143-The Conscience Fund  

For 200 years the U.S. Treasury has maintained a "conscience fund" that accepts repayments from people who have defrauded or stolen from the government. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll describe the history of the fund and some of the more memorable and puzzling contributions it's received over the years.

We'll also ponder Audrey Hepburn's role in World War II and puzzle over an illness cured by climbing poles.


Wisconsin banker John Krubsack grafted 32 box elders into a living chair.

According to his colleagues, Wolfgang Pauli's mere presence would cause accidents.

Sources for our feature on the conscience fund:

Warren Weaver Jr., "'Conscience Fund' at New High," New York Times, March 18, 1987.

"$10,000 to Conscience Fund," New York Times, July 21, 1915.

"$6,100 to Conscience Fund," New York Times, Feb. 4, 1925.

"Swell Conscience Fund; Two Remittances, Small and Large, Bring In $4,876.70," New York Times, Feb. 6, 1916.

"Sends $50 to War Department for Equipment Stolen in 1918," New York Times, March 2, 1930.

"Depression Swells Total of Federal Conscience Fund," New York Times, April 21, 1932.

"Federal Treasury Gets $300 to Add to Conscience Fund," New York Times, March 25, 1932.

"9,896 Two-Cent Stamps Sent to City's Conscience Fund," New York Times, May 15, 1930.

"$30,000 to Conscience Fund; Contributor Says He Has Sent Four Times Amount He Stole," New York Times, March 10, 1916.

"Guilt: Settling With Uncle Sam," Time, March 30, 1987.

"The Conscience Fund: Many Thousands Contributed -- Some Peculiar Cases," New York Times, Aug. 5, 1884.

"Pays Government Fourfold; Conscience Bothered Man Who Took $8,000 from Treasury," New York Times, June 13, 1908.

Rick Van Sant, "Guilt-Stricken Pay Up to IRS 'Conscience Fund' Gets Cash, Quilts," Cincinnati Post, Jan. 26, 1996.

John Fairhall, "The Checks Just Keep Coming to the 'Conscience Fund,'" Baltimore Sun, Dec. 10, 1991.

Donna Fox, "People Who Rip Off Uncle Sam Pay the 'Conscience Fund,'" Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 24, 1987.

Associated Press, "Ten Thousand Dollars in Currency Is Sent to U.S. 'Conscience Fund,'" Harrisburg [Pa.] Telegraph, July 20, 1915.

"Washington Letter," Quebec Daily Telegraph, July 3, 1889.

"Figures of the Passing Show," Evening Independent, Sept. 16, 1909.

James F. Clarity and Warren Weaver Jr., "Briefing: The Conscience Fund," New York Times, Dec. 24, 1985.

Warren Weaver Jr., "'Conscience Fund' at New High," New York Times, March 18, 1987.

"Conscience Fund Too Small," Los Angeles Times, Aug. 16, 1925.

"Laborer Swells Conscience Fund," New York Times, June 28, 1912.

"A Conscience Fund Contribution," New York Times, Feb. 14, 1895.

"The Conscience Fund," New York Times, March 27, 1932.

"Swells Conscience Fund: Californian, Formerly in the Navy, Gets Religion and Pays for Stationery on His Ship," Los Angeles Times, May 5, 1915.

"2 Cents, Conscience Fund: Sent to Pay for Twice-Used Stamp -- Costs Post Office a Dollar," New York Times, June 2, 1910.

"$30,000 to Conscience Fund: Contributor Says He Has Sent Four Times Amount He Stole," New York Times, March 10, 1916.

"'Conscience Fund' Rises: New Yorker's $8 Is Item in $896.49 Sent Treasury," New York Times, Nov. 28, 1937.

"The Conscience Fund: Many Thousands Contributed -- Some Peculiar Cases," New York Times, Aug. 5 1884.

"The Conscience Fund: Young Woman Seeks a Loan From It From a Belief It Was Created for Benefit of Honest People," Los Angeles Times, July 13, 1914.

"Gives to Conscience Fund: Contributor of $36 'Forgot Tax Item' -- Another Sends $32," New York Times, April 3, 1936.

"Conscience-Fund Flurries: Due to Religious Revivals," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 28, 1903.

"$100 for Conscience Fund: Customs Officials Think Same Person Sent $10c a Few Days Ago," New York Times, March 10, 1928.

"Swell Conscience Fund: Two Remittances, Small and Large, Bring In $4,876.70," New York Times, Feb. 6, 1916.

"Conscience Fund for President: Pasadena Writer Sends Dollar to Harding to Make Good for 20-Year-Old Theft," Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1921.

"$33 for Conscience Fund: Smuggler Sent Taft the Money After Selling His Goods," New York Times, May 21, 1911.

"$1 to Conscience Fund: Remorseful Laborer Pays Off Debt to Government by Installments," New York Times, Nov. 10, 1912.

"The Nation's Conscience Fund," Scrap Book, May 1906.

"Uncle Sam's Conscience Fund," Book of the Royal Blue, November 1904.

"The Conscience Fund," Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, July 1894.

"Gives $18,669 to Cons

Lies You Believe About Jesus, Islam And Other Religions  

What separates the baby religions from the big ones? Is there anything specific that makes Catholicism or Islam more important than the shrine to The Noid that I have in my closet? Some religions make you go to mass or travel to Mecca, mine makes me eat pizza in the nude at least twice a week. The point we're trying to make is that what seems fringe or crazy now may have a billion devoted followers a thousand years from now. Mormonism was about as fringe as you could get a hundred years ago, less than a million followers, but now the there are around 16 million members and counting. Is there any religion that's out there now that's in the same place Mormonism was 100 years ago?To get a better understanding of some of these lesser-known religions and if they'll stand the test of time, Jack O'Brien's guest this week is Reza Aslan, who has a PhD in the study of religion and whose new show 'Believer' on CNN throws him head-first into the beliefs and practices of obscure religions. Among Scientology and Santa Muerte, they talk about the implausible origins of biblical literalism, the rare disorder that has tourists in Jerusalem thinking they're the messiah and a few big things that'll change your notions of Christianity and Islam.Remember to buy tickets to our next live taping of The Cracked Podcast on Saturday, March 11th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Jack and the gang are going to talk about Amity Island, Jurassic World and movies where vacations go awry in an attempt to figure out the best spring break you should take while vacationing in a fictional universe.Tickets are $7 and available here: Footnotes:TV Show: Believer with Reza Aslan: Book: Reza Aslan: Zealot: Video: Reza Aslan Viral Interview on Fox News: Article: Cracked: 5 Ridiculous Things You Probably Believe Islam: Article: Cracked: 5 Myths You Probably Believe About Major Religions: Article: The Telegraph: Jerusalem Syndrome: The Madness That Grips Foreigners on the Streets of the Holy City: This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron and ZipRecruiter.

27.02.2017 Kulturnytt  

** Tidenes Oscar-tabbe i natt i Los Angeles. Leste feil vinner av årets beste film fra scenen. ** Millioner av FM-radioer kastes - nå starter nasjonal innsamlingskampanje for å få sendt radioene til gjenbruk i utlandet. ** Don Juan er historien om forføreren som avslører hykleriet i samfunnet - men lar vår teateranmelder seg forføre av Anders Baasmo Christiansen og gjengen? ** Vi skal snakke om ulv i dag. Ulv som dreper. Eller... er det egentlig ulv? Eller er det hybrid-ulv - eller kanskje bastard? Ja - du hører på Kulturnytt og ikke Ut i naturen.

Et si demain, la réalité virtuelle obtenait son premier Oscar?  

durée : 00:02:54 - L'éco d'Inter - Cette nuit à Los Angeles, pour la première fois un film d’animation en réalité virtuelle était nommé aux Oscars. 

#7: Mona Najib - Artist, Los Angeles  

Vad gör man när man har en stabil karriär som lärare och en fastnålad identitet som fotbollsspelare men hellre skulle vilja sjunga och göra musik på heltid? Man gör något åt saken! Veckans gäst har gjort det, hon heter Mona Najib och är artist baserad i Los Angeles. Vi presenterar ett fint avsnitt där det pratas om att bli sitt ”rätta” jag, att trotsa rädslor, att börja om på nytt, att hantera motgångar, att inspireras och mycket, mycket mer. Trevlig lyssning!


