According to a Cornell University
study a defendant's attractiveness, or lack thereof makes a difference in both the trial and penalty phases of their legal proceedings. Esthetically challenged defendants were 22% more likely to be convicted and were sentenced an average of 22 months longer in prison than good looking defendants. Wuvians could have told them that before their study even started.
Pizza shops in Naples
, Italy are being accused of fueling their ovens in an unusual and disturbing way. Grave robbery is said to be rather common place in the area and even the coffins are being recycled. The wood from the coffins is thought to be being burned in some of the ovens of pizza shops in the city. Mmm, delicious!
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News of the Weird/Pro Edition
"You're Still Not Cynical Enough"
Exceptionally Inexplicable Dispatches from Last Week
May 17, 2010
(datelines May 8-May 15) (links correct as of May 17)
Last Week in Texas . . .: (1) Veteran lawyer Carolyn Barnes, 53, was jailed for allegedly firing five shots toward a U.S. Census worker who didn't leave her property fast enough. (Exculpating offer: "I've been practicing law since 1984, and I haven't shot anybody yet . . ..") (2) Authorities in Austin found an elaborate cave system (up to 35 feet deep) underneath long-time resident Jose Del Rio's house. (Neighbors say that Del Rio "kept to himself.") (3) Justice finally caught up, somewhat, to Tony Davis, who has been freely peddling his expensive, ridiculous "discovery" of a technicality that he says voids all federal criminal convictions since 1948 (charging prisoners' families five-figure fees for legal papers to magically spring their loved ones). He's been doing this for five years, but last week a judge finally issued a temporary restraining order. Austin American-Statesman
(Austin) /// Austin American-Statesman
Sounds Like a Joke (I): Fifteen months after he was buried in the ground, Orville Richardson will be dug up and decapitated so that the Alcor Cryonics lab in Arizona can freeze the head, which Alcor says is what Richardson wanted. [ed.: I guess questioning the cryonic viability of a 15-month-old head is to tacitly acknowledge the cryonic viability of a fresh head?] Associated Press via Des Moines Register
The Most Generous Country in the World! Former illegal immigrant Cecil Harvey, 55, was deported to Barbados in 2007 after a tour in the U.S. distinguished mainly by acquisition of a long rap sheet. The New York Post
revealed last week that New York City sent Cecil a departing gift in late 2009–$145,000–in settlement of his lawsuit over once having spent 28 days longer at Rikers Island lockup than he was supposed to. New York Post
Sounds Like a Joke (II): Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police, along with the police department in Calgary, Alberta, have notified the Bank of Montreal that the mortgage fraud case under investigation–reputed to be the biggest such fraud in the nation's history–will be dropped because the police lack the ability to work a crime of that magnitude. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News
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I haven't been able to post much lately, and now that the semester is over it is time to go back home where I won't be able to post at all due to dialup being the only internet connection. I'll try to post at least once more before I leave, but for now here are some great (and confusing) Pepsi ads from some 1940s issues of Popular Science. There are too many to list which issues they came from, so click the picture to go to the original source.
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In a cave in Germany
a nearly 30,000 year old tool was found. This tool had two uses one as a striker for flint to start fires, and two as a sex toy to light a whole different kind of fire. The 8 inch phallus was found broken into several pieces and restored. It is smooth and polished with two rings around one end. While there are marks from flint strikes showing the first use, the scientists involved feel the second use is clear. I wonder, does this prove women made some of the tools back then?
A mall in China
is getting some criticism for a contest that was run there in May. Eight ladies were lined up wearing just their bras on the top half of their bodies. Contestants then tried to unhook the bras one handed as quickly as possible. The person with the fastest time received a mall voucher for a shpping spree. A woman who wished not to be identified won with just 21 seconds to unhook all 8 bras. That's pretty quick.
This vintage 1930's hat is currently for sale.
But guess who you would look like when wearing it?