Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 17, 2010

Ingredients used by Johnson & Johnson in some of the 40 varieties of children’s cold medicines recalled last week were contaminated with bacteria, according to a report by the Food and Drug Administration. The recalled products include children and infant formulations of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl. ***MARLAR: All of which you might take because you’re feeling sick from bacteria.

Colorado authorities said they have no idea what led a man to drive his pickup truck into three mobile homes. ***MARLAR: Witnesses say he was driving like a tornado.

Kristen Myers and Chris Heckman don’t want the usual toasters and blenders as wedding gifts. They want something a lot bigger — a streetcar. The Cincinnati couple asks their guests to donate to a local streetcar project. Boosters say the proposed three-mile streetcar line will help revitalize the downtown area. If the streetcars don’t roll, the donations will be returned. And unlike glassware or a crock pot, the Cincy couple notes the streetcar donations are tax-deductible. ***MARLAR: Unfortunately, because it’s a wedding gift, the streetcars have to run for a month with cans tied to the back.

A Pennsylvania man accused of driving drunk says a county court has no jurisdiction over him because he’s his own country. Scott Allan Witmer has filed court papers claiming sovereignty. Witmer told the court: “I live inside myself, not in Pennsylvania.” A judge says Witmer can’t be released from jail until he gets a mental exam. ***MARLAR: Although prosecutors do admit that, due to all the calories from his beer drinking, he is LARGE enough to be his own country.

Does demolishing a salty bag of potato chips seem to put you in a better mood? Well, you’re not alone, according to psychologists at the University of Iowa who say salt may be nature’s anti-depressant. Researchers found that rats that were deficient in sodium chloride avoided activities they normally enjoyed. ***MARLAR: Ironically, the activity I most enjoy is sitting in my La-Z-Boy with a big bag of potato chips.

A Duke University study found that some people subconsciously avoid doing things that they are nagged to do as a form of passive rebellion. ***MARLAR: Scientists call it “husbandry.”

British researchers are now saying older men who have big biceps and a smaller waist circumference are not only more attractive, but also will likely live a lot longer than their more portly friends. ***MARLAR: I guess that means I’ll die sooner and I’m uglier. That boosts the ole’ self esteem.

Matt Halfhill of Austin, Texas loves sneakers – so much so that he has about 500 pair. He says his sneaker obsession started when he was a teenager, working in a shoe store. ***MARLAR: When his boss kept yelling at him to JUST DO IT!

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