Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 10, 2010

A Beluga whale is making a big splash as an artist after picking up a paintbrush at an oceanarium in China.  Keepers at the Qingdao Polar Ocean World say Xiao Qiang started out when he simply grabbed a paint brush left behind buy a visitor and started playing with it.  Now the seven year old star’s paintings are changing hands for hundreds of pounds among fans.  “He showed a lot of interest in painting right from the start so now all we have to do is give him the brushes and hold the paper while he paints with his mouth,” said trainer Zhang Yong.  ***MARLAR: Unfortunately, the whale only knows watercolors.

A Swiss actor is carving out a new career as a sinister-looking clown – terrifying children’s birthday parties.  When Dominic Deville is hired to scare a birthday boy or girl, he first contacts his ‘victims’ to tell them they’re being watched.  Then he taunts them with texts, phone calls and booby-trapped letters warning them that at some time in their party he’s going to smash a cake into their face.  “It’s all in fun and if at any point the kids get scared or their parents are concerned we stop right there,” he explained. “But most kids absolutely love being scared senseless.”  ***MARLAR: If it works well enough, this could be a real money-saver for parents because kids will be too scared to want any future birthday parties.

What’s worse than a used car salesman? Nothing, if you live in Kerrville, Texas. The town has told Don Holmes that due to zoning rules he’s not allowed to sell his “high end” used cars on his plot of land along Highway 16. Holmes has been told that he could literally do anything he wants to on his property EXCEPT sell cars. So he did. In protest, he placed 22 used portable toilets for sale in the space. The yellow toilets, at $150 each, sit next to a multimillion-dollar hotel in the town northwest of San Antonio. And in the spirit of selling used cars he’s placed signs on the toilets that read “one owner” and “low mileage”.  ***MARLAR: Residents are upset and are complaining to city officials that the guys is flushing property values down the toilet.

Cari Barlow might not look like an alien.  But she says she’s part Reptilian. Barlow was at the recent International UFO Congress Convention & Film Festival in Laughlin, Nev. According to Barlow, she’s a human-alien hybrid and says she can even write the Reptilian language. So, how did Barlow come to realize she wasn’t of this world? She says it was when she shape-shifted in front of her ex. Barlow adds she fits right in at the UFO convention. ***MARLAR: Alongside the Klingons, Marvin the Martian, and Tom Cruise.

You might think a name like Marijuana Pepsi is right of out an old Cheech and Chong stoner flick. But Marijuana Pepsi Sawyer is the real name of a Beloit, Wis., high school teacher. An aunt remembers the name Marijuana Pepsi seemed to fit right into the post-Woodstock era of the early 1970’s. But Sawyer says it was tough growing up with that name. She says from the teacher taking attendance in class, to filling out paperwork, her name is never ignored. Sawyer tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel people always think she’s joking. While she’s named Marijuana, Sawyer says she’s never touched the stuff herself.  ***MARLAR: This is your parents’ brains on drugs.

A new study says we tend to spend more money if we go shopping when we’re sad. ***MARLAR: That’s not good. I usually get depressed halfway through my shopping when I realize I can’t afford to be shopping…

According to a new survey, nearly a quarter of British men and women said they would give up chocolate for six months in return for a 50-inch plasma TV. ***MARLAR: That’s a tough one, because my favorite time to eat chocolate is when I’m watching TV.

Astronomers have discovered a dead star that is a lump of diamond 4000 km across, or 10 billion trillion trillion carats.  ***MARLAR: NASA has officially named the star “Elizabeth Taylor.”

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