A Scottish shoplifter was arrΠ΅sted after pinching a bottle of vodka from a liquor store. He had left his name and phone number with the clerk, after asking her out on a date rd.com/list/dumbest-crimi…
A patronymic is a name derived from an ancestor or occupation usually by the addition of a suffix or prefix meaning daughter, son, or belonging. Examples: MacDonald is of Donald, O'Riley of Riley, Ivanovich son of Ivan, Ivanovna daughter of Ivan, Edwards of Edward, or Clerkson of a Clerk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Today I learned of the Felony Murder Doctrine, where any killing that occurs in the course of a dangerous felony can be charged against the felon as first-degree murder. This can lead to strange results. If you rob a store with your brother and he is shot by the clerk, you can be charged with his murder. law.cornell.edu/wex/felon…
"Traditionally in English law, should a newly hired clerk have the same Christian name as an existing member of the staff, he’s given a new one, allegedly to avoid confusion on the telephone" bloomberg.com/news/featur…
There is a town in Nebraska called Monowi with a population of one. The only resident is a woman, Eiler who is the mayor, clerk, treasurer, librarian, bartender and the only person left in the US’ tiniest town. bbc.com/travel/gallery/20…
Pat McCormick, head writer for The Tonight Show, streaked across the stage during Johnny Carson's monologue in 1974. (For Golden Girls fans, McCormick was also the drugstore clerk who asked for a price check on condoms. https://youtu.be/BpNS8jYniLY) youtu.be/J4FUg6N7k-k
Today I learned about E.D. Morel, the shipping clerk who revealed Belgium's atrocities in the Congo. He noticed shipments of ammunition going to the Congo, and coming back with ivory and rubber. His superiors offered him a promotion in exchange for his silence. He refused, quit his job, and became a journalist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Sacagawea's son, Jean Baptiste, at 18 befriended a German prince, travelled to Europe, lived with royalty for 6 years, and learned 4 languages. He went back to the U.S. to be a frontiersman, became a gold miner, a hotel clerk, and also led a Mormon group. oregonencyclopedia.org/ar…
In England and Wales, the role of lawyer is divided in two. Solicitors provide legal advice, barristers argue in court, and clerks are middlemen between the two. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The town of Monowi in Nebraska is the smallest town in the USA with only one resident. Elsie Eiler (84), she is the mayor, clerk, librarian and bar owner. She pays taxes to herself, gives herself her own liquor licenses and votes for herself in municipal elections. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
When a persistent Washington DC bookstore clerk exposed Stephen King as the true author of books written under the name Richard Bachman, King's publishers sent out a press release announcing Bachman's death from "cancer of the pseudonym." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The 1994 film "Clerks" had an extended, but a much darker ending, in which Dante Hicks was murdered by a robber who then proceeded to take the money from the cash register. Miramax reacted negatively and ordered writer-director Kevin Smith to delete that ending completely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
The world's oldest postcard called "Penny Penates" was intended as a practical joke on post office clerks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Piggly Wiggly was the first true self-service grocery store. Before their founding in September 6, 1916, grocery stores did not allow their customers to gather their own goods. Instead, a customer would give a list of items to a clerk, who would then go through the store, gathering them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
In 1900 a young clerk at a British shipping company observed a fortune in rubber returning from the Congo while only guns and manacles were being sent in return. He correctly deduced that these resources were being extracted from the population by force and campaigned to expose the abuses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Today I learned about a man who took the California State Bar Exam 48 times before he finally passed and transitioned from being his son's law clerk to his son's law partner lasentinel.net/maxcy-file…
The bell on early cash registers (circa 1884), not marketing, is why prices like $1.99 rather than $2.00 exist. The 1Β’ change back to the customer forced the cashier to open the till, ringing the bell, and make change. Otherwise the sale could more easily be pocketed by the clerk. core77.com/posts/79408/Di…
The Titanic was hauling over 3000 mail sacks during its maiden voyage. When it began to flood, the five postal clerks on board tried to save as much mail as they could by hauling the sacks on deck. All five of the postal clerks died in the sinking. postalmuseum.si.edu/firea…
Dolly Parton's "Jolene" is about a red-headed clerk who had a crush on her husband, but the song is named after one of her fans. Dolly told her, "That is pretty. That sounds like a song. I'm going to write a song about that." npr.org/2008/10/09/955205…
ABC only aired "Clerks: The Animated Show" twice before canceling it. They aired the fourth episode first, and then aired the second episode despite the fact that the second episode is a 'flashback' episode, and derives much of its humor from the fact that it flashes back to the first episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Office clerk Stefan Kiszko spent 17 years in prison for the murder of a schoolgirl in northwest England in 1975. Though he had confessed his guilt at the time, evidence later proved he was innocent. He was coerced to confess using the Reid interrogation technique. ponderwall.com/index.php/…
Kevin Smith, funded his first film Clerks, by maxing out several credit cards and selling most of his comic book collection and using most of his college fund along with insurance money from a car he lost in a flood just to pay for a film it at a convenience store he worked at. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Texas only prohibited drivers from having open containers in its 1987 law. ''Texans sort of pride themselves on personal freedom and feel it's their God-given right to rip up and down the highways with beer can in hand,'' said the chief clerk for the House Committee on Liquor Regulation. nytimes.com/1987/05/11/us…
