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The Oregon DMV has asked a family to return their vanity license plates as they might be offensive. The plates UDINK1, UDINK2, and UDINK3 must be surrendered, much to the displeasure of Mike Udink and his family. - The Week Magazine, 10/5/07

Antonia Novello was the Surgeon General of the United States from 1990 to 1993. She was instrumental in bringing sanctions against tobacco companies. Her brother-in-law, Don Novello, was better known as the chain smoking Father Guido Sarducci on Saturday Night Live. - Discover Magazine, 10/07

Chicago police officer Thaddeus Martyka chased down a fleeing suspect. Martyka was riding a Segway, and had to push the Segway's speed up to the maximum 12.5 mph to apprehend the suspect. - Chicago Tribune, 9/3/07

United States Soldiers are now firing 1 billion bullets per year. This is causing a bullet shortage which affects police departments across the nation. - The Week Magazine, 9/7/07

The EZ Pass electronic toll-collection system is being used by divorce lawyers to prove that cheating spouses lied about their whereabouts. - USAToday, 8/10/07

A $400,000 US Department of Agriculture subsidy was paid to a single Illinois soybean and corn farm from 1999 to 2005. The farm owner had died in 1995. The total amount of federal farm subsidies paid to the estates of dead farmers in that same time period was over $1.1 billion. - Time Magazine, 8/6/07

Delcambre, Louisiana has passed a new law banning the wearing of extremely baggy pants. - The Week Magazine, 7/13/07

The Pentagon seriously considered developing a "gay bomb" which would leave enemies "helpless" as soldiers would be irresistibly attracted to one another. - Daily Telegraph, 6/15/07

Due to a shortage of cemetery space, the British government has announced that the dead will have to start sharing graves. - The Week Magazine, 6/15/07

Baltimore, Maryland county detectives performed a body cavity (including between the buttocks) search of a drug offender in the middle of a Baltimore car wash, right in front of the employees and patrons. - Baltimore Sun, 6/5/07

New Hampshire is the only state in the union that does not require adults to use seat belts while driving. A measure to make seat belt usage mandatory failed in the state legislature in early June 2007. - The Week Magazine, 6/15/07

There is a resolution in the Illinois state senate to make April 1 "Cheap Trick Day" to honor the rock band Cheap Trick. - Associated Press, 6/19/07

Authorities in Minnesota are defending their decision not to issue a gun permit to Carey McWilliams. McWilliams is blind. - Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 5/15/07

United States taxpayers now have a total debt of over $59,000,000,000,000 - which works out to be $516,000 per U.S. household. - USA Today, 5/29/07

According to official transcripts, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has spoken only 281 words since October 2004. - Detroit Free Press, 5/20/07

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine was recently badly injured in an auto accident in which his SUV was racing through traffic at 91 miles per hour. "I hope the state will forgive me, and I'll work very hard to set the right kind of example," Corzine said. Reporters then clocked the SUV taking him home from the hospital at 70 miles per hour, 15 mph over the posted speed limit. - The Week Magazine, 5/11/07

April 2007's Montana Drought Advisory Committee meeting was cancelled due to snow and rain. - The Week Magazine, 5/4/07

Fitchburg, Wisconsin Mayor Tom Clauder was so upset when he saw a woman pull one of his campaign signs out of the ground near City Hall on election day that he chased the woman's car in his pickup truck. The woman was his opponent's wife. - Associated Press, 4/4/07

Missouri City, Missouri candidate for City Council Joe Selle was running unopposed, but didn't get any votes at all - not even one from himself. Selle himself forgot it was election day and forgot to vote. There were no votes cast in this election. - Associated Press, 4/5/07
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