Jaywalking was made a law due, in part, to a deliberate effort by promoters of automobiles, such as local auto clubs and dealers, to redefine streets as places where pedestrians do not belong.
In Japan if someone on trial is filmed while in handcuffs their hands have to be pixelated to be shown on TV. This is because a man named Kazuyoshi Miura brought a successful case to court arguing the image of him in handcuffs implied guilt and had prejudiced his trial.
California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have ruled that “Ladies’ Nights” are against the law because they fall under gender discrimination. They can still have ‘ladies nights’ they just can’t offer any discounts to one gender.
A New Jersey Forest Fire Service firewarden can summon any person aged 18 to 50 to assist in putting out wildfires—and it’s against the law to refuse.
April 16, 2016 will be the 500 year anniversary of Bavaria adopting the Reinheitsgebot. It is a law that said that the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. It was later amended to include yeast.
In Rwanda plastic bags are illegal and carry with them a 100-$150 fine. In fact, at airport customs all plastic bags are confiscated which has resulted in Rwanda being one of the most litter free countries in Africa
France banned mentions of Twitter and Facebook on TV and radio, as in “Follow us on Twitter” or “Like us on Facebook” because they were deemed as promotion and unfair to other sites.
In 1975, two men got a marriage license in Colorado after the clerk couldn’t find a law against it. When they applied for a spouse’s visa, the U.S. government mailed a letter saying, “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two f*ggots.” They took their case to court but they were dismissed. The judge who ruled against them was Anthony Kennedy, who later joined the Supreme Court and last month cast the deciding vote to legalize gay marriage.
In Iran, boys can’t be held responsible for a crime under the age of 15. For girls, the age of criminal responsibility is 9.
Ontario, a province in Canada has a apology act– “apologies do not constitute an admission of fault.”