Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – October 05, 2010

The White House wants the public to start using the term “global climate disruption” in place of “global warming” — fearing the latter term oversimplifies the problem and makes it sound less dangerous than it really is.  ***MARLAR: Actually, the truth is that we’re just not buying the lie of “global warming” so they need to change the name in order to try and scare us all over again.

Scientists from Korea have turned the main ingredient of calamine lotion into a tiny material that converts sound waves into electricity. The research could lead to panels that can charge a cell phone from a conversation or provide a boost of energy to the nation’s electrical grid generated by the noise during rush hour traffic. ***MARLAR: Who needs to drill for oil when you’ve got teenage girls on cell phones?

Think twice before you take that bar of soap from your next hotel room. A woman now faces up to three months in jail just for taking two towels from a hotel room.   A court in Nigeria has convicted Bilikisu Dowodu of stealing the towels from the Transcorp Hilton Abuja Hotel, in the country’s capital city. She now has to either pay a $20 fine or spend three months in jail.  ***MARLAR: They plan to take a page out of the book of banks around the world and will use the twenty dollars to buy chains to attach towels to the walls.

The regular use of alcohol-based disinfecting hand gels authorities recommended during the A(H1N1) pandemic has little effect on the disease’s infection rate, according to a study.   The findings suggest that the pandemic virus and similar strains may be most effectively transmitted in the air, rather than by contact with infected surfaces, the authors of the study said. The study was financed by the Dial Corporation, which makes various care and cleaning products, including alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  ***MARLAR: So they are now suggesting you suck up the hand gels through your nostrils.

Move over Joe Camel, there’s a tar-filled lung and rotted foot gunning for your job. For smokers not swayed by written warnings in recent decades, graphic ads are being slapped on every pack of cigarettes to show some of the health horrors that may befall smokers if they keep lighting up. The new labels will start showing up in 2011. ***MARLAR: With the current economy, it should be pictures of empty wallets.

The owner of a South Carolina hair replacement business says a Myrtle Beach roller coaster isn’t nearly as hair-raising as the commercials claim.  A television ad shows the 150-foot-tall Time Machine at Freestyle Music Park moving so fast that a man loses his hairpiece.  But Dennis Murphy, who owns a hair replacement business, says the ad puts toupees in a bad light.  So he rode the coaster yesterday to prove his toupee would stay on. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that his hands stayed in the coaster and his hairpiece stayed put, though he looked like he’d been in a strong wind.  ***MARLAR: It’s the AD that places toupees in a bad light?  I thought what put toupees in a bad light was the toupees!

It’s the hottest season of the year in Japan, and that means it’s eel season. So, bottoms up! A canned drink called “Surging Eel” is in Japanese stores just ahead of the country’s annual eel-eating season. A company spokesman says “It’s mainly for men who are exhausted by the summer’s heat.” Many Japanese believe eating eel boosts stamina in hot weather. The fizzy, yellow-colored drink contains extracts from the head and bones of eel and five vitamins contained in the fish.  ***MARLAR: Sounds like you’ll be sick if you drink it or not.

An alert was issued by the American College of Emergency Physicians that warns of the dangers of sending text messages while walking. The ER doctors said there have been increased reports from around the country of injuries involving text-messaging pedestrians, bicyclists, roller-bladers and motorists. Most involve scrapes, cuts and bruises from texters who walked into lampposts or walls and tripped over curbs. According to ACEP, people should never text while driving, and should avoid talking on a cell phone or texting while doing other physical activities, including walking, biking, boating and rollerblading.  ***MARLAR: You know you’re texting too much when you send out a text saying: “OMG a car is about to hit me.”

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