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Injury Code V97.33XD: Sucked Into Jet Engine (Subsequent Encounter)

According to this report, a doctors’ group in Alabama is protesting the not-yet-implemented ICD-10 medical-coding system by ridiculing it, an approach that I certainly endorse. See, e.g., “Injury Code W59.22XA: Struck by Turtle,” Lowering the Bar (Sept. 13, 2011) (citing the WSJ). Given that…


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Former Giant Tased After Drunken Scooter Chase

Welcome to the new visitors who got here via xkcd. You honor me with your virtual presences. You also aggressively check my math, and that is totally fine. This post involves former New York Giant (not a man who was…



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Axes, Giant and Otherwise

Randall Munroe's "what if?" project is going to be a zillion-selling book in September and as you probably know, his xkcd webcomic is all kinds of awesome. So it was very cool to see Lowering the Bar show up in…



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2013 Ig Nobel Prizes Announced

The 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes were given out last night at Harvard University, and the winners were outstanding as always. At first glance, only a couple of them look relevant to the law, but you never know, and besides any…


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The Blonsky Device

I'm a big fan of the Improbable Research group and the Ig Nobel Prizes they give out every year. Usually the achievements they recognize are scientific, but if there is any connection at all with the legal field I am always happy to…


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Oregon Designates Official State Microbe

Congratulations to Oregon for becoming the first state in the nation to designate an official state microbe. Wisconsin and Hawaii both dropped the micro-ball on this one (see "Oregon, Hawaii May Name Official State Microbes" (April 10, 2013) and "Bill…



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Justice Scalia and the Genetic Panopticon

I haven't always been that kind to Justice Scalia (or to Justice Scalia's hats), but I do think he's a very good writer, and so I'm glad to be able to quote him saying something I agree with. If you…