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More Weird Cases

Author : Gary Slapper
ISBN : 0854901000
Genre : Courts
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The first book in this series, Weird Cases, was published in 2009 and contained cases which had been dealt with by the courts in the previous two years. The parade of extraordinary human disputes and irregularities that are heard in law courts has, however, run on unabated since then. More Weird Cases provides a further instalment of extraordinary cases from around the world that have featured in the author’s popular column in The Times Online. The cases featured in More Weird Cases are those that truly stand out as odd, even among all the unusual dramas that challenge the courts: the case of the man caught with a substantial quantity of marijuana who said in his defence that he only possessed the drug for the purposes of de-worming his ducks; a case where the court authorities didn’t accept that ‘being a cat’ was a proper excuse not to serve on a jury; and one where a man was granted a divorce because his wife thought about having sex with another man. This book is a highly entertaining read for anyone who enjoys reading about the more bizarre aspects of human life that fetch up in the law courts at the beginning of the 21st century.

The Case Of The Weird Sisters

Author : Charlotte Armstrong
ISBN : 9789049985714
Genre : Fiction
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Three old crones plan a deadly accident for their wealthy half-brother Alice Brennan is going to marry a millionaire. She has caught the eye of her boss, Innes Whitlock, but before they can tie the knot she must meet his sisters: three women who are so awful that no amount of money is worth enduring their company. One is blind, one is deaf, one is missing an arm, and they all want their brother dead. The accidents begin as soon as Alice and Innes arrive at the sisters’ creaky old Michigan country house. A lamp falls from the ceiling, narrowly missing Innes’s head. When he goes for a drive, a detour sign disappears, sending him off the road and nearly killing him. Before the sisters can finish the job, Alice contacts her old history professor, MacDougal Duff, who makes his living solving murders. He is the only one who can save Alice’s millionaire from his murderous family.

Further Weird Cases

Author : Gary Slapper
ISBN : 0854901345
Genre : Courts
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This book, the third in a series, provides another instalment of extraordinary cases from around the world. Based on the author’s popular Times Online column, Further Weird Cases draws on cases and stories from many countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Japan, Romania, and China and contains a great variety of shockingly strange. funny, and entertaining courtroom dramas.The cases featured in Further Weird Cases are those that truly stand out as odd, even among all the unusual dramas that challenge the courts: a man from Florida who had his hand bitten off by an alligator and was then convicted of “illegally feeding an alligator”; a man imprisoned for 50 years for stealing a packet of pork ribs; two men in Italy who broke the law by dying in a place where it was illegal to die; the case in Scotland that collapsed when a dog due to give evidence died before the trial; a case in Brazil in which an election candidate had tried to gain votes by including a free sample of cocaine with each election leaflet; a case determining whether it is theft for a shopper to go to the ‘free sample’ counter of meat in a supermarket, fill two bags with the samples, and exit; and what happened to the defendant who urinated in the judge’s waste paper bin. These further weird cases are organised in themed chapters related to topics such as sex and love, food and drink, unusual punishments, pets and animals, and driving.This book is highly entertaining for anyone who enjoys reading about the more bizarre aspects of human life that fetch up in the law courts at the beginning of the 21st century.

Bizarre Takings Cases In The United States And Australia

Author : Silas Flint
ISBN : 9781310804076
Genre : Law
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A dispute about who owns garbage? A court case over who gets to operate San Quentin Prison? A fight regarding use of a church pew? Bizarre as these examples sound, each was a real court case in either the United States or Australia, in which the government took private property. In clear, simple language this volume presents some of the quirkier "takings" cases in the history of the law, which have often left everyone scratching their heads in bewilderment.

The Strange Case Of The Walking Corpse

Author : Nancy Butcher
ISBN : 9781101497333
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Did you know that bananas can cure warts; chewing on raw ginger can relieve nausea; sniffing vanilla can help suppress your appetite; or that raw potato can soothe a burn? Healing is full of curious remedies-some based on time-honored folklore, others straight from the medical journals. Nancy Butcher has gathered together some of the most unusual natural cures that have been proven effective today, and even throws in some unbelievable and-thankfully-abandoned therapies from times past. Filled with case histories of unique illnesses, historic documentation of strange medical practices, and the author's own insightful commentary, this book explains not only how to cure headaches, sleep better, and improve your sex life, but also that people with Cotard's syndrome actually believe they are dead.

Weird Pennsylvania

Author : Matt Lake
ISBN : 1402766866
Genre : Travel
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Praise for Weird Pennsylvania: "Fun, amazing, and arrestingly illustrated.” --Booklist "...a real fine read and can serve as a travel guide for a trek among the unusual, odd and scary parts of our "weird” state.” --Pennsylvania Magazine

Weird Ir

Author : David Bell Mislan
ISBN : 9783319755564
Genre : Political Science
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​The scholarly study of international relations tends to go over the same cases, issues, and themes. This book addresses this by challenging readers to think creatively about international politics. It highlights some of the strangest and rarest phenomena in diplomacy and world politics. Comprised of a series of vignettes and organized by common themes like nonsensical borders, quasi-countries, and diplomatic taboos, Weird IR encourages readers to think critically about the discipline without losing one's sense of humor completely.

Wacky Laws Weird Decisions Strange Statutes

Author : Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts
ISBN : 1402716702
Genre : Humor
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Presents a collection of silly laws, ridiculous court decisions, and strange government statutes that in many cases are still on the books.

Weird Realism

Author : Graham Harman
ISBN : 9781780999074
Genre : Philosophy
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As Hölderlin was to Martin Heidegger and Mallarmé to Jacques Derrida, so is H.P. Lovecraft to the Speculative Realist philosophers. Lovecraft was one of the brightest stars of the horror and science fiction magazines, but died in poverty and relative obscurity in the 1930s. In 2005 he was finally elevated from pulp status to the classical literary canon with the release of a Library of America volume dedicated to his work. The impact of Lovecraft on philosophy has been building for more than a decade. Initially championed by shadowy guru Nick Land at Warwick during the 1990s, he was later discovered to be an object of private fascination for all four original members of the twenty-first century Speculative Realist movement. In this book, Graham Harman extracts the basic philosophical concepts underlying the work of Lovecraft, yielding a weird realism capable of freeing continental philosophy from its current soul-crushing impasse. Abandoning pious references by Heidegger to Hölderlin and the Greeks, Harman develops a new philosophical mythology centered in such Lovecraftian figures as Cthulhu, Wilbur Whately, and the rat-like monstrosity Brown Jenkin. The Miskatonic River replaces the Rhine and the Ister, while Hölderlin's Caucasus gives way to Lovecraft's Antarctic mountains of madness.

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Second Edition

Author : Robert Louis Stevenson
ISBN : 1551116553
Genre : Fiction
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First published in 1886 as a "shilling shocker," Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde takes the basic struggle between good and evil and adds to the mix bourgeois respectability, urban violence, and class conflict. The result is a tale that has taken on the force of myth in the popular imagination. This Broadview edition provides a fascinating selection of contextual material, including contemporary reviews of the novel, Stevenson's essay "A Chapter on Dreams," and excerpts from the 1887 stage version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Also included are historical documents on criminality and degeneracy, the "Jack the Ripper" murders, and London in the 1880s. New to this second edition are an updated critical introduction and, in the appendices, writings on Victorian psychology by Thomas Carlyle, Richard Krafft-Ebing, and Henry Maudsley, among others.

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