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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Unknown woman living in closet

Very creepy, imagine if in your apartment, you find that stuff keeps vanishing without a trace and no one could have come from outside to do the stealing. Enough to make a person believe that the apartment is haunted; however, to the Japanese man who witnessed this happening, he used the wonders of modern technology to find the truth. This 57 year old man setup a hidden camera and found that a woman had been living in a closet that had not been used for quite some time:

A Japanese man who was mystified when food kept disappearing from his kitchen, set up a hidden camera and found an unknown woman living secretly in his closet, Japanese media said on Friday. The 57-year-old unemployed man of Fukuoka in southern Japan called police on Wednesday when the camera sent pictures to his mobile phone of an intruder in his home while he was out on Wednesday, the Asahi newspaper said on its Website.

what a concept; imagine not knowing that a woman had been living in your home for so long.

Man sues tourist company over bad hotel tour

It almost sounds racist, unless you put yourself in the shoes of the person who has undergone such conditions. A British holidaymaker, responding to a tourist brochure, booked rooms at a hotel in Greece, and when he went their with his family, he found that the hotel was full of Germans, with only 25 of the 700 families being English, and most of the other 675 being German. Now this was not a reason for the complaint that he made, but it was the fact that all the facilities, the reps over there, all of this communication was in German and he could not enjoy his stay:

A British holidaymaker was awarded compensation by a court because there were too many German tourists at the hotel he booked in Greece, newspapers reported on Saturday. David Barnish, 47, paid 4,000 pounds (5,100 euros, 8,000 dollars) to take his wife and three daughters to a resort in Kos, but the family were unable to take part in entertainment or children's activities because they were only organised in the German language, the Daily Telegraph and Sun reported.
Barnish sued holiday company Thomson for breach of contract, claiming it had failed to disclose that the Grecotel Park hotel was used almost exclusively by Germans. A court in the central English city of Stoke awarded him 750 pounds in compensation after a judge ruled that customers at a hotel featured in an English-language brochure should be provided for in their own language, the reports said.

This was an interesting case, and was substantiating the consumers cannot be taken for a ride. If they are not getting what they have paid for, then they can complain and get their complaints heard.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Couple puts 7 day old baby girl for sale on the internet

This is the second time this year that such a thing has been reported. The internet, especially classified sales lists such as Craiglist have been used by people to sell all sorts of things, essentially as a online flea market. But no one can expect such lists to be used to sell human babies; in this case, a couple battling drug problems put in a young baby girl for sale on the internet. They were only caught when another woman saw the listing and reported it to authorities:

A couple put their seven-day-old baby girl up for sale for USD 10,000 over the Internet, Canadian police has said. The baby was seized by social workers in an apartment in this Pacific coast city while the parents, who have a history of drug problems, are under investigation for human trafficking, said police Constable Tim Fanning, just days after a similar incident in Germany.
The ad read "Must have!!!!!!" and offered a baby girl for 10,000 dollars. It described the child as seven days old, "very healthy and very cute. Can't afford and unexpected, looking for a good home, please call ASAP."

For no fault of hers, this baby has parents who are looking to sell their baby. Even considering that this is a hoax and a prank, it is very difficult to convince people that parents of a 7 day old baby could go so far as to think about putting their baby for sale on the internet (this is certainly not humour).

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

UN peace-keepers accused of child abuse

The world has come to depend on peace-keepers (deputed by the United Nations) to step in where individual countries and their forces cannot step in. Over the past few decades, the peace-keepers have gone to so many countries (especially in Africa) where they have come to represent the commitment of the international community to help out the citizens of countries that are having leadership or governance problems and need help. So it is all the more shocking that these same peacekeepers have been pointed out in a report as being responsible for many crimes such as the exploitation of young children, pornography, and trafficking of children:

Humanitarian aid workers and United Nation peacekeepers are sexually abusing small children in several war-ravaged and food-poor countries, a leading European charity has said. After interviewing hundreds of children, the charity said it found instances of rape, child prostitution, pornography, indecent sexual assault and trafficking of children for sex.
Save the Children says that almost as shocking as the abuse itself is the "chronic under-reporting" of the abuses. It believes that thousands more children around the world could be suffering in silence. In 2003, U.N. Nepalese troops were accused of sexual abuse while serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Six soldiers were jailed. A year later, two U.N. peacekeepers were repatriated after being accused of abuse in Burundi, and U.N. troops were accused of rape and sexual abuse in Sudan.

Such incidents are very shocking, and need a detailed investigation. The peace-keepers operate in regions where there is very little authority, and where people are even otherwise subject to all sorts of conditions; and if there are fears that they will start behaving in such a manner, trust will be lost.

Horrific apartheid-era happening in South Africa

South Africa has been free of racial discrimination / apartheid for many years now, and no longer are there incidents of white vs. black allowed legally. In fact, the country is rules by a party that represented the aspirations of the black people fighting the white government. So it was all the more surprising to read of an incident where white students at a University tricked some black workers into having some meat stew laced with urine, something that sounds positively horrible:

A South African university said Tuesday it will close the dormitory where white students tricked black workers into tasting stew laced with urine, an incident that sparked protests when revealed earlier this year.
The school became the focus of protests in February, after video surfaced of white students at the dormitory urging at least five black housekeepers to eat what appeared to be beef stew in a plastic bowl. Before serving the stew to the housekeepers, the students urinated into the mixture. At the end of the video, recorded in September, a message appears on the screen in Afrikaans saying, "That, at the end of the day, is what we think of integration."

This essentially shows that there are racial feelings still present among people, and it will be a challenge to get rid of them.

