Category:
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The Hero Thrill Show Queens



"Hero Scholarship Thrill Show Queen competitors [1969] Carolyn McNish and JoAnne Bream are crowned by Police Captain Philip Baumgardner, Fairmount Park Lt. Joseph Salamone and Deputy Fire Chief Frank Bowen."



"Northeast Regional finalists for Thrill Show queen [1974] are Denise Needham, nominated by the police department, and Sandra Hartman nominated by the fire department. Standing are John Craig, chief police inspector, and Martin Preite, deputy fire chief."

What is the "Hero Thrill Show?" Their Wikipedia page has the answer.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 31, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Law, Regionalism, 1960s, 1970s

The Tree That Owns Itself

Recall those recent legal battles about granting new rights to animals? How about this for a precedent?

From the Wikipedia page:

The Tree That Owns Itself is a white oak tree that has, according to legend, legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet (2.4 m) of its base. The tree, also called the Jackson Oak, is located at the corner of South Finley and Dearing Streets in Athens, Georgia, United States. The original tree, thought to have started life between the mid-16th and late 18th century, fell in 1942, but a new tree was grown from one of its acorns, and planted in the same location. The current tree is sometimes referred to as the Son of The Tree That Owns Itself. Both trees have appeared in numerous national publications, and the site is a local landmark.


Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 31, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Law, Nature, Nineteenth Century

The man who hated double parking

Robert Allan Miller hated double parkers so much that he left money in his will to the city of Bethlehem, PA for a fund that would reward police officers who ticketed double-parked cars.

However, the city had to turn down the bequest due to their policy of not giving officers incentives for ticket-writing. (Which surprises me, since I figured municipal police depts used all kinds of ways to encourage officers to write tickets.)

Latrobe Bulletin - Aug 24, 1998

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 31, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Law, Police and Other Law Enforcement, 1990s

Sentenced to watch Bambi

Four members of a southwest Missouri family have been caught in a multi-year poaching case where authorities say hundreds of deer were killed illegally...
The case was so egregious that Lawrence County Judge Robert George ordered a special addition to the jail time one of the poachers received.
Court records show the defendant "is to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter, during Defendants incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail."

Source: Springfield News-Leader

Hasn't the judge seen A Clockwork Orange? For behavioral change, the guy should have been sentenced to watch Bambi constantly with his eyelids held open.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 19, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Law, Judges, Movies

The Tractor Fender Will of Cecil George Harris

June 8, 1948: Cecil George Harris got pinned under his tractor. Fearing he wouldn't survive, he scratched the following message onto the fender of the tractor: "In case I die in this mess I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo Harris."

He did end up dying, but his scratched message was accepted as a valid will by the courts, and has served as a precedent ever since for cases of holographic or handwritten wills. The fender is preserved to this day at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.

More info: Global News



Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 03, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Law

Norma Jean Almodovar:  Cop to Call Girl



Her Wikipedia page.



Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 10, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Law, Sexuality, Books, 1990s

Lawyer consumption rates of Tyrannosaurus rex

A science question inspired by the scene in Jurassic Park in which the T rex ate the lawyer:

How many lawyers would it take to properly feed a captive T rex for an entire year?

The answer: if the T rex is warm-blooded it will need to eat 292 lawyers a year. If cold-blooded, only 73 lawyers.

From The Complete Dinosaur, edited by James Orville Farlow, M. K. Brett-Surman.





The Complete Dinosaur

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 23, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Law, Science, Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Creatures

Wizard Amendment

March 1995: During the discussion of a bill in the New Mexico state senate, Sen. Duncan Scott (R) proposed the following amendment:

When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant's competency hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than 2 feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts.

Additionally, a psychologist or psychiatrist shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand. Whenever a psychologist or psychiatrist provides expert testimony regarding the defendant's competency, the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong.

It passed in the Senate, but didn't make it through the House.

The Marion Star - Dec 28, 1995

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 27, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Law, Politics, 1990s

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