Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News – September 30, 2010

A little black dress that doubles up as a functioning mobile phone coming soon to Britain.  The M-Dress allows wearers to make and receive calls by slipping their sim card under the label.  Gesture recognition software allows users to pick up a call by raising their hand to their ear and end a conversation by letting it fall to their side.   The M-Dress, designed by the London-based fashion company CuteCircuit, rings when an incoming call is received and different ringtones can be assigned to different numbers.  ***MARLAR: Buyers beware – texting is a bit awkward and embarrassing.

Watch for calorie counting signs coming to airplanes, movie theaters & convenience stores. The expansion stems from provisions in the new health-care overhaul that was enacted in March. The government wants calorie listings posted to make it easier for consumers to select healthier options, and the restaurant industry backed the move so it could avoid a patchwork of local ordinances that are developing.  ***MARLAR: Restaurant menus will now weigh eight pounds.

New research shows young people who become sleep deprived by using the internet into the small hours are much more likely to become mentally ill in later life.  Lack of sleep may help explain the puzzling increase in mental illness among young people in recent decades.  And regularly staying up late to surf the internet and chat on social networking sites could be one reason young people are sleeping less, according to the research. The study of about 20,000 young people found that those who slept fewer than five hours a night were three times more likely to become psychologically distressed.  ***MARLAR: Which explains the content of 86% of all late-night Twitter posts.

More American adults have taken to texting in the past year, but teens still take the crown when it comes to using their phones for text-messaging, with 87 percent of them doing so, according to a new study.  Among adult cell phone users, 72 percent of them now send and receive text messages, up from 65 percent in September 2009, and 58 percent in December 2007.  Teens also are more voracious texters — 50 messages a day “on average,” in contrast to the “typical 10 text messages sent and received by adults” every day.  ***MARLAR: Texting has also been found to bring families closer together – like at dinnertime.  “OMG thz gbeens r dbomb, tx mom.”

Do you “Google” your dates? Lots of people do. Katie Laird, a Web marketing professional from Houston, advises her friends to use the power of the Internet search giant. Laird adds that “googling” your dates will help you learn things about them that you likely won’t learn during the actual date… both bad and good.  She says there’s an upside to cyberspace dating. She says she met her future husband online.  ***MARLAR: Times have changed, haven’t they?  Before Google existed, if you googled your date you’d get a slap in the face.

Ohio officials are investigating a chiropractor who claims he can treat injuries by reaching back in time to before they occurred.  ***MARLAR: If he really can do this, that would mean he’d prevent me from ever being injured in the first place… at which point, why would I need to pay a chiropractor?

City officials in Odgen Utah, may soon be sniffing out a few good noses. The City Council is considering a proposal to create an objectionable odor ordinance. The measure would create a nose patrol that would take a whiff when citizens complain about yucky smells. Violators could be fined up to 500 dollars for making a stink. Members of the council say the call for an odor law has been prompted by complaints about a pet food company in Ogden. ***MARLAR: A spokesman for the company says the new odor ordinance stinks.

Jacqueline Cropley isn’t going anywhere without her four-legged hero. Cropley is now looking for a new place to live after a fire destroyed her apartment complex in Juneau, Alaska. She credits her Alaska husky, Coco, with saving her life. She says Coco was barking and scratching at her door, awakening her during the fire last Wednesday. But Cropley says she’s having trouble finding a new apartment, because many landlords don’t allow pets. ***MARLAR: Especially pets that like to scratch up doors.

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