Monday, August 31, 2009

United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and His Staff

No, I am not making this up:

United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and His Staff, 54 F.R.D. 282 (1971), was a court case in which a man attempted to sue Satan. It was dismissed on a technicality.

In the suit, Gerald Mayo filed a claim before the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania alleging that "Satan has on numerous occasions caused plaintiff misery and unwarranted threats, against the will of plaintiff, that Satan has placed deliberate obstacles in his path and has caused plaintiff's downfall" and had therefore "deprived him of his constitutional rights".

The technicality was that the plaintiff had not included instructions for how the U.S. Marshal could serve process on Satan.

United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and His Staff, 54 F.R.D. 282 (1971)

NOTE: 54 FRD 282 means Volume 54 of the Federal Rules Decisions (big law books), page 282.

I love the "...and His Staff" part!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

UPDATE Even for me, this is seriously strange:

Click below to go the the comments for my post on July 19, 2008. I am going back to sleeping under the below:

It got too strange so I toasted the original post. Below is a scrren amage of the comments section.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The truth is finally clear!

The whole Industrial Revolution has been a conspiracy by the plants to get us to produce more carbon dioxide to quench their insatiable lust for sugar (See: Photosynthesis). We've been outsmarted yet again by the African Violets.

Monday, August 24, 2009

What kind of world has this become...

...when you can't trust the word of a sadistic mass-murderer.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I woke up very eary Sunday morning...

I'm going back to bed, but I turned on the TV.

Steam mops are being sold on four channels.

Ignoring the obvious question of "Who on earth needs a steam mop?" are there really that many people who wake up on Sunday morning and say "You know what, I need a steam mop!"

How dirty would your floor have to be that you had to use steam to get it clean?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

You can shoot me now, I've see it all!

Woman ahead of me in the McDonald's drive-thru...

Holding her cell phone with her arm stretched as close to the order speaker as she could...

So her children -- presumably at home or in juvenile detention -- could each place their own order.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Not sure about this. Might be a good idea.

  • You go to
  • Fill in your address.
  • Fill in who will receive your letter.
  • Then a Word-type screen allows you to write your letter.
  • Then you pay $1 (or $1.15 for no snailmailr logo).
  • They send your letter by USPS.
  • I'm just not sure. I would not invest in it, but I might use it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Is it blinking or flashing?

Missouri is experimenting with flashing yellow left-turn arrows at traffic intersections. (Some other states already use them.) The familiar sign above is apparently too confusing.

The flashing yellow arrows mean turn with caution after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. It St. Louis it means crunch!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Murder for ratings?"

"SAO PAULO, Brazil - In one murder after another, the Canal Livre TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim."

'Cuz the TV host may have commissioned five murders!

The whole story is HERE.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009



Eight people were arrested in St. Louis last week at a town hall meeting about health care. For the most part, they were protesters who could not get inside because the meeting hall was beyond legal capacity -- a call the Fire Marshall makes.

One of the guys arrested claims he was injured while being arrested. He was there to protest the President's health care plan. Turns out that he is unemployed and has no health insurance. He is asking for donations to help pay his medical expenses. He apparently has no sense of irony!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Kidnapping Alert!

If you see this man, please contact your local police.
Full story: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Friday, August 07, 2009

please stop

men -- no more eyebrow grooming, you look like Joan Crawford.

men -- no more diamond earrings in both ears, you look like Boy George.

women -- no more hairdos that in any way resemble Kate Gosselin's.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Him? How much?

Eli Manning will get $106.9 million over the next seven seasons as quarterback for the New York Giants. That's an NFL-high average annual income of $15.27 million.

The guy doesn't even look athletic much less like a pro football player!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009


I have been really bad lately about making comments about comments. I have been having work done on the house. Some of you will understand this as an excuse for everything. Others of you, who have never had work done on your house, will ask "What's the big deal?"

Let's start with irrigation.

Oops. Two sprinkler heads do not work and two others do not osculate (thereby creating big puddles). The following is a summary of the past four weeks!

"We've fixed the two non-working heads, here's the bill."

"But, still no water comes out of them."

"Probably the $#$%$# umbucknob needs replacing, here's another bill."

"But, still no water comes out of them."

"It's that #@$$#@$% hose, the &%$#&% is not big enough, will have to trench, here's another bill."

Tomorrow, we will discuss 'Fun with Stone Masons."