Now, where were we?

Yeah, so enough about my three-hanky doctorate drama. Back to cool stuff. How about I lay some Schott’s on ya? (Thanks for the book, Helen! You are a goddess.)

The Mafia’s (Fifteen — *cRAsH* — I mean) Ten Commandments


From page 76: This document was found in a 2007 raid of the home of a Mafia boss in Sicily.

  1. No one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.
  2. Never look at the wives of friends.
  3. Never be seen with cops.
  4. Don’t go to pubs and clubs.
  5. Always being available to Cosa Nostra is a duty — even if your wife is about to give birth.
  6. Appointments must absolutely be respected.
  7. Wives must be treated with respect. (Then there’s that pesky #5…)
  8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth. (Which, I suspect, is why #3 is in effect.)
  9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to other families.
  10. People who cannot be part of Cosa Nostra: anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a two-timing relative, and anyone who behaves badly and doesn’t hold to moral values.

Of course, racketeering, murder, prostitution…feh. Po-po get so worked up over little things.

Page 95: According to the 2000 Census, the most common surnames in America are:

  1. Smith
  2. Johnson
  3. Williams
  4. Brown
  5. Jones
  6. Miller
  7. Davis
  8. Garcia
  9. Rodriguez
  10. Wilson

*arms akimbo* Where’s Jackson on this list?

Page 103: Utah is the most (clinically/psychologically) “depressed state” in America, followed by West Virginia, Kentucky, Rhode Island and Nevada.

OK, I’m tired of reading now. I’ve been up since 3…*yawn*…I think I’ll take a nap.


Source: Schott, Ben. Schott’s Miscellany 2009: An Almanac. Bloomsbury: New York, NY (2008).

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