Name That List, #69

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • Forty-Three Gallons of Whiskey
  • Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola
  • One Book Called Ulysses
  • One Package of Japanese Pessaries
  • 11 1/4 Dozen Packages of Articles Labeled in Part Mrs. Moffat's Shoo-Fly Powders for Drunkenness
  • One Solid Gold Object in Form of a Rooster
  • 12 200-ft. Reels of Film
  • Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls
  • One Lucite Ball Containing Lunar Material (One Moon Rock) and One Ten Inch by Fourteen Inch Wooden Plaque


They're all objects that have had a lawsuit brought against them by the United States government, using in rem jurisdiction. As explained by wikipedia:

In rem jurisdiction ("power about or against 'the thing'") is a legal term describing the power a court may exercise over property (either real or personal) or a "status" against a person over whom the court does not have in personam jurisdiction. Jurisdiction in rem assumes the property or status is the primary object of the action, rather than personal liabilities not necessarily associated with the property.
     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 28, 2023
     Category: Name That List

My first guess wasn't anywhere close, but I'm still thinking it might be a fun Saturday night . . .
Posted by Phideaux on 06/28/23 at 04:05 PM
I didn't know what a pessary is until now. (I didn't need to know, either.)

Assume those 50,000 clacker balls were ones that didn't sell once we figured out how dangerous they are.


Due to their ridiculous capitalization, I kept reading the last one as "Lucile Ball".
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 06/29/23 at 08:01 AM
Close-ish... my thought was "things impounded by the US Coast Guard".
Posted by Richard Bos on 07/01/23 at 08:54 AM
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