Miscellany, Dec. 21, 1959

Palimpsest. In Teheran, after being questioned intensively about dealing in opium, Hadi Hashimi allowed the narcotics squad investigators to kiss his Koran as an apology for bothering him, was hauled off to jail when 375 grams of opium were discovered in a hole in the book's pages.

No Fare. In Santa Monica, Calif., city bus drivers have demanded travel time for their three-minute walk each morning from the relief bus stop to the garage.

Code. In Kaingaroa, New Zealand, the Kaingaroa Forest News concludes each issue: "Opinions expressed in this periodical are not necessarily...

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!