Shopping, and getting bitten by a scorpion

This must not happen often. Imagine going off to a supermarket and having to watch your fingers to see what creatures are just waiting to bite into your hand when you are picking up some fruit or vegetables. This is not a horror movie, but actually happened to a 12 year old girl when she was trying to purchase a seedless watermelon from a bin in a Wal-Mart. This may happen rarely, but it no less dangerous, and something that people need to be careful about:

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia: One young shopper at a Wal-Mart in West Virginia had to watch out for more than falling prices. A 12-year-old girl picking up a seedless watermelon from a bin was stung Sunday by a tan, inch-long scorpion that had apparently stowed away in a shipment from Mexico.
Megan Templeton, of Barboursville, was taken to the hospital as a precaution but later released. Her father, William Templeton, said the pain was a little worse than a bee sting. He initially did not believe his daughter when she said she had been stung by a scorpion, but then he saw the it scurry underneath a box. It was captured by Wal-Mart employees.

This must have been a big shock for the girl, but thankfully it seemed to be a non-poisonous variety.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Cat brings in passengers to Japanese railway station

In an interesting marketing spin, a Japanese company has used the cuddly pull of a cat to bring back customers to travel in trains. The company has been in a tight financial situation recently, and seems to have found an ideal solution to grow the business. So what does it do? It puts a nine year old cat in a railway uniform cap at the entrance of Kishi station, and revenue has actually grown by 10%. Cats are considered good luck in Japan:

All the nine-year-old cat does is sit by the entrance of Kishi station in a railway uniform cap and pose for photos for the tourists. Tama has done such a good job of raising revenue for the Kishikawa train line that she was recently promoted to “super-station-master”.
Appointing a cat to turn around fortunes makes cultural sense in Japan, where cats are believed to bring in business. People are snatching up postcards, notebooks and badges decorated with Tama's picture. There is even a ¥1,365 (£6.65) book of photographs called Diary of Tama, the Station Master.

If you click on the link of the article, you will see a cute photo of the cat.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Weird laws in Idaho

. Boise: Residents may not fish from a giraffe's back.
. Coeur d' Alene: If a police officer approaches a vehicle and suspects that the occupants are engaging in sex, he must either honk, or flash his lights and wait for three minutes before approaching the car.
. Idaho Falls, Idaho: If you're 88 years of age or older, it's illegal for you to ride your motorcycle.
. Idaho state law makes it illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.
. Idaho and other states allow members of the Native American church to use the hallucinogenic plant peyote in religious services.
. Illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.
. In Idaho walking along the street with a red-tipped cane is strictly prohibited.
. In Idaho, a citizen is forbidden by law to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
. It's illegal to hunt from the back of an animal.
. Non-married couples in Idaho who engage in sexual intercourse can be jailed for up to six months
. Pocatello: A law passed in 1912 provided that "The carrying of concealed weapons is forbidden, unless some are exhibited to public view"; A person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face.
. Riding a merry-go-round on Sundays is considered a crime.
. The town of Idaho Falls, Idaho, forbids anyone over the age of eighty-eight to ride a motorcycle.
. You may not fish on a camel's back.

Weird laws in Georgia

. Acworth: All citizens must own a rake.
. An old law in Columbus, Ga., made it illegal to sit on your porch in an indecent position.
. A Kennesaw, Ga. law makes it illegal for every homeowner not to own a gun, unless you are a convicted felon, conscientious objector or disabled.
. Against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
. Atlanta: Against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp;
. One man may not be on another man's back.
. Columbus: Can't cut off a chicken's head on Sunday; It is illegal to carry a chicken by it's feet down Broadway on Sunday.
. Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs.
. Gainesville: Chicken must be eaten with the hands.
. Georgia has 75 laws on how to build rice paddies, even though the state has only one rice farm left. Rice was the state's No. 1 crop before the Civil War. But right after the war, a hurricane destroyed all the paddies and ponds. It was too expensive to replace them without slaves, so the Rice State began growing peaches, peanuts and other crops.
. Georgia officials were revising their state laws in 1981, and noticed they still allowed pensions for Confederate widows. That week the last widow died. Lawmakers bowed their heads, and deleted the law.
. In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
. In Columbus, Georgia it is illegal to sit on one's porch in an indecent position.
. In Georgia, movie houses that want to show films on Sunday must reserve one showing a month for religious material.
. In Quitman, It is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.
. It is illegal to change the clothes on a storefront mannequin unless the shades are down.
. It is illegal to take a bath of orange peel.
. It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office.
. It used to be against the law in Jonesboro, Ga., to utter the words, "Oh boy."
. Kennesaw: Every head of household must possess a firearm of some kind.
. Marietta: Though it is illegal to spit from a car or bus, citizens may spit from a truck.
. Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.
. No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.
. One man may not be on another man's back.
. Signs are required to be written in English.
. St. Mary's: No spitting on the sidewalk is permitted after dark.
. Though it is illegal to spit from a car or bus, citizens may spit from a truck.
. You have the right to commit simple battery if provoked by "fighting" words.

Weird laws in Iowa

. A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
. An owner or employee of an establishment in Iowa that sells alcohol can't legally consume a drink there after closing for business.
. Don't plan on running a "tab" in Iowa; it's illegal.
. Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants in Marshalltown, Iowa.
. If a law enforcement officer is having a drink in a bar in Iowa and an employee pours water down the drain, the water is legally considered an alcohol beverage intended for unlawful purposes.
. In Dubuque any hotel in the city limits must have a water bucket and a hitching post in front of the building.
. In Fort Madison the fire department is required to practice fire fighting for fifteen minutes before attending a fire.
. In Marshalltown horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.
. In Ottumwa, Iowa, "It is unlawful for any male person, within the corporate limits of the (city), to wink at any female person with whom he is unaquainted."
. Indianola: The "Ice Cream Man" and his truck are banned.
. It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp.
. It is illegal to hunt from an aircraft.
. It is illegal to accept a gratuity or tip in Iowa.
. It's safe to make love while parked in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Police officers aren't allowed to walk up and knock on the window. Any suspicious officer who thinks that sex is taking place must drive up from behind, honk his horn three times and wait approximately two minutes before getting out of his car to investigate.
. Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.
. One-armed piano players must perform for free.
. Riverboat gamblers in Iowa have a $5 maximum bet.
. The Iowa Legislature once passed a resolution ordering the state cafeteria to start serving cornbread.
. Warn your hubby that after lovemaking in Ames, Iowa, he isn't allowed to take more than three gulps of beer while lying in bed with you -- or holding you in his arms.
. You may shoot Native Americans if there are more than five of them on your property at any one time (ouch)

