Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 04, 2010

Four common bad habits combined – smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet – can age you by 12 years.  ***MARLAR: According to the DUH Research Labs.

A team of surgeons in Barcelona has carried out the world’s first full-face transplant.  ***MARLAR: Mickey Rourke is said to be very excited to see the results.

Can singing take away your pain? Doctors in Australia hope so. As part of a new pain-management program, doctors at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney have been prescribing three half-hour singing sessions a week for three weeks. The program involves patients suffering from long-term and incurable pain such as back injuries and arthritis. So far, doctors claim that singing made people fell less tense, less tired and more vigorous for a week after one half-hour session.  ***MARLAR: And if after that time it still doesn’t work, the doctors stop singing and ask you to do so instead.  (Soon you’ll be hearing your doctor, “Sing four show tunes and call me in the morning”.)

Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller both asked to appear on “24” but were turned down because the producers didn’t want recognizable stars undermining the realism of the show.  ***MARLAR: Also because if it starred Ben Stiller they’d have to change the name of the show to “Meet The Terrorists”.

Brandy the Chihuahua isn’t even a handful.  According to the Guinness record book, Paulette Keller’s pet is the Smallest Dog in the World.  Brandy is just six inches long and weighs less than two pounds.  The Largo, Florida, woman says Brandy is so tiny you can’t really pet her.  You just rub her a little with a finger.  Keller carries Brandy around in a sheepskin-lined purse.  Keller tells the St. Petersburg Times having the littlest dog isn’t that big of a deal.  She says what matters is that Brandy is “a really sweet dog.”  ***MARLAR: They discovered why the Chihuahua is so small too.  It’s starving to death from all of the Taco Bells being closed.

Authorities in Northern Mexico are trying to cut down on accidents by fining drivers who apply lipstick, shave or carry a pet while at the wheel. ***MARLAR: Unless, of course, the pet is a better driver than you.

An educational bit of trivia for you today: What would you get if you asked for a “pottle” of ice cream at the supermarket?  The term “pottle” is the legal measurement describing an amount equal to two quarts. Legally, there is no such term as “half-gallon.”  ***MARLAR: But if you asked for a pottle of ice cream at the supermarket, you’d probably get a dumb look from the stock clerk.

The British Boy Scouts introduced 40 new merit badges, including one called “Environment.”  ***MARLAR: You earn it by convincing the Scoutmaster that it’s actually better for the environment if you DON’T know how to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together.

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