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United States currency shows two signatures. Someone voted at an election by absentee or affidavit ballot (probably absentee), 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 noted as signature evidence at the count. (It wasn’t really necessary, since the signature was likely 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.

I love libraries. I used public libraries a lot before Web searching was viable for many purposes. I used to wish that I’d discover an ancient law requiring every library to have an apartment for rent inside the library and I’d walk in with my two shillings. Years later, I met someone who, as a child, had played with children from a family that lived in a library, the family of a live-in maintenance worker. The library may still have had that apartment when I was wishing for it, although ignored or repurposed and, at some point in time, removed during library renovations. I’m told that all the libraries in two library systems had those apartments that were disappearing during branch-by-branch renovations. Nowadays, one of those library systems I think requires its maintenance workers for smaller branches to drive from branch to branch. So, no, I never got to live among books by the hundreds of thousands.

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?

“You didn’t read the terms.” Yes, I did, and the terms didn’t say anything about the situation. Then she backed off and worked on the problem for me. I guess the customer service staff was told to first say that to everyone who complained about something. It probably works; most people don’t read the terms.

A lawyer informs a court that the military is not complying with the court’s order. The judge orders a 10-minute adjournment and tells the lawyer to call the Army and, according to the lawyer later, “[t]ell the Army: If it wants a war, it shall have one.” I gather the lawyer persuaded the Army to comply.