Parents try to sell baby on eBay

Parents treasure their new babies, and it is said that there is an instinct that is there in parents that will get them to do all sorts of things if their babies / children are in danger. So it gets all the more surprising when you see people doing weird things with their babies. This couple actually placed their seven month old baby on eBay (a major auction site), and police intervened once they found out about this:

Police in southern Germany say they have removed a seven-month-old boy from his parents after they tried to sell him for one euro (US$1.57) over eBay.
Krumbach police spokesman Peter Hieber said baby Merlin has been put in care of youth services in the southwestern Allgaeu region and was doing well on Saturday.
Authorities have launched an investigation into possible child trafficking against the parents.

It could very well have been a joke, but typically child officials do not take such things as a joke.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Online auctions to clone dogs

Cloning has always been a controversial subject, and the concept of human cloing has always raised the hackles of a large number of people, including politicians. As a result, most countries have shied away from approving of human cloning; further, the news that a South Korean scientist had faked his results in the area of cloning led to a further backlash against the subject. On the other hand, cloning of animals has not provoked the same kind of reaction. Cloning of pets specially, the animals who are almost part of a family has started becoming an acceptable field (or at least does not provoke politicians and conservative campaigners to take up arms against this).
A company now plans to take this up on a commercial basis, offering to do cloning of dogs, and offering this facility at an auction. It is also doing a partnership with the discredited South Korean researcher, Hwang Woo Suk:

A California company is planning a string of online auctions next month to clone five dogs, with the bidding to start at $100,000. Scientists consider dogs among the most difficult animals to clone because they have an unusual reproductive biology, more so than humans.
"I know the association with Dr Hwang is going to be controversial," Lou Hawthorne, the chief executive of BioArts, said. "One of the contradictions of Dr Hwang is that he made mistakes on his human stem-cell research, and he's the first to admit that."
But he said Hwang's dog-cloning work had been independently verified. "Our main concern is simply he's the best when it comes to dog cloning," Hawthorne said, "and for that reason it behooves us to work with him."

People get so attached to pets that those having money are willing to spend heavily to try and obtain a clone of their dogs; however, this whole business of cloning involves ethical issues and needs to be relooked.

Man sentenced for keeping daughter as sexual prisoner

It was just a few weeks back that there was a big scandal over a man in Austria keeping his daughter in an underground cellar for 18 long years and fathering 7 children with her (while his wife lived in the same home upstairs). Now, it turns out that this happened in other places as well, and is a matter of grave concern. The bigger problem is that these cases show a failure of societal checks and balances due to this happening for a number of years, and yet nobody noticing and caring. In Argentina, a man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for doing the same:

BUENOS AIRES: A 73-year-old Argentine man who fathered two children with a young daughter he kept as his sexual prisoner will serve 16 years in prison himself.
Prosecuting Attorney Sergio Antin said the case of Eleuterio Soria had similarities to that of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man arrested last month for locking his daughter in a basement for 24 years.
Soria's trial revealed that he began abusing his daughter in 1992, when she was 12 years old. The following year she became pregnant by her father, prompting her mother to leave their home in La Matanza, a working-class Buenos Aires district. The family's five other siblings eventually left as well. The daughter, whose name was not released, had a second child by her father in 1997. Unlike Fritzl, Soria used psychological domination rather than physical restraints to keep her in the house. She did flee on various occasions, but would return home after he threatened their two children - often at gunpoint.

The incidents of incest, and such repression and perversion of one's own children are abhorrent, one wonders as to what is going on in the mind of the perpetrators.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Thailand opens zoo of long-necked women

In Thailand, there is a ethnic group where the women wear brass rings around their neck, both as a beauty enhancement and as a status symbol. As a result of the constant pressure of these brass rings, their necks become much longer than normal, and give them a distinctive appearance. They are called the Padung or long-necked Karen in Thailand, but they consider those terms denigrating and call themselves Kayan. The authorities have made many of the villages of this ethnic group as tourist attractions, and in a new issue, have actually started charging money from tourists:

Thai provincial officials have allowed a new "human zoo" featuring "long-necked" or "giraffe" women to open in Sattahip near Bangkok despite mounting international criticism of the exploitative tourism practice, media reports said on Monday.
It charges an entrance fee of 25 baht for Thai visitors and 250 baht for foreigners, the newspaper said. Sattahip district chief Narong Thirachantarangkoon brushed off accusations that he had allowed the establishment of a "human zoo" in his district. "I don't think so because the Karen are willingly living here," he said. "This is better than staying in their home region and starving." The rings worn by the Kayan women can weigh 10 kg or more, and over the years, the weight pushes down their collar bones and shoulders, making their necks appear longer and giving the women their nicknames of "long-necked" women.

Charging tourists for being able to visit villages where these women live, just for the purpose of being able to see these women makes the whole picture that of like a zoo, and is an abhorrent concept.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Flight attendant tried to set plane on fire

In a report on how stupid a person could be, especially in this heightened state of tension and worries about terrorism (specifically with relation to aircraft), a flight attendant was angry about his work routine and set fire to paper towels in the aircraft lavatory. He was finally caught, arrested, and fired from his job. Even with all the mercy petitions that he can file and pleas for mercy, he is looking at some jail time:

Court documents said Rojas, of the Twin Cities suburb of Woodbury, told authorities he was upset at the airline for making him work the route. He is accused of taking a lighter with him through the security checkpoint, authorities said. "Rojas further stated that he was preparing his cart to serve the passengers, he set the cart up, went back to the lavatory and reached in with his right hand and lit the paper towels with the lighter," court documents said.
Investigators later found a lighter in one of the overhead bins. Rojas confessed after authorities interviewed him, the complaint said. Compass is a subsidiary of Northwest Airlines, based in Eagan, Minn. Rojas has been fired, said Northwest spokesman Rob Laughlin.

