Sunday, March 25, 2007

This joke is a hoot (but also sad b/c it's true)

Good joke: Zero Tolerance: Then and Now

Do you know about Randy Cassingham? He publishes a weekly e-newsletter called This is True with true outrageous stories he culls from the press & Internet. Subscriptions to This is True are free at . Try it out -- he does not sell his mailing list, so you are safe to use your regular email address. Anyway, one of his big beefs is Zero Tolerance, which is esp. evident in the educational sector. So the joke above (from his Jumbo Joke site, [], which consist mostly of funny true stories, not actual jokes) hits the nail on the head rather painfully...

Randy also publishes a free monthly newsletter called The True Stella Awards, about outrageous lawsuits. The Stella Awards were inspired by Stella Liebeck. In 1992, Stella, then 79, spilled a cup of McDonald's coffee onto her lap, burning herself. A New Mexico jury awarded her $2.9 million in damages, but that's not the whole story. [See for the truth.] Ever since, the name "Stella Award" has been applied to any wild, outrageous, or ridiculous lawsuits -- including bogus cases! He searches for true cases, and you can subscribe by e-mail for free to get the case reports as they're issued. []

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