Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – May 28, 2010

Residents no longer have to shake their heads over two “Yeild to bikes” signs along a busy Nevada street.  Officials in Sparks say the misspelled signs were replaced after they were featured on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” show on Thursday night. The senior vice president of the construction company that is extending a boulevard in the city near Reno says a contractor didn’t notice the misspelling of the word “yield.”  ***MARLAR: Sadly, the new signs now misspell “bikes” replacing the “b” with an “N”.  Rebok is suing for discrimination.

A retired funeral director will serve probation in a first-time offenders program for allegedly slicing into two large maple trees that block the view of Presque Isle Bay in Erie, Pennsylvania from a rental property he owns. Eighty-five-year-old Paul Brugger had been scheduled for trial on felony charges because police claimed the trees were valued at $15,000. Brugger’s attorney disputed that, saying the trees were worth less than the $5,000 felony threshold.  ***MARLAR: Also under arrest – every wood furniture maker in Pennsylvania.

The family that owns Dracula’s castle in Transylvania is selling it for 78-million dollars. The castle was home to the 15th century medieval ruler, Vlad Dracul, who inspired the novel about the blood-sucking Count Dracula. The Transylvanian castle is a tourist attraction, visited by more than 400-thousand people a year.  Dominic Habsburg is a member of the castle-owning family and insists his family is being reasonable when asking for 78-million dollars for the sale of the castle.  ***MARLAR: 78-million dollars?  Wow – they really ARE blood suckers!

If you burn your own CD’s instead of buying them, there’s some bad news. Not only is the music industry cheesed off at you, your self-recorded CD’s aren’t going to last very long. Experts now say that unlike pressed original CDs you buy in stores, CDs that you record yourself are only going to last 2-5 years. The reason is that recordable CD’s have a layer of dye that is modified by the laser beam to record the data. However, that layer breaks down and the disc becomes unreadable. The CD’s you buy in stores are pressed, so you don’t get the chemical breakdown and they last much longer. Experts say to avoid the cheapo CD’s, store them in a cool, dry and dark place, and store important data on magnetic tapes.  ***MARLAR: I took all of my ten and fifteen-year-old cassette tapes and burned them to CD – and now they’re saying that the CD is only going to last two or three years, and I should back it up onto a CASSETTE TAPE??!?!  That’s it, I’ve had it… I’m going back to 8-tracks.

Cosmopolitan reports that 20% of women say technology makes it harder to communicate face-to-face.  ***MARLAR: Ironically, we learned this information over the Internet.

Off-duty firefighter Barry McRoy of Walterboro, South Carolina, was leaving a fast food restaurant when a stray bullet hit him, but he didn’t even notice until he got home and saw the bullet hole in his jacket. He’d checked out a DVD that was in its box in his pocket, and it had stopped the bullet.  ***MARLAR: But he demanded a refund because when he got it home it wouldn’t play.

Court officials in Wilmington, Delaware are red in the face with embarrassment over the woman they hired to be their Spanish-Language courtroom translator. She had the job for ten years and no one realized she couldn’t speak a word of Spanish.  ***MARLAR: Except for “Yo Quiero Taco Bell.”

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