If prosecutors do decide to get tough, Rojas is looking for a long time in the prison, since the maximum sentence for such a crime is 20 years in prison. He will have to get a public defender who can plea-bargain his case.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Girl found with twin infant in stomach

In a rare case, a girl was found to have her own twin inside her stomach in a tumour. Doctors have estimated that the case in which one baby in a womb absorbs the other to be as low as 2 in a million, and it is a surprise when they actually see it happening. It is even more surprising that this was only found when she was 9 years old and complained of a pain in the stomach:

A nine-year-old girl who went to hospital suffering from stomach pains was found to be carrying her embryonic twin, doctors in central Greece said Thursday. Doctors at Larissa General Hospital examined the girl and surgically removed a growth they later discovered was an embryo about six centimeters (more than two inches) long.
Andreas Markou, head of the hospital's pediatric department, said the embryo was a formed fetus with a head, hair and eyes, but no brain or umbilical cord.

British Government releases secret UFO files

UFO's are a controversy that never seem to go away; they have been reported by people all over the world, some of whom can be dismissed as pranksters, others are reported by serious people such as police officers, military men and airport officials. They have been seen on radar, and of course, in the most extreme of cases, people have reported actual contacts with aliens. On the flip side, there are many phenomenon that can be used to explain some of these sightings such as weather balloons, secret aircraft, and freak natural occurrences such as ball lightning, unusual light patterns, storm events, etc.
The British Government had compiled a secret report about the reportings, and have finally released the report after a long time:

Britain's Ministry of Defense has released files on UFO sightings dating back to the 1970s, including witness accounts and the government's response. The ministry on Wednesday released the files as part of a four-year project to transfer all of the UFO documents to the National Archives to make them available to curious members of the public.
The files released Wednesday cover 1978 to 1987. The rest, dating from the 1950s and covering recent history, will be released over the coming years. Reported sightings typically describe various shapes and colors of lights, moving in formation or hovering in the sky. Witnesses reported orange, red, white and green lights that were diamond-shaped, square, or cigar-shaped. They reported them to police, who have a standard 16-question form specifically for UFO sightings.

Some of them are reported as hoaxes, but the overall report could cause a great amount of wonder about how many of these are true and how many were indeed hoaxes.

Bear climbs on roof of house in Romania

Bears have been shown to be very cuddly creatures, as seen in a number of kids shows and cartoons. In reality of course, bears are massive creatures, very powerful and the same person who laughs at the antics of a bear in a cartoon would strive to run away if seeing a bear in the wild. So what happens when a bear suddenly appears in a city ? People would get panicked and try to escape immediately:

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A mother bear and her young cub stopped traffic and caused panic Thursday in central Romania after they roamed through gardens in search of food and finally climbed the stairs of a 4-story building and broke onto the roof. A rescue team tranquilized the mother after failing to steer her toward a nearby forest, officials said.
"The bear cub was very small and could not keep up with its mum, and she did not want to go back to the forest without it," said Flavius Barbulescu, head of the animal protection service. The animals finally took refuge in a building, climbing the stairs to the attic, breaking a window and then clambering onto the roof. "That was when we decided to tranquilize the mother," Barbulescu said.

And of course, a mother bear is even more dangerous where a kid is concerned. Her maternal instincts can make the bear very aggressive, especially if there is any perceived danger to the kid bear.

Man with wings soars above the Alps

Man has always dreamed of flying through the air, akin to how birds fly. He did this first through hot air balloons, then through using small aircraft, and now this event. This is a man flying through the air, with wings on his back, and using the speed of a rocket engine to achieve upto 186 mph. Some other features:

# Yves Rossy is the world's first man to fly with jet fuel-powered wings
# He demonstrated his flight talent in Bex, Switzerland
# His jet turbines enabled him to achieve a speed of 186 mph
# He uses only his body to change position in the air

See a link for this video.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Man using camera for obscene work arrested in Rome

One of the problems with modern technology is that it can increasingly be used for wrong work; the problems of hidden cameras, miniature cameras, etc can be a serious one. There are actually sites dedicated to displaying upskirt photos where people post their photos related to taking photos under the skirts of women (although people caught taking such photos are prosecuted, the genre seems to be proliferating because it appeals to the baser instincts). Here is the case of one such person caught doing the same in Rome:

Italian police have arrested a man in Venice who was allegedly wandering around St Mark's Square and other city landmarks while secretly filming thousands of women's bottoms, officials said on Tuesday.
"He was very well dressed," paramilitary police Capt Mario Marino said. "He followed her and when she bent over to pick up something he tried to place the tip of the bag under her skirt." Upon inspection, the bag revealed a sophisticated camera which the man had used to film some 3,000 women in the area over more than three years, Marino said. The bag also contained DVDs with the material filmed by the man, he said.

This is a practice that needs to severely discouraged, through strict prosecution if necessary. Women should not worry about having such secretly taken photographs being taken or displayed (especially since this seems to be a pervert).

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Man hacked computer game to win girl-friend

People do many strange things in order to get their loved ones to say yes to marriage - some of which cost a great deal of money and effort. In many cases, there is also the belief that if you can get the marriage question ("Will you marry me?") to pop in a different and novel way, your girlfriend would get impressed and have a greater chance of saying Yes. So, betting on this, a hacker modified a favorite computer game of his girlfriend so that when she reached a certain stage of the game, she would see the question:

Hiding a ring in a bouquet just wasn't enough when a computer programmer decided to pop the question. Bernie Peng reprogrammed Tammy Li's favorite video game, "Bejeweled," so a ring and a marriage proposal would show up on the screen when she reached a certain score.
"Most video game companies would frown on people manipulating their games," said Garth Chouteau, a spokesman for PopCap. "But it won him a woman. As a bunch of geeks, we have to say, 'Bernie, hats off to you.' " The company is also supplying copies of "Bejeweled" to hand out as favors to the wedding guests.

This is a pretty novel way of getting the girlfriend to say 'Yes', but the person who most benefited from this seems to be the company making the game since they have got immense publicity from the situation.

Saudi professor to be lashed for meeting woman alone

Read this article, and was revolted by what I read. You do read from time to time that people have different cultures and social norms, but there must be some amount of humanity to all norms. Saudi Arabia has strict interpretations of what a female can do and cannot do (more controls on what she cannot do), but the bottom line is that freedoms that others take for granted are not available to her. In this case, a professor in Saudi Arabia is going to be in prison for 8 months and be lashed 150 times for the big crime of meeting a woman alone:

A Saudi Arabian man is to get 150 lashes and spend eight months in prison after he was caught meeting a woman without a chaperone in a coffee shop.
Muhammad Ali Abu Raziza, a psychology professor in Mecca, was arrested by the Kingdom’s feared religious police, the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. He was accused of breaking the Islamic injunctions under the Khilwa code, which restricts the independence of women. It stipulates that women must not meet men alone, other than relatives.

Now, there are many people who would say that this is the way that the society over there is governed and this is the choice that people have made, but that is nonsense. Just because some societies had the policy of apartheid does not mean that the world let that continue; and further, Saudi Arabia is not a democratic country where people have made this choice - this is a decision by the rulers to have such laws so that they get the support of the religious clergy.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hitting a record number of porn sites

There are a lot of people who are attracted to porn, and use whatever opportunity they have available to browse for porn. There are a lot of offices that do not actually prohibit porn, and there are others who prohibit browsing for porn, but do not either have filters in place or do not effectively monitor people's net usage to check for porn browsing. However, even a place that hardly check for porn will take action if they find an employee logging almost a million hits for porn:

A Japanese civil servant was demoted for logging more than 780,000 hits on pornographic Web sites on his office computer over nine months, an official said Friday. The man, a Kinokawa city government employee in western Japan, visited porn sites from June 2007 to February 2008, city official Tomiko Waki said. City officials said the number of hits discovered on his computer's internal log was so high in part because one click on certain types of pornographic sites registers multiple hits.
The man's supervisors discovered his extensive porn site visits after his computer became infected with a virus, prompting officials to examine his Web browser's history. Along with the demotion, he received a 20,000 yen ($190) monthly pay cut, Waki said.

This officer was lucky to have been left off with a demotion, given that in many countries and in most corporations, he would have been fired. The interesting part is that either it was not being checked whether his normal work was also happening, or maybe he could get by without doing work.

Trying to cash a check for $360 billion

The most successful criminals are the ones who are never detected, and the most seemingly obvious way to do this is in way that seems like normal behaviour; don't be too flashy and don't ask for outrageous things. Hence, for example, people who try to steal from banks find manipulating the system a much less detectable method rather than taking a gun and trying to hold up the teller. Somebody should try telling all this to this gentleman who tried to present a forged check, not for a figure like $1,000 dollars but for the figure of $360 billion.

Charles Ray Fuller must have been planning one big record company. The 21-year-old North Texas man was arrested last week for trying to cash a $360 billion check, saying he wanted to start a record business, authorities said. Tellers at the Fort Worth bank were immediately suspicious — perhaps the 10 zeros on a personal check tipped them off, according to investigators.
Fuller said his girlfriend's mother gave him the check to start a record business, but bank employees who contacted the account's owner said the woman told them she did not give him permission to take or cash the check, according to police. In addition to forgery, Fuller was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possessing marijuana, Fort Worth police Lt. Paul Henderson said.

This guy belongs in a special class; not only did he try to rip-off the mother of his girlfriend, he did so for an amount that the bank could not possibly fulfill and that the lady's account would not have. Additionally, he was actually carrying both a weapon and marijuana !

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Weird laws in Washington DC

. A D.C. federal judge has ruled that begging is a form of free speech protected by the Constitution. That means that mugging is free speech too, only more persuasive.
. In Washington D.C. it is illegal to post a notice in public which calls another person a 'coward' for refusing to accept a challenge to duel.
. It is unlawful for small boys to throw stones, at any time, at any place in the District of Columbia.
. The only acceptable sexual position in Washington D.C. is the missionary position. Any other sexual position is considered illegal.
. The U.S. government says it's a crime to give false weather reports.

Weird laws in Hawaii

. All residents may be fined as a result of not owning a boat.
. Coins are not allowed to be placed in one's ears.
. Honolulu: Within the limits of any public park, it is unlawful to annoy any bird.
. In Hawaii it is illegal to get a tattoo behind your ear or on your eyelid unless in the presence of a registered physician.
. It used to be the law in Hawaii that children had to obey all "lawful and moral" commands of their parents.
. It's illegal for a shooting gallery to offer liquor as a prize. The shooter might want to come back after drinking the prize and try again.
. You will be fined if you do not own a boat.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Weird laws in Florida

