Government: Reaching Into the Grave and Beyond….

The People's Republic of China prohibits reincarnation without prior permission of the government. The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the revered monk without approval from Beijing. source

Scotland Did Not Always Give Sports a Sporting Chance

Scotland is known for its passionate football (American soccer) fans, and it is recognized as the birthplace of golf and home to the most famous golf courses in the world. Did you know that both sports were once illegal throughout the land? King James I outlawed football with the Football Act of 1424. It was... Continue Reading →

Lyrical Lawyer Pens Poetic Property Paper

Legal documents tend to be a bit dry and uninteresting, but that doesn't always have to be the case. The following is a deed recorded in the County Recorder's Office in Beardstown, Illinois: J. Henry Shaw To Charles E. Wyman Deed, filed for Record August 9th, 1881 at One O'clock P.M. Ferris E. Downing Recorder.... Continue Reading →

Springtime at the Gallows

Justice in the Old West was quick, decisive, and occasionally poetic. Witness this colorful death sentence issued in United States v Gonzales (1881), U.S. District Court, New Mexico Territory. Jose Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, in a few short weeks, it will be spring. The snows of winter will flee away, the ice will vanish, and the annual... Continue Reading →

At the Pentagon Making Brownies Isn’t as Easy as Pie

When you consider that the Constitution of the United States, at 4,400 words and fitting comfortably on 11 pages, gives the instructions needed to govern a nation of over 300 million people, the following fact seems rather incredible -- until you remember the tendency of government to make things more complex than they need to... Continue Reading →

The Terror of London Cabbies — the Strange Case of Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers

Readers of the May 23, 1890 edition of the Chicago Tribune may have expressed amused curiosity at the following item in the Personals section: “Mrs. Giacometti Prodgers, the terror of London cabmen, is dead.” Who was this fearsome Mrs. Prodgers, and what did she do to cause even the heartiest of London's cabbies to flee at the... Continue Reading →

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