Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: March 17, 2011

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Archaeologists in Cork, Ireland have uncovered startling new evidence that a race of leprechauns really existed on the Emerald Isle. A team of researchers excavating a 13-thousand year old burial mound report finding skeletal remains of 11 adult males, all under three feet tall. And in accordance with Celtic myths, beside each one was a pot of gold.  ***MARLAR: And a box of Lucky Charms.

A group of 60,000 pediatricians said this week that U.S. tanning salons should close their doors to minors to protect them from skin cancer.  With the move, the American Academy of Pediatrics joins the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Dermatology and other groups that are already pushing for a ban. Research shows people who start going to tanning salons before age 35 have a 75 percent increase in their chances of developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.  ***MARLAR: Up next, they plan to block out the sun because it’s just too dangerous.

Women and young people are the most active users of social media today, and women in their 30s make up more than half of heavy contributors — that is, they engage in six or more social media activities.  That’s according to a report by Netpop Research, a San Francisco-based research firm studying Internet trends.  ***MARLAR: So apparently women and teenagers talk more – no matter what method they use.

A new survey of mostly middle-aged adults reveals that among people aged 45 to 54, one in nine shows signs of hearing impairment.  ***MARLAR: For those of you who are between the ages of 45-54, I’ll repeat that again.  A NEW SURVEY OF MOSTLY MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS REVEALS THAT AMONG PEOPLE AGED 45-54, ONE IN NINE SHOWS SIGNS OF HEARING IMPAIRMENT!


Australia’s power company urged people to stop singing in the shower because it keeps them in there longer, wasting water and heating power.  ***MARLAR: Not in my house.  I begin singing and my wife is there ten seconds later, pounding on the door and yelling for me to stop.

Nevada truck driver Rick Ziemer has a bright idea: A glove with a built-in flashlight. He says the concept came to him one snowy night when he was trying to unlock a gate with a flashlight in his mouth, and the light dropped and broke. Now, after experimenting with prototypes and spending about ten-thousand dollars, Ziemer has a patent. But Ziemer hasn’t made his fortune yet. He tells the Reno Gazette-Journal he’s talking to a number of manufacturers about putting the flashlight glove into production. He says what has kept him going is the number of people who said he was just wasting his time.  ***MARLAR: So far his only customers are sci-fi fanatics who walk around wearing the gloves saying, “E.T. Phone Home!”

A dozen bystanders rushed in to help a 70-year-old man after he stumbled leaving a Southern California bank, causing thousands of dollars to scatter in the wind.  Ludwig Geier says hundreds of bills were “gone in no time” Monday, flying through the air and littering the First National Bank’s parking lot in Torrance.  Almost immediately, about a dozen bystanders rushed in to help.  The machine-shop owner says about 96 percent of the money was found.  Geier says he’s going to pray for those good Samaritans, adding, “If I could get them together, I’d buy them dinner and drinks.”  ***MARLAR: And I’m sure we all know the feeling of our money fluttering away in the wind.

An upstate New York man lost the same leg twice. Scott Listemann says he just laughs about losing his foot and lower leg, “both the first time and the second time.” The Poughkeepsie man lost his leg below the knee in a November, 2007, accident. Listemann, 47, lost his prosthetic leg last month while skydiving. The lower leg below the knee, with a foot clad in a running shoe, flew off after he jumped from the plane. Listemann says he’s sure “it will show up eventually.” He has distributed flyers in hopes someone will find his leg and call him.  ***MARLAR: I guess skydiving doesn’t cost an arm and a leg after all… just a leg.

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