Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – March 18, 2010

Delaware state police said someone broke into a car and stole a bridesmaid’s dress just hours before a wedding on Friday at a shopping center in Pike Creek. Police said the bride and one of her bridesmaids were in a salon getting ready for the wedding.  When they got back to their car, they found that someone had stolen the pink dress the bridesmaid had planned to wear at the ceremony. A bag of accessories was also stolen.  ***MARLAR: Obviously someone is confused.  Wearing something “borrowed” is for the bride, not the bridesmaids.

A Swiss watchmaker is hoping to raise a stink with an expensive timepiece that eschews the trade’s standard gold, diamond or titanium fittings for a more earthy substance – dinosaur dung. Vesenaz, Switzerland-based company Artya says the watch set in fossilized feces will sell for 12,000 ($11,290) and comes with a strap made with skin from an American cane toad.  ***MARLAR: So now you can have a T-Rex Timex!

Montana middle school teacher Jim Litz has a bear of a story to tell. He hit a black bear earlier this week, while riding his bike to school. He says he was going too fast to stop and he and the bear went cartwheeling down the road.  The bear rolled over Litz’s head and cracked his helmet. Litz also has a big scratch on his back. The bear ran off. Litz says he was lucky the bear decided to let him live.  Litz says he hopes his story will convince his students to wear their bike helmets, too.  ***MARLAR: After all, safety tips do bear repeating.

Painsville, Ohio Judge Michael Cicconetti gave Anna Marie Cothrum an unusual punishment for stealing from the donation jar at her church.  As part of a plea bargain to lower her sentence, Anna Marie was ordered to create a sign made of pennies spelling out, “I stole coins from this church.”  The judge then ordered her to stand outside Central Congregational Church in Madison, Ohio with the sign.  ***MARLAR: And then on Sunday morning she placed the sign in the offering basket.

Hay is for horses — and houses. Nick Moser is building a hay straw and adobe home in East Texas. He says the hay is not only locally grown, it’s great a insulator, too. His walls are two-feet thick and even his roof will be green. Moser tells the (Palestine) Hearld-Press newspaper his home will be capped with soil and growing plants. He says the living roof will add insulation and help prevent water runoff.  ***MARLAR: His brothers are building houses of sticks and bricks.

Forty-seven-year-old Carlos Gutierrez was at a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida and called 911 to say the slot machine stole his money. A police report says he left the casino to place a second 911 call to say the same thing. He was arrested and charged with making a false 911 call.  ***MARLAR: He used a payphone – which apparently also stole his money.

With the economic downturn, more Canadian companies are making the shift to a 4-day work week.  ***MARLAR: I wanna do that!  Four days for my radio show – it’s for the good of the country’s economy!

High school cheerleading is the most dangerous sport for girls, according to a new report.  Cheerleading accounted for 65.1% of all catastrophic sports injuries among high school females over the past 25 years.  ***MARLAR: Gee, it’s a good thing Clare can heal herself!

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