Laws (We Shouldn’t Need)

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You People Quit Bothering Goat Man

Goat Man, Lurkin' "The sighting of a man dressed in a goat suit on a Utah mountain is causing concern among state wildlife officials," begins this report on the recent sighting of a man dressed in a goat suit on…


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Georgia Bill Would Require Drug-Testing for State Legislators

State Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) may or may not be serious about this proposal, but given some of the other stuff that legislatures have done, mandatory drug testing of legislators prior to any vote might not be a bad idea….


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Things You Can’t Do in a Royal Park

According to the UK's Royal Parks and Other Open Spaces Regulations, 1997 No. 1639, Reg. 4, it is forbidden to do (among other things) any of the following without written permission in Hyde Park or other land to which said regulations…



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Greased-Pig Contests Illegal in Minnesota

343.36 GREASED PIG CONTESTS AND TURKEY SCRAMBLES No person shall operate, run or participate in a contest, game, or other like activity, in which a pig, greased, oiled or otherwise, is released and wherein the object is the capture of…


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Roadkill-Scavenging Soon to Be Legal in Illinois

Good news, Illinoisans Illinoisians Illinoisites people of Illinois – it may soon be legal to retrieve the carcasses of certain unfortunate mammals commonly referred to as "roadkill" and retain them for personal use (presumably eating or skinning). HB 3178, passed…


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British Medical Experts Say Knives Too Pointy, Call For Ban

Citing a wave of stabbings in early 2005, a group of British medical experts have called for laws requiring knives to be blunt. Not all knives, of course—that would be stupid—but at least the kind of long, pointy knives often…


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Update: Virginia Low-Pants Legislation Dies in Senate

 Sadly, the Virginia Senate has already killed the low-pants legislation that passed the state House on Tuesday. After a standing-room-only hearing, a Senate committee voted unanimously to kill the bill, apparently having been embarrassed by news reports about it. Committee…


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Virginia Joins Assault on Low-Riding Pants

Last year I (among many others) reported on the Louisiana low-pants legislation, which would have criminalized the wearing of pants that ride low enough to expose underwear. Actually, the exact definition of the offense went through a variety of iterations,…