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Tue, 5 Aug 1997 17:08:58 -0700

"The Sixth Sense - The Sense of Humor"

Gotta tell this one. Only in America:

A North Carolina man, having bought several expensive cigars,
insured them against... get this... fire. After he had smoked them,
he then decided that he had a claim against the insurance company
and filed. The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious
reason that the man had consumed the cigar normally. The man sued.
The judge stated that since the company had insured the cigars
against fire, they were obligated to pay. After the man accepted
payment for his claim, the insurance company then had the man
arrested . . . for arson.

"The Recovery Channel, a start-up cable venture, will feature drug
addicts, alcoholics, and overeaters 24 hours a day. It is the logical
terminus for a culture in love with its own dysfunction."

- source unknown