Category: law

A 1996 federal law allows restaurants to donate leftover food…

A 1996 federal law allows restaurants to donate leftover food without getting sued, and nobody has ever filed a lawsuit against a restaurant over donated leftovers.

Fireworks are totally illegal in Florida, but are sold to…

Fireworks are totally illegal in Florida, but are sold to ordinary people in huge quantities via hundreds of stores across the state to anyone who signs a waiver saying they’re for agricultural use to scare birds away from crops.

Between 1907 and 1922, American-born women who married…

Between 1907 and 1922, American-born women who married non-citizens automatically lost American citizenship. In 1917, hundreds of American women who had married German men were forced to register with the government as ‘enemy aliens’.

“Flipping the bird” is a form of free speech protected by the…

“Flipping the bird” is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment. It’s not a crime to be obnoxious. (source)

Photo :  Jindřich Nosek (NoJin) / wikimedia

“Flipping the bird” is a form of free speech protected by the…

“Flipping the bird” is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment. It’s not a crime to be obnoxious. (source)

Photo :  Jindřich Nosek (NoJin) / wikimedia

In Dubai, it is illegal to swear on social media. Swearing on…

In Dubai, it is illegal to swear on social media. Swearing on WhatsApp is punishable by a $68,061 fine and imprisonment. In 2015, an Australian expatriate was deported from UAE for swearing on Facebook in a post criticizing the owner of a car that was taking up two handicap parking spots.

The Canadian province of Manitoba, fed up with Ontario laws…

The Canadian province of Manitoba, fed up with Ontario laws restricting the cross-provincial sale of eggs, copied the Ontario laws, sued itself all the way up to the Supreme Court, and got those laws deemed unconstitutional in ALL provinces.

California law allows employees to take two hours paid time off…

California law allows employees to take two hours paid time off in the beginning or end of the work day to vote on election day.

In 2012, a scientific study predicted a 39 inch rise in sea…

In 2012, a scientific study predicted a 39 inch rise in sea level along the North Carolina coast over the next century. In response, North Carolina lawmakers passed a law banning the use of scientific predictions of sea level rise when considering new developments along the coast.

Giving the Nazi salute in Germany could result in a six-month…

Giving the Nazi salute in Germany could result in a six-month prison sentence.

Photo : German Federal Archive