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

A Florida couple thought they were buying a Halloween decoration at a yard sale, but it turns out they bought a real human skeleton. Judith and Mitchell Fletcher paid $8 for what they thought were a box of scary holiday decorations at a yard sale. When they got the box home, they realized they had bought real bones.  They called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives took the bones to the medical examiner, who determined they came from a professionally prepared human anatomical skeleton, normally used in medical courses.  The sheriff’s office is now contacting colleges and universities to see who may be missing a skeleton.  ***MARLAR: They’re also contacting political candidates who might be in need of a spine.

Determined to turn New Jersey’s education system on its head, Gov. Chris Christie has unveiled a tough-love reform package that will make classroom achievement — not seniority or tenure — the basis for pay hikes and career advancement in Garden State public schools.  The governor is demanding that teachers in kindergarten through fifth grade actually pass tests in reading and math in order to be certified.  ***MARLAR: New Jersey teachers sent out a memo saying that “105%” of them say they are “oppsoed” to the plan and are “axtremellery” angry.

A Massachusetts woman faces assault charges after Belmont police said she hit a motorist in the face with a bag of dog feces. Police said that the woman, whose name has not been released, admitted tossing doggie dung at the driver because she believed he was speeding.  The woman was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, vandalism to property and disorderly conduct.  ***MARLAR: That’s right – doggie doo is now considered a dangerous weapon.  Meaning there is now a two-week waiting period before your dog is allowed to poop.

A 43-year-old man bared more than the truth while trying to surrender on an outstanding warrant in Michigan. The Monroe Evening News reported that the man was arrested after taking off all his clothing in the lobby of the Monroe County sheriff’s office.  Authorities said the man told a records clerk in the building about his warrant. He walked away as she looked up the paperwork, then returned naked.  The man was taken to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation.  ***MARLAR: Apparently he was confused, thinking he was dealing with airport security and was just preparing for a strip search.

Halloween is not immune to the negative effects of a bad economy. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $4.75 billion on the spooky holiday, down from $5.77 billion a year ago. People on average are planning on spending $56.31, down from $66.54 last year.  ***MARLAR: Only fifty six bucks to spend on Halloween – that’s not enough for my own personal stash of Snickers bars!

If you are tired of earthly news you should know that astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could exist.  Scientists using the European Southern Observatory telescope didn’t find any planets quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable or even unusual. But their announcement increased the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400.  ***MARLAR: And they have not yet figured out which planet Shirley Maclaine came from.

In Fort Myers, Florida, 21-year-old Yunet Linares went into the McDonald’s where her mother happens to work and ordered some food. However, apparently they got her order wrong and when Yunet went to complain to employee William Russell an argument ensued and Yunet slapped Russell in the face! Russell then grabbed Yunet and pushed her against the wall in self-defense. Her mother, Maria Figueredo, then got in on the action and attacked Russell from behind, hitting him in the head. Police then got there and arrested Ms. Linares. Amazingly her mother was not arrested because police say she didn’t see the initial slap and thought she was coming to the aid of her daughter.  ***MARLAR: She wanted an Extra Value Meal – she got an Extra Value Mêlée!

Donald May probably wishes he had not taken some breath mints to freshen his breath recently. According to May, it was his bad timing to be chewing on breath mints when he was pulled over for an expired tag on his car. The arresting officer thought the mints looked like crack cocaine and threw Mays in the slammer for drug possession. May’s life was turned upside down when he was unable to bond out. While in jail for three months, he lost his job, was evicted from his apartment and his car was auctioned off. May was released from jail once the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney’s office sent a letter stating that the test results confirmed there were no illegal substances.  ***MARLAR: And the good news is that his breath is minty fresh so he can talk to a lawyer.

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