. (SARASOTA) It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
. Apparently with an exaggerated idea of the laws of thermal dynamics, the city council of West Palm Beach, Fla., once decreed that the roofs of all outhouses be fireproof.
. A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
. Big Pine Key: It is illegal to molest a Key deer; If caught one will be fined or will have to go to jail.
. Cape Coral: It is against the city ordinance to hang your clothes outside on a clothesline; It it illegal to park a pick-up truck in your driveway or in front of your house on the street (This law is limited to only those who do not own the house)
. Daytona Beach: The molestation of trash cans is banned; While intoxicated, being under influence of narcotics is prohibited; It shall be unlawful for any person to swim or bathe in that portion of the Atlantic Ocean within the corporate limits of the city when under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired;
. Don't plan on using any of the celebratory Champagne bottle sizes known as
Methuselahs, Salamanazars, Balthazars or Nebuchadnezzars. These very traditional Champagne bottle sizes are all illegal in Florida.
. Florida deals with its prostitution problem by giving prostitutes spending money, a five-year banishment, and a bus ticket out of town.
. Florida law forbids rats to leave the ships docked in Tampa Bay.
. Florida prohibits topless walking or running within a 150 foot zone between the beach and the street.
. Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
. Hialeah: Ambling and strolling is a misdemeanor.
. If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
. In Florida failure to tell your neighbor his house is on fire is illegal.
. In Florida it is illegal to fish while driving across a bridge.
. In Florida, men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays may be jailed.
. In Miami, Florida it is illegal for a man to wear any kind of strapless gown.
. In Miami, it is forbidden to imitate an animal.
. Miami Shores Village, Fla., has for years required that all goods made in Communist countries and offered for sale in Miami Shores Village be clearly marked as such. The ordinance notes that such goods are often marked in a "false, misleading or inadequate manner, to hide their Communist origins."
. In Sarasota it is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
. It is illegal to block any traveled wagon road.
. It is illegal to fart in a public place after 6:00pm on a Thursday.
. It is illegal to skateboard without a license.
. It's against a Key West, Fla., ordinance to spit on a church floor.
. It's illegal in Florida for an unmarried man and woman to live together in "open and gross lewdness." Connecticut once had a similar law, but only the woman was penalized.
. Key West: Chickens are considered a 'protected species'.
. Miami: No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or
device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least 100 feet, but no bicycle shall be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon a bicycle, any siren or whistle.
. Oral sex is illegal.
. Penalty for horse theft is death by hanging.
. Pensacola: Citizens may not be caught downtown without at least 10 dollars on their person; It is illegal to roll a barrel on any street, fines go up according to the contents of the barrel; A women can be fined (only after death), for being electrocuted in a bath-tub because of using self-beautification utensils.
. Pinecrest: In order to operate a burglar alarm, a permit must be obtained.
. Sanford Stage: Nudity is banned, with the exception of "bona fide" theatrical performances. Violating this ordinance results in a $100 fine.
. Sarasota: If you hit a pedestrian you are fined $78.00; You may not catch crabs.
. Tampa Bay: It is illegal to eat cottage cheese on Sunday after 6:00 P.M.
. Under a 1959 ordinance, stubborn children were considered vagrants in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Fla.
. When having sex, only the missionary position is legal.
. Women can be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer. The salon owner can also be fined for this horrible crime.
. You are not allowed to break more than three dishes per day, or chip the edges of more than four cups and/or saucers.
. You may not fart in a public place after 6 P.M. on Thursdays.
. You may not kiss your wife's breasts.

Weird laws in Delaware

. Delaware prohibits horse racing of any kind on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
. In Delaware it is illegal to get married on a dare.
. In Delaware you may not sell dead people for money without a license.
. It is illegal to fly over any body of water, unless one is carrying sufficient supplies of food and drink.
. Lewes: It is illegal to wear pants that are "firm fitting" around the waist

Weird laws in Connecticut

. A local ordinance in Atwoodville, Connecticut prohibits people from playing Scrabble while waiting for a politician to speak.
. A pickle is not officially a pickle unless it bounces
. Balloons with advertising on them are illegal in Hartford, Conn.
. Bloomfield, Conn: It's against the law to eat in your car.
. Cattle branding in the United States did not originate in the West. It began in Connecticut in the mid-nineteenth century, when farmers were required by law to mark all their pigs.
. Devon: It is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
. Druggists in Connecticut must pay $400.00 each year for a license in order to use alcohol in compounding prescriptions.
. Guilford: Only white Christmas lights are allowed for display.
. Hartford: You aren't allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands
. In colonial times, Hartford, Conn., had an ordinance that allowed any resident to rent the town chain for 2 pence.
. In Connecticut any dogs with tattoos must be reported to the police.
. In Connecticut it is illegal to pirouette while crossing the street
. In Devon, Connecticut, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
. In Hartford, Conn., it's illegal to plant a tree in the street.
. In Hartford, Connecticut, it is illegal to kiss your wife on Sunday.
. In Simsbury, Conn., it's illegal for a politician to campaign at the town dump.
. It is illegal to discharge a firearm from a public highway.
. It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
. It's illegal to clam at night in Connecticut.
. New Britain: It is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25mph, even when going to a fire.
. No one may use a white cane, unless they are blind.
. Southington: Silly string is banned.
. Strangers in Simsbury, Conn., were required, under an ordinance enacted in 1701 and only recently repealed, to leave town within a month unless they had at least 20 shillings to their names.
. The marriage of imbeciles and feeble-minded persons is prohibited.
. This state still retains an old law forbidding any kind of "private sexual behavior between consenting adults."
. Under the Code of 1650 in the New Haven Colony (in what is now Connecticut), a 16-year-old boy could be put to death if he "cursed, struck or disobeyed" his parents or was "stubborn or rebellious."
. Waterbury: It is illegal for any beautician to hum, whistle, or sing while working on a customer.
. You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
. You cannot buy any alcohol after 8pm or on Sundays.
. You may not educate dogs.

