Flimsy Sanity: A couple true stories pilfered from somewhere

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

A couple true stories pilfered from somewhere

In 1978, several firemen came to the house of an elderly lady to
rescue her cat from a tree. They succeeded and the woman
invited many of them in for tea. After the impromptu get-
together, the firemen left, running over the cat and killing it.
In 1972, Derek Langborne lit a fire in his fireplace. He then
went outside to fill his log bucket. When he returned, he
noticed a flaming log had just rolled out of the fireplace. He
carefully picked it up (it wasn't all flaming) and took it
outside. He unwittingly brushed it against a curtain on the way
out. He deposited the log on his driveway and returned to find
his curtains and door on fire. While calling the Fire Station,
he noticed that the log in the driveway had set fire to his car.
He completed the call, and ran out to douse the car with a
bucket of water. On the way, he tripped over a gas container
and set himself on fire. Mr. Langborne survived with minor
injuries and his house was saved.
In a recent rape trial, the victim was asked to repeat what the
attacker had said to her just before the attack. The language
was coarse and the implications where crude, so she wrote the
statement down due to her embarassment. The paper was passed to
the jury to examine as evidence. One of the jurors had fallen
asleep. The juror beside him, a beautiful young blonde woman,
nudged him awake, and handed him the paper. He looked at it,
smiled and winked at her, and put the paper in his pocket. When
the judge asked for the paper back, he said it was a "personal
In February 1970, a swiss pornograher was taken to court for not
being pornographic enough. His "sexually erotic books"
contained mainly pictures of plants and furniture. He was sued
by many irate customers and given ten months probation by the


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