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High Elf Update

As a couple of readers have pointed out (thanks Patrick and Jeff), Vocativ.com scored an interview with the high elf who failed in his assault on Morgoth the other day. See "Fingolfin Defeated by Morgoth (This Time in Portland)," Lowering the Bar (May 18). Turns out…






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“No, You’re Still Deceased,” Judge Tells Dead Man

"[There's a] man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health," noted Judge Allan Davis on Monday. But by the end of the hearing, that man was dead. He had also been dead when he walked in,…


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Why the Devil Quit Bothering Pigs, According to Justice Scalia

From an interview with Justice Scalia, published Sunday in New York magazine: Q: You believe in heaven and hell?A: Oh, of course I do. Don't you believe in heaven and hell?  No. Oh, my. Does that mean I'm not going?[Laughing.] Unfortunately…


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How to Avoid Jury Duty, #11: Witchcraft, or Something

I just noticed this happened in 2003 but I’m going to add it to the list anyway. According to the Yorkshire Post, a woman was excused from jury service in a terrorism case as a result of strange behavior that…


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“The Super Bowl of Fortuneteller Fraud Cases”

That's how the New Times describes a trial beginning today in West Palm Beach. Prosecutors say that Rose Marks, "the 62-year-old matriarch of a local gypsy family," cheated clients out of $25 million over a 20-year period. Seventeen million of that…


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Michael Jackson’s Ghost Testifies His Death Was an Accident

It testified over objection, of course, but the objection was apparently overruled. As you may recall, Jackson died in 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, given to him by Dr. Conrad Murray. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter…