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Dmirti Krioukov was issued a traffic ticket for failing to completely stop at a stop sign. The physicist fought the ticket by writing a four-page paper explaining how the ticket he was given defies physics.

Using his knowledge of angular and linear motion, Krioukov prepared a paper for the judge in his case and was able to argue – and prove – his innocence.

In the NBC San Diego report Krioukov said,  “My argument in the court went as follows: that what he saw would be easily confused by the angle of speed of this hypothetical object that failed to stop at the stop sign. And therefore, what he saw did not properly reflect reality, which was completely different.”