Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – October 26, 2010

NEW NEWS KICKERS
Russia claims to have the “dad of all bombs.” This bomb is said to be as destructive as a nuke but without the radiation, so it’s “environmentally-friendly.”  ***MARLAR: Because when you’re decimating everything for miles around, the last thing you want to do is hurt the environment.

The Internal Revenue Service plans to stop mailing instructions and paper forms for annual income tax returns, saving the agency about $10 million a year as more Americans are filing online.  ***MARLAR: Here’s an even better money-saver… go with a flat tax and get rid of the IRS.

A new kind of glasses can help those hitting middle age do what their eyes no longer can: see objects clearly, at any distance.  The glasses, called TruFocals, allow the wearer to adjust the lenses depending on what they’re trying to see and how far away it is. The company that makes them, Zoom Focus Eyewear in Southern California, says their product means an end to the need for multiple pairs of glasses and the limitation of having only one field of vision in focus at a time.  ***MARLAR: Don’t we already have these?  They’re called “binoculars.”

If you think you hear women saying “I’m sorry” more than men, you’re right. Women apologize more often than men do, according to a new study.  But it’s not that men are reluctant to admit wrongdoing, it’s just that they don’t perceive as often having done things that require an apology.  Karina Schumann, a doctoral student in social psychology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, says, “it seems to be that when (men) think they’ve done something wrong they do apologize just as frequently as when women think they’ve done something wrong. It’s just that (men) think they’ve done fewer things wrong.”  ***MARLAR: In other words, women apologize more often than men, because they are wrong more often than men.

RETRO NEWS KICKERS: THEY’RE NOT NEW, BUT THEY’RE STILL ENTERTAINING…
Researchers at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia have created mice that can regenerate amputated limbs and damaged organs. They say the ability is controlled by about a dozen genes, and when they amputated or damaged the toes, ears, tails or hearts of these “miracle mice,” they grew right back. And when their cells were injected into other mice, they developed the same ability.  It’s expected to work for humans as well.  ***MARLAR: Wow… the ability for humans to replace damaged body parts with mouse parts!

Within five to seven years, both cash and credit cards and the purse or wallet you carry them in will be things of the past, a panel of banking experts predicts. They’ll be replaced by “smart” chips installed in your mobile phone, watch or other similar device. Pilot projects to test the devices are already underway in Hong Kong and Singapore. So far, they only cover low cost transactions, like buying a soda or chocolate bar, but it’s just a small step to extend the program to include big ticket items. “Whereas we now have a wallet and a purse, it will be a chip in your phone or your watch or something like that as your access,” says Greg Connor, an Australian banking executive involved in the experiment. “The access to credit is still going to be there, but you don’t need the card because that’s really only a means of identification.” (Sun)  ***MARLAR: Followed shortly thereafter by inserting the info in your right hand or forehead.

A new chronological Bible isn’t going to be the Good Book for everyone – even its Nashville publishers agree. The Chronological Study Bible remixes the traditional Protestant Bible’s 66 books according to description of events in time. It is a version from which some may learn but may confuse others. Wayne Hastings of Thomas Nelson publishing says the new Bible isn’t for beginners, but argues it will help longtime Bible readers see how the different parts of Scripture fit together when compared chronologically.  ***MARLAR: Maybe then I’ll finally be able to figure out when Noah met his wife Joan of Ark.

According to a new study, here’s some news that you probably already figured out for yourself if you’re a fan of Twitter. It seems that a big percentage of the messages posted on the popular micro-blogging web site are pointless rather than vital information!  Pear Analytics, a San Antonio-based marketing firm, began its study based on the hypothesis that Twitter is “used predominantly for self-promotion.” But of the 27 million users, only 27% of users are on regularly and in fact, only 1% of users contribute to over 35% of all traffic. And according to their survey, over 40% of all tweets are “pointless babble” — things like “I am eating a sandwich right now.” ***MARLAR: Gee… who knew?

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