DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – June 26, 2009

Susan Boyle, the 48-year-old singer who shot to worldwide fame during her run on ‘Britain’s Got Talent, may very likely wind up on the U.S. version of the show, according to judge Piers Morgan.  ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Morgan said that Boyle is welcome to jump over the pond and perform on the show. “If she’s up for it and she is well enough … our feeling is she probably will. Absolutely!” Morgan said when asked if Boyle might be coming to ‘AGT.’  ***MARLAR: You know you’re an international superstar when you finally get to perform in front of David Hasselhoff. 

The newest U.S. texting champion is 15-year-old Kate Moore! The Des Moines, Iowa, teenager wins $50,000. Moore, with a speedy and accurate performance, beat out 20 other finalists from around the U.S. over two days of challenges such as texting blindfolded and texting while maneuvering through a moving obstacle course.  ***MARLAR: She won by texting over and over, “I have no interpersonal skills whatsoever…”

Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are complaining that they received $25 tickets for parking their vehicles in their own driveways.  Mayor Carty Finkbeiner says he stands by the citations handed out last week by the Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor. He says the tickets were issued under a city law against parking on unpaved surfaces, including gravel driveways. During a news conference Monday, Finkbeiner ignored a reporter’s question of whether the crackdown and fines were related to the city’s budget crisis.  The three-term mayor faces a recall vote in November.  ***MARLAR: Gee… ya think he’ll stay in office? 

A Montana festival is to feature what organizers term “a unique event in tribute to the culture of the American West” – a lying contest. Contestants at the National Folk Festival contest in Butte next month will compete for a trophy. Each contestant will be allowed a set amount of time and the number of contestants will be limited.  ***MARLAR: Rod Blagojevich has been banned from competing for life.

According to a new study, “definitely” is the most misspelled word in English. Also on the list were broccoli, phlegm, bureaucracy, indict, consensus, unnecessary, sacrilegious and prejudice.  ***MARLAR: At least I think those are the words… I wasn’t really sure how to spell them when I wrote them all down. 

Archaeologists in Jordan have discovered what could be the oldest Christian church in the world: an underground cave that may have been used by the first disciples of Jesus Christ.  ***MARLAR: Their first indication that it was a church is when they found a collection plate.

A study in New Zealand found that older people could live longer, healthier lives if they just took a walk and drank a glass of chocolate milk every day.  ***MARLAR: Dang, I have to walk too?

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