June 2010

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Good Reason to Kill #7: Disagreed With Your Macaroni Recipe

On June 6, in East Wenatchee, Oregon Waterville, Washington, a 17-year-old girl attacked her 21-year-old brother with a "knife-edged barbecue spatula" after the two argued over how to make macaroni and cheese. The girl told police that she was making…



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Comedian-Led Political Party Wins Big in Reykjavik

The best party in Reykjavik's local elections this year was the Best Party, a party made up largely of comedians and actors led by "Iceland's most famous comedian," Jon Gnarr.  Gnarr's party won the largest single share of votes in…


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Landlord Victorious in Peeps Trial

I somehow failed to notice that the Peeps eviction case had gone to trial in Boulder, Colorado, but I have now learned that the trial ended in a verdict for the landlord. As you may recall, Carol Burdick had alleged…


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Fat Rapist Claims Confession Was Coerced by Junk-Food Offer

Big-bellied rapist Bruce Tuck, a flabby 275-pounder who was somewhat uncreatively nicknamed the "Big-Bellied Rapist" during a string of crimes he committed in Tennessee, has now argued in court papers that his confession was coerced because a detective offered him…


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No Suing Your Getaway Driver for Crashing, Court Rules

Aspiring thieves should be aware of at least two important legal principles before planning any crime that would involve fleeing in an automobile: Stealing is illegal; and If you are hurt in an accident while fleeing, you can't sue your driver for negligence. Well,…


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Do Englishmen Still Have to Show Up for Longbow Practice?

On June 11, the Reverend Mary Edwards, of the village of Collingbourne Ducis in the UK, demanded that all members of her parish report to the village recreation ground for archery practice as required by a medieval law that has never been…



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Naked Cowboy in Trademark Battle With Naked Cowgirl

There is nothing so ridiculous that somebody won't try to copy it. Robert Burck has reportedly sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sandy Kane, accusing her of infringing on his trademark.  Because Burck is better known as the "Naked Cowboy," who strolls…