September 2005

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$2.50 Shoplifting Case Enters Third Year of Legal Proceedings

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that a case in the city of Plover, Wisconsin, is about to enter the third year of proceedings involving the alleged theft of hair ties worth $2.45 from a local grocery store. The…


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Santa Compensated for Loss of Reindeer

In February, a Danish man who works as a part-time Santa Claus, or whatever they call it in Daneland, filed a claim with the Danish Air Force saying that one of his reindeer had died of a heart attack after…


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Witchcraft Class Ruled Tax-Deductible

Dutch tax officials have ruled that a woman can deduct about $2200 that she spent on a witchcraft-training class, on the grounds that she was using the class to "extend her professional knowledge." Apparently, she was training for her employment…


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Supreme Court Will Hear Anna Nicole Smith’s Case

CNN reports today that the U.S. Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of Anna Nicole Smith, stripper-turned-Playmate-turned-reality-TV-star who is seeking $474 million from the estate of her husband, who was 89 when she married him, and who is now unsurprisingly…


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Ban Sought on Using Defendant’s Nickname

Arguments were held Friday in a Pennsylvania criminal case about whether the defendant may be referred to as "scuz" during the course of his murder trial.  Defense attorney Laurence Harmelin argued that the term would prejudice the jury, and cited…


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Man Breaks Into Fiji President’s House For Low-Impact Workout

25-year-old Iowane Tuinamasi was apprehended recently after the wife of Fiji’s president caught him doing push-ups in their official residence. Police said that Tuinamasi jumped a fence, evaded security and broke into the house, and then turned on loud music…


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Drill-Team Dance-Off Ends in Major Brawl; Arrests Follow

Opening what police called “a whole new arena” of crime, two arrests were made Saturday night after an impromptu “dance-off” between rival Wichita drill teams turned into a major altercation. One team, the “Dynamic Steppers,” was practicing Saturday night when…


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Lawmaker Will Keep Promise to Run Naked Through Town

Saying he did not want to break an election promise, New Zealand legislator Keith Locke will run naked through an Auckland suburb. Locke, a member of the Green Party, stated publicly that he would run through the streets naked if…


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Germans Told Not to Smile for Photos

Germany’s interior minister, Otto Schily, ordered passport officials on Thursday not to accept new passport photos in which the applicant is smiling. Germany’s new biometric passports are intended to be used with facial-recognition computer scanners, which apparently work best when…


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Hey, Hey, Hey! It’s Trademark Infringement!

Bill Cosby has successfully wrested control of a domain name mentioning “Fat Albert” from a cybersquatter who was allegedly using it to divert Internet traffic for commercial purposes. Those who searched for and clicked on www.fatalbert.org (for whatever reason they…