DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – JUNE 08, 2009

The annual Global Peace Index has been released by the non-governmental group, Vision of Humanity. It found that the world is slightly more peaceful this year than last year. It also ranks 140 nations in terms of peacefulness. The least peaceful nation is Iraq, followed by Sudan, Afghanistan, Israel and Chad. The US ranked #97 in peacefulness. And if you really love peace, you can move to the #1 most peaceful nation on Earth: Iceland.  ***MARLAR: The moral… peace is boring.

Al Gore turned his global warming lecture, “An Inconvenient Truth.” into a book, a movie, a DVD and an audio book. Now, officials at La Scala in Milan, Italy, have commissioned a composer to turn it into an opera. It will debut during the 2011 season.  ***MARLAR: Do you realize how much carbon dioxide is expelled by opera singers?!!

The World Health Organization says cigarette packages should include images of sickness and suffering caused by tobacco, along with written warnings.  ***MARLAR: They also recommend pictures of Kirstie Alley on all snack foods. 

Former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich says TV viewers will be disappointed if they tune in to “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here” expecting her to use obscenities. She was caught on a federal wiretap in a profanity-laced tirade, but she says she swears less than her friends.  ***MARLAR: Apparently the only words her friends know have only four letters. 

Takeru Kobayashi (tah-kah-roo koh-bee-yah-shee) has outlasted Joey Chestnut in a pizza-eating contest.  The two eating titans faced off Saturday at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. in an event sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The contest featured the P’zone, a pizza weighing one pound with pepperoni and other ingredients sealed inside a crust. At nearly 12 inches long, it resembles a calzone.  Kobayashi, a six-time world hot dog eating champion from Japan, consumed 5 3/4 P’zones in a six-minute span to edge Chestnut. The 25-year-old from San Jose, Calif., wolfed down 5 1/2 P’zones.  The arch rivals are best known for their annual Fourth of July hot dog eating showdowns on New York’s Coney Island.  Portions of the pizza event will air on the Spike TV “Guys’ Choice” show on June 21.  ***MARLAR: I only have one question… why am I never invited to these things?!??!!

As unbelievable as it may seem, researchers at Harvard have come to the conclusion that ketchup might actually lower your risk of getting prostate cancer. ***MARLAR: Ketchup labels will now include the warning, “for internal use only.”

Criminals may be coming on tough times thanks to a new weapon developed for police dogs. It’s a muzzle charged with 50-thousand volts of electricity. When the powered up pooch lunges at a bad guy and rubs him with the muzzle, it delivers a shock strong enough to send a 230 pound man airborne and stun him.  ***MARLAR: The trick is keeping your police dog from sniffing other police dogs’ butts.

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