In 2008, Nebraska implemented a law to allow parents to drop off unwanted newborns at safe havens; the law didn’t state an age limit, and nearly all the children abandoned were over ten years old- some were even 17.
A man convicted for violating a century-old Michigan law against swearing near women and children challenged it in court and eventually won with the courts striking down the law.
It’s illegal in France for grocery stores to throw or destroy unsold food. Instead, supermarkets have to donate it to charities and food banks.
In Ontario, Canada there is a law stating saying “sorry” is not an admissions of guilt.
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