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United States currency shows two signatures. Someone voted at an election by absentee or affidavit ballot, and that required that the voter sign the application or envelope. The voter decided to enclose proof of their signature. They enclosed a dollar bill, on which they had circled their official signature printed on all the dollar bills of the time. Therefore, that’s not a fee or a bribe. It was accepted at the count. (It wasn’t really necessary, since the signature was on file at the election office anyway.)

A judge does not live forever, even if colleagues wish otherwise. Courts tend not to be very reliable guides to science, but we can now report that the Ninth Circuit Federal appellate court has been informed that judges are considered dead once they have died. The Supreme Court provided the education in a per curiam opinion agreed to by eight Justices in Yovina v. Rizo, 586 U.S. ___ () (slip op.).

A T-shirt with a clothing brand’s large logo and saying it’s a trademark said the trademark is “registered in all the right places”. I don’t know the law, but that seems like legally adequate notice. The traditional way is something like, “registered in the U.S. and other countries”, but why not an amusing form if it works?

I’m no sneaker expert. I’m amazed (not entirely positively) that anyone recognizes the brand I wear when it's the only famous brand I wore (Starbury, $14.98 a pair); in other years I wear a cheap brand likely designed to look fashionable (and I don't care about fashion) (it’s a brand from shoe store chain Payless). So, when I see a sneaker on someone else’s foot and it has a big “N” logo, I think it’s Nike. I guess that drives the people at New Balance nuts, but they still use the “N” trademark, so they can hardly complain.

An orange-y drink is labeled “MUST REFRIGERATE AFTER PURCHASE” (SunnyD Tangy Original, half-gallon, drink (“CONTAINS 5% JUICE”, according to the label)). How does the drink know that it was purchased?