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If Great Literary Works Had Been Written by Lawyers

Legal humorist Kevin Underhill imagined a horrifying world in which the greatest works of Western literature were composed by attorneys. At the link, you can read selections from Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Hearing Before the U.S. Patent Examiner and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, or, The “Whale” (A Narrative About, But Not Necessarily Limited to, the Species Enumerated [...]

The Complicated World of Modern Baby Naming

Way back when, parents used to name their kids whatever they like and that’s the end of that. Then came the Internet, and baby naming suddenly became a bit more complicated: Fast forward to after a baby is born, and it’s becoming more [...]

Navy SEAL Team 6’s Next Target: Disney!

Osama bin Laden was one thing, but The Mouse? I think the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 is in for bruiser of a fight. You see, it has a new bigger and badder adversary: Disney and its team of lawyers. SEAL Team 6 isn’t going down without a fight.The Navy is challenging Disney’s attempt to trademark the [...]

My Awkward Attempts to Design A Hands-free Phone

For this Friday’s Museum of Possibilities, I risk ridicule by sharing my past attempts to create a hands-free phone. Working for nearly twenty years at a metropolitan newspaper, I watched reporters spend a half-hour conducting a phone interview with a telephone crammed between their upraised shoulder and neck. It was easy to see how neck [...]