October 2nd, 2012


Here comes the judge

Improbable Research pointed to Lowering the Bar's Case Law Hall of Fame.

This one is quite a winner:

"Before proceeding further, the Court notes that this case involves two extremely likable lawyers, who have together delivered some of the most amateurish pleadings ever to cross the hallowed causeway into Galveston, an effort which leads the Court to surmise but one plausible explanation. Both attorneys have obviously entered into a secret pact--complete with hats, handshakes and cryptic words--to draft their pleadings entirely in crayon on the back sides of gravy-stained paper place mats, in the hope that the Court would be so charmed by their child-like efforts that their utter dearth of legal authorities in their briefing would go unnoticed. Whatever actually occurred, the Court is now faced with the daunting task of deciphering their submissions. With Big Chief tablet readied, thick black pencil in hand, and a devil-may-care laugh in the face of death, life on the razor's edge sense of exhilaration, the Court begins."

True to word, that is just the beginning of the merriment. Or at least such merriment as can be derived from a legal document.

The Great American History Puzzle

Another thing the Smithsonian magazine had in it was a puzzle contest. I didn't mention it, because I figgered you'd have to have the physical magazine in your hands to do it. But they have kindly made a digital copy of the issue available on the puzzle page, though you will have to part with personal details to get it for free. If nothing else, you get to read a great issue of a great magazine. Or you can join me in the long gauntlet of 10 puzzles leading to a final puzzle; first to solve it wins a grand prize of a trip to DC for four people with a behind-the-scenes "Secrets of the Smithsonian" tour.