Fresh From the Press – Exotic Lizards are Now Invading Florida!

| February 26, 2014

Exotic 4-Foot Lizards are now invading Florida according to a blog post from  Paul Shin via the  ABC news blog post from today, February 26th 2014 at 6:00 am. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has confirmed more than 100 sightings of the Tegu lizard throughout Hillsborough County Exotic lizards” They are from South [...]

Here is How a Court Dealt with a Statute that Included 307 Words and a Mere One Period!

| February 25, 2014

The court ended up citing to the Spartans Battle at the Thermopylae! From your history class you may recall that the Spartan army went into battle totally silent, which really freaked out their opponents.  In State v. Willan, 136 Ohio St.3d 222 (2013)   Chief Justice Pfeifer’s dissent reads: “If a statute consists of “24 [...]

Medieval treasures

| November 9, 2012

Title 12 of the United States Code outlines the role of Banks and Banking in the United States Code. Federal Regulations governing banks and banking are located in Title 12 of the CFR. Do you still treasure your piggy bank? Have you ever wondered why are piggy banks called piggy banks? What is the history [...]

Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress

| July 12, 2012

Did you ever think you would be grateful for a cool wave where the temperature was 90 degrees?  It is very hot outside these days with record highs in the triple digits.You are most likely familiar with the saying: “It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.” Is it possible to fry [...]

If you bought Reebok EasyTone or RunTone Shoes or Apparel you may be eligible for a refund

| October 14, 2011

Advertisers may want to consider evaluating their claims for work-out gear and exercise equipment more closely.  If their claims are not supported by sound science, they may be liable as concluded by the recent Reebok settlement. Reebok advertised that walking in its EasyTone shoes and running in its RunTone running shoes would strengthen and tone [...]

A Pirate’s Life For Me

| September 19, 2011

Shiver me timbers!  It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Capt. Jack Sparrow makes a pirate’s life look fun, but most pirates were not as lucky as him.  If caught, most pirates were hung immediately.  Usually only the most notorious ones were captured and brought to trial.  For a historical look at piracy and the [...]

Is everything you need to know in the case? Sometimes you have to wonder.

| September 16, 2011

How about how to lose weight?  Judge Denny Chin commented once in a footnote, “The Court notes that it has had success with its own, much simpler diet, which can be described in four words: ‘Run more, eat less.’”   Gorran v. Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., 464 F. Supp.2d 315, 319 (S.D. N.Y. 2006) Maybe it is [...]

“The Social Network” Epilogue

| April 12, 2011

The 9th Circuit upholds earlier settlement in Facebook Inc. v. Divya Narendra, docket 08-16745.  See

Tweet the Bill of Rights?

| December 7, 2010

The U.S. National Archives is holding a Bill of Rights (that great document that contains the first ten amendments to the Constitution) Twitter Contest. Between now and December 15–the 219th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights–The National Archives asks for contest entries that condense each of those amendments into separate bite-sized tweets. [...]

What Do Astronauts Like to Read?

| November 30, 2010

No, it’s not the start of a joke.  What do astronauts do in their downtime while floating miles above the earth?  The International Space Station Media List as of 2008 gives us a glimpse into what’s available for the astronauts to watch or read during their space time – Sealab 2021, The Right Stuff, and [...]

Wacky Weather

| November 8, 2010

Hurricanes in Haiti, snow in New York City, and warm weather in St. Louis? Keenly aware of the public’s interest in weather and weather related facts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put together a few reports for the public.  One of the more interesting reports is The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United [...]

Friday Matinee: Duck and Cover!

| October 22, 2010

Get your popcorn ready and grab a snack! Today’s film is an oldie but a goodie: Duck and Cover! Produced and distributed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration, this film was shown to school children throughout the Cold War.  It’s advice is simple – when you see the flash from a nuclear explosion, duck under [...]

Work/Life Balance – “Check Out” the University’s DVD Collection

| October 1, 2010

Need a study break?  Nothing good on TV? You can borrow DVDs from the Law Library and other campus libraries free of charge.  Check out your options at

Today is Constitution Day

| September 17, 2010

Take a few minutes to celebrate View a “Video Short” from the National Archives. “Acting Chief of Reference at the National Archives Trevor Plante … takes viewers inside the National Archives vaults to see some of his favorite rarely-displayed documents.” Which of our nation’s founders are you most like? Take a quiz to find out. [...]

When in the Course of human events…

| September 3, 2010

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the [...]

Yale’s Rare Book Collection ….

| July 28, 2010

If you missed this article in the March 17 New York Times , I’ll bet you can’t guess what Yale Law Library is now collecting for its renown rare book room. In fact they are now the official depository for such materials.  Give up?  Bobbleheads of Supreme Court justices.  Read all about it:

Start your day off with a smile

| July 19, 2010

Check this video out … The Chronicle ‘renamed’  the video,  “Anything is possible when you’re in the library.”  It’s good:   New Spice I Study like a scholar, scholar

Thursday Matinee: U.S. Anarctica Expedition 1939-1941

| June 24, 2010

On such a hot day, one wonders what it would be like to be in Antarctica.  Don’t have enough time to take a trip to the bottom of the world?  Take a few minutes and enjoy Antarctica as it was in 1939. This is a color film of Admiral Byrd’s Second Antarctica Expedition taken during [...]

Hey! I Think I Can See My Vuvuzuela!

| June 18, 2010

If you’ve caught World Cup fever, take a few minutes to see what your team’s country looks like from outer space.  NASA has put together an interesting and beautiful collection of photos of the countries participating in the World Cup. It’s a Flickr show, so no pesky downloads are needed for photo viewing.

Friday Matinee

| May 28, 2010

Lights!  Cameras!  Action!  Memorial Day Weekend is the start of the blockbuster summer movie season.  Let’s kick off the season with a few gems from the film archives of the federal government. Winged Scourge.  This 1943 info-tainment film, made by Walt Disney, demonstrates the latest methods in mosquito prevention showing the Seven Dwarfs implementing various [...]

It’s Friday

| May 21, 2010

For your amusement from the website Overheard in Court: Somewhat appropriate for today Same objection, different name… Brand new attorney and a judge with a sense of humor. ATTORNEY: Objection, Judge! He is beating a dead horse! JUDGE: Is that your legal objection? ATTORNEY: Yes, Judge JUDGE: I don’t see that as a legal objection. [...]

Friday Fun

| May 14, 2010

from May 14, 2010 Friday Fun: Printing from the iPad (and Other iPad Functionalities) Hat tip to PC World’s JR Raphael who writes in The Apple iPad Printing Secret, “The good folks at The Form Group, an Ohio-based visual design firm, have come up with a fantastic workaround that lets you print directly from [...]