Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 13, 2010

A judge removed a juror from a trial in suburban Detroit after the young woman wrote on Facebook that the defendant was guilty. The problem? The trial wasn’t over. Hadley Jons, of Warren just north of Detroit, could be found in contempt.  On Aug. 11, a day off from the trial and before the prosecution finished its case, she wrote on Facebook that it was “gonna be fun to tell the defendant they’re guilty.”  A message seeking comment was left for Jons, with no response.  ***MARLAR: Have they tried sending her a Facebook message?

Ohio police say a Toby Keith fan named Forrest Frankenstein threatened them and beat his head against a partition in their cruiser after his arrest.  The 39-year-old Frankenstein appeared before a judge who asked why he “went crazy” at the Aug. 27 concert in Cincinnati. Frankenstein replied that he had been drinking and didn’t really remember anything. ***MARLAR: This is actually Toby Keith’s fault – after all, he’s the one that said, “you ain’t much fun since I quit drinkin’.”

A western Pennsylvania police officer said he was saved from a coyote attack when a fellow officer shot the animal as it was about to attack. Aliquippa Sgt. Douglas Edgell said he stopped a speeder and was standing outside his cruiser with the motorist when the coyote started running toward him on Route 51.  Two other officers pulled up in separate cars when one of them, Officer John Lane, aimed out his window and shot the animal before it could reach Edgell.  ***MARLAR: In other news, sales have unexpectedly fallen by nearly 90% at the Acme Explosives Company.

It’s been in print for over a century, but in the future the Oxford English Dictionary may only be available to peruse online. Publisher Oxford University Press said that burgeoning demand for the dictionary’s online version has far outpaced demand for the printed versions. By the time the lexicographers behind the dictionary are finished revising and updating the latest edition — a gargantuan task that will take many more years — publishers are doubtful there will still be a market for the printed form.  The online Oxford English Dictionary now gets 2 million hits a month from subscribers. ***MARLAR: Or you can bypass them altogether and just use Spell-Check.

Are you a very ticklish person? It may mean you have a high IQ. If the slightest tickle makes you limp with laughter, it’s actually a good thing. A Harvard study shows that ticklish people have IQ’s that are on average 48-points higher than their non ticklish friends. Apparently men like Socrates, Leonardo Da Vinci and Albert Einstein were all so ticklish that sometimes just being touched was pure agony for them.  ***MARLAR: So how do you explain Elmo?

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