DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – June 19, 2009

A Philadelphia school teacher is under investigation for allegedly throwing a stapler that struck a student in the head. The mother of a 15-year-old boy said she took him to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he received four stitches in his forehead Friday afternoon.  School district spokesman Fernando Gallard confirms that the male teacher threw the stapler when his class became unruly.  ***MARLAR: The teacher said he was trying to make a point. 

A dog playing fetch in Germany has found and delivered to its owner a U.S. hand grenade from World War II.  Police in the western town of Erkrath said Monday they were called by the dog’s 40-year-old owner who stopped walking her pooch when she recognized the “rusty” object it was carrying was a weapon.  Police summoned a munitions expert Sunday to identify and defuse the grenade.  Grenades and bombs left over from World War II are still often found in Germany.  Sometimes whole streets in neighborhoods are evacuated so that such devices can be safely defused. ***MARLAR: The lesson to be learned… don’t play fetch in Germany. 

A new study by researcher E. Mitchell Seymour of the University of Michigan shows that a diet high in blueberries reduces abdominal fat — the kind linked to increased waist size and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. As an extra added bonus, blueberry-eating rats also improves glucose control (meaning blood sugar was more stable).  ***MARLAR: Blueberry muffins, here I come!

It took 101 innings, there were 687 runs scored, and 817 children participated.  The players of the Wrentham Youth Baseball/Softball Association between the ages of 5 and 15 played for 36 straight hours over the weekend, raising an estimated $75,000 for charity.  The event was billed by organizers as the world’s longest baseball game. It began at 8:01 a.m. Saturday and ended at 8:01 p.m. Sunday.  Coordinator Jim Lucas says the post-game handshake took about 10 minutes.  The money is still being counted. It will go to a number of charities. The top fundraisers get to attend a lunch with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.  The final score was Away 348, Home 339.  ***MARLAR: With such a long game, it’s a good thing they were able to rest up with that seventh-inning stretch. 

Family Dollar has been in business for 50 years, and it’s celebrating with the 50 Days of Giveaways contest. The chain will be giving away daily prizes that include cash, computers, Nintendo Wii game systems and more over seven weeks. The grand prize will be a Ford Fusion Hybrid!  ***MARLAR: But they’ll all be used and only worth a dollar.

A Rockford, Illinois elderly woman wasn’t giving up her purse without a fight!  The Rockford Register Star reports that the woman was walking in the area of Third Avenue and Fifth Street Tuesday morning when a man jumped out of the passenger seat of a Ford Explorer and  slammed the woman into a tree…but she wasn’t letting go of her purse.  He was unable to get it out of her grasp, so he jumped back in the SUV and fled.  Not only was the woman able to hang onto her purse…she kept her wits about her enough to note the license plate of the vehicle, that it was driven by a large woman, and she was able to give a full description of the man.  The report says officers were able to locate the Explorer and the woman who was driving it, but not the man.  ***MARLAR: And now (OTHER JOCK) has to find some other way to get his lunch money.

Rodney Soloman a commercial fisherman reeled in a live missile in the Gulf of Mexico and kept it on his boat for 10 days. Soloman hooked the air-to-air guided missile 50 miles off the Panhandle town of Panama City. The Air Force and Navy use Gulf waters off the Panhandle for weapons training. A bomb squad was called in from MacDill Air Force Base and dismantled the missile in an empty parking lot.  The bomb squad said the missile was very corroded from floating in saltwater for a long time. They said it was live and in a very unstable state.  ***MARLAR: And he kept it in his boat for ten days?  Did he think it was a bottle-nose dolphin?

A judge in Washington state has ruled that leaning on a horn isn’t a form of free speech. Helen Immelt of Monore was convicted of a noise violation for blaring her car horn for 10 minutes straight. She had parked in front of neighbor’s house during the early morning hours on two different days and honked. She was mad at the man for complaining about her chickens.  A judge has rejected Immelt’s appeal, saying annoying horn honking isn’t protected by the Constitution.  ***MARLAR: She’s now honking at the judge’s house. 

It seems that people love to eat where President Obama eats! For example, at the bustling Pi pizza restaurant in St. Louis, the staff has come up with a new mantra: “It’s just pizza!” Just pizza, and yet still, they marvel, customers are happy to wait well upward of two hours at peak time for a table. That is, ever since news came out that Barack Obama loved this pizza so much during a campaign stop, the owners were invited to recreate it in the White House ovens. It seems wherever Obama eats, business goes up. This is proof that Obama’s stimulus package is working in one area for sure.  ***MARLAR: I guess this is Obama’s plan to create jobs – one eatery at a time.

On May 22 and 23, Starbucks overcharged approximately one million of its customers. The Memorial Day mistake, which the coffee chain is calling a “settlement processing error,” has allegedly been resolved, but has left many customers concerned about the security of their credit card and debit card transactions. At more than 7,000 Starbucks store’s customers were double-charged for their purchases. Essentially, when the company settled its bank transactions at the end of the day, it withdrew twice the actual purchase amount so you should have been credited. You might want to check your credit card balance though.  ***MARLAR: How is being charged too much for coffee NEWS?  Where do you think they get the money to open up a new Starbucks every eight hours?

A 13-year-old French girl, identified only as Anais, had written a letter to her late mother who died two years ago. Anais is still grieving her mother, so she wrote a letter and addressed the envelope as Paradise Street, Heaven. The letter was returned two days later with a stamp that read “unknown at this address” and a demand for $1.35 in postage due. The French post office has since apologized. ***MARLAR: Wait a minute… $1.35 postage due? So if she pays the postage then the letter WILL be delivered to Heaven?

A Minnesota representative proposed a bill to encourage schools to ban fragrances because teenage boys are soaking themselves in Axe body spray instead of showering, in the belief it attracts girls. ***MARLAR: Guys, if you really want to attract girls, try a shower.

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