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Learn Something New Every Day: The Bum Steer Edition

Learn Something New Every Day: The Bum Steer Edition

One of the year-end highlights of Texas media is the annual “Bum Steer Awards” in Texas Monthly. The magazine lists a series of notably bizarre moments in Texas over 2005. Here’s my unscientific list of the most interesting 7:

1. “The Judson School District fired a substitute teacher after her camera phone, containing pictures of her having sex, was passed around her high school classroom.”

2. “The manager of a Long John Silver’s franchise in Conroe was arrested on felony drug charges after he packed marijuana in to-go boxes and sold them in the restaurant’s parking lot.”

3. “A Dallas woman was arrested for passing through area tollbooths 2,953 times without paying, running up a total bill, including administrative fees, of $76,039.”

4. “Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight appeared on Lubbock television to endorse Sergeant’s anti-flea pet products.”

5. “A column in the Dallas Morning News mistakenly referred to Dallas grande dame Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk as a ‘socialist’ rather than a ‘socialite.'”

6. “Believing the microphone and camera were no longer on following an interview, Governor Rick Perry signed off by saying to the departing reporter, ‘Adios, mofo.'”

7. “A ‘verifier’ at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth, one of two facilities in the country that print paper money, was arrested for stealing around $30,000 in sheets of $20 bills over the course of several years.”

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