Inferior Ones Melt

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on February 5, 2015

The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.

Inferior Ones Melt
“Superior Ice Sculpture Collapses”—headline, Associated Press, Feb. 3

The Lonely Lives of Scientists
“Even Cockroaches Have Different Personalities, Scientists Find”—headline, Guardian (London), Feb. 3

It’s Always in the Last Place You Look
“Woman Reports Car Stolen, Only to Find It Covered in Snow”—headline, Journal Times (Racine, Wis.), Feb. 3

Singles Night
“A Wichita Falls [Texas] man was arrested by a Wichita County Sheriff’s Office deputy Jan. 28 for refusing to leave the Wichita County Courthouse Annex while trying to pay his property tax in $1 bills,” the local paper, the Times Record News, reports:

According to the affidavit:

The deputy was at the Annex, 600 Scott Street, just after 2 p.m. when Wichita County Tax Assessor Collector Tommy Smyth asked Timothy Andrew Norris, 27, to leave the tax office. Smyth accused Norris of disrupting the operation and efficiency of the tax office by attempting to pay $600-worth of property taxes with $1 bills. The bills were said to be folded so tightly it “required tax office personnel approximately six minutes to unfold each bill.”

At least he didn’t make them count 60,000 pennies. It sounds like an obnoxious stunt, but how in the world could it take six minutes to unfold a single dollar bill? Either that’s an overstatement or the tax office [works slowly].

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