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Fight Against Maturity

Polly wants more than a cracker to keep quiet

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parrot.jpgNovember 19, 1937: According to the LA Times, Mr. James J. Reynolds wanted to put his parrot on the stand to testify concerning its knowledge of the domestic affairs of him and his wife by showing that the bird had learned to call Reynolds certain abusive names and that the bird’s teacher could have been none other than Mrs. Reynolds. Superior Judge Brand, however, refused to allow a parrot to testify declaring the procedure was a little too irregular in that the parrot probably could not be placed under oath and furthermore probably could not recall who had taught it anything it might have learned.”

November 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Not Polizei

Reuters via Yahoo News
German traffic police were shocked to see a California Highway Patrol car cruising along the motorway, driven by a man dressed as an authentic American cop, authorities said Thursday. But they recovered sufficiently to book the 35-year-old Goettingen resident, whose uniform badge read “T.J. Lazer,” for possessing a replica Smith & Wesson revolver without a licence and having out-of-date registration plates. “He was sitting at the wheel with his elbow on the window like in the best TV crime series,” said Osthessen police spokesman Martin Schaefer.

“Because wearing such a uniform in public is also prohibited, he had to exchange it for civilian dress after a shopping trip with real [cops],” he added.

The man told police he had been taking the 30-year-old vehicle to Bavaria to sell it and wanted to impress the buyer.

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