October 2008

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Clarification: Monkey v. Ape

While I dearly wish that "Monkey v. Ape" was the name of a reported case, or maybe something you might be able to see on pay-per-view, here I am using the phrase to refer to a question raised this weekend…


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Father Has Son Prosecuted for Laziness

The Nigerian state news agency reported on October 17 that a frustrated father had hauled his 20-year-old son into court and asked that the boy be prosecuted for idleness. The person who sent me this item said he has printed…



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Fashion Heir Fights Like “Man Possessed” on Air France Flight

Mathias Guerrand-Hermès, described as the "heir to French fashion house Hermès" and a "transatlantic polo organizer and financier," whatever that means, was arrested for air rage on October 16 after a drunken mid-air brawl.  The fight ended with Guerrand-Hermès cuffed…


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. . . And Equal Time to the Other Guy

Since I posted an admittedly unfair but comical photo of Senator McCain, in the interest of neutrality here’s an admittedly unfair but comical photo of Senator Obama too: Everybody looks stupid in bowling shoes, but this may have been the…


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Why We Wait For All Cameras to Leave the Room

You have to sympathize with someone letting off a little steam after what had to be an incredibly stressful event, but still: Turns out McCain was just reacting to having started to walk off stage in the wrong direction, but…


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Well, It Sounded Like “Rodent” to Me

From the archives, here’s an appellate ruling on a claim of error by the defendant, Mr. Roden: "Appellant asserts that the prosecutor referred to him as ‘Mr. Rodent’ on at least three occasions.  This claim is unsupported by the record."…


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Case Against God Dismissed; Plaintiff Considering Appeal

Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers suffered a setback this week in his lawsuit against God, when a Douglas County judge dismissed the case.  Judge Marlon Polk said Chambers had produced no evidence that he had been able to accomplish service…



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“Mail Goggles” Designed to Prevent Regrettable Emails

Here’s another great idea being tested by Google Labs.  As many of you may know from bitter experience, the well-known phenomenon of "drunk dialing" has been partly replaced by drunk emailing, although the latter is worse because the email evidence…