Some people fake a stomach flu and call in sick. Some people say they ran out of gas or got a flat tire. But 26-year-old Brandy Killin of Kearney, Nebraska decided to get out of going to work by calling her employer, First National of Omaha, and saying there was a bomb in the building. It worked – she got the day off. But now she faces a felony charge of threatening to use an explosive, which could get her five years in prison. ***MARLAR: Meaning more days away from work! Whoo hoo!
Parents in Sweden wanted to name their daughter, “Metallica”, but they ran into trouble when they tried to actually register the name. The tax board refused them permission on the grounds that Metallica is the name of a heavy metal band and is too closely related to the word “metal”. ***MARLAR: The baby’s mother, “Nirvana,” plans to appeal.
The Technical University of Denmark found that the smell given off by old carpets in an office can make workers dizzy, nauseous and cause some headaches. ***MARLAR: Their control group suffered the same ill effects just from going to work.
The idea of male menopause has long been a joke, but no longer. Experts believe men in their fifties may also experience a “change” similar to women when they go through menopause, losing testosterone as opposed to estrogen. The symptoms are very similar, including night sweats, hot flashes, and loss of bone strength. ***MARLAR: That’s right, guys are putting the “MEN” back in “MENOPAUSE!”
A Tennessee man showed up to court with weather reports, documents, legal notations and his prized viola to prove his running of a red light was warranted. Marshall Fine says he was driving defensively to protect his viola and bow, which were recently appraised at 60-thousand dollars. The judge didn’t buy it even though Fine obtained weather reports to show there was slight rain in the area at the time, making the roads dangerous to stop for the light. He said a sudden stop could possibly have damaged his viola. ***MARLAR: Like the sudden stop that occurs when someone t-bones your car because you ignored a red light.
Archeologists digging at the site of the Wright brothers’ home in Dayton, Ohio, have uncovered a button, two nails and some broken china that may have belonged to them. ***MARLAR: Which finally answers the question as to where their luggage ended up.
New rules at the Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin. They now require teens younger than 18 without adult supervision to leave the mall by 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. ***MARLAR: Apparently though, nobody is questioning why a teen might be at the mall BEFORE 2pm on a school day.