February 2011


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Billion-Year Contracts and Musical Chairs

Ironically, Scientologists declare that they are "of sound mind" when they sign this contract agreeing to commit to the group's "Sea Organization" for the next one billion years. According to this new article in the New Yorker, they also do stuff…


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It’s Not Your Fault You Microwaved the Cat

"It's not unusual for an elderly person like yourself to think of drying her cat in the microwave. Therefore, it's clearly the fault of the manufacturer for not adding a proper warning." A Japanese view of America, via Overlawyered, Siouxsie…



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Red Bull Is Part of Insanity Defense in Florida Case

Given that some people have been demanding warning labels on soft drinks on the theory that people don’t know sugar can make you fat, I assume there will now be a similar call for warnings on energy drinks. Not about…


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Good Reason to Kill #13: Disputed Your Cow-Milking Experience

"An apparent dispute over cow milking methodology in Fort Pierce escalated into a foot chase with a machete, sending a 61-year-old man to jail, according to recently released records," begins this report from wptv.com in Florida. As so often happens…


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Man Loses Cockfight

This is what you might call "payback," although in California people tend to call it "karma." A California man attending a cockfight in Tulare County died on January 30 after one of the birds stabbed him in the leg. The birds apparently are…


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Video: Grandma Defeats Six Crooks With Handbag

This is fantastic.   At first she seems to have thought it was a fight, and headed over to break it up or at least get a closer look. But “[w]hen I got closer to them I realised it was…


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Alan Simpson on the Deficit: “Give Them the Green Weenie”

Alan Simpson, who was a senator from Wyoming and more recently a co-chair of the president's deficit commission (don't remember that? Neither does anybody in Washington) is renowned for his "colorful language." He reinforced that reputation recently by saying this…


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UPDATE: City to Legitimize Mystery Stop Signs, Report Says

As I noted last year, the city of Cranston, Rhode Island, had a puzzler on its hands after it came to the city's attention that there were hundreds of unauthorized stop signs on its streets, installed by a person or…