Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 09, 2010

A recent analysis from the University of Cambridge found that of more than 500 million junk messages, e-mail addresses starting with an “A”, “M”, “S”, “R” and “P” got more than 40% of all spam. On the other hand, email addresses beginning with a “Q,” “Y” or “Z” got only about 20%. ***MARLAR: So I’m immediately changing my name to Zarren Quarlar.

The proposal to bar smelly people from Honolulu buses turned out to be a stinker. The Honolulu City Council had considered making it illegal to have “odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system.” Anyone convicted of being too smelly could have been fined up to $500 and/or given a six-month jail term. But officials and others wrinkled their noses at the plan. Lawyers from the city and the American Civil Liberties Union said it was vague and could lead to unconstitutionally subjective judgments. Members of the public pointed out that bad odors could be produced by disease, or be carried from a person’s workplace. The council’s transportation committee then shelved it. But the idea still seems to be wafting around. Councilmen Rod Tam and Nestor Garcia say they may make revisions to their bill and reintroduce it later. ***MARLAR: How about just handing every bus rider a can of Febreeze?

A Nevada judge has an unusual sentence for a 25-year-old Sacramento man who sold marijuana to a police informant in a casino parking lot at Lake Tahoe. District Judge Dave Gamble ordered Matthew Palazzolo to write a report on what the judge called the “nonsensical character” of California’s medical marijuana law. ***MARLAR: He’s on his third attempt at writing the report now – the first two times he got the munchies and ate it.

Driving with your pets can be a dangerous business. -In a recent survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Kurgo, a pet product company, an overwhelming 80 percent of respondents said they’ve driven with their pets on a variety of car trips including day trips, local errands and leisure trips, the pet store, dog parks and to work. But only 17 percent said they use any form of pet restraint system when driving with their dog, causing a distraction AAA says is equal to talking on a cell phone or texting while driving. ***MARLAR: Even if you’re using your Pointer as a GPS.

Chicken soup may be good for more than just the soul. It’s a good weapon too. Steve Coleman attempted to rob a Chicago sewing-machine shop when he was stopped by the store’s owner. The quick thinking man tossed his bowl of chicken noodle soup at the robber, who then fled the scene. Police later arrested Coleman when they spotted a man near the scene of the attempted robbery who had noodles in his hair. ***MARLAR: Now that’s using your ole’ noodle!

In India, a man distraught over his mounting bills decided to end his life. So he crafted a well-worded note to his family and friends, then proceeded to head for a nearby highway where he planned to stand off to the side and jump into traffic at the very moment a large truck or bus came by. And so, after dropping the suicide note off at his parents’ front door, the man made the short walk to the highway and proceeded to wait. And wait. And wait some more. Finally, after two hours, the man gave up, collected the note from his parents’ porch and went home to bed. What happened? He’d chosen a highway that had been closed earlier in the day for a month-long project. ***MARLAR: Tell me there is no God.

Plus sizes have been around with clothing for a very long time. Now there is a line of furniture that is doing the very same thing! BrylaneHome is selling a line of furniture and home accessories called “Plus+ Size Living” which includes oversized bath towels and chairs that hold up to 800 lbs. They also make a toilet seat called The Big John! It offers 75% more sitting area than a regular toilet seat. It’s 19″ wide and the stainless steel hinges give it a 1,200 lb. capacity. ***MARLAR: If you weigh twelve hundred pounds, can you even lift yourself up enough to walk to the bathroom?

Sophie Frost, a 14-year-old British girl had her iPod save her life when she was struck by a powerful bolt of lightning. The was hit by a 300,000-volt bolt while she and her boyfriend were standing underneath a tree. Although the impact knocked them both out and left them with minor burns, the electricity was diverted away from her vital organs by the iPod. Experts credit her survival to the fact that the headphones to her digital music player were hanging from her clothes, away from her body. ***MARLAR: Even more miraculous – finding a teenager with an iPod that’s not attached to their head.

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