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FindLaw's 'Legal Oscar Awards': And the Nominees Are...

The 86th annual Academy Awards are set for Sunday, but why should the movie industry have all the fun? For the best in real-life legal drama, we'd like to introduce you to FindLaw's "Legal Oscars"!

From the "Spaciest Legal Issue" to the "Classiest Cannabis Enthusiast," get ready to cast your vote for the funniest, the funkiest, and the downright silliest of FindLaw's legal blog posts.

Without further ado, the nominees are:

911 Call Over Raw Waffles Turned Into Emergency Lesson

Although hunger can make you a little loopy, a Florida woman may have taken it to the next level when she called 911 to complain about the "raw waffles" she received at a restaurant.

The woman explained to the dispatcher that she asked the waffles to be removed from her bill, but the restaurant server accused of her being drunk, according to The Huffington Post.

While the woman wasn't arrested for her call, making "false alarm" 911 calls in Florida could land a caller in jail.

Fake $1 Trillion Bill at Applebee's Gets Diner Arrested

A South Carolina man tried to use a $1 trillion bill to pay for his lunch at Applebee's. No, he's not the Richest Applebee's Customer Ever -- he's an alleged fraudster.

53-year-old Michael Williams tried to use a $1 trillion bill after his debit card was declined, Columbia's WIS-TV reports.

No word yet on whether he's ever tried to pay with Monopoly money.

5 Animals You Can't Keep as Pets (With Some Exceptions)

We all dream about keeping the coolest animals as pets. I mean, how awesome would it be to come home to a Quokka to share a good laugh?

Some people go for it. They live out their wild animal dreams and befriend the exotic animal kingdom. Sadly, the fantasy rarely plays out according to plan and unlikely friends quickly turn into unlikely criminals.

Here are five pets that are (unfortunately) illegal to own in most states, with some exceptions:

Texas Cop Arrested After Farting in Another Cop's Face

A Texas cop wound up in handcuffs after he allegedly hit a fellow officer and farted in his face. How's that for organic tear gas?

Lago Vista Police Det. Lawrence Michael Jonap, 45, was charged with assault by causing bodily injury, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

But where does the alleged fart figure in to the charges?

From Sheila to 'Sexy': Court OKs Woman's Name Change

An Ohio woman has successfully petitioned a court to call her "Sexy" -- largely because that's now her legal name.

Formerly Sheila Ranea Crabtree, the now-legally baptized Sexy Ranea Crabtree was successful in changing her name from a moniker she considered "ugly" to one that better matched her personality, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

If the change from Sheila to Sexy is possible, what new name possibilities lie ahead?

Rejected Job Applicant Mails Cat Poop to Companies, Gets Arrested

It's never fun to get turned down for a job. Jevons Brown, a 58-year-old veteran in St. Louis, had a particularly rough time with the constant rejection.

To exact revenge, he mailed cat poop -- a lot of cat poop -- to companies that didn't hire him.

Though hailed as a hero among dejected commoners, Brown faced criminal consequences for his feisty feline foible.

Did a Big Mouth Billy Bass Foil Would-Be Burglar?

The heroic singing efforts of a Big Mouth Billy Bass may have prevented a burglary from taking place at a Minnesota fishing store, the store's owner claims.

In case you're unfamiliar with the Big Mouth Billy Bass, it's a novelty singing fish decoration that you hang on your wall. It belts out songs and flaps its tail when someone walks by. Often given as a gag gift, Billy Bass' big mouth may have scared away a would-be intruder from the store after hours, according to ABC News.

What's fishy is that media reports have been calling the alleged crime an attempted burglary. Legally speaking, is that correct?

Alleged 'Swiss Cheese Flasher' Arrested in Philly Suburb

Philadelphia-area police made a "legen-dairy" arrest last month, nabbing the alleged "Swiss cheese flasher" who was caught on camera in at least one incident.

Christopher Pagano, 41, who's also known as the "Swiss cheese pervert," was arrested at his home in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Investigators determined that Pagano had driven up to women and offered them to watch him place Swiss cheese on his genitals, Philadelphia's WCAU-TV reports.

What was this not-so-Big Cheese charged with?