Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 01, 2009

What would you rather find on your hotel pillow — a chocolate or a sleeping pill? A new poll conducted for Starwood Hotels and Resorts finds almost half of those asked would opt for a pill. Research firm Studylogic surveyed 12,500 adults who take an average of at least two trips a year. ***MARLAR: How about a third choice… chocolate covered sleeping pills.

Gone fishin’. But a Maryland lawyer’s time at a creek was on behalf of his client. Washington County Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey went fishing for evidence.  He used a magnet to pull a gun from Antietam Creek in just 30 minutes. The recovered gun backs up his client’s story about an armed robbery. Prosecutors promised a reduced sentenced for the suspect’s cooperation. Bailey tells a local paper (The Hagerstown Herald-Mail) his client gets a jail term of 18 months instead of four years.  ***MARLAR: Sadly, it was a catch and release stream so they had to throw the gun back. 

Now, you can do some whale watching, even from your landlocked cubicle in Kansas. Award-winning documentary maker David Anderson has mounted seven cameras and an underwater viewing pod on his 50-foot, high-speed Catamaran. Web surfers can go along for a virtual whale watching ride at www.whalewatchingtv.com. Anderson says his cruises off the Southern California coast are now like a reality show — but the whales and dolphins are the stars.  ***MARLAR: Meanwhile, please remember that whale hunting is still illegal in Kansas (yes – it’s a real law)!

Elmo is trying to help families navigate some tough times.  Producers of “Sesame Street” say they are producing a prime-time special to help parents and young children deal with economic hardship. The special will be aimed at families with children aged 2 to 8. It will air on PBS stations on Sept. 9.  Elmo is joined by Al Roker and Deborah Roberts on the special.  It’s directed at both parents and kids in families where someone is dealing with a job loss or the income is much less than it was.  ***MARLAR: Sponsored by yet another new Elmo doll they want you to buy for this Christmas.

Paris Hilton might have to give back some of the money she made from acting in the flop, “Pledge This!” The film’s investors had sued for $8.3 million in damages. That’s about what they spent to produce the film. They argued Hilton didn’t live up to her contract because she didn’t promote the movie’s DVD release, dooming it to financial ruin. ***MARLAR: Wouldn’t you think the movie was doomed the instant Paris Hilton was cast in it?

Paris Hilton might have to give back some of the money she made from acting in the flop, “Pledge This!” The film’s investors had sued for $8.3 million in damages. That’s about what they spent to produce the film. They argued Hilton didn’t live up to her contract because she didn’t promote the movie’s DVD release, dooming it to financial ruin. ***MARLAR: Wouldn’t you think the movie was doomed the instant Paris Hilton was cast in it?

A Malaysian man was a bit suspicious after he received his latest telephone bill and it seemed a bit steep. He could be correct, since the bill totaled $218 TRILLION. ***MARLAR: That’s why you should only call people in your Top Five Friends plan.

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