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Ma's strenuous opposition to most of Pa's financial schemes is well-known. This especially applies to his occasional tries at "sure-fire" lottery tickets and similarly dubious acquisitions.

Recently Ma was called to serve for jury duty. She appeared before the judge on the appointed day and politely asked to be excused because she didn't believe in capital punishment and didn't want her personal thoughts to prevent the trial from running its proper course.

The public defender liked her thoughtfulness and quiet calm, and tried to convince her that she was appropriate to serve on the jury.

"Madam," he explained, "this is not a murder trial! It's a simple civil lawsuit. A wife is bringing this case against her husband because he gambled away the $12,000 he had promised to use to remodel the kitchen for her birthday on lottery tickets."

"Well," said Ma thoughtfully, "I suppose I could be wrong about capital punishment after all ..."