Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 25, 2009

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is warning people not to drink sodas.  ***MARLAR: And why shouldn’t they warn us?  They’ve already warned us not to eat any food on Earth, so it’s not like we need to wash anything down.

In 1989, car enthusiast Ron Frost bought a brand new cherry red Mini Cooper, complete with alloy wheels, drove it home to his private museum and parked it. Now, 20 years later, the car has 148 miles on it, the original oil in the engine and is worth more than he paid for it. Frost, a retired mechanic, spent $9,745 for the car and now the car, is worth an estimated $11,400.  ***MARLAR: Aren’t you supposed to change the oil ever three months? 

For the past 68 years, Malcolm Darby has worn glasses to correct vision damage caused by the measles he had at age two. Last year, he suffered a massive stroke, which required surgery to remove a blood clot. When the 70-year-old awoke after the procedure, he had near-perfect vision!  ***MARLAR: But then he saw what his wife looked like at age 68 and immediately went blind again.

The traditional cheek-to-cheek kiss that the French use to say hello or goodbye, has come under pressure from a globalized threat: swine flu. Some French schools, companies and a Health Ministry hotline are telling students and employees to avoid the social ritual out of fear the pandemic could make it the kiss of death, or at least illness, as winter approaches.  ***MARLAR: After all, you don’t know where those lips have been!

A new parking policy at Crystal Springs Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla., requires parents to wait in line, inside their cars, while the students are released one-by-one. Fed up, one mom showed up on horseback, citing fuel costs and time spent waiting as the reason for her four-legged mode of transportation.  “I don’t have the funds in my budget to sit in lines for an hour to two and a half hours to wait for my daughter,” said the woman, identified only as Deidre. Deidre, who said she and her daughter often ride horses together, was prevented from taking the child home and was ushered off the property by police.  ***MARLAR: When asked if she planned to retaliate, she said “neigh.”

A new research study shows eating too much red meat may produce just as much cancer as smoking. ***MARLAR: And beware the dangers of second-hand cheeseburgers…

Some airlines now plan to start selling air space on their air-sickness barf bags.  ***MARLAR: Finally, the perfect medium for advertising Michael Moore movies.

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