Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – March 06, 2010

Police arrested a South Bend man for drunken driving after other motorists reported their vehicles were struck by a hose from a gasoline pump dangling from the fuel tank of the man’s truck. St. Joseph County Police say the 46-year-old man failed several sobriety tests.  ***MARLAR: Do you really need more than one sobriety test when the suspect doesn’t notice a gas pump dragging behind his car?

Police in Georgia are searching for a pair of hungry bandits who stole an order of chicken wings from a pizza delivery driver. Columbus Police say the 19-year-old Domino’s driver was approached outside a home Tuesday night by two men who asked for money. One of the men pointed a chrome pistol.  Police say one of the men then said, “give me the wings.” They fled the scene with the $36 order.  ***MARLAR: Fingerprinting never tasted so good.

Rabbi Andrew Bossov and the Reverend Karen Onesti are celebrating different holidays this month, but one extraordinary gift.   Doctors have approved surgery to give the New Jersey rabbi one of Onesti’s kidneys.  Onesti, who pastors a United Methodist church, met Bossov four years ago through the Interfaith Council of Greater Mount Laurel. When she learned that his decreased function allowed him to get on the list for a transplant, Onesti jumped at the chance to help him.   After months of testing for compatibility, she called Bossov to let him know that the transplant team has approved the donation. The surgery could be done next month.  ***MARLAR: A Christian’s kidney inside a Jewish rabbi!  Wow… talk about a radical way of putting Christ within you!

A young couple held their wedding ceremony at a funeral home in St. Joseph Township, Michigan.  Jason and Rachel Storm said “I Do” at the Starks and Menchinger Family Funeral Home. The groom, who is the home’s director, compared the funeral home wedding experience to that of a church, saying, “I look at it as, if you go to a church and get married, how many caskets do you think have been rolled down that aisle?”  ***MARLAR: Ah, so THAT’S why the groom wears black.

Computer programmer Bernie Peng, who proposed to Tammy Li in April by reprogramming her favorite game “Bejeweled,” has followed through. The couple was married in Morristown, New Jersey. PopCap Games, which makes “Bejeweled,” gave all the guests free copies of the game. The wedding cake was in the shape of a video game console.  ***MARLAR: Marriage is kind of like a video game, actually.  In order for it to work you need to be plugged-in to the relationship; when it’s going well it’s hard to walk away from; and no matter how rotten or great things get you can start again the next day and try to improve on your previous score.

You can try this new word with your friends…”Non’trée.”  This word is for customers trying to save money at a restaurant by ordering appetizers rather than a pricier entrée. The term was first used in San Francisco and is spreading fast.  ***MARLAR: And I can tell you from experience that it is possible to live entirely on loaded potato skins.

Astronomers are puzzled by a blank spot in the universe they say is 600 million trillion miles of nothing.  ***MARLAR: They’ve decided to name it “Kansas.”

A nationwide driving test found that drivers in the Northeast know the least, with 20% not knowing pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right of way and 33% not stopping for them.  ***MARLAR: Whoa… that leaves 13% who know pedestrians have the right of way and don’t stop anyway!

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