Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 18, 2010

The victim might have forgiven the woman who ran him down in a Massachusetts crosswalk, but police haven’t. Police say a Pittsfield woman has been cited for running down a man named Lord Jesus Christ as he crossed a street in Northampton on Tuesday. The 50-year-old man is from Belchertown. Officers checked his ID and discovered that, indeed, his legal name is Lord Jesus Christ. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor facial injuries. ***MARLAR: Which he healed himself.

Self-service gas might become a thing of the past thanks to Nico van Staveren, a service station owner from Emmeloord, Netherlands. Monday, he unveiled the world’s first robotic gas pump. It has a robot arm with multiple sensors that can find the gas flap, open it, unscrew the cap, and guide the fuel nozzle into the tank opening. so a driver never again has to get smelly gas on his hands. The inventor said he was inspired when he was on a farm, saw a milking machine on a cow and thought, “If a robot can do that, then why can’t it fill a car tank?” ***DUANE MATZ: There’s still some kinks to be worked out. The robot keeps burning it’s hands trying to milk the exhaust pipe.

The victim might have forgiven the woman who ran him down in a Massachusetts crosswalk, but police haven’t. Police say a Pittsfield woman has been cited for running down a man named Lord Jesus Christ as he crossed a street in Northampton on Tuesday. The 50-year-old man is from Belchertown. Officers checked his ID and discovered that, indeed, his legal name is Lord Jesus Christ. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor facial injuries. ***MARLAR: Which he healed himself.

Self-service gas might become a thing of the past thanks to Nico van Staveren, a service station owner from Emmeloord, Netherlands. Monday, he unveiled the world’s first robotic gas pump. It has a robot arm with multiple sensors that can find the gas flap, open it, unscrew the cap, and guide the fuel nozzle into the tank opening. so a driver never again has to get smelly gas on his hands. The inventor said he was inspired when he was on a farm, saw a milking machine on a cow and thought, “If a robot can do that, then why can’t it fill a car tank?” ***DUANE MATZ: There’s still some kinks to be worked out. The robot keeps burning it’s hands trying to milk the exhaust pipe.

Two West Virginia women unwittingly gave their PIN numbers to the women who stole their purses, thinking it was the bank that was calling. ***MARLAR: A quick word of advice – never give out your PIN number to strangers right after your purse is stolen.

A woman in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, didn’t realize she was giving birth until her newborn baby son suddenly appeared in her pants leg. ***MARLAR: Wow… thank goodness for relaxed fit jeans!

Environmental health officials in Wakefield, England, are investigating a fish and chips stand because of a report that it smells like fish. ***MARLAR: And chips.

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