Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – March 07, 2010

A British man tried to set a new world record by eating over 43 Brussels sprouts in one minute, but he could only get down 36.  ***MARLAR: On the bright side, he avoided eating seven Brussels sprouts!

Are you concerned about these recalls? Toyota recalled due to accelerator and brake problems, now GM has a recall involving steering. ***Let me see, no accelerator, no brakes, no steering, I give you the brand new 2010 Luge. –Duane Matz, Christian Family Radio

Eating right now? Put down that spoon for just a moment. Thirty Cambodians suffered food poisoning after eating homemade noodles contaminated with chewing tobacco that had dropped into the batter from the cook’s mouth. Wholesale noodle vendor Sieng Seng, who had supplied the shops where people got sick, said she had not realized a wad had dropped into the flour as she was talking.  ***MARLAR: It wasn’t a clue to him when he suddenly began speaking more clearly?

Steven Spielberg plans to produce and may direct a remake of the 1950s sci-fi classic, When Worlds Collide – due out in 2010.  If you haven’t seen it, a pair of planets head for a collision with Earth and a space ship is built to carry a lucky few to safety on the new planet.  ***MARLAR: It’s like Noah’s Ark in space!

Double dutch rope jumping, in which competitors jump between two ropes twirled eggbeater style, is becoming an official sanctioned sport at New York City high schools. Officials say adding double dutch will attract hundreds of students. It will be a spring sport this coming school year after basketball season is over. According to the National Double Dutch League, Dutch settlers brought the game to New York in colonial times.  ***MARLAR: And of course, in order to compete you have to pay your own way.  (Get it?  Going “dutch”?  Never mind.)

According to a study from The Miriam Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, people who eat when they are lonely or sad have the hardest time losing weight and keeping it off.  ***MARLAR: Especially if they’re sad and single because they are overweight.

A recent report said it was okay for adults to be overweight as long as they were fit, but the news is not so good for kids. A new report says that overweight children are at risk of premature heart attacks and strokes.  ***MARLAR: So the answer is simply – tell your kids to grow up.

A new study shows that Americans who put in long hours at work also cut back on sleep in order to work in fun activities. ***MARLAR: But we make up for it by sleeping during the commercial breaks.

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