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The 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011

January 7, 2012

I am posting this against my better judgment… but then again, this made me smile.

The top ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011 are:

  • Convict sues couple he kidnapped for not helping him evade police
  • Man illegally brings gun into bar, gets injured in a fight, then sues bar for not searching him for a weapon
  • Young adults sue mother for sending cards without gifts and playing favorites
  • Woman disagrees with store over 80-cent refund, sues for $5 million
  • Mom files suit against exclusive preschool over child’s college prospects
  • Man suing for age discrimination says judge in his case is too old
  • Obese man sues burger joint over tight squeeze in booths
  • Woman sues over movie trailer; says not enough driving in “Drive”
  • Passenger’s lawsuit says cruise ship went too fast and swayed from side to side
  • Mother sues Chuck E. Cheese – says games encourage gambling in children

via The 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2011 – Yahoo! News.

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Some Quick and "Fun" Facts

December 6, 2009

· Medical malpractice is a tiny percentage of health care costs – less than one and a half percent of overall spending – according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Restricting patients’ legal rights would have little to no effect on premiums or health care costs.

· Medical malpractice suits are less than one percent of the entire civil caseload, and have been declining for nearly a decade.

· The GAO and CBO have found no evidence of so-called “defensive medicine,” instead determining that doctors run additional tests to generate more income or help diagnose patients.

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Come See My Show

August 21, 2009

Evanston artist to show photos at ‘THREE’

August 20, 2009
SRO: PEOPLE TO WATCH

“THREE,” the third annual fall show by artists at Margin Gallery and Collective, co-founded by Nima Taradji of Evanston, will open Sept. 4 at 1915 S. Halsted St., Chicago. Taradji also co-founded Hello Artichoke, another cooperative gallery in Los Angeles, where he worked as a commercial photographer, shooting celebrities in art, music and modeling. He later took a break from commercial photography to attend law school in Chicago. Besides the photographs of Taradji and others, “THREE” will include paintings, drawings, ceramics and metalwork. An artists’ talk will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and an opening reception between 6-10 p.m. Sept. 11. Gallery hours are 5-9 p.m. Fridays, 12-7 p.m. Saturdays and 12-5 p.m. Sundays. Visit www.margingallery.org.

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Just For Fun!

January 21, 2009

Barack Obama and a plunger: He might not want to remember this photo

Obama and the Arcola Lawn Rangers

Before he was even a senator, let alone president-elect, then-unknown Barack Obama was, at a 2003 St. Patrick’s Day parade, a plunger wrangler. (Photo courtesy Mats Selen)

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Nothing Special About Your Head…!

December 18, 2008

Six Homespun Medical Myths Debunked

Drs. Vreeman and Carroll generated a list of six popular beliefs associated with either winter or the holiday season and searched the medical literature for evidence one way or another.

It turns out that:

* Holiday sweets don’t make the kids more hyperactive.
* Suicides don’t go up over the holidays.
* Poinsettias aren’t poisonous.
* Avoiding eating at night won’t keep the pounds off.
* The only way to cure a hangover is not to get one in the first place.

Oh, and the hat thing. The roots of the myth probably lie in military tests, in which volunteers were dressed in arctic survival suits but no hats. When researchers measured heat loss, most of it — for obvious reasons — was from the unprotected head.

But if the myth was true, the researchers said, “humans would be just as cold if they went without trousers as if they went without a hat.”

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Just for Laughs

August 16, 2007

How many zeros is that?

An offbeat South Carolina prison inmate has filed a handwritten lawsuit seeking $63 quintillion from Michael Vick.

That’s $63,000,000,000,000,000,000.

Or as Jonathan Lee Riches put it in his handwritten lawsuit, "$63,000,000,000 billion." The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond on July 23.

Riches — who has developed an Internet cult following for his propensity to file strange lawsuits naming multiple diverse defendants — claims that Vick stole his pit bulls and sold them on eBay to "use the proceeds to purchase missiles from the Iran government."

In the complaint, Riches scrawls that "Michael Vick has to stop physically hurting my feelings and dashing my hopes."

Inmate sues Vick for $63,000,000,000,000,000,000 — chicagotribune.com

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All It Took Was a Cup of Coffee

July 31, 2007

In a recent experiment, psychologists at Yale altered people’s judgments of a stranger by handing them a cup of coffee.

The study participants, college students, had no idea that their social instincts were being deliberately manipulated. On the way to the laboratory, they had bumped into a laboratory assistant, who was holding textbooks, a clipboard, papers and a cup of hot or iced coffee – and asked for a hand with the cup.

That was all it took: The students who held a cup of iced coffee rated a hypothetical person they later read about as being much colder, less social and more selfish than did their fellow students, who had momentarily held a cup of hot java.

Findings like this one, as improbable as they seem, have poured forth

Who’s Minding the Mind? (via The New York Times)

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