Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – June 25, 2010

Boston parks officials are hoping the public can overcome the gross-out factor and get used to the thought of having a bite to eat in a former public restroom. The Boston Herald reported that the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission was scheduled to go before state lawmakers on Tuesday to ask permission to lease two former public bathrooms on city land for possible use as eateries.  The “Pink Palace,” a 660-square-foot mausoleum-like structure on the Common, and the granite, 670-square-foot “Duck House” in the Back Bay Fens have not been used as bathrooms in decades.  They both need extensive renovations, but some city officials think they are prime spots for privately run, limited-service restaurants.  ***MARLAR: An if you get ill from the thought of eating inside a public restroom, well – you know where the toilets are.

Short people have a 50 percent higher risk of having a height problem or dying from one than tall people, a new study says, though weight, blood pressure and smoking habits remain more important factors.  ***MARLAR: Oh, wait a minute… I mistyped that.  Short people have a 50 percent higher risk of having a HEART problem…

When Gaius Caesar was a boy, Roman soldiers affectionately nicknamed him “little boots” for the boy-sized military footwear he sported. Cute little fella. Unfortunately Gaius grew up and became emperor, incongruously retaining his boyhood diminutive. “Little boots” in Latin is “Caligula.” As you may know, he was a bloodthirsty, sadistic fiend.  ***MARLAR: If only those soldiers had doted more on his boots, perhaps he might have matured with nothing more sinister than a mild foot fetish.

Like the Terminator, KiRo is a Teutonic robot out to destroy mankind — not with weaponry but with foosball skill. Scanning the table 50 times a second with a huge electric eye, this baby outwits puny humans with artificial intelligence and precision machinery. Although KiRo beats 85 percent of casual players, University of Freiburg roboticist Bernhard Nebel admits it “has no chance against league players — yet.” ***MARLAR: Today it’s foosball, tomorrow the world.

Police in Agapia, Romania, were surprised to get a complaint from a monk that someone had broken into his cave and stolen $5600 worth of computer, TV and mobile phone equipment. The monk explained that even though he lives as a recluse, he likes to keep pace with society.  ***MARLAR: I can’t get a decent cell signal in my car, and this guy got internet access, cable TV, and a cell signal in his CAVE.  That right there proves the guy was tight with the Almighty.

Iran hopes two dolls dressed in traditional Iranian clothing will outsell Barbie. It’s all part of the big plan to offset the influence of Western culture. ***MARLAR: Yet they are following the Western custom of selling all accessories separately.

A proposed Florida law would require that restaurants always have an adequate supply of toilet paper on hand. ***MARLAR: Doesn’t “adequate amount of toilet paper” change depending on what kind of food you serve?

How’s this for a perk from work: A French supermarket is offering its employees a bonus of 2.4 acres of land. The catch? The plot of land is on the moon. Each of the company’s 20,000 employees receive the land that comes with title deed, the lunar coordinates and instructions on how to find it with a telescope.  ***MARLAR: That’s not right – a store mooning its employees like that.

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