Ya just can’t make this stuff up
I have been wanting to start this new series for several months. Finally………
I learned the saying “a piece missing” from my wise old grandmother, as in “He’s got a piece missing.” This series touches on those stories — unverified by me, simply hearsay — that make me think aloud, “He’s got a piece missing.”
Preface: We all know that the Internal Revenue Service of the United States is always correct.
1 — Robert Rauschenberg is an American painter and artist who died in 2008.
2 — Rauschenberg’s work titled Canyon includes a stuffed bald eagle.
3 — Two federal laws make it illegal to buy or sell bald eagles, dead or alive.
4 — Ileana Sonnabend was an art dealer who died recently, leaving an estate with, uh, art in it, including the stuffed bald eagle by Rauschenberg.
Hearsay: The IRS levied taxes on the estate of Sonnabend as if the bald eagle were worth $65 million. Sonnabend’s estate is fighting the taxes based on auction house appraisals stating that the stuffed bald eagle is worth exactly nothing. Zip, zero, zilch…. nothing, because the two federal laws prohibit its sale. The IRS, however, says that since there is a black market for stuffed bald eagles, there might be a billionaire recluse in China willing to buy the stuffed bald eagle.
My wise old grandmother’s opinion: Someone at the IRS has got a piece missing.
Facts: In the United States, it is illegal to drink alcohol if one is under the age of 21.
Hearsay: A Mr. Bittar who resides in Eugene, Oregon, turned 21 this past March 15. Since he was proud of his newly conferred and legal privilege of drinking alcohol, he had his first drink at midnight. Just 1½ hours later, he was in jail charged with DUI, reckless driving, and criminal mischief, and his car had been impounded. To top it off, he crashed his car into an alcohol rehabilitation center…. I think that might be the DUI and reckless driving charges….
My wise old grandmother’s opinion: He’s got a piece missing.
Ya just can’t make this stuff up.
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