Weird laws in California

. A city ordinance states that a $500 fine will be given to anyone who detonates a nuclear device within city limits.
. Alhambra: You cannot leave your car on the street overnight without the proper permit.
. Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
. A regulation in San Francisco makes it unlawful to use used underwear to wipe off cars in a car wash.
. Arcadia: Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.
. A server in California can be convicted of selling to a minor if the purchaser uses a false or altered ID to buy the alcohol.
. Baldwin Park: Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
. Bathhouses are against the law.
. Belvedere City Council order reads: "No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash."
. Blythe: You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
. Burlingame: It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds; Carmel Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor); Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.
. California only fairly recently legalized the sale of alcoholic beverages in nudist colonies.
. Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.
. Downey: It is illegal to wash your car in the street. (Passed 1995).
. Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited.
. Hollywood: It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.
. In 1838, the city of Los Angeles passed an ordinance requiring that a man obtain a license before serenading a woman.
. In Los Angeles courts it is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
. In Berkeley, Calif., you can't whistle for an escaped bird before 7 a.m.
. In 1930, the City Council of Ontario passed an ordinance forbidding roosters to crow within the city limits.
. In an animal shelter, lizards and snakes are treated under the same guidelines as cats and dogs.
. In Baldwin Park, California nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
. In California it is illegal to have caller ID
. In California it's against regulations to let phones ring more than nine times in state offices.
. In California you may not set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
. In California, selling a gold piece without tooth marks in it is considered forgery.
. In Los Angeles, years ago it was legal to cook in your bedroom, but not to sleep in your kitchen.
. In Los Angeles a man is legally entitled to beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, but the belt can't be wider than 2 inches, unless he has his wife's consent to beat her with a wider strap. Consent should be given prior to the event, as is carefully stipulated.
. In Los Angeles, you cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.
. In the 1940's, California law made it illegal to serve alcohol to a gay person.
. In Riverside, California, kissing on the lips, unless both parties wipe their lips with carbonized rose water, is against the local health ordinance. (Someone needed to be kissed!)
. In San Francisco it's illegal to play poker in public or gamble in a barricaded room.
. In San Francisco, it's illegal to beat a rug in front of your house.
. In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.
. It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
. It is a violation of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act for producers of alcohol beverages to list the names of retailers or restaurants that sell their products in advertising or even in newsletters.
. It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
. It is illegal to eat an orange in your bath tub
. It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.
. It is illegal to set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
. Lafayette: You are forbidden to spit on the ground within 5 feet of another person.
. Lodi: It is illegal to own or sell "Silly String".
. Lompoc: It is illegal to posses, own or raise roosters. This is considered disturbing the peace.
. Long Beach: Cars are the only item allowed in a garage; It is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.
. Los Angeles law forbids hunting moths under a street light.
. Toads may not be licked;
. Many animals are illegal to own as pets, including snails, sloths, and elephants.
. Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
. No alcohol beverages can be displayed within five feet of a cash register of any store in California that sells both alcohol and motor fuel.
. No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
. Oakland, Calif., makes it illegal to grow a tree in front of your neighbor's window and block his view. However, you're off the hook if the tree is one that town officials consider an attractive tree, such as a redwood or box elder.
. One may not carry a lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o'clock.
. Palm Springs: It is illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of four and six PM.
. Persons classified as "ugly" may not walk down any street.
. Prunedale: Two bathtubs may not be installed in the same house.
. Redlands: Motor vehicles may not drive on city streets unless a man with a lantern is wallking ahead of it.
. San Diego: It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar; The owners of houses with Christmas lights on them past February second may be fined up to $250.
. San Francisco has an ordinance prohibiting "cane games." City officials have no idea what cane games are. But when revising city laws recently, officials decided to keep the prohibition on the books, in case someday, somehow, cane games came back, they were deemed improper and the city needed the law.
. San Francisco is said to be the only city in the nation to have ordinances guaranteeing sunshine to the masses.
. San Francisco: Prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash;
. San Francisco bans any "mechanical device that reproduces obscene language."
. San Francisco prohibits kerchoo powders and stink balls.
. San Jose: It is illegal to have more than two cats or dogs. -Ord. 7.08.595
. Santa Monica: You may not play percussion instruments on the beach.
. Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
. Temecula: Ducks have the right of way to cross Rancho California St. at all times.
. The city of San Francisco holds a copyright on the name "San Francisco." It is illegal to manufacture any item with the name without first getting permission from the city. Since the Supreme Court upheld the copyright, San Francisco has had an annual $300 million surplus every year.
. The Santa Monica, Calif., City Council recently proposed that men be allowed to use women's public restrooms when there's a line of three or more at the mens' room, and vice versa.
. Women may not drive in a house coat.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Killing dog by putting in washing machine

Imagine being so drunk that you know not what you are doing, and being so drunk that you lose your basic humanity, the concept of right and wrong. A pet is a good friend, especially dogs, who tend to be very faithful; after all, there are many cases of pets having saved the lives of their owners. You can see this happening regularly, when you can see guide dogs leading blind or visually challenged people to safety. So, what do you say to a person who put their pet dog into a washing machine, and then made sure that the dog died inside the washing machine:

Drunken dog owner Andrew Glazzard killed his pet by putting it into a washing machine “to teach it a lesson” after it made a mess, a court heard. The dog Maisie had survived an earlier ordeal in the machine but Glazzard put her back in when he noticed her tail was still wagging. The dog died when Glazzard fell asleep before switching off the machine. He then put the animal’s body in a bag and threw it into the River Stour, the court heard.

There are many laws that apply to people behaving in such a way; and even if we treat pets at not the same level as humans, such behavior is unacceptable.

