Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – March 22, 2010

If Koozie the dog were a cat she would be down to seven lives.  The 8-year-old mix-breed pooch had to be rescued – not once, but twice – from the broken-up ice of Lake Erie off western New York.  Koozie wandered away from her owner’s home outside Buffalo and was spotted Monday night about 30 miles away, trapped on the ice off Westfield.  An Erie County Sheriff’s Department helicopter was summoned, but the rescue effort was put off until Tuesday morning, when a crew member was lowered in a basket and plucked Koozie from the ice.  After being brought to shore, the dog trotted back out onto the ice and had to be rescued a second time by the helicopter crew.  She was checked out by a veterinarian and returned to her owner.  ***MARLAR: Isn’t the whole point of a koozie to keep something cold?

Those are love screams — elk style. City slickers and newcomers to Arizona’s high country may not know what elk mating season sounds like. Eligible bachelors let loose with a high-pitched call that some people confuse with human screaming.  The elk bugling has already prompted one woman to call the Gila County Sheriff’s Office to report a fight. But deputies quickly realized that the woman had only heard the elk.  ***MARLAR: Actually this isn’t all that unusual.  I heard screams all the time whenever I called a girl to ask her to the prom.

Toilet paper researchers in Wisconsin hope that if two-ply toilet paper is good, then three-ply tissue must be better. The team at Georgia Pacific’s Innovation Institute in Neenah, Wisconsin, has come up with a three-ply version of its Quilted Northern product. The company says the toilet paper is “ultra-soft” and plans to market it to women 45 and older who view their bathroom as a “sanctuary for quality time.”  ***MARLAR: There are people that use the bathroom for quality time?  Those people really need cable.

Add whale songs to the sounds of NYC. Cornell University researchers say they’ve captured the sounds of whales singing in the waters surrounding New York City. The scientists report it’s a first. They’ve recorded fin, humpback and North Atlantic right whales on mics placed about 13 miles from the entrance of New York Harbor and off the shores of Fire Island. The researchers hope to use the data to better protect the endangered animals.  ***MARLAR: They thought they’d caught whale song a couple of years ago in the area, but it turns out they just caught me on my vacation.

A woman who tried to get around a ban on female drivers in Saudi Arabia by dressing up as a man was found out when she was ordered to undergo medical checks after a routine police stop. Women in Saudi Arabia must wear a veil in public and be driven around by a man. ***MARLAR: The tip off for police that she was not a man was when she stopped to ask for directions.

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