A school principal once made a student who'd gotten into trouble sit in the basement & read the U.S. Constitution as punishment. That student (who committed the Constitution to memory as a result) was Thurgood Marshall, who went on to become the first Black Supreme Court justice. uscourts.gov/educational-…
There are no Wendy's in Europe due to a local Dutch snackbar owner owning the Wendy's trademark in Europe. They have been in a legal battle for years and Dutch courts side with the snackbar every time. gourmandize.com/article-8…
Ashley Madison, a popular dating site for married people looking to have an affair, had so many fake accounts that in 2012 an employee tasked with creating these fake accounts sued the company due to "repetitive stress injury". The case settled out of court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
Sister Nancy, singer of Bam Bam which has been sampled many times by the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z, didnt get any royalties from her record up until 2014. She was working in a bank in New York and decided to take the record label to court. She now gets 50%. okayplayer.com/music/sist…
Today I learned about Styles Hutchins, the first African American man to argue a case in a Georgia court. After his success in court, his client, Ed Johnson, was lynched, and Hutchins' law firm was burned down. Hutchins fled to Illinois, where he ceased practicing law and opened a barber shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sty…
Egyptian lawyers were banned from Roman courts during the time Rome ruled over Egypt. This is because they mocked Roman judges and their decisions. Some even made up jokes and songs to defend political prisoners. arabnews.com/node/1165171
Today I learned about Nutraloaf, a meat loaf found in prisons that is so bland that a court ruled that serving it to misbehaving prisoners is a "cruel and unsual punishment" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
The Christian β€œBob Jones University” didn’t allow blacks to attend until 1971. From β€˜71 to β€˜76 the only blacks that were allowed were married couples. In β€˜82 they lost a Supreme Court case and had to pay back taxes from β€˜71. Interracial dating wasn’t allowed at the university until 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
In the early 1950s, the Soviet Union covertly backed the Neo-Nazi "Socialist Reich Party" to undermine the West German government. The party won up to 10% of votes in state elections before being banned by the Federal Constitutional Court in October 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Massachusetts has a ruling regarding what qualifies as a sandwich. Qdoba and Panera were part of a 2006 contract dispute in which it was claimed that a burrito was a sandwich. The court ruled that only two pieces of bread, along with some sort of filling, could hold the mantle of sandwich. wistv.com/story/5664109/m…
A Filipino singer made a song with Chinese-sounding gibberish. Some of the Chinese community at the Filipino province of Cebu wanted it removed from jukeboxes. According to the singer, a plan to bring it to court failed because no one could find a single Chinese lyric in the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
A german court ruled that men have a legal right to pee standing up bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Due to its high degree of microporosity, as little as 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area in excess of 3,000 square meters- which is the same as 3 Olympic swimming pools, 7 basketball courts, or 230 car-parking spaces. labmuffin.com/fact-check-…
William "Billy" Mitchell was an US army general who was an outspoken proponent of air power and its ability to defeat battleships. Due to his unrelenting criticism of high command's refusal to adapt, he was demoted and court martialed. Today he is regarded as the father of the US Air Force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Ancient Athenian law allowed blackmail (for profit). The blackmailers, known as sykophantes in Greek, could earn additional income from fig-smugglers by threatening to tell courts about their activity. businessinsider.com/words…
In 2007 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played the β€œBattle of Surfaces” match. In which the court had both Grass & Clay surfaces, the players respective best preformed surfaces to see who was truly #1 youtu.be/roVT7NJJh5g
Today I learned of the California case Lodi v. Lodi, where a man sued himself, represented himself, and won by default after he failed to show up. The court wrote that β€œit is hard to imagine a more even-handed application of justice,”. loweringthebar.net/2011/0…
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had a friendly match on a half-grass, half-clay court tennis365.com/tennis-feat…
In the late 1990s, a company secretly filmed hundreds of college wrestlers, football & squash players undressing and showering for videos like "Lockertime" and "Straight Off the Mats." 46 athletes sued Franco Productions (which did not appear in court) and were each awarded $11 million. abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?…
Charles B. McVay III, the Captain of the USS Indianapolis -famous for delivering the uranium for the Hiroshima bomb- was the only American Captain court martialed for the sinking of his ship in WWII and committed suicide at 70 after years of loneliness and public harassment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
When Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court, his rental history was leaked to the press. Bork himself had stated that Americans only had privacy rights as afforded them by direct legislation. The incident led to the enactment of the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Ted Bundy got married on court while he was on trial womenshealthmag.com/life/…
Socialist Victor Berger was indicted/convicted under the Espionage Act. Despite this he was elected to the Wisconsin state Senate and returned to Congress in 1918. The House disqualified him; Berger ran in a special election and won again (eventually the Supreme Court overturned his conviction) heraldcourier.com/opinion…
Bagpipes were the only musical instrument deemed a weapon of war by the courts because it inspired troops to battle and instilled terror into the enemy. melaniejackson.com/bagpip…
In 2002 a Welshman in Bury St. Edmunds refusing to pay a small penalty charge for a vehicle-registration violation demanded a trial by combat with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. His demand was rejected, and he was fined by a court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
A waitress was tipped a lottery ticket and won $10,000,000. She was then sued by her colleagues for their share. Then she was sued by the man who tipped her the ticket. Then she was kidnapped by her ex husband, and shot him in the chest. Then she went to court against the IRS. al.com/news/mobile/2018/1…
