Monday, December 10, 2007

In the Courts

Christmas approaches, and the courts are getting busy.
  • In the western Greek city of Patras, a parrot is facing a $650 (£320; 444 euros) parking ticket. [BBC News]
  • A judge in India has summoned two Hindu gods, Ram and Hanuman, to help resolve a property dispute. [BBC News]
  • And a 57-year-old man who turned up alive five years after being presumed dead in a canoeing accident is due in court in the UK. [BBC News]

By an interesting twist of fate, the 57-year-old man is called John Darwin. He was caught by a woman who typed his name into Google, and found a photo on a "Move to Panama" website [Daily Mirror, December 6th 2007]. This "long-tail" detective (who doesn't wish to be named) has nominated Darwin and his wife for a "World's Dumbest" award.

But he doesn't qualify for a Darwin Award, contenders for which are required to kill or dismember themselves in some spectacularly stupid accident, preferably before passing on their genes, thus helping to remove their stupidity from the gene pool. John Darwin survived the canoeing accident (although some doubt there ever was a canoe), and his relatives (including his sons) are apparently trying to make things worse for him. So the stupidity lives on.


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