Today I learned of John Deydras, a clerk who claimed to be the real King Edward II, but swapped as babies. He attempted to claim a palace and challenged Edward to single combat. At his trial, he confessed to making it up and blamed his cat, which had been possessed by the devil. Both he and the cat were hanged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Walt Whitman worked as a clerk for the U.S government until Secretary of the Interior, James Harlan, fired Whitman upon discovering that he was the author of β€œLeaves of Grass,” which Harlan found offensive. poets.org/poetsorg/poet/w…
An 82nd Airborne supply clerk made a parachute jump with no training. His orders were inaccurate, and his chain of command thought he'd been through Jump School, so he jumped anyway. onlineathens.com/stories/…
Before being sentenced to prison, rapper Meek Mill's judge allegedly requested he abandon his record label to sign with her friend, and that he cover a Boys II Men song mentioning her name. At the same trial, the court clerk passed Mill a note asking him to help pay her son's tuition. trackrecord.net/meek-mill…
The Doors weren't given permission to photograph in the hotel featured on the cover for their album "Morrison Hotel", so they waited for the clerk to be called away, then shot the cover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
In 1914, to save money on train fare, May Pierstorff's parents paid the 53Β’ postage, and mailed the 5-year old to her grandparents for a visit. She rode the whole way in the mail car, and was delivered to her grandparents' house by the mail clerk on duty. postalmuseum.si.edu/exhib…
The Cold War is credited to have started in Canada, after a Soviet Cipher Clerk defected to Canada and revealed Stalin's attempts to steal nuclear secrets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igo…
Piggly Wiggly revolutionized grocery shopping in 1916 by allowing customers to select their own items, "To have no store clerks gab and smirk while folks are standing around ten deep to get waited on." mentalfloss.com/article/8…
When the film "Clerks" by Kevin Smith was first screened at the Independent Feature Film Market in 1993, only 12 people showed up, including Kevin himself and 10 people from the cast and crew, and 2 random people. soundcloud.com/smodcast/s…
During the war of 1812 the patent office clerk threw himself in front of soldiers and successfully convinced them to spare the office, for knowledge benefits the entire world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/183…
A man tried to rob a convenience store armed with a knife from the store itself but gave up when the clerk thought he was purchasing it and scanned the item to tell him the price en.rocketnews24.com/2014/…
Clerks was made for $27,575, mostly funded by credit cards in Kevin Smith's name, proceeds from selling his comic collection, a family donation and paychecks from the stores the film is about. viewaskew.com/clerks/info…
Kevin Smith's Clerks (1994) was filmed in black and white because of budgetary limitations, and not for any artistic purposes or expression. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
A Nigerian clerk claimed a snake ate 36 million naira ($100,000 USD) bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Today I learned of a town in Nebraska where the sole resident is the Mayor, the town secretary, the clerk and the owner of the only shop in town! bbc.com/travel/gallery/20…
Today I learned about Annie Baxter, the first female elected to office in Missouri in 1890, and the first female elected County Clerk in the United States. She was elected almost 30 years before women could vote in Missouri. shsmo.org/historicmissour…
The 1994 Kevin Smith movie Clerks was filmed with the store shutters "jammed" shut because they could only film inside at night when the store was closed. peterbroderick.com/writin…
A Japanese clerk broke the record for solving a complex math problem when he correctly calculated the sum of 15 numbers that were shown to him in 1.7 seconds......using an imaginary abacus. theguardian.com/science/a…
The first same-sex marriage license in the US was issued exactly 39 years ago, in Boulder, CO (by county clerk Clela Rorex, who later refused a marriage license to a man and his horse... because the underage horse did not have parental consent) dailycamera.com/ci_230654…
A British military hospital during WW1 was staffed entirely by women. Endell Street Military Hospital in London had only female doctors, nurses, orderlies, and clerks, all of whom supported the movement to give women the vote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
ABC only aired "Clerks: The Animated Show" twice before canceling it. They aired the fourth episode first, and then aired the second episode despite the fact that the second episode is a 'flashback' episode, and derives much of its humor from the fact that it flashes back to the first episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
The regular show's pilot featured characters Mordecai and Benson as gas station clerks who consumed LSD, which led to them seeing themselves as a Giant Bird and a Gumball machine youtu.be/Zk9eLbi0QYg
A Top-Secret KH-11 Spy Satellite Manual was stolen from the CIA Headquarters in Langley by a low-ranking clerk. They only found out after the clerk flew back from a Soviet Embassy in Greece and petitioned the CIA to work for them as a double agent. They refused and he was sentenced to 40 years. jonathanpollard.org/kampi…
The first woman law clerk on the Supreme Court was Lucile Lomen, hired by Justice William O. Douglas in 1944 jdrllc.com/2013/03/19/fou…
Although 95% of mail is now sorted by computers, the U.S. Postal Service still employs clerks to decipher addresses that are too messy for the computers to understand. These clerks are expected to process 1,000 letters an hour, and upwards of 20% of them quit within the first 5 weeks. online.wsj.com/news/artic…
Clerks was originally rated NC-17 solely because of its graphic dialogue, until Alan Dershowitz (Harvard Law Professor and major civil rights advocate) convinced the MPAA to lower it to Rated-R imdb.com/title/tt0109445/…

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