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Police Install Cameras to Watch Cameras

Photo: Ari Ashe/WTOP The police in Prince George’s County, Maryland, are tired of people vandalizing its speed cameras, so they’ve decided to do something about it: they’re installing cameras to watch those cameras! So, can [...]

Woman Calls 911 to Complain about the Quality of Her Mug Shot from a Previous Arrest

Not everyone is photogenic, but few people do anything about it. According to police, a woman in Barrow County, Georgia called 911 when she saw her mug shot in the local newspaper. It was not up to snuff: Calling 911 to complain, however, might not have been the smartest move. Fowler, 45, was arrested Sunday and [...]

Man Exposes Himself at Association for the Blind

We’ve posted a lot of stories about crimes that didn’t turn out as the perpetrators expected, you know, dumb criminal stories. This one, however, takes “defeating the purpose” to another level -that of mopery. A man exposed himself to a woman inside the Bucks County Association for the Blind. Newtown Township police said the incident occurred about [...]

Why Do Virginia Bureaucrats Hate Treehouses?

Do you love treehouses? Of course, you do. Who doesn’t like treehouses, especially one as great as this one by Mark Grapin of Falls Church, Virginia. Well, actually, the county officials don’t: First, Grapin checked with the county’s building department. [...]

Will the Real Nucky Thompson Please Stand Up?

If imitation is really the sincerest form of flattery, Nucky Johnson should be pleased as punch. If he hadn’t died 43 years ago, I mean. That’s right – Nucky Johnson. The carnation-wearing county sheriff-turned-treasurer was the real-life inspiration for the character Steve Buscemi plays on Boardwalk Empire. In 1908, 25-year-old Nucky Johnson took over the sheriff [...]

The Final Journey Home

Larry Marten wanted to build a coffin for his father as one last gift. Making the finely-crafted coffin, complete with parts saved from his father’s life, was easy compared to negotiating the bureaucracy involved in burying the dead. He was required to get a permit from the county to transport his father. The woman at the [...]

An Interactive Map of Where Americans are Moving

Forbes presents an interactive county map of the United States that shows where people are moving. Just click on a county to view where new arrivals came from or people are going to. You can also select from nine major metropolitan areas. Link via Glenn Reynolds

The 20 Longest Pages on Wikipedia

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, according to Wikipedia, #830 in the Line of succession to the British throne. Back in July, our own Will Treece pointed to the then-longest Wikipedia article: Licensed and localized editions of Monopoly. However, since then, the Monopoly page has been broken up into a series of shorter pages. I [...]

Solution to Stolen Street Signs: Give Streets Boring Names

McIntosh County, Georgia is spending $17,000 a year replacing about 550 street signs that are repeatedly stolen. So County Commissioner Mark Douglas proposes that the county government give streets boring names to discourage this activity: He says signs marking Green Acres, Boone’s Farm and Mary Jane Lane are frequently stolen. He suspects the thieves are targeting those [...]

Spots Where the Spotted Were Spotted

Here are two maps of the state of Kansas. Each map is filled with spots. In figure 1, each spot marks a county in which the spotted sandpiper has been spotted. In figure 4, each spot marks a county in which the spotted towhee has been spotted. Both maps were prepared by the Kansas County Checklist Project. Their [...]