Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News: March 21, 2011

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While Turning the clock back signifies Spring is coming –did you remember to check your fire extinguishers and fire alarm too? Studies show that most people do not have fire extinguishers in kitchens, yet that is where most household fires start. Most homes have fire detectors but the batteries go unchecked too.  ***MARLAR: So while you’re thinking about it, go and set your fire extinguishers and smoke detectors one hour ahead.

An American infertility clinic seeking business in Britain has prompted fierce criticism by offering free eggs from a U.S. woman to one participant in a promotional seminar in London.  The event has sparked a debate in Britain about the ethics of an event that many said violated the spirit, if not the letter, of a European Union law forbidding fertile women from being paid for their eggs.  ***MARLAR: And happy early Easter!

The controversy over “Holiday Trees” has barely subsided, and here comes a new one: the Palm Beach, Florida, Post reports that the Gardens Mall Easter Bunny is now the “Garden Bunny.” Other local malls are also dropping the word “Easter” to give the Bunny more P.C. names, such as “Peter Rabbit” or “Baxter the Bunny.” A Garden Mall spokeswoman says the “Garden Bunny” name complements the mall better and doesn’t risk offending non-Christians.  ***MARLAR: Seeing as the bunny has nothing to do with Christianity in the first place.  And what else are you celebrating with a giant rabbit carrying a basket of candy and colored eggs if not EASTER?!?!  And a quick word of caution here… if you do see a rabbit laying chocolate eggs, DON’T EAT THEM!

A Florida judge has ruled a city law banning drooping trousers in Riviera Beach is unconstitutional. Seventeen-year-old Julius Hart spent a night in jail after an officer saw his boxers while the teen was riding a bike. A first offense for saggy pants carries a fine of 150 bucks or community service. Repeat offenders face jail time.  ***MARLAR: On the plus side, with the pants around their knees, they are much easier for police to chase down.


GM researchers are working on a windshield that combines lasers, infrared sensors and a camera to take what’s happening on the road and enhance it, so older drivers with vision problems will be able to see more clearly. ***MARLAR: Unfortunately, the prescription windshield will give any other driver or passengers in that car a splitting headache.

In Minnesota, three teenagers in a minivan decided to switch drivers. Unfortunately, they didn’t decide to pull over first. They put the van on cruise control and made the switch.  The van went out of control and overturned and the driver, whoever it was at the time, and their passengers had to be hospitalized.  ***MARLAR: Okay, one more time kiddies… “Cruise Control” does not equal “Auto Pilot.”

A heavy-duty helicopter plucked a mustang named Colorado off a western Arizona river sandbar, reuniting him with his owner.  Colorado spent five days stranded on the sandbar along the Gila River about 36 miles southwest of Phoenix.  The Gila’s swift-moving current prevented an earlier rescue and the horse was trapped on the sandbar with a few bushes and trees to munch on. His rider was one of three people rescued after they tried to ride in the river.  A veterinarian prepped the 900-pound horse for the flight by injecting him with a tranquilizer before placing him in a harness with blinders on.  Once he was airborne, Colorado flew effortlessly and never bucked, his black mane and tail blowing in the wind.  ***MARLAR: As it gets warmer we’ll probably see a lot more horseflies.

A Texas billionaire named Richard Hart Graives says he’s setting out to build a new version of the Titanic. The main difference? The Titanic II will be a space ship. Graives claims his supership will be launched in the year 2012 on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage. He says the ship will transport 25-hundred passengers to Mars. A first class cabin will cost a whopping 500-thousand dollars… and believe it or not, the first voyage is already almost sold out.  ***MARLAR: Why on earth would this guy call it TITANIC?!?  And he’s taking it into space – where giant frozen glaciers are floating around EVERYWHERE!  (audio clip)

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