DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – June 23, 2009

A great parking spot is worth a ton of money to one driver in Boston. An unidentified buyer forks over $300,000 for a parking space in the city’s wealthy Back Bay section. The hefty sum is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a parking space in the city’s history.  ***MARLAR: Chicago residents only wish they had it so good.

A Georgia couple win BIG. Chuck Hill won $5,000 in the state lottery, only to be outdone by his wife a week later. Karen Hill’s scratch-off ticket was worth a whopping $1 million. ***MARLAR: Local casinos have preemptively banned the Hill family for life. 

June 12th was the day all TV stations had to switch off their analog broadcast signals and only broadcast in digital. If you own an analog TV, you can either purchase a digital converter box or upgrade your TV. If you haven’t done either one you will not be able to watch TV. ***MARLAR: Not to worry though – there’s nothing to watch on cable either.

Christy Walton, the widow of Wal-Mart founder John Walton, is now the world’s richest woman. She also owns a stake in solar power outfit First Solar; late husband John was an early investor in the alternative energy company. Her net worth is now $20 billion.  ***MARLAR: Ironically, she’s one of the few people in American that can afford not to shop at Wal-Mart. 

Some Virginia high school students have a bright idea. They’re helping to turn their school solar. The students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria raised 56-grand for 22 solar panels. They were switched on yesterday. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is congratulating the school. She says smart kids are helping the country reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  ***MARLAR: Although the list of school supplies now includes SPF-55. 

Health authorities in India’s Kottayam district report that at least 50 people have gone blind after a rumor went around that if you stared at the Sun long enough, you would see a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary in the sky. They are desperately trying to stop this by putting up a sign warning people that it isn’t true. ***MARLAR: Where do you hang a sign so people staring in the sun will see it?

Psychology researcher Felix Warneken of Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology discovered that babies develop altruism at around 18 months. He did household tasks in front of 24 different toddlers. Every time he knocked over a book or dropped a clothespin, the toddler would quickly crawl over, pick up the object, and hand it back. He never asked for help or said “thank you” because he didn’t want to influence their behavior. But he found that the babies only helped when he appeared to accidentally drop something and needed help, not when it looked like he did it on purpose. ***MARLAR: Yet they never, NEVER picked up their own toys.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *