Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Nonexistent Scofflaw

A mysterious man evaded dozens of parking and traffic tickets in Ireland, always giving the police a different address.

But then his cover was blown.

It was discovered that the man every member of the Irish police's rank and file had been looking for - a Mr Prawo Jazdy - wasn't exactly the sort of prized villain whose apprehension leads to an officer winning an award.

In fact he wasn't even human.

"Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for driving licence and not the first and surname on the licence," read a letter from June 2007 from an officer working within the Garda's traffic division. [Link, via Language Log]

Gena Philibert-Ortega

Chris-I always love how you show us the funnier side of genealogy. I am awarding you the Kreativ Blogger award. You acn check it out at my blog at



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