Miscellaneous

Caption Contest! [Update]

Haven't done this before, but let's give it a try: best reader-submitted caption for this recent news photo gets a free book. Oh, the free book will be a copy of The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance, in case that affects (in…


Is Your Local Courthouse Infested With Bats?

If it isn't, you don't live in Sevier County, Arkansas. 'Cause they found several hundred bats in the courthouse there. They were living in the elevator shaft.  Some of them flew into a courtroom. Here's one that did. Hey, bat, what…


Nude Citizens Make Nude Citizens’ Arrest of Nude Citizen

Seems to me like this would be incredibly awkward, but then I'm not a nudist (except on very special occasions, like Thursdays). Maybe to them it's no big deal. It seems likely, though, that the citizen arrested in this citizens'…


Mom Calls C-SPAN Show to Tell Her Sons to Get Along

Connection to the law: tenuous.  But too good not to mention. The set-up: two brothers, one Republican, one Democrat, were on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" show yesterday, talking (and of course arguing) about bipartisanship. This show allows people to call in…


Assorted Stupidity #69

"I have absolutely no idea why you'd try to direct traffic with frozen peas," said Duty Superintendent Del Jones, of Darwin, in Australia's Northern Territory. "Might've been trying to defrost them, I don't know," she said. Police said anyone interested…



You Think So?

This was one of Louisiana's two senators last week, dropping some knowledge on Chuck Todd of NBC News: I'll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. —Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.),…


Teacher Pleads No Contest to Toilet-Shooting Charge

Yes, the story is "kind of funny," the prosecutor admitted, but "it is also serious." He was referring to the September 11 incident in which an elementary-school teacher ended the life of a school toilet with her 9mm handgun. He…


Okay, Somebody Did Survive Being Sucked Into a Jet Engine

Folks, I am sticking by my conclusion that the medical profession really does not need a billing code to indicate a second office visit by a patient whose complaint is that he was sucked into a jet engine. See “Injury Code V97.33XD:…


Headnote of the Day: Prison Doghouse Incident

The opinion itself is nothing special, but I thought it did become amusing when Westlaw compressed the holding into a headnote: Trustee guard who was forced to ride on top of doghouse containing prison dogs due to space limitations in…