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Stella Awards

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Date: June 6th, 2018

Category: Nutty Facts

stellaIt’s time again for the annual ” Stella Awards”! For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald’s in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right?

That’s right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher handy.

Here are the Stella’s for this year:

  • SEVENTH PLACE

Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

  • SIXTH PLACE *

Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps.

  • FIFTH PLACE *

Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count ‘em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental Anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish

  • FOURTH PLACE *

Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th Place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

  • THIRD PLACE *

Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
*SECOND PLACE*

Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000….oh, yeah, plus dental expenses. Go figure.

  • FIRST PLACE *

This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down? $1,750,000.
PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

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Sperm

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Date: June 5th, 2018

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spermThere is enough sperm in one single man to impregnate every woman on earth.

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Mister Rogers

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Date: June 4th, 2018

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mrMister Rogers always mentioned out loud that he was feeding his fish because a young blind viewer once asked him to do so.

She wanted to know the fish were OK.

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Peanuts

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Date: June 3rd, 2018

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peanutsPeanuts is an indelible part of American culture. By 1999, Charles Schulz’s comic strip about a pensive boy named Charlie Brown and his friends was running in 2600 newspapers in 75 countries, and it’s still in plenty of papers today, though its creator is no longer around.

Charlie Brown first appeared as a character in a comic strip called Li’l Folks, but when Schulz approached the United Feature Syndicate about a publishing deal in 1950, the syndication service thought the name was too close to two other comics it ran at the time, and changed it to Peanuts.

Schulz never liked the new moniker; he thought it “made it sound too insignificant.”

When asked about the hardest character trait to ink, Paige Braddock, the creative director of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, admitted that Charlie Brown’s noggin is the most complicated piece to pull off. “It is nearly impossible to get right when you first start working with the characters, and if it is off in the least, it really stands out,” she says in The Art and Making of the Peanuts Movie.

Even the U.S. Postal Service loves A Charlie Brown Christmas. To mark the 65th anniversary of the comic and the 50th anniversary of the television special, the USPS is releasing Forever stamps with images like Snoopy ice skating, Linus kneeling with the Christmas tree, and Charlie Brown checking the mail for a Christmas card. The Peanuts gang also got a commemorative stamp from the USPS in 2001.

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Jumbo Jet

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Date: June 2nd, 2018

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jumboThere is enough fuel in full jumbo jet tank to drive an average car four times around the world.

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Why Gambling Led To The Invention Of The Sandwich

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Date: May 31st, 2018

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johnJohn Montagu was a fervent gambler and player of cards.

During particularly long games, the Earl didn’t like to break for food, but obviously, still wanted to eat.

Thus, he thought up a “food of convenience” which would sustain him throughout long gambling games, and be mobile enough to bring to him throughout.

Thus, the sandwich was born.

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San Francisco cable cars

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Date: May 30th, 2018

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sanSan Francisco cable cars are the only National Monuments that can move.

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Atari buried unsold video games in the desert

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Date: May 2nd, 2017

atariOver the years, the Atari video game burial had becoming something of an urban legend.

Atari went out into the New Mexico desert and buried all its unsold E.T. video games (one of the biggest flops in the history of gaming).

Well, in 2014, the government of New Mexico went out into the desert to figure out the truth…and they found the video games.

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Tokyo grows on its own trash

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Date: February 19th, 2017

trashOn a windswept island in the middle of Tokyo Bay, a small mountain rises above the waves.

A few seagulls and crows swoop above the brown reeds as Mount Fuji looms over the horizon.

The island seems pastoral enough, but it’s totally fake and made out of garbage.

The New Sea Surface Disposal Site is the final resting place for trash churned out by Tokyo’s 23 wards.  More

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Ivory Soap That Sank

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Date: December 26th, 2016

ivoryFor over 100 years, Procter & Gamble has marketed Ivory Soap with the slogan, “It floats.”

According to legend, the discovery of how to make the soap float (and that consumers would find this desirable) was an accident.

Supposedly a workman left the soap mixing machine on for an extra half hour, thereby mixing more air into a batch, making the resulting bars buoyant.

But in 2004 evidence was unearthed indicating that the discovery wasn’t actually accidental.

However, over the years there have been a few cases reported of rogue bars of Ivory Soap that refused to float.  More

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Lt. Col. Oliver North – 1987. We should have listened.

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Date: July 27th, 2016

northIt was 1987! At a lecture the other day they were playing an old news video of Lt. Col. Oliver North testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings during the Reagan Administration. There was Ollie in front of God and country getting the third degree, but what he said was stunning!

He was being drilled by a senator, “did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security system?”

Ollie replied, “yes Sir, I did”.

The senator continued, trying to get a laugh out of the audience,

“Isn’t that just a little excessive?”  More

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The Curse of the Goddess Pele

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Date: December 29th, 2015

peleHawaii – Potential visitors are warned about it in all the guidebooks and tourist materials. Anyone who takes Pele’s natural treasures home will suffer her wrath in the form of a curse, a fate that involves a lot of bad luck.

And the curse seems to work. The Hawaiian post office regularly receives packages containing stolen treasures. From stones and rocks to sticks and shells, countless tourists mail their stolen souvenirs back.

Some include letters to Pele herself. Others detail the bad luck their theft has brought them. Packages and letters attribute death, depression, illness, and—bizarrely—the “bad luck” of winning a lottery that wasn’t as big as they’d hoped. It’s all thanks to Pele’s bad luck curse.

Some proclaim to not even believe in the curse or to have suffered bad luck at all . . . but they think the theft is nevertheless standing in the way of their good luck.

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Galveston residents considered the island and their homes entirely safe because of crime family

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Date: September 12th, 2015

balineseGalveston, Texas - Rosario Maceo (Sr.), also known as Papa Rose or Rose Maceo, was a Sicilian immigrant and organized crime boss in Galveston, Texas.

Because of his efforts and those of his brother Sam, Galveston Island became a nationally known resort town during the early and mid 20th century, during a period known as Galveston’s Wide-Open Era.

They owned various restaurant and casino venues including the now-vanished Hollywood Dinner Club and the Balinese Room (picture).

He became an Al Capone-like figure in the city. Sometimes known as the “Iron Glove,” Maceo was the enforcer and head of operations for the business empire he and his brother formed. (Continued at Strange Facts)

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Roselle the guide dog – hero of 911

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Date: September 11th, 2015

roselleRoselle was born in San Rafael, California, on March 12, 1998, at the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Roselle and her owner, Michael Hingson, first met on November 22, 1999. She was Hingson’s fifth guide dog.

Roselle was asleep under her owner’s desk on the 78th floor in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center when the attack commenced. She was awaken

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ed by the plane impacting some fifteen floors above them.

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THE SUPERMAN CURSE

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Date: September 6th, 2015

supermanFrom Strange Facts: Since the early days of Superman, a great many people involved with the legendary superhero have suffered some misfortune or catastrophe.

This catalog of woe simply cannot all be written off as mere coincidence.

George Reeves was one of the first actors to portray Superman in the 1950s television show The Adventures of Superman.

He played the title role for 6 years. When he was only 45, Reeves suffered a fatal gunshot wound that was officially ruled as self-inflicted, but many believe that it wasn’t.  More

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