Science


Magnetic Underpants Questioned

Lobatoz v. Dream Products Inc., No. BC463269 (Cal. Super. Ct., filed June 10, 2011). Putative California-only consumer class action filed against Dream Products Inc. in California Superior Court (Los Angeles County) alleging deceptive marketing of the defendant's "Magnetic Slimming Panties."…


Judge Buys Sleepwalking Defense to Assault Charges

The Calgary Sun reports that a judge has found a man not guilty of a brutal assault (actually, "not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder"), accepting the defense argument that the man suffered from "parasomnia." That is, the…



Feds Seize Alleged Moon Rock in California

It's probably rare that somebody walks into a Denny's with a moon rock in her purse, but that may have happened in California recently. According to the Los Angeles Times, two men met with a woman in a Denny's restaurant…


TSA Thwarts Frozen-Chicken Plot

You know, there are people out there, such as me, who have accused the TSA of being pointless largely because it is always responding to the last threat we faced rather than thinking ahead. Well, I stand corrected. As this…



Study: Lawyers Under Stress Are Critical, Cautious and Distant

According to a study reported in the ABA Journal, lawyers under stress are tense, overly critical, cautious and emotionally distant. In a related story, lawyers not under stress are tense, overly critical, cautious and emotionally distant. The data for the study…


Sunshine No Longer Free, Says Sun’s New Owner

Angeles Duran did not say how much she was going to charge people for using the Sun, but she did confirm that she owns it, that her claim is legally valid, and that she will be charging a fee.  Duran, a…


2010 Ig Nobel Prize Winners Announced

I'm a big fan of the Ig Nobel Prize(s), awarded every year by the editors of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. At least a few of this year's winners conducted research that might be of some distant relevance to the…