Assorted Stupidity #28

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  • I still didn't want to believe that Italy was actually going to put seismologists on trial for manslaughter for failing to predict an earthquake, but that farce did in fact begin on Tuesday. This was just a preliminary hearing, and the real nonsense will not begin until October 1.
  • You could call this one "Weekend at Jeffrey's," or what the headline calls it: "Two Denver men charged after taking their dead friend for a ride." Since the reporter describes the incident as a "less amusing" version of 'Weekend at Bernie's,'" I take it she's never actually seen "Weekend at Bernie's."
  • The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas is the latest target of a man who had filed something like 40 lawsuits that were apparently so meritless that even California declared him a "vexatious litigant." He has filed 11 complaints against the arcade for an incident last year involving a Xenon pinball machine. Plaintiff claims the manager would not "fix" the machine or pay him for the credits he had won (which would be illegal since it's not a casino). Bonus points: his complaint is stamped "I Love Cats."