Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: March 07, 2011

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NEW NEWS…

Steven Spielberg plans to produce and may direct a remake of the 1950s sci-fi classic, When Worlds Collide – due out in 2012.  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: Since Charlie Sheen is a self-proclaimed alien, he’s not invited.

Tens of thousands of Illinois residents are expected to be affected when drug and alcohol treatment and prevention centers across the state have their budgets cut from March 15.  The harsh budget cuts, proposed by Illinois governor Pat Quinn will mean all state funding will be cut.  ***MARLAR: To make up for the shortfall, Illinois will be reinstating the “Just Say No” program.

The price of success. The Green Bay Packers announced a small increase in the prices of tickets next season.  The increases will be between $2 and $4 per ticket, depending on the seat’s location.  ***MARLAR: NFL fans around the nation are now praying their teams will come in dead last next season.

It would seem logical for patients who have had a heart attack to cut back on fast food.  Some devoted fast food eaters do. But six months later, more than half can still be found at their favorite fast food places at least once a week, according to a study in the American Journal of Cardiology.  ***MARLAR: Personally, I think McDonald’s laces their Quarter Pounders with nicotine.

RETRO NEWS: FORMERLY NEW, NOW NOT NEW, BUT STILL ENTERTAINING…

British scientists are trying to fight “global warming” by inventing a new livestock feed that reduces methane gas emissions.  ***MARLAR: Couldn’t they also make it available to American restaurants?  Please?

A Duke University study found that most Americans today are very isolated and have no close friends to confide in.  ***MARLAR: I hope you don’t mind me telling you this story, but I have nobody else to talk to.

California vintners aren’t sheepish about weeds. They’re hoping researchers will be able to train sheep to eat weeds, but not the grapes in their vineyards. Sheep have their advantages over other methods of weed control. They don’t burn gas and just leave behind fertilizer. But sheep will eat the bad weeds along with the good grapes. That’s where Morgan Doran of the University of California, Davis, comes in. He says they’ve been able to train a test flock to avoid the grape vines while munching in the vineyards. But Doran says more research needs to be done before the woolly weed eaters can be let lose in grape country.  ***MARLAR: This is problematic though – have you ever tried to get a grape juice stain out of a wool sweater?

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!

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