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Odd Law Book News

As I've mentioned before (probably more than once), I have been collecting examples of odd, dumb, and/or unnecessary laws for a while now, both for this blog and for a book project. I am happy to announce that the book…


Saudis May End Beheadings; Said to Be Short on Swordsmen

But if you thought (and you probably didn't) that Saudi Arabia had finally taken a giant leap forward into the eighteenth century by deciding that chopping off heads is inhumane, think again. A joint Saudi committee composed of representatives of…


Court Rules Icelandic “Girl” Can Use Her Own Name

The Reykjavik District Court has ruled that a 15-year-old Icelandic girl can legally use the first name "Blaer," reversing a contrary decision by government officials. Iceland has strict naming laws that require, among other things, that names fit standard grammar…


Woman Arrested for Voting

In 1872, but still. Here are two things I did not know until recently: Susan B. Anthony was actually arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime of voting while female. The "B" stood for "badass." According to "The Trial of…


TSA: Too Sad for an Acronym

One more just to complete the trifecta, and then I will try to get a little more lighthearted. We've recently seen the TSA harassing the elderly, the very young, and now … the disabled. (Also the nude, but in that case…




Pantless Objection to Topless Protest

I guess it's not quite "Headless Body in Topless Bar," but it's as close as I'm likely to get. At least the story behind this headline is much more pleasant, if almost as baffling. Police in Asheville, North Carolina, said…


In Defense of Monkey Copyright [Updated]

Thanks for your responses to my question about who if anyone owns the legal rights to a monkey photographer's work. The responses varied, although none were too favorable to the monkey. Here are some thoughts, with the disclaimer that I'm…


Saudi Creeps Arrest Female Drivers

As I mentioned last month, the arrest of Manal al-Sherif for Driving While Female led Saudi activists to set June 17 as a day on which other women would also go out and drive around, to show solidarity and protest the…