DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – JUNE 04, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnews12Norfolk, Virginia deputy sheriff George Bell, at 7 feet 8 inches, is the tallest man in the United States. Although shorter than Ukraine’s 8 feet and 5.5 inches Leonid Stadnyk, the world’s tallest, he towers over basketball giant Yao Ming. The 50-year-old police officer wears size 19 shoes and pants with a 43-inch waistline.  ***MARLAR: He’s so tall that his police gun belt is equipped with an oxygen mask. 

People who drive Hummers receive almost five times as many traffic tickets as the average driver, according to a new study. A new study surveyed data from 1.7 million drivers and found the Hummer H2 and H3 are the most frequently ticketed vehicles on the road, surpassing even the 565-horsepower Mercedes CLK 63 AMG. At the other end of the spectrum, the Jaguar XJ  was the vehicle least likely to attract the attention of Johnny Law. Researchers attribute to the feeling of invincibility that comes from driving a rolling bank vault.  ***MARLAR: Plus, if you don’t like getting a ticket, you can role your Hummer right over the squad car. 

Jennifer Lopez’s reality show on TLC has been shelved. The premiere of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ was so huge, the network decided J.Lo’s home life would pale in comparison — especially since she refused to show her kids on camera.  ***MARLAR: So now they’re talking to Octo-mom. 

On Wednesday, Burger King announced that it is releasing three new kids’ meals that are healthier than its old child-oriented offerings. The new choices all have fewer than 560 calories, yet still hover around 600 milligrams of sodium. Even so, with menu options like apple sticks that are cut to look like fries, bite-sized burgers, and low fat caramel dipping sauce, the new meals are a major step up from their predecessors.  ***MARLAR: I’ve tried the healthier bite-size burgers, and their not bad if you order them by the dozen.

New studies are suggesting that not all generic drugs are the same as their name brand supposed equals.  Troubling reactions and a series of recalls are making some doctors wonder if generic drugs are as safe as the FDA says they are.  ***MARLAR: Bad news for me – I suffer from placebositis!

122 criminals with records including murder, kidnapping, and robbery have been legally voted into office by India voters and are now government officials. ***MARLAR: Seeing as politicians often become corrupt anyway, this is just like cutting out the middle man.

A new survey found that more than a quarter of employers have fired workers for misusing e-mail, and one third have fired workers for misusing the Internet on the job. Two-thirds of bosses say they monitor Internet connections. ***MARLAR: Wouldn’t the manager get more done if he stopped reading all of my emails?

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