Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – June 24, 2010

New York City subway conductor Bretta Sykes had a surprise on her train.  Sykes was waiting for the “R” train, when a woman went into labor in a subway car in lower Manhattan. Sykes is a mother of two. She says she remembered info from her own childbirth classes to coach the soon-to-be mom. Seven minutes later there was new passenger. New York transit officials say the mom and baby girl are doing well at a hospital.  ***MARLAR: The baby was immediately fined for being on the train without a ticket.

A northeast Florida beekeeper is under arrest after deputies say he stole bees, honey and equipment from his competitors. Ruben Josey was arrested Thursday in Putnam County after deputies said they recovered 48 stolen beehives and other goods worth thousands of dollars. The hives were reported stolen in December and January in Putnam and surrounding counties and possibly Georgia.  Local beekeepers said they had become increasingly suspicious Josey was the thief and gathered evidence against him.  ***MARLAR: Their biggest argument is that Ruben’s bees are yellow and black, while the bees that were stolen are black and yellow.

Painesville, Ohio, Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti sentenced 28-year-old Nathen Smith (who’d been convicted of stealing money from a Salvation Army kettle) to a night of homelessness.  Nathen was sentenced to spend one night on the streets as a homeless person.  He was tracked with GPS and kept moving from building to building trying to stay warm.  He must also serve three days in jail, do eight hours of community service, get his GED and find a job!  ***MARLAR: Wow, PAINESVILLE, Ohio seems like an appropriate town name!

A 13-year-old boy was caught red-handed after robbing a bank in Peoria. The unidentified boy was charged with felony armed robbery in juvenile court, accused of threatening a teller with a gun and demanding cash. He was found hiding in a nearby garage about 30 minutes after Monday’s robbery, stained red from a dye pack that had been placed in the bag of money. “It’s the youngest person I can remember,” said Sheriff Michael McCoy, a four-decade veteran of the sheriff’s office.  ***MARLAR: It wasn’t difficult to find him – he was the only boy in the neighborhood whose bicycle was rigged with a basket.

Social networks such as Twitter may blunt people’s sense of reality, claim brain scientists. New evidence shows the digital explosion of information from networking sites could have long-term damaging effects on the emotional development of young people’s brains.  The danger is that heavy Twitters and Facebook users could become indifferent to the emotions of people.  ***MARLAR: You mean they’ll become Simon Cowell?

According to the Japanese government, the nation has about 5,400 homeless who live primarily in 24-hour Internet cafes.  ***MARLAR: So the homeless have laptops?  Maybe they could Google “homeless shelters.”

Ambient Corp. demonstrated a device called the Audeo, a neckband that picks up nerve signals sent to the vocal cords when you think about words you want to say and transmits them wirelessly to a computer that converts them into a computerized voice. Someday, people may be able to use it to make “voiceless” cell phone calls in which they merely think the words and don’t even have to say them. ***MARLAR: Thank goodness – blabbing on a cell phone is such exhausting work!

A skeleton was discovered in a hospital in Trinidad, found by a maintenance worker in a small room adjacent to patient’s quarters. The body was estimated to have been there for up to nine months. ***MARLAR: Investigators are under the assumption that the patient’s insurance ran out.

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