January 2009

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Tax Returns Are Hard, Says Federal Reserve Bank President

According to a spokesman, the mistake Timothy Geithner made on his tax returns is a common one, and since he's corrected it and paid the $34,000 he owed, the matter should be considered closed.  Our system is so complicated, said…


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Transition

From a New York Times blog today: The Bushes Depart | 12:56 p.m. The helicopter steps are folded up. The blade begins to rotate. The Obamas and Bidens are standing still, holding each other’s hands, as they watch the helicopter…


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Inauguration Day Edition

Good news for Obama supporters — Myanmar's "top astrologer" is predicting not only that Obama will be elected to a second term, but also that he will not be killed during either one. "Obama will definitely be re-elected again," said…


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Aquarium Stocked With Stolen Sea Creatures

A 30-year-old New York man is being charged with grand and petit larceny for crimes he committed during the last two months.  The grand larceny charge is for stealing a shark and the petit larceny is for swiping a moray…


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Cranky Ball-Snatcher Sues for Emotional Distress

Last October in Cincinnati, an 89-year-old woman who was sick of kids' toys ending up in her yard was arrested after she confiscated a stray football.  According to Edna Jester — and if I was going to make up a…


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Serial Toilet Arsonist Continues to Terrorize San Francisco

The person or persons unknown who have been setting fire to portable toilets in San Francisco has (or have) struck again, the SF Chronicle reports today. Since this is happening in San Francisco, we can assume it is some sort…


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Restraining Order Entered After Christmas Wii Assault

A New Hampshire judge refused Monday to lift an order that requires Randi Young, 24, and Heath Blom, 26, to stay away from each other.  Both were arrested on Christmas Day after a Nintendo-Wii-related incident that allegedly turned violent. According to police, Young…


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Doping Scandal Strikes Sport of Kings, Dorks

You can now add one to the list of sports tainted by scandal over the possible use of banned substances.  If you think chess is a sport, anyway. The possibility of "doping" by international chess athletes got some publicity recently…



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Officials Say Pumpkin-Wearers Not In Compliance With Helmet Law

Reports this week said that police in Nigeria have begun cracking down on taxi passengers who refuse to wear helmets as a new law requires.  The helmets are required for passengers of what the article described as the hordes of "erratic…