A little wit. A little wisdom. And a little whatever.

A little wit

Up in smoke…(from About Entertainment)
A CHARLOTTE, North Carolina man, having purchased a case of rare, very expensive cigars, insured them against (get this) fire! Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of fabulous cigars, and having yet to make a single premium payment on the policy, the man filed a claim against the insurance company.

cigar-tobacco-smokingIn his claim, the man stated that he had lost the cigars “in a series of small fires.” The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars in a normal fashion. The man sued — and won! In delivering his ruling, the judge stated that since the man held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that the cigars would be insured against fire, without defining what it considered to be unacceptable fire, it was obligated to compensate the insured for his loss.

Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company grudgingly accepted the judge’s ruling and paid the man $15,000 for the rare cigars he lost in the fires. After the man cashed his check, however, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of arson. With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used as evidence against him, the man was convicted of intentionally burning the rare cigars and sentenced to 24 consecutive one-year terms.

So don’t piss off your insurance company!

oscar-wildeA little wisdom

“Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” —Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900 (Read more about him.)

salem-witch-trials11A little whatever

On March 1, 1692, three young women in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony were arrested and charged with the practice of witchcraft. One of the girls, Tituba, an Indian slave, confessed to the crime (she was most likely coherced) and told village authorities that they would find many more guilty parties if they were to search for them. From June through October of that year, a special Court of Oyer and Terminer (“to hear” and “to decide”) presided over the trials of over 80 villagers. Before Governor William Phipps ordered the court dissolved and replaced, 19 innocent women and men were executed for witchcraft. The Superior Court established by the governor eventually released all of the remaining defendants and executions ceased. (Read more about the Salem Witch Trials here.)


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