Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 24, 2009

A new study found that about one-third of studies are incorrect.  ***MARLAR: But don’t count on that figure being accurate.

The author of a new book about insects says if you’re blonde, you’re far more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes than people with other hair colors. ***MARLAR: Not only do blondes have more fun… but they’re tasty!

A New York man has donated his 320th pint of blood, making him one of two people in North American who have given 40 gallons. Al Fischer reached the milestone after 58 years of giving blood regularly.  According to a New York Blood Center official, only 83-year-old Maurice Wood has donated more blood than Fischer. Wood is a retired railroad inspector from St. Louis. Long Island Blood Services executive director Harvey Schaffler says Fischer has helped almost 1,000 people.  ***MARLAR: When asked why he kept giving blood, Al said he was addicted to orange juice and doughnuts. 

Paula Sunshine, a craftswoman and author teaches traditional building techniques to builders, is building an addition to her own historic home — using human hair. Sunshine is using hair collected from salons, her dogs and herself as part of a popular building material called wattle and daub. “Traditionally people would use cattle hair from long-haired cattle,” Sunshine said, “But we don’t get many long-haired cattle around here anymore so I use human hair.”  ***MARLAR: And she uses Alberto VO5 instead of spackle. 

The Wisconsin lodge that American gangster Al Capone once used as a hideout is on the auction block.  Situated on 407 wooded acres, the property in Couderay, Wis. includes a 37-acre private lake, an eight-car garage, a massive fireplace, a caretaker’s residence and a guard tower. Some reports say the lodge, which is supposedly built in the center of 500 acres Capone once owned, has walls 18-inches thick. It is believed he spent anywhere from one week to one month there during the summer months between 1925 – 1931.  ***MARLAR: Geraldo Rivera was not available for comment.

Disney executives are planning the largest expansion in the history of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in central Florida. The development will nearly double the size of Fantasyland and include a new, lavish ride based on the Little Mermaid. Disney also plans to update Star Tours, the Star Wars-themed ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It will debut in 2011. The Fantasyland overhaul will be complete by 2013. Disney declined to say how much it will spend on the projects.  ***MARLAR: But it totally plans to pass on all expenses to you when it comes to time to buy a ticket.

Dr. Mehmet Oz hit the airwaves last week with his own daily syndicated talk show, “The Dr. Oz Show,” co-produced by Oprah’s Harpo Productions. During the last five years, the cardiac surgeon has become a household name among Oprah show viewers as he created what he calls a “no-embarrassment zone” — meaning that he’ll answer questions on any topic.  ***MARLAR: First question… what’s it like having a name that reminds people of the Kermit the Frog?

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