Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 29, 2010

China will ban smoking in all hospitals and medical facilities starting in 2011 as the world’s most populous nation struggles to get its people to kick one of their favorite habits. China is the world’s largest cigarette producer and Chinese are the world’s most enthusiastic smokers, with a growing market of about 320 million.  ***MARLAR: The biggest problem with Chinese cigarettes is that one you’re done smoking, you’re need another one just an hour later.

A North Carolina waitress is out of a job after griping on her Facebook page about the $5 tip she got from a couple who sat at their table for three hours. The waitress says the customers kept her at work an hour after she was supposed to clock out.  ***MARLAR: Imagine that… the girl gets fired for using a social network to complain about people who were anti-social.

Their name may be McDonald, but when it comes to saying “I do,” only White Castle would do. Kurby McDonald and Krystal Kester decided to get hooked at a London, Ky., fast food restaurant on Saturday.   “Usually people get married in a church, but think about it, it’s going to be a wedding to remember,” the bride’s friend, Kelli Vanarsdale, said. “How many weddings can you go to and then talk about it later and say ‘Hey, I had a wedding in a White Castle!’?” The restaurant was closed from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday for the ceremony. The advertising sign at the side of the road congratulated the couple on their wedding.  ***MARLAR: On their way out of the building, guests threw chopped onions at them.  (They registered for wedding gifts at Chick-Fil-A.)

The Clorox Company is offering a $5,000 reward and a year’s supply of toilet cleaning products for tips leading to the arrest of San Francisco’s notorious portable potty pyromaniac. The Oakland-based chemical company deployed a “potty patrol” team in the city Friday to make residents aware of its offer marrying marketing and community service. Since November, more than two dozen construction site toilets have been set on fire in the city, causing an estimated $50,000 in property damage.  ***MARLAR: I have to be careful with stories like this – otherwise I could be accused of having a potty mouth.

Have you ever fired off an email that you wished you didn’t send? Well, we’ve just learned that Gmail has the answer for you. A new feature in Gmail offers a five second undo button to help you out of this situation. (It’s a Labs option.)  ***MARLAR: Five seconds?  That’s not near enough time!  I need something where I can recall an email I sent five DAYS ago, not five seconds!  I need a Gmail feature that includes a DeLorean and a Flux Capacitor.

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch and now your grocery bills are about to get bigger, too. Economists say a number of ingredients are combining to send grocery store prices upwards. Even worse news is that it will not only affect prices of fresh foods, but processed foods as well. For one thing, the world has more people to feed than ever before and now we’re competing for food with the biofuel industry. You can also blame the rising cost of vegetable oil, which is used for preservatives, colorings and flavorings. Food prices went up about four percent last year and you can look for them to make a similar jump this year.  ***MARLAR: Maybe we should create a car that runs on kitchen leftovers.

Clarence Stucki recently called the local power company to report a power outage before he realized that he might as well have turned himself in. You see, Clarence wired up a bypass in order to get free electricity and his plan worked for some 60 years. The statute of limitations only allows him to be charged with 7 years of theft, but that still amounts to around $82,000. The Logan Light and Power company spotted Clarence’s handiwork when they came to fix the power outage at his home. The company said they did not want to “put him in jail” but wanted to recoup their costs. ***MARLAR: Because if they put him in jail, he’d still get free power!

The Wisconsin state Senate has approved a measure which would allow grocery stores to serve free 6 oz. samples of beer to shoppers who are of legal age. ***MARLAR: Beginning next week – “Double Coupon Happy Hours.”

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