Weird laws in Colorado


. Car dealers may not show cars on a Sunday.
. Colorado law requires that wine be sold in containers of at least 24 ounces and spirits in containers at least a fifth of a gallon. But, at the same time, it also decrees that no alcohol beverage can be stored in hotel minibars in anything larger than miniature containers.
. Colorado Springs: It is permissible to wear a holstered six-gun within city limits, except on Sunday, Election Day, or holidays.
. Crippe Creek: It is illegal to bring your horse or pack mule above the ground floor of any building.
. Denver: The dog catcher must notify dogs of impounding by posting, for three consecutive days, a notice on a tree in the city park and along a public road running through said park;
. It is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor;
. It is illegal to mistreat rats;
. You may not drive a black car on Sundays.
. Durango: It is illegal to go in public dressed in clothes "unbecoming" on
one's sex.
. Have you ever had the urge to rip the tag from a pillow or mattress, despite the warning of dire penalties? Well, it's perfectly legal now, if you live in Colorado. The Governor formalized the law by gleefully tearing a label from a pillow at his office. "I've been worrying about the mattress inspector jumping through the window for years," he said.
. In Colorado it's now legal to remove the furniture tags that say, "Do Not
Remove Under Penalty of Law."
. In Denver, Colorado it is illegal for Barber's to give massages to nude customers unless it is for instructional purposes.
. It is against the law in Pueblo, Colorado, to raise or permit a dandelion to grow within the city limits.
. It is illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she is asleep in Logan County, Colorado.
. It is illegal for a woman wearing a red dress to be out on the streets after 7 PM.
. It is illegal for liquor stores to sell food or grocery stores to sell any alcohol except beer that is at most 3.2% alcohol.
. Sterling: Cats may not run loose without having been fit with a taillight.

Weird laws in Arkansas


. A law provides that school teachers who bob their hair will not get a raise.
. A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
. A voter is only allowed five minutes to mark his ballot.
. Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs.
. An Arkansas legislator not long ago proposed that the state provide growth
hormones to dwarfs.
. Arkansas must be pronounced "Arkansaw"
. At Arkansas State University two people cannot hold hands while standing in a doorway unless they belong to a union.
. Fayetteville: It is illegal to kill "any living creature".
. Flirtation between the members of the opposite sex on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term.
. In Arkansas it is illegal to buy or sell blue lightbulbs.
. It's illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas in that state.
. Little Rock: Dogs may not bark after 6 PM.
. It is unlawful to walk one's cow down Main Street after 1:00 PM on Sunday;
. No person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or
sandwiches are served after 9:00 P.M. -Little Rock City Code Sec. 18-54
. Oral sex is considered to be sodomy.
. The Arkansas legislature passed a law that states that the Arkansas River
can rise no higher than to the Main Street bridge in Little Rock.

Weird funny laws in Arizona


. A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
. Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony (This goes back in the days of the Wild West).
. Cards may not be played in the street with a Native American.
. Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.
. Due to a typographical error in the Tempe, Ariz., code, a shooting range can be run by the "Amateur Crapshooting Association."
. Glendale: Cars may not be driven in reverse.
. Hayden: If you bother the cottontails or bullfrogs, you will be fined.
. Hunting camels is prohibited.
. In 1985, an Arizona legislator proposed that each candidate for the legislature take a reading and an I.Q. test three months before the election. The scores would have been posted on the ballot, had the bill passed. But a majority of legislators, for whatever reason, voted it down.
. In Arizona it is illegal to take naked photographs before noon on Sunday.
. It is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling.
. It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
. It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.
. Maricopa County: No more than six girls may live in any house.
. Mesa: It is illegal to smoke cigarettes within 15 feet of a public place unless you have a Class 12 liqueur license.
. Mohave County: A decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.
. Nogales: An ordinance prohibits the wearing of suspenders.
. Oral sex is considered to be sodomy.
. Prescott: No one is permitted to ride their horse up the stairs of the county court house.
. There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.
. Tucson: Women may not wear pants.
. When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person posseses.
. You may not have more than two dildos in a house.

Weird laws in Alabama

. A 1950 anti-obscenity law in Irondale, Ala., prohibited any showing of anyone nude or "in a substantially nude state" except a babe in arms.
. Anniston: You may not wear blue jeans down Noble Street.
. An ordinance in Linden, Ala., provided that all women of "uncertain chastity" had to be off the streets by 9 p.m.
. Bear wrestling matches are prohibited.
. Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
. Children of incestuous couples are deemed legitimate.
. Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
. Hunting is not allowed on Sunday.
. Incestuous marriages are legal.
. It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
. It is illegal to impersonate a person of the clergy.
. It is illegal to maim oneself to escape duty.
. It is illegal to stab yourself to gain someone's pity.
. It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
. It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile.
. It is legal to drive the wrong Alabama
. A 1950 anti-obscenity law in Irondale, Ala., prohibited any showing
of anyone nude or "in a substantially nude state" except a babe in arms.
. Anniston: You may not wear blue jeans down Noble Street.
. An ordinance in Linden, Ala., provided that all women of "uncertain
chastity" had to be off the streets by 9 p.m.
. Bear wrestling matches are prohibited.
. Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
. Children of incestuous couples are deemed legitimate.
. Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
. Hunting is not allowed on Sunday.
. Incestuous marriages are legal.
. It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a
. It is illegal to impersonate a person of the clergy.
. It is illegal to maim oneself to escape duty.
. It is illegal to stab yourself to gain someone's pity.
. It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
. It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a
lantern attached to the front of your automobile.
. It is unlawful to wear women's pumps with sharp, high heels.
. It's against the law for a man to seduce "a chaste woman by means of temptation, deception, arts, flattery or a promise of marriage."
. It's illegal to play dominoes on Sunday.
. Jasper: It is illegal for a husband to beat his wife with a stick larger in diameter than his thumb.
. Lee County: It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday.
. Masks may not be worn in public
. Men may not spit in front of the opposite sex.
. Mobile: It is unlawful to howl at ladies inside the city limits. It is unlawful to wear women's pumps with sharp, high heels.
. Montgomery: It is considered an offense to open an umbrella on a street, for fear of it spooking horses.
. No persons may sell "blow-out nuts".
. Pool halls may not be operated between 11:30 PM and 6 AM.
. Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
. Slavery is still legal in Decatur, Alabama.
. The game of crackaloo is illegal in Fairfield, Ala.
. Women are able to retain all property they owned prior to marriage in the case of divorce. However, this provision does not apply to men.
. You cannot chain your alligator to a fire hydrant.
. You may not drive barefooted.
. You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.
. You must have windshield wipers on your car.

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