April 2011

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Cow Steals Milk

I assumed this was a hoax of some kind, but if it is it has fooled all the major news outlets. Not that that's especially difficult these days. Reports started to come in on Wednesday that a cow had stolen…


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Texas Bill Would Legalize Noodling

Good news for noodlers: if a new Texas bill becomes law, it will at last be legal to noodle in that state. Noodling is going on anyway, of course. But noodlers have long wanted equal treatment and a more noodle-friendly…


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New Jersey Township Passes Chicken-Sex Rule

In a meeting Monday night, the governing committee of Hopewell Township, New Jersey, finally passed chicken legislation it had been working on for no fewer than three years. Among other things, the measure requires the chickens to practice safe sex….



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Assorted Stupidity #17

The BBC reports that a Welsh police force has begun posting its responses to Freedom of Information Act requests. Among other things, its website reveals that over the past few years citizens have reported seeing 36 "big cats" or suspected big cats, 26…


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The People Who Sued Themselves

Over the weekend I wrote about Lodi v. Lodi, which was not a divorce but rather one man's legal crusade against himself. I was thinking about that because I'm working on a legal-ethics presentation about conflict-of-interest rules, which is a sufficiently…


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The Man Who Sued Himself

There is more than one such man, actually, but although I’m aware of several cases of autolitigation (a term I’m pretty sure I just made up), and the court’s opinion in Lodi v. Lodi is already in the Case Law Hall of…


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Clown-Suited Blackmailer on a Tiny Bike Gets Prison

This story had me at "blackmailer in a clown suit," but the riding of a tiny bike moved it to the top of the list. Frank Salvador Solorza was convicted recently of conspiracy, attempted extortion, and impersonating a federal officer,…


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Assorted Stupidity #16

A woman in Vermont may be trying out a "just kidding" defense to a charge of attempted robbery, reportedly telling police that the incident at a gas station was a "joke" and a "misunderstanding." According to the clerk at the…


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International Body Declares No-Wig Zone in the Netherlands

The Associated Press reported this week that at least one judge of the International Criminal Court in The Hague has told lawyers appearing before her to stop wearing wigs. There is no official dress code at the ICC, and given the wide…