DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – JUNE 01, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnews12If you were a fan of the 1986 movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” you’ll remember the cool house Bueller’s friend Cameron Frye lived in with the glass garage in the back, overhanging a steep hill?  It’s where Bueller and his friend took the 1961 Ferrari from to go on their joy ride. Well…now that actual house is up for sale for only 2.3 million.  ***MARLAR: When you thing the doorbell it does “shick… shick.. shicki-shickaaaaa….”

Where do you go after telling cops in frantic 9-1-1 calls you’d been abducted and stuffed in the trunk of a car? You go to Disney World! A mother from the Philly area who said she and her daughter had been carjacked and put in a car trunk were found at Disney World. Police say the two had flown there about two hours after reporting their abduction. They’re now in custody.  ***MARLAR: Now they’re claiming that they only FELT like they’d been kidnapped when they were forced onto the “It’s a Small World” ride. 

While their parents seem to be moving away from Facebook, 18-to-25-year olds are spending more time on the site than ever. Since the end of March, nearly 2 million new members have joined up in that age bracket. The root of these developing Facebook trends? We’d bet that those Gen Y-ers, finding themselves unemployed and out of school, are aiming to waste some time and distract themselves. Meanwhile, we’d guess that their parents, in light of their companies’ tightening belts, are laying off the during-office-hours browsing. By the way…Teenagers now send and receive an average of 80 text messages a day, more than double the number a year ago.  ***MARLAR: Factor in eight hours for sleep and that’s sending a text on average every twelve minutes.  What are you texting about?  “Going to restroom now”… “flushing toilet now”… “washing hands now”…

The judges on “American Idol” didn’t care for the way Danny Gokey danced. What about the judges on “Dancing With The Stars”? Gokey is willing to give it a try. He says he’d like to try that show partly because of the way the “Idol” judges dogged on his moves. His first priorities, though, are making an album and doing work for his foundation that brings music and arts programs to kids.  ***MARLAR: With the way Danny danced on “American Idol” it only makes sense to next go on a show hosted by the guy from “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

A former school board trustee from Southern California has been sentenced to two years of informal probation for stealing a bottle of ketchup from a college dining area. Orange County Superior Court Judge Jacki Brown day also ordered Steve Rocco to pay about $200 in fines and to stay 100 yards away from the college. Rocco was convicted by a jury of misdemeanor petty theft for stealing a single 14-ounce bottle of ketchup from a Chapman University dining area. The eccentric former Orange Unified School District trustee, known for espousing conspiracy theories, claims authorities planted the ketchup near his bicycle to make it look like a theft when he was simply recycling the bottle. He says he will appeal.  ***MARLAR: As soon as he recycles enough ketchup bottles to pay for a lawyer.

Ozzy Osbourne loves a British cereal so much, that every month, he has a case of “Sugar Puffs” shipped to his L.A. home.  ***MARLAR: After hearing the guy talk, he may need to dial the sugar back a bit.

USA Today reports on a study by the non-partisan education group Common Core that found that about half of American 17-year-olds can’t identify the books and historic events that have always been basic cultural touchstones. 48 percent didn’t know what “1984” was about, 49 percent didn’t know that Joseph McCarthy was crusading against communism, and only 43 percent could place the Civil War as being fought between 1850 and 1900. A spokesman said it shows schools are concentrating so much on teaching math and reading, kids aren’t learning the basic history, literature and humanities required to maintain a common culture.  ***MARLAR: If we’re spending so much time teaching them reading, how come they’ve apparently never read anything?

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