Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – June 05, 2010

A Minnesota mother has given birth to a baby boy while driving herself to the hospital.  The Pioneer of Bemidji says 29-year-old Amanda McBride was rushing to the hospital Wednesday when suddenly her water broke and the baby “just slid out.”  ***MARLAR: Upon arriving at the hospital a police officer cited her for not having the baby in a child car seat.

Hey stop clowning around with your kids — literally! A new study by the University of Sheffield in England says small children and even older kids don’t like clowns and are scared of them. The study of more than 250 children, aged four to 16, found clown images were widely disliked. It suggests that decorating children’s rooms and hospital wards with paintings of clowns to create a nurturing atmosphere could backfire. Researcher Dr. Penny Curtis said, “As adults we make assumptions about what works for children. We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening.”  ***MARLAR: Decorate your kid’s room with clowns and YOU might be the Bozo.

The West Michigan Whitecaps, a minor league baseball team in Grand Rapids Michigan, will be offering up major league cholesterol, carbohydrates and calories in an enormous hamburger being added to the menu at the Fifth Third Ballpark. The 4-pound, $20 burger features five beef patties, five slices of cheese, nearly a cup of chili and liberal doses of salsa and corn chips, all on an 8-inch sesame-seed bun. That’s a lot of dough! Anyone who eats the entire 4,800-calorie behemoth in one sitting will receive a special T-shirt.  ***MARLAR: Which you won’t be able to fit into.

A new study from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge says you can dig into eggs, yolks and all: They won’t harm your heart, but they can help you trim inches. Women on a low-calorie diet who ate an egg with toast and jelly each morning lost twice as many pounds as those who had a bagel breakfast with the same number of calories but no eggs.  ***MARLAR: Eggs help you lose weight – which is why I begin each day by eating six of them.

What becomes of the broken-hearted? They can go to a hospital in Germany. A clinic for the broken-hearted has been set up in Germany to give emergency treatment to those who have been dumped. The clinic is mainly for love-sick teenagers who do not know how to cope with a broken heart. ***MARLAR: And they’ll tell you everything they tell everyone else. “You’ll get over it, the pain will eventually go away, you’ll meet someone else someday, you’re too good for that person anyway, we know that you hearing all of this doesn’t make a hill-of-beans difference to you right now, so here’s a gallon of ice cream and a spoon.”

The western Japanese city of Kobe has been invaded by rampaging wild boars. ***MARLAR: I didn’t know Regis & Kelly had moved their show to Japan.

Big city dog owners are excited about a new product that allows dogs to do their business without having to go outside. Basically, it’s a giant litter box called “The Pet Loo.” ***MARLAR: It also comes in handy for young adults having “Lord of the Rings” trilogy parties.

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