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.”
A Texas high school honor student was thrown in jail for missing classes, despite the fact that she was working full- and part-time jobs, taking advanced courses, and caring for her younger sister as her divorced parents moved away. The judge said he wanted to make an example of her.
Smoking in the presence of a child is considered physical abuse in Latvia.
When in 2007 Minnesota passed an anti-smoking law that banned smoking in public buildings, there was a line that said only actors who had to smoke were allowed to do so. Thus, the Barnacles Bar declared that everyone in the bar is an actor in a live performance.