On The Lighter Side
I sue you!
Where there’s smoke, there’s cooking, and when young people are involved it’s often cordon noir. Two Colorado teenagers were so proud of their excellent, home-baked cookies, they left some outside a neighbour’s door with a heart-shaped card. When Wanita Renea Young saw their unfamiliar shadows moving outside her front door after ten o’clock in the evening, she had an anxiety attack which landed her in hospital. She won $930 in medical costs. (Denver Post, September 2005)
Sugar and spice
The best way to double your money is to fold it up and put it back in your pocket. It’s absolutely not to go to court. Peer Larson, 17, discovered this simple maths the hard way when he tried to sue the Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction to get summer homework done away with. He claimed that on top of a 180-day school year, his summer maths project was really too much. Complaint dismissed. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 2005)