Legal Humor Roundup for October 27, 2011

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Today’s challenge is to use one of the following punctuation marks correctly in your appellate brief: obelisk, hedera, question comma, or interrobang. Plus, we’ve got more criminal activity related to a Taco Bell drive-thru, another entry in the category of Needless 911 calls, a $44,500 parking ticket, and the first known trademark application for “Occupy Wall St.” It’s the happy hour law review for Thursday, October 27, 2011.

1We figure that, with 14 additional punctuation marks now out in the open—including the obelisk, interrobang, asterism, and hedera—we’ll soon be seeing them in legal briefs. Or on Twitter. | BuzzFeed

2There’s typically a never-ending stream of what Lowering the Bar first categorized as “Needless 911.” This time, a guy down the street from his house in Bangor, Maine, called 911 so he could get a ride home. The police obliged. | Bangor Daily News

3In yet another Taco Bell drive-thru fiasco to report, a man in New York firebombed the drive-thru window because he did not get enough meat on his “two XL Chalupas.” At least this one was not in Florida. | The Smoking Gun

4Actually, we were wondering why it took this long. An ironworker and his wife appear to be the first people to file a trademark application for the phrase “Occupy Wall St.” The applicants believed that “Occupy Wall St.” would prove to be “a more powerful brand” than an earlier filed application for the phrase “We are the 99%” | The Smoking Gun

5A woman in Italy was admitted to the hospital for dizziness after receiving a parking ticket for $44,500, apparently the fine and interest accrued for parking her car illegally since 208 AD. Oh, wait, was that supposed to be 2008? | Consumerist

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  • Guano Dubango

    Someone told me that my first name means bird turd. In my country, it means “strong eagle”.

  • Norman Newhouse

    Haha. That’s awesome. Hopefully some people will share what they do.