Category: laws

Planned obsolescence is illegal in France; it is a crime to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it. In early 2018, French authorities used this law to investigate reports that Apple deliberately slowed down older iPhones via software updates.

In Canada, it is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft. However, completely legal to practice witchcraft.

According to the US Flag Code “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery”, and “No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform”.

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As part of a divorce agreement in the 1920s, a man had to build a house for his ex-wife. But the agreement didn’t say where the house had to be located, so he built it on a salt marsh and used salt water for the plumbing.

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In Sweden, you have a constitutional right to allemansrätten, which is the right to peacefully hike, camp, bike, and enjoy nature anywhere in the country unimpeded, with the only restrictions being you must not hike close to someone’s house or damage a garden.

In 1724, Margaret Dickson was hanged but later found still alive. She then was allowed to go free because under Scots Law, her punishment had been carried out, she could not be executed for a second time for the same crime (only later were the words “until dead” added to the sentence of hanging).

Several high school friends formed the Committee to End Pay Toilets in America (CEPTIA) in 1968, which eventually led to laws banning pay toilets in several states.

When a man’s or woman’s natural body functions are restricted because he or she doesn’t have a piece of change, there is no true freedom.  — Ira Gesse

John F Kennedy purchased 1,200 Cuban cigars for personal use just hours before he made them illegal.

California passed a law that lets you rescue dogs from hot cars. The ‘Right to Rescue Act’ requires passersby to notify police if a dog is in danger- but, if the threat is immediate, you can break into a car to rescue the dog without fear of punishment– as long as you stick around to give the police a statement.

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When an Indian law required bars to be at least 500 meters from certain roads, one bar built a maze in front of its entrance to triple the walking distance from the door to the street. Regulators accepted this solution.