Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 16, 2010

The long, flowing black hair that tumbles out of NFL star Troy Polamalu’s helmet and down his back has been insured for $1 million by Head and Shoulders, the shampoo brand that is endorsed by the Pittsburgh Steelers player.  Polamalu, a five-time Pro Bowl player, wears his hair long as a tribute to his Samoan heritage.  ***MARLAR: For the same reason, my neighbor, Karl, wears his hair in a mullet as a tribute to his Arkansas heritage.

Federal health regulators are weighing restrictions on Robitussin, NyQuil and other cough suppressants to curb cases of abuse that send thousands of people to the hospital each year.  The Food and Drug Administration posted its review of dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in more than 100 over-the-counter medications that is sometimes abused for its euphoric effects. The practice, dubbed “robotripping,” involves taking more than 25 times the recommended dose of a cold medicine and is mainly associated with teenagers.  ***MARLAR: It’s also good for getting babies to sleep.

A 35-year-old man who walked around for five years with a bullet lodged in the back of his head says he suspected for a while something was there but only went to doctors after he started getting headaches.  Robert Chojecki was partying on New Years Eve five years ago in the German town of Herne when he was hit with the .22-caliber bullet. Doctors removed it last week from between his skin and skull.  Chojecki told RTL television he thought he’d been hit by fireworks, but later forgot about it.  ***MARLAR: The man’s lawyer said they would not be taking anyone to court.  To quote, he said, “I need this case like I need another hole in the head.”

Need an X-ray or stitches? Online, via text message or flashing on a billboard, some emergency rooms are advertising how long the dreaded wait for care will be, with estimates updated every few minutes.  It’s a marketing move aimed at less urgent patients, not the true emergencies that automatically go to the front of the line anyway – and shouldn’t waste precious minutes checking the wait.  ***MARLAR: You think there’s a long wait now?  Just wait until everyone in the nation gets free access to emergency rooms once Obamacare kicks in.  Cell phone companies will make a fortune.

A motorcyclist in England pleaded guilty to driving dangerously after he was clocked by radar doing 157 miles-per-hour. The man was on a Kawasaki 1200cc motorcycle and that speed is believed to be the fastest ever clocked on British radar. ***MARLAR: He was then rushed to the hospital for severe bug-blows to the head.

Scientists discovered the male Y chromosome repairs itself.  ***MARLAR: And as a male gene, it was repaired using duct tape.

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