The 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of All Time

And these are only the tip of the iceberg:

If you can’t sue the system, sue yourself. 1995, Robert Lee Brock sued himself for $5 million. He claimed that he had violated his own civil rights and religious beliefs by allowing himself to get drunk and commit crimes which landed him in the Indian Creek Correctional Center in Virginia, serving a 23 year sentence for grand larceny and breaking and entering. What could he possibly have to gain by suing himself? Since being in prison prevented him from having an income, he expected the state to pay. This case was thrown out.

Replica Time Bandits Map

I have always wanted a copy of the map from Time Bandits. I recently decided to create my own replica of this exquisite prop.

I have studied the film and every printed reference source I could find to create this replica and it is very accurate to the screen-used map. It has been drawn completely in Photoshop with the goal to create a replica that looks hand-drawn. The file is enormous containing 188 layers with a file size of 1.72 GB. This level of fine detail is replicated using the highest quality printer available.

(via SF Signal)

Single Guy Outsources to Find Dates

Not from The Onion:

He started with a job description for a personal assistant to manage his dating life. He posted it on Elance, a Web site that connects freelancers with jobs.

It was all about eyeballs hunting for Ms. More-or-Less Right. And fingers e-mailing sweet nothings. A numbers game, he figured.

“With online dating, every reasonably attractive, smart girl gets a million e-mails,” he says. Terrible odds. “If male programmers were my ideal match, I’d be set.”

Ferriss lined up a half dozen teams in India, the Philippines, Jamaica and the United States.

He gave the contractors his profile and an idea of what sort of woman he was interested in (early-to-mid 20s, college grad, slender or athletic, non-smoker, no kids).

He told the teams he was looking for quick “coffee dates” at joints along Lincoln Avenue. And he told them to handle all the pre-date correspondence (introduction, follow-up questions, requests for pictures).

He suggested the contractors say they were working on his behalf. And he urged them to be creative.

There were some problems.

An Indian team dropped out explaining they didn’t really get the whole Western-style dating thing.

“In some culture groups in India,” Ferriss says, “it’s just not really done.”