DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF WEIRD NEWS – June 27, 2009

Officials in Danbury, Connecticut, received notice that they are being sued by 15-year-old student Vinicios Robacher, whose teacher woke him up in class. He claims she slapped her hand down on his desk to make a loud noise and startle him awake. He says the noise caused him to suffer pain and “very severe injuries to his left eardrum,” so he will be seeking monetary damages. ***MARLAR: On the bright side, the ringing in his ear keeps him awake in class.

The worst time to wake up is before 5am. And it’s best for your heart health to sleep in until 7 or 8am. That’s according to researchers from universities and hospitals in Kyoto, Japan, have concluded that early-risers have a higher risk of developing heart problems. ***MARLAR: I’m doomed!

According to articles in both the journals Chance and Nature, a retired scientist claims he has proof that his electronic hand-held Scrabble game has been cheating him out of vowels. ***MARLAR: I’m sorry, can someone please explain to me again why is it so appealing to retire?

We all know that women outlive men, but now there’s evidence that women also stay smarter longer than guys do. Researchers say women tend to retain their overall intelligence longer than men in areas of vocabulary and general knowledge. Men tended to remain superior in the area of arithmetic.  ***MARLAR: Great… when I’m old, all I’ll have left is math, which I was never very good at anyway.

British researchers have isolated what they call a “hunger hormone” that can make people so hungry, they’ll eat one-third more food than usual. ***MARLAR: No kidding… the people with that hormone are called “Americans.”

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