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Catholics Can Exhume Body for Sainthood Purposes

When Father Ryan Patrick was laid to rest over 140 years ago, some may have thought it was his final resting ground. But no, the local Catholic church has different plans for old Fr. Ryan, and has put plans in motion to make a posthumous move.

The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, Tennessee is interested in having Fr. Ryan declared a saint, based on some recent changes by Pope Francis regarding what constitutes a saint. Fr. Ryan has a chance of making it to the proverbial big leagues in the Catholic church, and recently moved one step closer.

Archeologists often have to consider the legal question of whether it's okay to dig up a dead body. And apparently the Catholic Church does, too.

Netflix Issues Disclaimer Over Bird Box Challenge

"Bird Box," a Netflix Original horror movie that has been seen by over 45 million people, is causing quite a stir on social media, but the company promises that wasn't its intent. SPOILER ALERT: In the movie, characters realize that if they see an invisible entity, they will kill themselves. In order to keep themselves from seeing it, they go around all day wearing blindfolds. Perhaps too many kids were home during winter break, and decided they needed something to do, so someone created the "Bird Box Challenge."

People now film one another going around in their day to day lives, blindfolded, almost hoping that something goes invariably wrong, for the sake of garnering more Instagram likes. You might think this is ridiculous, but then again, so is the egg photo that broke Kylie Jenner's most-liked Instagram record with over 43 million likes, and boy is she mad! But let's stay on topic.

Taxidermy Law: Is It Legal to Stuff Your Pet?

Odds are, when you see a mounted animal, the first thing you think of isn't, "Do you have a permit for that?" But perhaps it should be. Taxidermy requires both a federal and state license, and sometimes even special permits, such as the case with migratory birds. Who knew?! So before you decide to stuff your recently deceased pet so that your toddler child doesn't have an emotional breakdown, think twice and consider these laws.

Police Seek Sexual Assault Suspect After Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth

The recent story involving an Apache woman in a vegetative state who unexpectedly gave birth is disturbing on so many levels. Thankfully, law enforcement and health care workers are committing to solving this violating mystery. But that task could lead down a long and winding road.

They say if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. But what about when you give a man free Burger King for the rest of his life? Then you teach him how to do some math.

An Oregon man claims his lifetime of free burgers was cut off after only a few weeks, and the chain is going to need to fork over $9,026.16.

Woman Accused of Stalking Sent 159K Texts to Former Date

This may be enough to scare you off online dating. Jacqueline Ades met a man on Luxy, an online dating app that calls itself the "leading luxury millionaire dating app for wealthy, successful, beautiful and attractive men and women." After only one date, Ades repeatedly sent unsolicited texts. 159,000 of them, some of which were physically threatening, and often totally over 500 per day. 

Apparently in the days after the date, reportedly with the CEO of a Scottsdale-based skincare company, Ades was found parked outside of his home in July 2017. She was escorted off of his property by police, and that's when the texts began. But wait, there's more.

Phony Realtor Arrested for Scheme to Steal From Celebrities

Taking the "real" out of "realtor", Benjamin Eitan Ackerman allegedly posed as a high end Los Angeles real estate agent in order to plot robberies, and may have a multi-million dollar stash to show for it. According to police, Ackerman had a thing for showing up at open houses driving high-end luxury cars and wearing designer clothes, signing in as a realtor or potential buyer under an alias, and scoping the place. He would come back later, often times let in by the selling agent, and somehow disengage, or otherwise tamper with, the home's security system. He would allegedly rob the home of hundreds of thousands of dollars in art, jewelry, shoes, electronics, and oddly, a lot of fine wine.

A new year brings new opportunities. And for Oregon residents, 2019 brings the opportunity to salvage deer, elk, and other animals slaughtered by automobiles, as long as that animal was hit on accident and as long as you intend to eat the meat.

Oh, and you'll need a permit as well.

Homeowner Tricked Into Giving Burglar a Car Ride

A homeowner unknowingly drove the getaway car for the man that burglarized his house. It was a pretty smooth trick played by the burglar -- until he ended up caught.

We live in a weird, weird world. Even our legal system, designed to makes things a little more predictable and a little less weird, is not immune from the strange. Many are tempted to call 2018 our weirdest year, but that may be the result of recency bias. There's no doubt that things did get a little odd, legally speaking, over the past 12 months, so here are the five stories from our legal curiosities blog: