Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 07, 2010

Reuters reports that one of the hit new products at Baselworld, the watch and jewelry trade show in Switzerland, is Geneva-based watchmaker Romaine Jerome’s “Day & Night” watch. It costs $300,000 and doesn’t tell the time: it just tells you whether it’s day or night. When the company launched the watch, they sold out within 48 hours. The CEO said a $9 watch tells the time as well as a $500,000 watch, so people buy expensive watches as a trophy, and this really gives them something different. It even employs the complex Tourbillon movement used to overcome gravity that affects the accuracy of watches to insure it’s always right when it tells you whether it’s day or night. ***MARLAR: Or you could take that $300,000 and build a four-bedroom house with at least one window in it.

According to a new study, a stunning one in five teens has lost a little bit of hearing, and the problem has increased substantially in recent years. Some experts are urging teenagers to turn down the volume on their digital music players, suggesting loud music through earbuds may be to blame – although hard evidence is lacking. They warn that slight hearing loss can cause problems in school and set the stage for hearing aids in later life. ***MARLAR: For our teenage listeners… ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY, A STUNNING ONE IN FIVE TEENS HAS LOST A LITTLE BIT OF HEARING, AND THE PROBLEM HAS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN RECENT YEARS! SOME EXPERTS ARE URGING TEENAGERS TO TURN DOWN THE VOLUME ON THEIR DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYERS, SUGGESTING LOUD MUSIC THROUGH EARBUDS MAY BE TO BLAME!

More than a third of adults still hug a teddy bear while falling asleep, according to a new survey. More than half of Britons still have a teddy bear from childhood and the average teddy bear is 27 years old, the poll found. Travelodge, the hotel chain, surveyed 6,000 British adults and found that respondents said sleeping with a teddy was a “comforting and calming” way to end the day. The survey also found that 25% of men said they even took their teddy away with them on business because it reminded them of home. ***MARLAR: The only difference is that instead of children’s stories, Teddy Ruxpin now gives stock tips.

Park officials in China have found a way to stop people from hogging their benches for too long – by fitting steel spikes on a coin-operated timer. If visitors at the Yantai Park in Shangdong province, eastern China, linger too long without feeding the meter, dozens of sharp spikes shoot through the seat. The spikes are too short to cause any serious harm – but long enough to prevent people from sitting on them comfortably. ***MARLAR: Not only are you paying to use the bench, you’re also paying for acupuncture.

Police said a man broke into a Cincinnati home and proceeded to stay there for a week, watching television and sleeping in the master bedroom while the family was on vacation. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department arrested 19-year-old Nicholas Truesdell and charged him with burglary and unauthorized use of a vehicle. An affidavit said he broke into the four-bedroom home through a rear window on June 16. Authorities said he also used the computer and drove the family’s 2007 Nissan Altima around for more than 48 hours. ***MARLAR: Much longer and they could’ve charged him with identity theft!

A Polish couple living in Germany broke up after tying the knot and decided to end their marriage on the same day. “He said he never wanted to see her again and wanted an immediate annulment, and she said the same thing.” Right after the civil ceremony Wednesday, the 50-year-old man began arguing with his bride and tried to cut her hair with a kitchen knife. The 34-year-old woman called police, who issued the man with a restraining order, which he readily accepted. The man went to spend his wedding night in a local shelter for homeless people. ***MARLAR: It’s the shortest marriage on record outside of Hollywood.

More than 1 in 6 British Airways staff have agreed to work for free, take unpaid leave or work part-time, the airline said Thursday after the announcement of cost-cutting measures last week. Of the 40,000 person workforce, 6,940 employees had volunteered for unpaid leave, part-time working or unpaid work by June 24. Their actions will save the company up to $16 million. ***MARLAR: Our boss heard about this plan and now he wants to implement it here too.

25-year-old Luke Pittard won $1.3 million bucks in a lottery in Cardiff, Wales — but he’s going back to work at McDonald’s anyway. Now he did quit his job as the restaurant’s staff trainer when he won 18 months ago — and yes, he still has plenty of money left. Luke simply says he misses the job he loved and all his coworkers. He told reporters, “They all think I’m a bit mad but I tell them there’s more to life than money. I loved working at McDonald’s before I became a millionaire and I’m really enjoying being back there again.” ***MARLAR: If you’re going back to work there anyway, why not just buy the place? At least that way you’re making more than $5.85 an hour.

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