On 1913, the Big Casino, which was a brothel, a cabaret and a dancing, was put under the management of a receiver appointed by a Federal court over financial difficulties. The establishment kept opening as before and received thereafter the nickname "Woodrow Wilson’s Dancing Academy" pvtimes.com/news/in-bygon…
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White was a star running back in the National Football League was also awarded two bronze stars during WWII as well as being Rhodes Scholar, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byr…
The Edwards v Canada (the Persons Case deciding whether women could sit in the Canadian Senate) was ultimately decided in favour of the women by the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, which struck down the Supreme Court of Canada’s earlier ruling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned of Chinese assassin, Shi Jianqiao. In the Warlord Era (1916-1928) when Shi was 19, her warlord father was defeated & executed by a rival, Sun Chuanfang. Shi spent her 20s tracking Sun down, killing him in 1935. Chinese society was so moved by her act of filial revenge that the court pardoned her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Today I learned about Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem, who agreed to annul her marriage to Guy de Lusignan to appease the High Court, on the condition that she have free rein to choose her next husband after her coronation. Upon being crowned queen, Sibylla immediately announced that she chose Guy as her husband. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sib…
In 1969, a woman named Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin. Another performer had coerced into doing it. In court, she was called a victim. She was asked to sing, and the judge decided that she sounded so much like Franklin that the audience hadn’t been swindled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
Today I learned of the Chancel Repair Liability, where some property owners in England and Wales are liable to pay for any repairs to their local church. The law dates back to medieval times and was upheld in court in 2003 where a homeowner was presented with a Β£100,000 bill for repairs to a local church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The U.S. Supreme Court has only tried one criminal case in its history, a 1906 contempt of court case against a Tennessee sheriff who ignored court rulings for the rights of a black man and allowed a mob to lynch him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned of the Tongan Castaways, six boys who stole a boat and were stranded on a deserted island in 1965, staying there for 15 months before rescue. Called a real-life Lord of the Flies, the boys built a "commune" with a garden, permanent fire, gym, and badminton court. theguardian.com/books/202…
Today I learned about Loving Day, June 12th; the day that Mildred and Richard Loving finally won their case against Virginia in the US Supreme Court in 1967, legalizing interracial marriage in the US. history.com/topics/civil-…
Satan was originally depicted as a prosecutor in gods court and that satan was what his job was called academia.edu/11043379/Sat…
On 1935, French jurist Henri Donnedieu de Vabres accepted an invitation to Berlin from Hans Frank to debate the idea of an international criminal court. Ten years later, Donnedieu de Vabres tried him at Nuremberg en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Even though he received surgery to correct his nearsightedness, Horace Grant continued to wear his trademark goggles on the court during his NBA career after hearing from parents that he was a inspiration to children who wore glasses. sbnation.com/lookit/2016/…
In 1980 the US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the Sioux Nation had been deprived of rights granted in Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. The Sioux rejected the decision⁠—monetary compensation was not enough en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The reason monarchs moved their courts constantly was because they were forced to by filthy residences, as within days of a royal party settling in one palace or another, a stink would set in from poorly discarded food, animal waste, vermin from or attracted to unwashed bodies, and human waste. history.com/news/royal-pa…
That, in 2009, that largest home in Los Angeles County was Spelling Manor, a 73,500 sq ft mansion that included a swimming pool, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a beauty salon, three rooms just for wrapping gifts, and a doll museum with over 1,000 dolls on display. people.com/celebrity/go-i…
Nan Britton claimed to have had an affair with US Pres. Warren Harding and gave birth to his daughter. She was ridiculed in court when she tried to sue for child support. In 2015, Ancestry.com confirmed that Britton was telling the truth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
In 16th century France, a lawyer successfully defended a group of rats in a court of law, which accused them of eating the barley-crop of local farmers. The court put up posters in nearby towns summoning the rats to court and asked the townspeople to move their cats indoors for their safety . duhaime.org/LawMuseum/Law…
Physician-assisted suicide is a constitutionally-protected right in Canada since 2015, when a Supreme Court decision ruled that people with "grievous and irremediable medical conditions", and whose natural death is "reasonably foreseeable" or "incurable", are entitled to assisted suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eut…
Tulips have grown in the wild in Central Asia, and although tulips are commonly associated with the Netherlands, they were not introduced to the West until the 16th century, when Western diplomats to the Ottoman court observed and reported on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
In 1990, Dr. Mary-Claire King discovered the human gene BRCA1 which is linked to breast cancer. Soon after, Myriad Genetics cloned and patented it. She was sent a cease-and-desist letter to stop researching it. Finally in 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented. hopkinsmedicine.org/resea…
Harris-Stowe State College was not named after anyone named Harris Stowe, but was a merger of Harris Teachers College & Stowe Teachers College. Harris was established for white students and Stowe for black students. They merged following the Brown v Board of Education supreme court decision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Robert Bork, the SCOTUS nominee the Democrats voted down, fired the special prosecutor looking at Watergate at Nixon's request after his two predecessors refused to and resigned. He also stated a desire to roll back the civil rights decisions of the Warren and Burger courts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In the 1915 Mutual Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio decision, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that motion pictures did not have free speech protections under the First Amendment. This ruling would not be overturned until 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mut…

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