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TCF Ep. 361 - Ave Pildas  

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ave Pildas worked early in his career as a photo stringer for Downbeat Magazine in the Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania in the 1960's, and has been a successful photographer and educator for the past 40 years. In 1971 Pildas began working as the Art Director at Capitol Records in Hollywood and designed and photographed album covers for the label's recording artists. He launched a career as a freelance photographer and designer soon after, specializing in architectural and corporate photography. His photographs have been exhibited in one man shows at the: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Photographers Gallery, London, Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, Gallerie Diaframma, Milan, Cannon Gallery, Amsterdam, Gallerie 38, Zurich and numerous group shows. They have been featured in: The New York Times Magazine, 'ZOOM', 'PHOTO', 'CAMERA', 'photographic' and many publications both in the United States and abroad . Photographs by Ave Pildas are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Bibliotheca National, Paris; the University of Arizona as well as numerous other public and private collections. He is a Professor Emeritus at Otis College of Design. Pildas created intimate portraits of Jazz greats in live performance, at small clubs and Jazz Festivals in the Midwest, many have never been seen before. Ave currently lives in Santa Monica, CA in the solar powered, zero scaped home and studio he collaborated on with W3 Architects. He is digitally archiving his vintage work, and continues with new projects while inspiring, polishing and guiding young talent.   Resources: Ave Pildas  Craig Semetko  Orville Robertson David Valera    Download the free Candid Frame app for your favorite smart device. Click here to download for iOS. Click here to download for Android Click here to download for Windows Support the work we do at The Candid Frame with contributing to our Patreon effort.  You can do this by visiting or visiting the website and clicking on the Patreon button. You can also provide a one-time donation via PayPal. You can follow Ibarionex on Instagram and Twitter.  

Marco Petkovski – Drowning Sound Podcast Episode 13 (Los Angeles, CA)  

1 Acid Machine (Original Mix) Mikronaut 2 Under The Lights (Original Mix) Raffaele Rizzi 3 Follow the Sun (Original Mix) Wayne Works 4 Feelings (Original Mix) Danito & Athina 5 Why (Original Mix)...

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Les César  

durée : 00:47:19 - On aura tout vu - par : Christine MASSON, Laurent DELMAS - Avec Gaël Golhen, rédacteur en chef de Première, Thomas Baurez de Studio Ciné, Didier Allouch en direct de Los Angeles pour les Oscars.

Night Owl Radio #079 – Guests: Dash Berlin, Atmozfears  

Direct from the Insomniac HQ in Los Angeles, Night Owl Radio is a weekly show presented by the Night Owl himself aka Pasquale Rotella. With special guest mixes, exclusive info on Insomniac Events and lots of interaction with you, the Headliners. Get involved on Twitter @PasqualeRotella and use the hashtag #NightOwlRadio. This week’s show see’s Dash Berlin deliver his Up All Night Tracks and Atmozfears is in the mix for 30 mins!

Wir sind die Freeses: Sehnsucht nach Hollywood  

Schade, dass die Oscarverleihung nicht im Sommer ist. Dann könnte man die ganz stilecht auf der Hollywoodschaukel gucken und sich einfach wegträumen in die Sonne von Los Angeles.

A walking tour of Compton architecture  

Architecture buffs can take a walking tour this Sunday highlighting the work of black architects in Compton. The tour is in honor of Black History Month, and is an offshoot of a new map documenting the contributions of African American designers and architects in Los Angeles.

A Born Optimist: Michelle Monaghan  

Today Garance is chatting with the amazing Michelle Monaghan at her home in Los Angeles. They discuss growing up in rural Iowa, following her gut and moving to NYC, her TV show, The Path, and so much more! For photos visit Pardon My French is released every Thursday on iTunes.
#523: No Right On Red Bullshit  

Adam and Drew open the show discussing some of the traffic woes that impact the city of Los Angeles especially when it comes to the area in and around Los Angeles International Airport. They then go on to speak about Jim Jefferies and his recent appearance on Bill Maher's TV show opposite Piers Morgan. They then turn to the phones and speak to a caller looking for advice after his long term girlfriend broke up with him for refusing to get married.

