Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 23, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnews12The mayor of Moscow has informed Russian weather forecasters that they face heavy fines if they get the weather wrong. Moscow Mayor Juri Luschkov is mad because local weathermen predicted light snow this winter and he did not have enough snowplows to clear the streets when the city got hit by blizzards.  ***MARLAR: Holding meteorologists accountable?  Would he bring his dung beetles and divining rods out in order to double-check his predictions?
An Austrian website is offering up to 60 percent off on hotels to vacationers willing to travel when the weather is bad. The Weather Bonus website offers discounts at four and five star hotels following bad weather forecasts and claims the service is pretty popular.  ***MARLAR: Well, I guess we know now where Moscow meteorologists can go if they mess up their forecasting! 

Parents of children at John Eaton Elementary School in Washington are upset after discovering that the school was also being used as a cat spay and neutering clinic without their knowledge.  On weekends, the cafeteria and some classrooms and hallways at the school were turned into feline operating rooms.  The school has temporarily closed amid health concerns.  The city’s top health official didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.  ***MARLAR: Doesn’t this just confirm the suspicions of all school kids who keep saying they know what the Wednesday Mystery Meat dish is in the school lunch cafeteria?

A Florida man faces charges after attempting to bribe a policeman with McDonald’s cheeseburgers!  Steven Denton was originally arrested following a fight at a local restaurant but tried to avoid being locked up by bribing a police officer.  Deputy Mark Eastly said: “Denton told me that if I would drive him to McDonald’s, he would buy me two cheeseburgers if I let him go and did not take him to jail.”  ***MARLAR: It was later discovered that this man could very well have been the notorious Hamburgler.

The Massachusetts’s Department of Transportation has come up with a unique way to prevent drivers from gawking at traffic accidents – curtains.  The seven-foot-tall by 10-foot-wide screens, made of piping and vinyl material, are intended to obscure accidents from passersby and keep drivers moving.  Massachusetts State Trooper Tom Ryan said it’s too early to see if the screens will significantly reducing traffic problems. In addition to curbing congestion, Ryan said, the screens can shield the public from a graphic crash scene.  ***MARLAR: So what colors and fabrics don’t collide with collided metal?

A group of scientists say there’s a tiny chance an asteroid might hit the Earth in 2036, and they feel an attempt should be made to deflect it. ***MARLAR: Astronauts say they’ll try so long as they don’t have to pay taxes again… ever.

ABC News reports that 71 percent of children said they “need” a vacation.  ***MARLAR: Hey, kids – I got news for you.  Having someone ELSE provide your food and lodging while you play sports and take dance lessons IS considered “a vacation.”

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