Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – March 30, 2010

Rev up the treadmill: Sobering new research spells out just how much exercise women need to keep the flab off as they age – and it’s a lot.  At least an hour of moderate activity a day is needed for older women at a healthy weight who aren’t dieting. For those who are already overweight – and that’s most American women – even more exercise is called for to avoid gaining weight without eating less, the study results suggest.  “We all have to work at it. If it were easy to be skinny, we would all be skinny,” said John Foreyt, a behavioral medicine expert who reviewed the study but wasn’t involved in the research.  ***MARLAR: Probably because his name is JOHN.

U.S. health officials urged pediatricians Monday to temporarily stop using one of two vaccines against a leading cause of diarrhea in babies, after discovering that doses of GlaxoSmithKline’s Rotarix were contaminated with bits of an apparently benign pig virus.  ***MARLAR: So now it’s being administered to patients complaining of constipation.

In London, a woman sparked police terror alerts and neighborhood evacuations by leaving five boxes that resembled nail bombs in prominent public places. It turned out they were her “works of art.” They were cardboard boxes with nails sticking out that actually contained shoes, soft toys and poems such as “Your absence has gone through us like thread through a needle. Everything we do is stitched with its color.” She was briefly jailed, then released on bail.  ***MARLAR: Sounds like her art ended up bombing anyway.

While others may do it a bit differently, it seems every country has their own version of the IRS. In the small community of Rajahmundry, India, officials called their latest tax-collection tactic a “resounding success.” They sent out several teams of two drummers to stand outside the defaulters’ homes and pound their instruments until the debtors paid up.  ***MARLAR: If that doesn’t work, they’re going to try American Idol rejects…

The Sandwich Counter at Selfridge’s department store in London is offering the world’s most expensive sandwich for 85 pounds ($148 US). As you’d expect, it’s big, but it’s the ingredients that cost you. It’s made with 24-hour-fermented sour dough bread, mayo flavored with foie gras ($52 a pound) and black truffle ($593 a pound), brie de meaux (Europe’s finest cheese), and Wagyu, an imported Japanese beef that costs $49 a pound. A top chef who tried it called it the perfect meal-to-go, if “a bit dribbly,” and the perfect hangover food.  ***MARLAR: You can supersize it for just $200 more.

A man who wrote a vulgar message on the memo line of a check he used to pay a $5 parking ticket has apologized in writing, leading police to drop a disorderly conduct charge against him.  ***MARLAR: But then he cursed again after realizing his written apology was going to cost him another five bucks in gas just to get to the mailbox.

PETA is demanding prosecutors launch a criminal investigation in Illinois because 20 carp died when a lake had to be drained.  ***MARLAR: If they’re so worried about fish, shouldn’t they first go after Mrs. Paul?

A man in Dallas led police on an hour-long, high-speed chase because he was trying to get his dying cat to the vet.  ***MARLAR: And, sadly, the cat lost the remainder of its nine lives from watching the guy’s driving.

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