Mexico is looking to battle the bulging waistlines of its children by banning the sale of junk food in its schools, including many of the traditional treats generations of kids have grown up with. Getting the ax along with modern soft drinks and sweets will be salted tamarind candy, pork rinds and atole, the thick and sweet cornstarch-based beverage served piping hot in the morning. ***MARLAR: On the plus side, candy-filled piñatas are still allowed because they are good for cardio-vascular exercise.
Greek officials say a horde of frogs has forced the closure of a key northern highway for two hours. Thessaloniki traffic police chief Giorgos Thanoglou says “millions” of the amphibians covered the tarmac Wednesday near the town of Langadas, some 12 miles east of Thessaloniki. “There was a carpet of frogs,” he said. Authorities closed the highway after three car drivers skidded off the road trying to dodge the frogs. No human injuries were reported. ***MARLAR: Reporter, Kermit the Frog was quoted as saying, “Oh the froganity!”
(All of this after an arrest the day before of an older gentleman shouting “Let my people go!”)
A 4,800-calorie burger offered by a minor league baseball team this season has been branded a “dietary disaster.” 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 bun. Staff dietitian Susan Levin of the Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has sent a letter to the West Michigan Whitecaps. She’s asking that the monster burger be labeled a “dietary disaster” that increases the risk of cancer and heart disease. Whitecaps spokesman Mickey Graham says the team hasn’t considered a label. He says the burger is a gimmick promoted as a very unhealthy menu item. ***MARLAR: Since when does anyone go to the ball park for health food?
Authorities have finally gotten a leg up, on a man charged with stealing an artificial leg. Authorities charge Rigoberto Zarazua-Rubio never paid for a prosthetic leg that was measured and fitted for him at a Des Moines, Iowa, business in 2005. The outstanding theft warrant was discovered after police arrested the man on a drug conspiracy charge. Authorities add they’re confiscating the artificial leg and will return it to the store. ***MARLAR: Ironically, they arrested him at an I-HOP.
JetBlue reports it had a stowaway on a recent New York to Boston flight. But it wasn’t someone trying to get a free ride, just an employee trying to catch a few “Z’s.” Police say the JetBlue employee told them he fell asleep in the plane’s baggage compartment and got locked inside. The 21-year-old man says he called JetBlue when he realized the plane had taken off. State police report the snoozing stowaway isn’t being charge with a crime. ***MARLAR: And the man said flying cargo was much roomier than coach.
A group in Omaha is selling gas that comes from countries not supporting terrorism, and recently opened the first gas station that is “terror free.” ***MARLAR: Well, “terror free” so long as you don’t count the toilets.
Even though local hunters claim they’ve never done such a thing, a new law in Vienna bans anglers from casting their lines out of moving airplanes or other vehicles. Also, it’s now against the law to hunt deer by blowing them up with explosives. ***MARLAR: Well, crud; I guess I have to find a new place to spend my vacation.
In New York, a driver for a heating oil company read the bill wrong and mistakenly pumped at least 50 gallons of oil into basement of the home of a family that had switched to natural gas 35 years ago. The company offered to clean up the mess free of charge. ***MARLAR: Forget that – with today’s gas prices I’d be looking to resell it OPEC.