Clearance Sale

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In these days of heightened security awareness, the life of public officials can be a difficult one.

At the post-Christmas clearance sale, it happened that the wife of a federal district court judge found a distinguished-looking green tie that was a perfect match for one of her husband's suits.

Some time later the judge had occasion to wear tie and suit, and noticed a small, round disc sewn into the design of the tie. Fearing involvement by the participants in a recent conspiracy case, the judge sought advice from the local FBI office. Both he and the FBI agents were suspicious that it might be a "bug" placed by the defendants. Experts were called in for consultation.

"We're not sure where the disc came from," the consultant later advised the judge, "but we've discovered that when depressed, it plays 'Jingle Bells ...'"

----------------A Final Thought ...

"Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock."

- Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German philosopher