Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: March 04, 2011

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Watch your language! At least in L.A. this week. In Los Angeles this is No Cussing Week. The idea comes from anti-cussing kid McKay Hatch in 2010 – and the city passed his idea. McKay started the No Cussing Club at South Pasadena High School and hopes to get the whole state of California to have a cursing-free week. Then, he says, who knows — maybe a worldwide no cussing week. McKay adds a week without bad language shows you can live without those four-letter words. ***MARLAR: My dad wouldn’t allow cursing in our home – so I failed English because I wrote everything in block lettering.  (I know now there’s a difference between cursing and cursive, but whenever I sign a check I still feel kinda naughty.)

An undercover TSA agent was able to get through security at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with a handgun during testing of the enhanced-imaging body scanners.  The undercover agent carried a pistol in her undergarments when she put the body scanners to the test. The officer successfully made it through the airport’s body scanners every time she tried according to a TSA source.  ***MARLAR: So then, what are they looking for on those full-body scans if they can’t find a gun in someone’s underwear? I’ll bet they would’ve found the gun had she been targeted for a pat down – but maybe she wasn’t attractive enough.

Eat fiber and live longer. That’s the conclusion from the largest study yet on fiber and longevity. Fiber fights heart disease and certain cancers, and protects us from lung ailments like pneumonia and the flu. If you’re like most Americans, you probably are not eating enough fiber. On average, we eat only about 15 grams a day, but the recommended daily amount is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. ***MARLAR: Upside of eating fiber – you live longer.  Downside – you spend that extra amount of life in the bathroom.

Census figures show that a near-record level of U.S. counties are “dying” — that is, they are experiencing more deaths than births in their communities.  About 1 in 4 counties — or roughly 760 — are fading away. ***MARLAR: So stop screaming about world over-population.  You’ve won – so shut your pie hole.


Sheriff Mike Blakely has a goat and a little dog – and is out to find who they belong to.  The strange pair were captured on U.S. 72 in Limestone County, Alabama after the goat jumped onto a Mercedes that slowed down to avoid hitting the animal.  The goat refused to come down from the car, but was forcibly removed by officers and placed in the back of a squad car – at which point the dog voluntarily followed.  The sheriff says, “If anybody is missing a goat and dog, they need to let us know.”  ***MARLAR: “You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you chew in the back of my squad car can and will be used against you on Animal Planet…”

Lam Sai-wing says he’s never giving up his solid gold toilet.  While the price of gold goes higher and higher, Lam is melting down parts of his six-ton golden bathroom.  But Lam is attached to his gold toilet bowl and says he’d never consider selling it or melting it down.  ***MARLAR: Lam says the worst part was biting the toilet bowl to make sure it was really gold.

The Reverend Stuart Dornfeld has created a model of his Emanuel Lutheran church out of Legos.  12,000 pieces make up the mini house of worship in Brandon, Wisconsin.  The model also has some not-so-traditional touches inside like SpongeBob SquarePants, Indiana Jones and Batman.  ***MARLAR: Batman is in there in case some joker falls asleep during the sermon.

A millionaire motorist clocked up a record fine of 299,000 Swiss francs ($290,000) after Swiss police caught him racing through a village at 100 km per hour in his red Ferrari Testarossa.  ***MARLAR: The driver apologized to police and said he always drives that fast when he’s drunk.

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