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Why Didn’t Tolkien Win the Nobel Prize?

I’m not a fan of The Lord of the Rings, but I have wondered how such a monumentally influential author was overlooked for a Nobel Prize in literature. C.S. Lewis nominated J.R.R. Tolkien in 1961. The governing committee considered him, but ultimately awarded the prize to the Yugoslavian writer Ivo Andri?. Why? Recently declassified documents [...]

How Abraham Lincoln Argued a Murder Trial

This week we’re running a series of posts by Matt Soniak about Abraham Lincoln’s foray into forensic meteorology. If you missed the first or second installments of the series, check them out. May 3, 1858. Cass County, Illinois. The Circuit Court of Cass County convened on Monday May 3rd, 1858, to begin Armstrong’s trial. Abraham Lincoln [...]

Cat Summoned for Jury Duty, Not Excused for Being a Cat

Boy, it’s hard to get a good jury these days. Everyone wants out of jury duty – so what’s a court to do? Why not call a cat to sit on a jury? Here’s what happened: Boston resident Sal Esposito has been called to jury duty, but there’s one thing standing in the way of his ability [...]

Jury Doodles

Chris Roth served on a jury for a civil case that lasted for seven days. The case was interesting (involving a stripper), but seven days in a jury box is still a long time. Jurors were given notebooks to jot down important things, so Roth drew pictures. Lots of them, which you can see at [...]

Cat Called for Jury Duty

Sal Esposito of East Boston has been summoned for jury duty. He just might be excused for being a cat, but so far he is expected to serve. Sal’s owners Guy and Anna Esposito think his name may have been pulled from census records, where he was listed as a pet. Anna filed for Sal’s disqualification [...]