Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 17, 2010

According to health officials, U.S. smoking rates continue to hold steady, at about one in five adults lighting up regularly.  About 21 percent of U.S. adults were smokers in 2009, about the same percentage as the year before. Teen smoking, at nearly 20 percent, has not been improving lately, either.  ***MARLAR: Gee… if only we had some type of statistics and maybe a warning label on cigarette packs to tell us how dangerous smoking is…

A Malaysian man plead guilty to wildlife smuggling after his bag bursting with 95 live boa constrictors broke open on a luggage conveyer belt at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.  The offense carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison and a fine.  ***MARLAR: Samuel L. Jackson was unavailable for comment.

If you’re a “Treky” the latest must-have is the all new Star Trek cologne!  There are three new scents that take their names from popular character or aspects of the Star Trek universe. Tiberius, is named for the middle name of Captain James T. Kirk played originally by William Shatner. The Shatner-inspired scent combines citron, black pepper and cedar to evoke a “casual yet commanding” aroma. There’s also Ponn Farr perfume, for the ladies– named after the Vulcan mating cycle, and Red Shirt Cologne, “because tomorrow may never come.”  ***MARLAR: Red Shirt?  Those were the guys you knew would be killed on the “away” missions.  Is that really what you want to wear on a first date?

That’s no catfish! Animal control officials in the Las Vegas area report a fisherman after catfish landed a 3 1/2-foot-long alligator at a Sunset Park lake. Of course, Sin City is NOT gator country. Wildlife officials figure it might have been someone’s pet and the gator was released into the lake when it got too big. Officials note importing and owning alligators is illegal in Nevada.  ***MARLAR: In fact, it’s just about the ONLY thing illegal in Vegas. (Besides, they have enough reptiles there with Senator Harry Reid.)

Scientists in Madrid, Spain have invented a new device that will help you determine how bad your breath is.  The pocket sized analyzer indicates if you have halitosis by detecting the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. The device should be on the market in Europe, Asia and North America within a year.  ***MARLAR: Until then, you’ll have to determine if you have bad breath by whether or not you have any social life.

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