Weirdness  - 16Feb96
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 96 17:34:15 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: Weirdness  - 16Feb96
Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.419 (News of the Weird, February 16, 1996)
by Chuck Shepherd
* In Albuquerque, N. Mex., in December, George Thomas Diesel and his wife
filed a lawsuit against Foley's department store and the Levi Strauss
Company over a defective pair of 501 jeans. According to Diesel, a rivet
in one of the fly buttons was not completely fused, causing a piece of metal
to protrude, which severely lacerated his penis the first time he put the
jeans on. Diesel's wife wants money for the loss of her husband's services.
[Albuquerque Journal, 12-22-95]
* Bill Becker, 62, whose criminal career spans 30 years (and counting, after
a federal judge in Baltimore turned down his latest bid, in August, to
overturn a conviction for theft): "I robbed from the rich, kind of like
Robin Hood, except I kept it." [Baltimore Sun, 8-6-95]
* An October decision of the U. S. Court of Appeals said the trial court
was right to dismiss a slander lawsuit against the Franklin County (Ohio)
Board of Elections chairman Terry Casey. Casey had called Federal Elections
Commission official Gary Greenhalgh a "lying asshole," but the Court said
that phrase is merely rhetorical hyperbole. Casey could not have meant,
said the Court, that someone's "anus was making an untruthful statement."
[National Law Journal, 10-30-95]
* Morristown, N. J., Town Council candidate Donald Cresitello, lamenting in
October his tight race with George E. Burke, despite the fact that Burke
had just died: "Now he's liable to get the sympathy vote." [New York Times,
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