Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 20, 2009

It’s a burger battle royale. Three communities claim to be the home of the hamburger: Seymour, Wisconsin; Athens, Texas, and New Haven, Connecticut. Now, Wisconsin lawmakers are getting into the beef. The state Assembly has passed a resolution declaring the burger was born in 1885 when Charles “Hamburger Charlie” Nagreen of Seymour started calling his ground beef patty-in-a-bun a hamburger. Now, the burger resolution goes on to the Wisconsin Senate.  ***MARLAR: Gee… it’s good to know our tax dollars are going towards really important stuff, innit?

It’s not your grandfather’s prom band — but it could be your mom’s. The band Ceyx (sees) has played the prom at Michigan’s Bay City All Saints High for 21 of the past 29 years. Singer and drummer Dean Rusch says they know all the right buttons to push. For this year’s prom, the band’s set included the Commodores “Brick House” and Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music.” Ceyx played at prom 27 years ago for Kathy Swiercz. This year it was her daughter’s prom and mom says all the good memories came rushing back. She says she wished she had her prom dress and could dance with the kids.  ***MARLAR: But it was too out-of-date to wear… just like the lead singer’s toupee. 

People who are thin apparently still need to worry about fat on the INSIDE.  Some doctors now think that the internal fat surrounding vital organs like the heart and liver could be as dangerous as the more obvious external fat that bulges underneath the skin.  A professor of molecular imaging in London and his team have scanned nearly 800 people with MRI machines to show where people store fat.  Their data show people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat.  According to the professor, people who are fat on the inside are essentially on the threshold of being obese.  They eat too many fatty, sugary foods, and exercise too little to work it off.  But they are not eating enough to actually be fat.  ***MARLAR: So you can be a 99-pound weakling, and still be morbidly obese!  What’s the point of trying anymore?

A man is suing Jet Blue after he said they forced him to sit in the restroom for a three-hour flight so that a flight attendant could have a seat.  ***MARLAR: Apparently the airline is named after the colored water under your seat.

You can now see to infinity and beyond and never have to leave your own computer. Microsoft has launched its World Wide Telescope to let you look at the heavens via your computer. It takes images from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and others and lets you choose what you want to look at or take a guided tour of space. You can check it out at WorldWideTelescope.com. Just download the software on the site and let your journey begin.  ***MARLAR: Finally, now I can zoom in on Pluto and find out if truly DOES look like an orange cartoon dog!

Off the coast of Australia a new rare and beautiful species of dolphin has been discovered .  ***MARLAR: Early reports say it tastes like chicken.

Flamingos are able to fly at a speed of approximately 34 miles per hour.  In one night they can travel over 370 miles.  ***MARLAR: Except for the pink ones – which seem to never move from my neighbor’s back yard.

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