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"I would sure like to see an example of that."OK, look at this one: Record date 3-15-10, ex-date 3-24-10:http://www.dailyfinance.com/quotes/emerson-radio-corp/msn/ase/dividends-splitsHere's another one: Record date 12-30-10, ex-date 12-28-10: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/optionsXpress-Reports-Key-pz-3522219350.html?x=0&.v=1Here's another one: Record date 12-13-10, ex-date 12-23-10:http://www.dailyfinance.com/quotes/sycamore-networks-inc/scmr/nas/dividends-splits"What if you sell after the paydate and before the xdate in your example. Do you have to give back the divi?"Yep."Sounds pretty screwy to me."There are good reasons for it.