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GIGADOLLARS & CENTS Wednesday, May 28
In April, Anton Purisima filed a claim in Federal District Court in New York City that Lowering The Bar blog calculated was for the largest monetary demand ever made in a lawsuit: "$2,000 decillion" (or 2 followed by 36 zeroes, which is many times …
ONLY IN FLORIDUH Wednesday, May 28
Calvin Rodriguez was arrested in Port St. Lucie in May as the man who'd been using a shaved key to steal cars from parking lots. His spree came to an abrupt halt as he sped away from police in a stolen Honda Civic, only to crash into a huge …
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION Wednesday, May 28
During a regional session of Spain's parliament in February, a photographer from El Diario Montanes newspaper got a shot of legislator Miguel Angel Revilla looking at a picture of a nude woman (in a magazine hidden inside a folder). He later claimed …
MORE FLAWDUH Wednesday, May 28
In May, U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida was captured on a C-SPAN camera during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, casually eating his earwax. In the sequence, described on a Time magazine blog, he dug into his ear, inspected the results, placed …
WHAT A JERK! Wednesday, May 28
An unnamed 60-year-old Buddhist monk was arrested in Nantou County, Taiwan, in April after a convenience-store manager said he was caught red-handed swiping packs of beef jerky. "I don't know why," he told police, "but lately I had this craving for …
FINE POINTS OF LAW Wednesday, May 28
In 2013, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled it wasn't necessarily illegal for teachers to send students sexually oriented text messages — that the state law banning the practice violated "free speech." As a result, in February 2014, prosecutors …
WHAT A JERK! PT. II Wednesday, May 28
Despite a 1971 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring governments couldn't punish people who are merely "annoying," dozens of towns (according to a March Wall Street Journal item) continue to regard the behavior as criminal. The justices …
THOU ART BANISHED Wednesday, May 28
Among discretionary punishments authorized to Georgia judges is banishing an offender from the county in which he committed the crime. Complained driver Ricardo Riley (who as of February is barred from Walton County), "I didn't commit no murder, I'm …
UNEARNED REWARDS Wednesday, May 28
The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration, in his latest report on agency employee bonuses in April (for late 2010-'12), disclosed $2.8 million of high-
LEAST COMPETENT AD WRITER Wednesday, May 28
The Asia Pacific branch of worldwide advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather apologized in May for a recent "Bounce Back" ad in India for Kurl-On mattresses (whose general theme is mattresses so comfortable, users "bounce" up after landing on them). …
 
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