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August 29th, 2004, 12:54 AM #1
This one just made me laugh:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>In San Francisco, an attorney representing a client whose car was involved in an accident with a government vehicle, directed a series of canned interrogatories to the defendant, the United States of America. The results:
Q. State all names by which you have been known.
A. United States of America: as a portion thereof Confederate States of America ... various portions have been known as Louisiana, Quebec, Mexico, and the Oregon Territory.
Q. Place of your birth, your residence, and occupation.
A. Philadelphia, PA, July 4, 1776. Defendant resides on the North American continent between Mexico and Canada, as well as in the extreme portion of said continent known as Alaska. Defendant resides as well in Hawaii and in certain insular areas. Occupation is that of a nation.
Q. State Social Security number, height, weight, and color of hair, and eyes.
A. Defendant's height is that of Mount McKinley and weight so substantial as to defeat calculation. Defendant lacks Social Security number, hair, and eyes.
The plaintiff's attorney complained that Asst. U.S. Attorney Peter Shackter should "seek a more appropriate form for his humorous pretentions" and should provide responsive answers "if [Shackter] has purged himself of his penchant for playing games on government time." In response, Shackter relied upon the standard "foolish questions, foolish answer" defense. (Austin American Statesman 1972) (courtesy of Frank Elliott of Dallas and Baker, Mills). <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
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