What is the purpose of the ridges on the edges of coins? Without ridges, it is possible to scrape some shavings of metal off coins without being obvious. In the days when coins were made of silver or gold, a person could otherwise have made a good but illegal living from shaving coins and selling the precious metal.
Prisoners in Texas may have face-lifts, liposuction, any kind of plastic surgery they want at taxpayers expense.
One of the ways the US Federal Reserve detects counterfeits is to check the iron content of the ink.
The United States Secret Service was originated in 1865 to combat counterfeit money. There was a time when as much as one third of all the money in America was counterfeit. Some Americans are still at it. Currently, a quarter-million dollars in new counterfeit money appears daily.
Some countries have passed laws that restrict the popping of champagne corks. The wine bottles sold in those countries must have tethers that keep the cork from flying across the room. In the United States, there are several law suits every year initiated by people injured from champagne corks.
After reading the books that interested him, Hippocrates (for whom the Hippocratic oath of medicine is named) supposedly burned down a library, so that his competitors would not have access to the same information.
At a wedding in Los Angeles a woman legally married a rock.
Approximately 66 percent of convicted criminals end up back in prison again after release. In San Quentin prison, they teach some of the prisoners computer programming. less than 6 percent of these prisoners return to prison.
At a school that had suffered much damage by a vandal who used spray paint: A boy carrying spray paint while walking across the roof late at night, fell through a skylight into the gymnasium and was paralyzed. He sued the school district (taxpayers) for his injuries and won!
Every day, 200 teachers are physically attacked by their students.