Science

Label Puzzler: Original Recipe AND New Flavor?

The Consumerist is concerned that reading this label might trap a consumer's mind in an infinite logic loop (those who have had trouble with other labels are urged to look away), and/or that a consumer opening the box might find…


In Defense of Monkey Copyright [Updated]

Thanks for your responses to my question about who if anyone owns the legal rights to a monkey photographer's work. The responses varied, although none were too favorable to the monkey. Here are some thoughts, with the disclaimer that I'm…



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…