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Skull Reaper Getting Hassled by Rest of City Council

Normally stories about city-council dress codes (or at least the ones I notice) involve audience members refusing to wear pants, but this one is about a councilor who won't take off his mask. Skull Reaper A-ji won a seat on…


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One-Armed Man Arrested for Clapping

Still cleaning out the draft folder, and it's worth mentioning this one just for the headline. It happened in Belarus in 2011, where dinosaurish old-school dictator Alexander Lukashenko was (as he still is) happily oppressing his people and presiding over the…


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Seismologists Convicted of Not Predicting Earthquake

Well, I was just wondering the other day what if anything had ever happened with that ridiculous case in Italy where seismologists were charged with manslaughter—manslaughter!— for telling people not to worry too much about an earthquake (which then happened). See…


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Polar Bears Busted

Russian police have something to learn about giving arrestees the chance for a photo op, although I’m glad they haven’t learned it yet. First they take our ice cap, now this This was one of four polar bears arrested (along…



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How South Korean Legislators Spend Their Time When Not Brawling

Our South Korean correspondent sent in a link to this page, which appeared on a website there earlier this year and reportedly shows members of the legislature engaging in something other than official business while in the chamber. For example: More…


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Norwegian Legal Update

It appears to be illegal to transport reindeer in your car, even in Norway, at least without special permission. According to this report (via Dave Barry), police in Lapland noticed antlers inside a Subaru Forester, and found three live reindeer…


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Tear-Gas Filibuster Fails in South Korea

One of the many things I will be giving thanks for tomorrow is the South Korean legislature: Just to be clear, this wasn't tear gas "fired at S. Korea lawmakers" by some outsider – it was fired at them by…


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Swiss Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Nude Hiking

Fed up with repeated incursions by German nacktwanderen (naked hikers), in 2009 a northern Swiss canton passed a law making such hiking illegal. See "New Swiss Law Aims to Halt Invasion of Naked Germans," Lowering the Bar (Apr. 26, 2009). A man…


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Finally, the Movie Version of that Japanese Lawyer Video Game

According to Neatorama, this is actually happening:   "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney," the game that lets everyone in on the fun of practicing law, originated in Japan. Its success there led to a 2005 release in the U.S. on the Nintendo…