Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – March 01, 2010

Provocative new research suggests international rules that bar potentially infectious tuberculosis patients from flying are too stringent and airline passengers are really at little risk from catching TB from a fellow traveler.  ***MARLAR: But they do reserve the right to kick you off the plane if you’re a fatty.

Police arrested two women after a former lover burst into a Waffle House on Valentine’s Day and beat a man with her high-heel. Police charged 29-year-old woman and 32-year-old woman with battery and criminal damage to private property following the incident.  According to a police report, officers reporting to the Waffle House along U.S. 80 found an unidentified victim who suffered cuts and scrapes on his face that appeared to be made by the “spiked heel from a shoe.”  The victim told officers that he and his girlfriend were at a booth when a pair of sisters – one of whom is the mother of his children – came in and sparked an argument.  ***MARLAR: Sounds like there were a lot of heels in this argument.

Coffee is good to the last drop at slashing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. American women who drank one to three cups of java a day reduced their odds of getting the diseases by 20 to 25 percent, according to Norwegian researchers. Says co-author Lene Frost Andersen: “The findings suggest antioxidants could be a factor in reducing the risks of contracting a number of ailments.” However, drinking more than five cups of coffee a day can negate the good effects.  ***MARLAR: I was excited there for a while up until that “five cups negate the good effects” line.  Dang it.

If you want to boost your brainpower, all you have to do is drink tea, a new study proves. Any kind of tea will do the trick — black, green, hot, iced — as long as you drink lots of it, say scientists at the Douglas Hospital Research Center at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Not only will it make you smarter, tea will also fend off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age related dementia.  ***MARLAR: Yeah, well they said the same thing about coffee – and then stripped the joy away by saying we could only have five cups a day.

Looking for a book to curl up with that’s easy to read? Check out “Lost for Words”. The book by University lecturer and author Anne Lydiat is comprised of 52 blank pages! It’s currently out in book shops and is selling for $15 and she’s already planning a sequel.  ***MARLAR: It’ll be a picture book entitled, “Lost My Paints.”

Researchers from the European Space Agency have determined there is lightning on Venus as well as surprising temperature swings.  ***MARLAR: Kind of like the atmosphere at your house if you forget your wedding anniversary.

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but if it could it apparently wouldn’t cost very much. According to a report out of Britain, a candy bar, a long soak in the bathtub, an afternoon nap, and a leisurely stroll in the park are the things that make us the most happy.  ***MARLAR: We should be asking for those things as perks and bonuses.  Land that sweet account for the company?  You get a hot bath and a Snickers bar.

You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider… ***MARLAR: Yet another excuse to avoid going to weddings.

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