Titanic Legal Battles

State Supreme Court Rules on Fence Case

This excerpt from a judicial opinion was posted on Reddit as evidence that the practice of law is "interesting and glamorous": As already observed, one of the fence pickets concededly exceeds the permissible height by approximately 7/8ths of an inch….


UPDATE: Hemingway’s Six-Toed Cats Remain

As I mentioned in July 2007 (and again that November), a legal dispute was then raging as to whether the descendants of Ernest Hemingway's six-toed cat Snowball could stay on the grounds of the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West. Snowball's…


Man Claims Mullet Discrimination

I warned you this would happen. I just assumed it would be here in America. The bar (in Perth, Australia), has refused to comment so far on the man's claim that he was asked to leave because of his mullet. According…




How Physicists Beat Traffic Tickets

From "The Proof of Innocence," a paper by Dimitri Krioukov, a physicist at the University of California (San Diego): According to this post at Physics Central (via Neatorama), Krioukov got a ticket for running a stop sign, and submitted the paper to support…


Rome Still Having Trouble With Gladiators

A few days ago these jokers climbed up on the Colosseum to protest the fines they got for bothering tourists. As you can see, they are sort of dressed like Roman legionaries or gladiators, except for the blue jeans, and…



Swiss Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Nude Hiking

Fed up with repeated incursions by German nacktwanderen (naked hikers), in 2009 a northern Swiss canton passed a law making such hiking illegal. See "New Swiss Law Aims to Halt Invasion of Naked Germans," Lowering the Bar (Apr. 26, 2009). A man…