Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – October 01, 2010

Star Mills farmer Patrick Preston of Hardin County, Kentucky said that some ears among his feed corn rows popped while still on the stalk.  Some agricultural experts believe it’s due to irregular rainfall and high heat.  ***MARLAR: Coming soon to a county fair near you – popcorn on a stick!

A Baton Rouge Metro Council member wants the parish to support a public awareness campaign against men who wear their pants so low that their boxer shorts show. Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle has a slogan for the campaign: “Low pants, no chance.”  She says, “I hate to see it and I see so much of it in my district.  It’s disrespectful to the elderly, to young kids and to women.”  Her resolution says wearing saggy pants creates negative stereotypes and that “those who wear saggy pants are hurting their chances of becoming employable, educated and productive citizens.”  ***MARLAR: Unless they’re auditioning to be underwear models, then… maybe.

A new Nielsen poll has confirmed what many have already observed — the nation’s teens are increasingly using texting as a major source of communication, but a communications expert feels parents should be aware that this trend may have some hidden dangers.  While it may not come as any surprise that teens text more than other age groups, what could be disturbing is exactly how much time they spend twiddling their thumbs on their cell phones. According to Nielsen, American children under the age of 18 send and receive roughly 2,800 texts per month, or about 93 per day.  ***MARLAR: On the plus side, they are doing a lot less talking.

Could your kitchen at home pass a restaurant inspection?  New research suggests that at least one in seven home kitchens would flunk the kind of health inspection commonly administered to restaurants.  The small study from California’s Los Angeles County found that only 61 percent of home kitchens would get an A or B if put through the rigors of a restaurant inspection. At least 14 percent would fail – not even getting a C.  ***MARLAR: Of course, this is just one part of the equation.  Home cooking might also be dangerous if your mother-in-law is cooking.

While much of the annual Santa Claus World Congress is a joke, two of Santa’s little helpers were completely serious when they exchanged vows in a civil ceremony. The elf-eared Rune Hamrath Hansen kissed the bride, Sine Andersen, at a Christmas-themed wedding that opened the annual convention in an amusement park outside Copenhagen.  ***MARLAR: Elves really take marriage seriously, because “till death do us part” could mean 300 years!

A 56-year-old German man was seen stealing three pairs of men’s underpants from a sports center. Police in a town near Frankfurt knew who they guy was and later when they searched his house they found more than “1,000 underpants and around 100 tracksuit trousers. Now the ‘pants lover’ faces charges of theft and misappropriation.” ***MARLAR: The man said he did it because he wanted to follow his mother’s advice and was afraid he might be in an accident.

A man who relieved his stress by repeatedly entering a forest to scream has been ordered to find a different way to relax because he is scaring neighbors.  Residents in the western town of Aachen called police to investigate a series of loud yells coming from a local forest.  The man’s screams had prompted neighbors to call police out on three previous occasions.  He faces a fine of $75. ***MARLAR: Which stressed him out so he went into the forest to scream.

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