Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 05, 2010

A retired minister from Diamond, Mo., may have been destined to find a diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. But Mack Evans said the 4.89-carat rock he discovered recently didn’t even look like a diamond, and he almost threw it away. ***MARLAR: If you’re destined to find a diamond just because you’re from Diamond, Missouri, how much incentive does that give you to move to Money, Virginia?

A 67-year-old Oklahoma man had quite a fright after backing his car at high speed through a seventh-floor exterior wall of a parking garage.  Ralph Hudson says his foot got stuck between his Mercedes’ brake and gas pedal as he was backing up in a towering parking garage in downtown Tulsa.  The car burst through the building’s exterior wall and sprayed debris on a parking lot below before stopping just in time. The car’s trunk and part of its back wheels were left hanging precariously out of the building but officials were able to safely drive it back inside.  ***MARLAR: Mercedes is blaming it the car’s Toyota floor mats.

A study at U.C. Berkeley found that if students had their eyes, ears and hands covered, they could find their way across a field on their hands and knees just by sniffing the trail with their noses.  ***MARLAR: MAN!  And to think I wasted my education at a junior college studying such trivialities as English and Communications!

A family was shopping at a Toys R Us in Midland, Texas; the women sent dad home with the kids; and he left their three-month-old baby behind in the shopping cart.  ***MARLAR: You can’t blame the guy though, the baby would be easy to forget.  After all, they’d only had her for three months!

In Nicholson, Georgia, police were called on a domestic disturbance complaint and found a woman had knocked out her husband with a potato! Police say the potato hit him square in the nose and knocked him out cold. The pair had reported started to argue in the kitchen in the early hours of the morning. Both had been drinking. For her part, the wife told police she didn’t mean to hit her husband and called them as soon as he fell unconscious. Mr. Potato Head has decided not to press charges against his wife. Neither of the couple’s real names have been released. ***MARLAR: So is this SPOUSAL abuse, or SPUDsal abuse?

Preventing obesity and smoking can save lives, but it doesn’t save money, according to researchers. It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer. The researchers found that from age 20 to 56, obese people racked up the most expensive health costs. But because both the smokers and the obese people died sooner than the healthy group, it cost less to treat them in the long run. ***MARLAR: And there’s your solution to the health care crisis. Encourage smoking in the 1st grade.

A study by Dr. Richard S. Cimbalo says walking at the mall is a better way to burn calories than walking outside. Cimbalo claims women naturally walk faster in a mall and burn more calories. The professor of psychology at Daeman College in New York says malls are familiar and a safe places, which helps women get a better workout. Malls offer security, a well-lit path, bathrooms, water fountains and telephones. Plus he says many malls have organized walking groups to keep you motivated. ***MARLAR: Another reason you’ll lose weight is because the compulsive shopping you do while mall walking will leave you with no money to buy ice cream.

First the smokes, now the doughnuts. Inmates at Ohio’s Franklin County lockup are singing the jailhouse blues. County officials are deep-sixing the fattening treats. Officials say eliminating the 55-thousand-dollar annual doughnut contract will be good for the inmates’ health. Every few weeks the prisoners were treated to glazed and jelly-filled doughnuts, and crullers, too. The inmates lost their smoking privileges when tobacco was banned in the county jail years before a state requirement took effect last year. ***MARLAR: This is going to be tough for them, because they survived the cigarette ban by puffing on crullers.

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