Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 25, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will begin asking doctors to keep an eye out for misleading advertisements.  The agency’s “bad ad program” urges doctors to report ads and sales pitches that violate FDA rules.  ***MARLAR: First on the list… AXE body spray.

A major international study into the link between cell phone use and brain damage has proved inconclusive, according to a report in a medical journal due to be published later this week.  ***MARLAR: In other news, a major international study into the link between cell phone use and brain damage has proved inconclusive, according to a report in a medical journal due to be published later this week.

This bandit is more interested in the dough than the pizza. Several South Philadelphia pizza parlors report being held up by a man with a similar M.O. In the latest incident, police say the pizza perp ordered a pie at Queen Village Pizza. The owner says the man put a plastic bag on the counter and demanded cash. When the owner refused, police say the crook pulled a gun, took 35 bucks from the register and ran. Police report four similar incidents over eight days. ***MARLAR: Police vow to nab the robber in the thirty minutes or less.

Ecuador’s missing. At least on a map for Brazilian school kids. A new geography text book for sixth-graders has a number of errors. Ecuador isn’t on the map. Paraguay is switched with Uruguay, and a second “new” Paraguay is shown. One sixth-grader tells Brazil’s Globo TV he’d get a bad grade if he had to take a test based on the messed-up map.  ***MARLAR: It also lists the tallest mountain in America as “France.”

An unidentified man in St. Augustine, Florida wanted to keep his pet pig warm during the recent cold snap, so he brought the porker onto the porch and put out a space heater to keep it toasty. The pig apparently knocked over the heater, which started a fire, causing some $50,000 damage to the home. ***MARLAR: The family will be serving pork chops for their reconstruction party.

Coffee stand owner Troy Malchow hopes to turn the heat up on a robber — with some hot java. Malchow is offering free coffee for a year to anyone who can help catch the guy who robbed him. Malchow has owned Perfetto Espresso north of Seattle for a decade. He says in the span of two weeks his coffee stand was both vandalized and robbed. ***MARLAR: Make that a double-large gourmet coffee with triple cream and Splenda and I’ll cop to the crime myself!

Believe it or not, you really CAN catch “cooties.” The word cooties likely comes from the Malay word “kutu,” which means “body lice.” ***MARLAR: So instead of using imaginary “cootie spray” you should use a can of Raid.

A nasal spray made from Atlantic Ocean seawater seams to ease cold and flu symptoms faster for children.  In the twelve week test the noses of children given the seawater spray were less runny the second time they were checked.  ***MARLAR: Their noses were less runny because they were caked with salt.

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