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Scientists Think They Can Lower the Mosquito Population Using… Mosquitos? – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEO]

If I had to pick my least favorite thing about Summertime, it wouldn’t be the heat.  It would be the mosquitos.  Those blood-sucking little buggers leave me itchy for weeks!  Add to that the fact that they carry diseases like West Nile Virus and H1N1 Flu, and there’s really no good reason to put up with them.  And luckily, scientists seem to agree.  Read on to see what their plan is!

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A hotel in Jordan broke the Guinness World record for the largest falafel!
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Jordan Breaks World Record for Largest Falafel, and It Looks Delicious! – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEO]

Believe it or not, I only recently became acquainted with Mediterranean cuisine.  But with all the Greek restaurants and gyro carts popping up in Fort Collins, it was kind of hard to avoid!  One of the things I thought I would never like was falafel.  Fried, mashed-up chick-peas?  It just didn't sound very appetizing.  Little did I know that trying it once would shoot it right up my list of favorite foods.  That's why this world record looks so delicious to me!

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12-year-old Shane Matus was hit in the face by a bird while riding a roller coaster in New Jersey
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Boy Gets Hit in the Face by a Bird While Riding a Roller Coaster – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEO]

Freak accident.  One-in-a-million chance.  Call it what you will, but I think it's safe to assume that nobody gets on a roller coaster expecting to get hit in the face by a bird!

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Nickelback performs for screaming fans
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Drunk Fan Falls Into Gorge Trying to Sneak Into Nickelback Concert – Daily Dose of Weird

As a radio DJ, I know firsthand how crazy people can be when it comes to Nickelback.  Last time we gave away tickets, the phone lines were lit up long after they were all gone.  This story teaches us that, if you can't win tickets, just buy them.  Don't try to sneak in.  Especially if you're drunk.

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Rodney Dwayne Valentine was jailed for trespassing after refusing to leave prison!
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Man Jailed for Refusing to Leave Jail – Daily Dose of Weird

If I were sent to prison for any amount of time, nothing would stop me from getting as far away from the big-house as possible after I served my time.  Oddly enough, that wasn't the case for this guy!

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NASA "aquanaut" Dorothy "Dottie" Metcalf-Lindenburger
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One of NASA’s Underwater ‘Aquanauts’ is From Fort Collins! – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEO]

If you thought NASA only sent people into outer space, think again.  Turns out NASA also sends people to the bottom of the ocean, and one of these "aquanauts" is from Fort Collins!  Crazy, right?

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Funeral Home is Installing a Starbucks Coffee Shop – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEO][POLL]

Losing a loved one can be tough; and funerals aren't any picnic either. But one funeral home is trying to make the experience easier...with a coffee shop. A Starbucks coffee shop.  No joke.

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Posse of Raccoons Attacks Woman in Park – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEO]

When I think of raccoons, I think of skiddish, nocturnal scavengers who usually stick to the shadows and avoid people.  But Michaela Lee learned the hard way that raccoons don't like strangers on their turf.

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Tori the orangutan has been a smoker for nearly a decade!
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Zookeepers Are Trying to Get Tori the Orangutan to Stop Smoking – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEO]

Meet Tori, an orangutan that has a smoking problem.  Yep, this is a real thing!  

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Thomas Daigle paid off his mortgage with 62,000 pennies!
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Man Pays Off Mortgage with 62,000 Pennies – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEO]

The phrase "a penny saved is a penny earned" is tossed around a lot these days.  This story proves that some people take it more seriously than others...and it pays off!

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People playing a real-life version of "Harry Potter's" quidditch
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Quidditch Tournament to be Played as Olympic Torch Passes Through Oxford – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEOS]

The London 2012 Summer Olympic Games draw nearer and nearer, and I'm really excited.  I love the idea of the whole world coming together for Olympic events.  Kinda gives me hope for humanity.  Unfortunately, there's one sport that we won't get to see at the Games, despite it's growing popularity.  Fortunately, though, Oxford will be hosting a separate international tournament for this fantastic sport.  I'm speaking, of course, about quidditch!

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The two-foot "Giant Slugger" chili dog at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
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Two-Foot Hot Dog is a Hit at St. Louis Ballpark – Daily Dose of Weird [VIDEO]

One of my culinary weaknesses is the chili dog.  There are some restaurants where I just don't feel right unless I get one.  Now, it looks like I'll have to make it out to St. Louis at some point; because the folks at Busch Stadium share my passion.

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