Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 10, 2010

Good news, winter haters: After record snowfall in the mid-Atlantic and unusually cold weather down South, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a “kinder and gentler” winter.   After eying the skies, tidal action and sunspots, the folks at the 194-year-old publication say in their 2011 edition now on sale that it’ll be cold but nothing like last winter, when 49 states saw snow and it got so cold in Florida that iguanas fell out of trees.  ***MARLAR: They blame the milder winter partially on the election year and lots of hot air being spread across the U.S. from politicians.

Authorities at Bangkok’s international airport found a baby tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden among stuffed toy tigers in the suitcase of a woman flying from Thailand to Iran.  The woman, a Thai national, had checked in for her flight and her over-sized bag was sent for an X-ray which showed what appeared to be a live animal inside, according to TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring group.  The woman was arrested before boarding her flight. The cub, estimated to be about 3 months old, was sent to a wildlife conservation center in Bangkok.  ***MARLAR: The whole story was very depressing according to the tiger’s friend, Eeyore.

A camera mounted to a police helicopter in Columbus, Ohio fell off mid-flight, striking at least three vehicles in a parking lot.  No one on the ground was hurt when the infrared camera came crashing down. One vehicle was heavily damaged.  ***MARLAR: And the insurance company now has some amazing shots of the car before and after the accident from the same camera.

An Oregon woman obsessed with bunnies has been ordered back behind bars after police found her in a hotel room with more than a dozen rabbits. The 47-year-old Miriam Sakewitz violated her probation by having the rabbits and the judge sentenced the woman to 90 days in the county jail. Police arrested her after she called a maintenance worker to her room to fix a broken television set. The worker saw and smelled the rabbits, some of them hopping free, and police found more than 150 rabbits in her home and dozens more bunny bodies in freezers.  ***MARLAR: It was the most terrifying Easter ever.

Pati Moore from Naples Florida has a great idea for you when you suffer the loss of a pet. Pati is the creator of the Soft-Hearted Pillow. The pillow contains the ashes of your pet, which are secured in plastic and then encased in a soft pouch. When Pati lost her most recent dog, Samantha, she found that the hardest question to answer was “What is the best way to commemorate her and how can I continue to keep her near?” This is what inspired the “Soft-Hearted Pillow.” ***MARLAR: Finally – now I’ll know what to do with my dead Sea Monkeys!

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