DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – JUNE 10, 2009

New “Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien got off to a rousing ratings start last Monday, crushing CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and generating strong viewer ship. O’Brien’s debut notched a 7.1 rating/17 share in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets, the best Monday metered markets for the “Tonight” franchise in four years. “Tonight” outdrew “Late Show” (2.8/7) by a wide margin, and beat the combined average of the CBS broadcast and a repeat of ABC’s “Nightline” (2.7/6)/ “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.2/4) by 154 percent, NBC said. Compared to what “Tonight” had been averaging in the most recent quarter, O’Brien boosted ratings by 82 percent. He also improved on his final edition of “Late Night” (2.6/8) by 173 percent.  ***MARLAR: Meanwhile, when asked about Jimmy Fallon’s new show, people said, “WHO?”

At 101 years old, Winnie Langley has a piece of advice for people who are considering smoking: “Don’t start — it’s just a bad habit.” Do as she says, not as she does. Langley, a British widow, first lit up when she was 7 years old, and she still smokes every day.  ***MARLAR: The lesson is simple – don’t smoke unless you want to live forever.

Former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich has earned immunity for the first elimination on NBC’s reality show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!”  On Tuesday’s show, Blagojevich’s fellow cast mates Heidi and Spencer Pratt of MTV’s “The Hills,” were seen taking what’s presumably their final leave of the competition series.  “I’m a Celebrity” airs from the Costa Rican jungle, with semi-famous people competing for food, supplies, money for their chosen charities – and TV screen-time.  At the end of the show, viewers were invited to cast their votes to eliminate one of the female contenders, but not Blagojevich. The results were promised for Thursday’s show.  According to Nielsen Media Research, the show drew 6.4 million viewers for the debut.  ***MARLAR: Her husband, Rod, is asking if the immunity is transferable. 

A Wisconsin woman and her 5-year-old daughter got an unwelcome visit from a wild turkey that broke through a bedroom window while they were watching TV. Heidi Herrera says the bird charged into the living room, and chased them into another bedroom. Herrera eventually ventured out and found the turkey in the kitchen. When she walked toward it, the bird ran out the open front door and down the street, leaving feathers, blood and glass scattered through the house.  ***MARLAR: That has to be frustrating… none of the turkey, all of the mess. 

The Southern California woman who gave birth to the world’s longest-surviving set of octuplets has signed a deal to star in a reality TV series. Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to the six boys and two girls in January and also has six other children, agreed to be filmed for a proposed television show by 3Ball Production. The company hasn’t yet sold the show to any American television network, he said.  ***MARLAR: If it doesn’t work out, they plan to come back with a reality show idea for Nadya’s lips.

We’ve all heard the old saying about how many of “them” it takes to change a light bulb, but who knew they had a school for that kind of thing? The Town Council of Doncaster, England, not only sent its janitorial staff to a half-day seminar on how to change a light bulb, but they were also trained in the proper use of a ladder. A school custodian who was forced to attend the training called it “comic” as an official demonstrated how to fit different sized bulbs into their corresponding sockets. The council rebuts that it takes health and safety of its workforce seriously and to prove it, 94 staff members have been trained how to change a light bulb so far. ***MARLAR: So, how many trained lightbulb changers does it take to change a stupid rule about changing lightbulbs?  None… they’re too busy training lightbulb changers to change the lightbulb changing rules.

Young people can expect to get carded at a Wisconsin hot spot. Not to buy a drink, but to go to the mall. Mayfield Mall southwest of Milwaukee is a popular place with local teens. But if they want to hang out they’ll have to show I-D. Mall officials are concerned rowdy teenagers might be driving away paying customers.  ***MARLAR: It’s a mall… 90% of your paying customers ARE teenagers!

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