree of hearing loss induced by exposure to noise. ***MARLAR: When informed of this statistic, the kids said, “WHAT?”

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