Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – March 05, 2010

An Indianapolis woman faces a theft charge for allegedly coaxing her 5-year-old daughter into stealing a woman’s purse at a restaurant. According to a probable cause affidavit, a 24-year-old woman admitted asking her daughter to steal the purse Feb. 14 at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. The woman allegedly told officers she pointed out the purse she wanted her daughter to take and urged her to “Do it for Mommy” when the victim wasn’t looking.  The woman faces charges of theft and contributing to delinquency of a minor.  ***MARLAR: The daughter faces a fine of 100 Chuck E. Cheese prize tickets.

An 80-year-old woman with a criminal record stretching back to 1955 has been sentenced to three years in state prison for ransacking and stealing cash from a Southern California medical office. Doris Thompson thanked a judge Wednesday for not sending her to Los Angeles County jail, which she doesn’t like, and said she deserved a longer sentence. She also told the judge, “God bless you.”  ***MARLAR: Police caught her when they tracked her escape from the scene of the crime, driving 22 miles per hour with her left blinker on.

Researchers in England say they may have the problem of baldness solved!  They’ve discovered a protein “code” that tells cells to grow more hair.  Scientists at the University of Manchester found that by sending the code to more cells than usual, they were able to breed mice with more fur.  ***MARLAR: Well it’s about time!  I can’t tell you how concerned I’ve been about mice without fur.

Jeshuah Fuller’s parents might have to revise the classic nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy,: While they expected their son to be born with extra fingers– the extra toes were a surprise. Jeshuah was born in Brooklyn with 12 fingers and 12 toes. His rare condition, called polydactylism, is usually genetic. His dad was born with an extra finger on his left hand and his mom said an ultrasound image taken revealed the baby would have extra fingers. All the extra digits will be surgically removed in a couple of weeks and otherwise he’s just fine.  ***MARLAR: Why not let the kid have 12 fingers?  He’d be better at filing, have a better grip on the football, and would never get in trouble for flipping someone the bird.

According to new research from genetic scientists, redheads are becoming rarer and could be extinct in 100 years. The current National Geographic magazine reports that less than two per cent of the world’s population has natural red hair — a condition believed to be created by a mutation in northern Europe thousands of years ago.  Some experts say that redheads could be gone as early as 2060.  ***MARLAR: Meaning I am a minority, and as I’m likely the last of my species I should get some kind of government perk, shouldn’t I?  Free vanilla iced coffees from McDonald’s, perhaps?  Free movie passes and Milk Duds?

Self.com found 60% of online participates would rather go to the dentist than go on a blind date.  ***MARLAR: Imagine the horror if their friends had set them up on a blind date with a dentist!

An environmental group is pointing out that divorce is bad for the environment, as people who had been sharing resources, suddenly need their own.  ***MARLAR: Yeah, I’m sure THAT’S why God hates divorce.

In only 11 months, starting from when it is but a tiny egg, a whale grows about 23 feet and puts on about 15 tons. And THEN it’s born!  ***MARLAR: This is a situation where whaling is legal.  Giving birth to a fifteen-ton baby?  Name me a woman who wouldn’t start wailing!

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