Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 27, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnews12How do you slap a label on a fish?  That’s what some restaurant owners in Alabama may be wondering after a new law was signed that will require them to disclose the country of origin of their catfish and seafood. The governor says people want to know where their food comes from.  The Alabama Restaurant Association says the law could be a real headache for some large chain restaurants because they use a mix of domestic and imported fish. Beginning in August, they’ll have to reveal where they get their catfish, and in January the rest of their seafood.  Will the customers care? Probably only if it doesn’t taste good.  ***MARLAR: That’s a good question, how DO you stick a label on a fish?  It’s not like you can write “Made in China” on a post-it note and stick it to the dorsal fin.  Do you use a stapler?

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich) told NBC: take my wife, please. So, they did.  Patti Blagojevich is filling in for her husband as a contestant on the upcoming reality series, “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!”   The show starts June first and will be filmed in the jungle of Costa Rica.  ***MARLAR: She’s not a celebrity!  They should call the show, “I’m Not a Celebrity, But My Corrupt Husband Needs Money To Pay His Lawyers So I’m Willing To Live In The Jungle And Eat Worms.”

Authorities at a Pittsburgh have not just one, but two mysteries to solve. They are trying to figure out how a 4-year-old boy managed to slip out of school in the middle of the day and walk all the way home, about a mile away. The boy’s mom, Markeya McCary, says she was shocked when her son showed up at home when he was supposed to be at the Greenway Early Childhood Center.  School officials had noticed the boy was missing and had launched a search for him when they learned he made it home. The mom says her son told her he left school because someone tried to lock him in a closet. School officials are looking into that claim, even as they try to figure out how the boy was able to bolt from school and make his way home.  ***MARLAR: I’m just impressed this kid actually knew how the way home all by himself.  I can’t get six blocks in my car without hearing a computer’s voice saying “Recalculating…”

It’s a slime factor that would put the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards to shame. A boy from Utah is trying to slip into the record books by letting a bunch of live snails cover his face. Fin Keheler is 11 and let 43 snails slither over his mug over the weekend. The boy says the record is 36, even though the Guinness web site says it’s 8. Either way, his family is sending documentation to the Guinness people to get the record verified.  ***MARLAR: It’s a worse sliming than Bill Murray in Ghostbusters. 

Pittsburgh police said a high school student was facing charges for using a biology class snake as a jump rope. Police said it happened Monday at Taylor Allderdice High School. Police aren’t identifying the 17-year-old because he’s being charged in juvenile court. The boy will be charged with theft and cruelty to animals. The animal survived the ordeal and was being examined by a veterinarian.  ***MARLAR: If convicted, prosecutors expect to next go after Indiana Jones. 

Should you find yourself in a bar in New York City, and the music playing makes you want to get up and dance, please resist the urge.  A state court has upheld the city’s Prohibition era law that bans social dancing in bars, restaurants and certain clubs.  Those who like to get up and boogie sued, arguing the 80-year-old law illegally infringes on their right of free expression. But the court says recreational dancing isn’t a form of protection that’s protected either by the state or U.S. constitutions.  ***MARLAR: In fact, laws against dancing actually protect those of us who’d be forced to watch.

A University of Washington study found that the price of low-calorie foods have increased 20% since 2005. At the same time, high-calorie food costs remained stable.  ***MARLAR: That’s right – it’s more expensive to eat healthy, meaning that eating candy bars and Cheetos is just simply good stewardship.

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