Fitness Inspiration with Nichelle Hines  

Celebrity Fitness Coach & Chief Ride Officer of Cycle House in Los Angeles Nichelle Hines, joins Laila to discuss how she lost 60lbs and changed her life! She also shares why cycling is such an effective full body workout, her food philosophy, how to lift yourself up when your down and so much more. Please send any questions about this episode to

The Diary Of Fate - Marvin Thomas Entry (06-08-48)  

Marvin Thomas Entry (Aired June 8, 1948)
Produced from Hollywood, the entire production was voiced by primarily west coast actors. Famous Radio and Television promoter Larry Finley produced and syndicated the program to at least some 94 affiliate stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Jamaica. Most local or regional broadcasts were either sustained offerings by an independent affiliate, or were sponsored by spot advertisers ranging over a wide variety of offerings or services. The production didn't stint on talent, as hinted above. No less than Ivan Ditmars provided the music direction and in addition to Herb Lytton as 'Fate', the varying casts included Lurene Tuttle, Larry Dobkin, Hal Sawyer, Gloria Blondell, Frank Albertson, Jerry Hausner, Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Ken Peters, Daws Butler and William Johnstone. All in all a superb well of talent from which to draw each week. Show Notes From The Digital Deli. THIS EPISODE: June 8, 1948. Program #26. ABC network, KECA, Los Angeles origination, Finley syndication. "Marvin Thomas Entry". Commercials added locally. Book 83, page 947. The meek secretary of a wealthy businessman murders his boss on a voyage to Australia and assumes his identity! The date is subject to correction. No cast credits given. Larry Finley (producer), Herb Lytton (as "Fate" and co-producer), Ivan Ditmars (organist), Ray Ehrlenborn (sound effects). 29:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

La saison des "awards" secoue Los Angeles  

durée : 00:03:04 - Grand angle - La soirée de remise des Oscars dimanche prochain marquera la fin et l'apothéose d'une saison de trophées récompensant les films de l'année dernière.

26. Fabian Bolin – ”Jag var 28 år”  

Fabian Bolin studerade Business and Economics vid Handelshögskolan i Stockholm och flyttade därefter till London för att jobba som investment banker. Men Fabian fick nog och sadlade om för att istället satsa på skådespelarkarriären med en roll i både Snabba Cash 1 och 2. Och Los Angeles väntade runt hörnet med flera filmprojekt. Men han var extremt trött. Och tröttheten eskalerade och det blev bara värre och värre. Fabian trodde först att det rörde sig om stress och bestämde sig för att åka hem till Sverige och ta lite semester. När han landade i Sverige blev han så dålig att han var tvungen att åka till akuten på Sankt Görans sjukhus. Fabian hade leukemi, blodcancer. Vi talar om det. Vi talar om när han fick diagnosen. Hur han hade haft värk i alla lymfområden. Vi talar om hur han pendlade mellan beskeden att han skulle dö och överleva. Och hur lugnet infann sig när han trodde att allt var slut. Vi talar om jakten på framgång och hur det aldrig gjorde honom lycklig. Hur cancern har förändrat honom och hans sätt att se på livet. Vi talar om känslan hur cancern kopplar ihop så många. Hur tankarna var så viktiga att dela med sig. Hur healande det är. Men framförallt talar vi om hur läget är just nu och hur det känns som om han har fått en andra chans. Ett annat liv. Produceras av Kid Eriksson. Presenteras i samarbete med ACast.

The Joe Walsh Program - February 22, 2017  

An illegal alien released by the sanctuary city of Denver robbed and murdered a young woman. The Former Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, claims deporting illegals pits Americans against Americans. Republicans have controlled D.C. for 34 days and they’re still afraid to act on repealing Obamacare. Dems thought Tea Party movement wasn’t real, Repubs should not make the same mistake about the protesters today. Under Obama individual freedoms took a back-seat to gender identity. That’s going to change under Trump. A pregnant mom in OK isn’t thinking twice about delivering her terminally ill child in May. A 56-year-old ‘hero’ woman in LA was first on the scene and helped save a cop’s life from a violent thug.

REShow: Ramona Shelburne. Hour 1 (02-22-17)  

Joining Rich for the first hour, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN talks about the Los Angeles Lakers and the future of the franchise.

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