Miscellany, Jun. 11, 1956

Two for the Show. In Des Moines, Federal revenooers socked Barmaid Ruth Shepler with a claim for $44,693.84 in back taxes, insisted that her feat of balancing two to four glasses of beer on her breasts as she goes about her work constitutes "entertainment," thus subjects her tavern to the 20% U.S. cabaret tax.

Professional Handicap. In New York City, the Daily News carried a classified ad: "Funeral Parlor, established 45 years, fully equipped, selling due to death."

Beyond the Call. In St. Marys, W. Va., after the operator refused to return his dime when he complained of a poor connection, Truck...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!