- It is still an offence to beat or shake any carpet rug or mat in any street in the Metropolitan Police District, although you are allowed to shake a doormat before 8am.
- It is illegal to keep a pigsty in front of your house (Unless duly hidden).
- It is illegal to erect a washing line across any street.
- It is illegal to sing any profane or obscene song or ballad in any street.
- It is illegal to wilfully and wantonly disturb people by ringing their doorbells or knocking at their doors - Even if it has a cute name like Ding Dong Ditch, Knock Knocky or Ring and Run.
- It is illegal to order or permit any servant to stand on the sill of any window to clean or paint it.
- The Easter Act 1928 provides that, in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, Easter Day shall be a fixed day in each year, viz. the first Sunday after the second Saturday in April. The Act has been on the statute book for 62 years but has never been brought into force.
- An employer cannot give a (subjective) bad reference as this may constitute libel. They can choose not to give one at all or be non committal, but they can’t give a bad one.
- The Metropolitan Streets Act 1867 prohibits the driving or conducting of any cattle through any street between the hours of 10.00 in the morning and 7.00 in the evening (except with the permission of the Commissioner of Police). The maximum penalty is a £200 fine for each head of cattle. (LCSLPR*)
- It is illegal to eat Mute Swan unless you’re the Queen of Great Britain. The Queen and two livery companies (Vitners and Dryers) own all the Mute Swans in England and only the Queen and her invited diners may actually eat them as can guests of St. John’s College Cambridge.
- This is strictly speaking true but much more complicated than it seems and has a great deal to do with which swans are marked and which are unmarked. In particular, the Mute Swan is officially a protected species and therefore nobody is legally allowed to kill them for the purpose of eating them. Mute swans are protected under the wildlife and countryside act of 1981. Anyone found guilty of killing them faces a £5,000 fine or up to six months in prison. We’re not sure if this law applies to the ruling monarch of the United Kingdom.
- It is illegal to use a television in Britain without a license.
- It is an offense to be intoxicated (drunk) and in charge of a cow in Scotland.
- Under the terms of the Protection of Wrecks Order 2003: A person shall not enter the hull of the Titanic without permission from the Secretary of State.
- Under the terms of the Polish Potatoes (Notification) in England Order - 2004: No person shall, in the course of business, import into England potatoes which he knows to be or has reasonable cause to suspect to be Polish potatoes.
- It is apparently an offense to activate your burglar alarm and leave the property if you haven’t nominated a key-holder who can access your house to switch off your siren should it go off.
- Under the terms of a bye-law it is illegal to “Jump” the queue in the tube ticket hall. Any person directed by a notice to queue (or when asked to queue by an authorised person) shall join the rear of the queue and obey the reasonable instructions of any authorised person.
- All beached whales and sturgeons must be offered to the reigning monarch.
The overall world marriage and divorce percentage by selected country for the population aged 15-64 years.
While the United States may have one of the highest marriage and divorce rates in the world, international trends may change that.
In some countries, the stigma surrounding divorce is changing, and new divorce laws and women’s rights legislation are making it easier, less time consuming, and cheaper to separate. For example, the loosening of such laws in Europe has lead to divorce fairs sweeping the region, where lawyers, DNA testers, private eyes, and marriage counselors, gather to discuss the growing trends and speak with potential clients.
Amongst some of the highest rates are coming from the old Soviet Union including the Russian Federation, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Poland and Slovenia. The United States, at 3.6 per 1000 population, is second only to Russia at 4.23 per 1000.
In 1986 the London Greenpeace group attacked McDonald’s mainly for mistreating animals and workers . The majority of activists apologized upon McDonald’s request thinking that they would not be able to fight the group while two of them (Mr Morris and Ms Steel) refused to do so and had to fight the case with only occasional unpaid help from lawyers. The European Court of Human Rights declined they claim to obtain legal aid too. The Trial started in 1994 in London. Here are the conclusions of these events:
- On 13 March 1995 McLibel became the longest ever British libel trial.
- On 11 December 1995 it became the longest civil case in British history.
- On 1 November 1996, it became the longest trial of any kind in English history.
- On 19 June 1997, the judge ordered Mr Morris and Ms Steel to pay £60,000 damages, reduced later on appeal to £40,000.
- In 2004, both launched an action against the UK Government at the European Court of Human Rights for lack of legal aid
- It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
- Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
- It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
- Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
- Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
- Bathhouses are against the law. [Get the full text of this law.]
- It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
- Women may not drive in a house coat.
- Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.
- A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
- If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
- It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
- Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
- Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
- It is illegal to skateboard without a license.
- When having sex, only the missionary position is legal.
- Prohibits shooting rabbits from a motorboat.
- It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.
- It is illegal for a liquor store to sell cold soft drinks
- Liquor stores may not sell milk.
- You may not swear in front of women and children in the state of
- It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
- A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking “at a woman in that way.” A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a “pair of horse-blinders” wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.
- It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.
- A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.
- The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
- Beer and pretzels can’t be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.
- It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
- It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
- It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
- A person is not eligible to become Governor if he/she has participated in a duel.
- It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
- It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers. You don’t need a windshield, but you must have the wipers.
- It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
- It is illegal to milk another person’s cow.
- A recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
- The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
- You must manually flush all urinals in a building.
- Butter substitutes are not allowed to be served in state prisons.
Talion or an eye for an eye is the juridical principle that a person who has injured another person is penalized to a similar degree, or according to other interpretations the victim receives the value of the injury in compensation.
The English word talion means a vengeance authorized by law, in which the punishment corresponds in kind and degree to the injury, from the Latin word talio. The phrase “an eye for an eye” is sometimes trivially referred to using the Latin term lex talionis orthe law of retaliation.
The term lex talionis does not always and only refer to literal eye-for-an-eye codes of justice but it applies to the broader class of legal systems that specify formulate penalties for specific crimes, which are thought to be fitting in their severity. The most widespread expression of lex talionis is “an eye for an eye”, but other interpretations have been given as well. Legal codes following the principle of lex talionis have one thing in common: prescribed ‘fitting’ counter punishment for an offence. In the well-known legal code written by Hammurabi, the principle of exact reciprocity is very clearly used. For example, if a person caused the death of another person, the killer would be put to death.
The Anglo-Saxon legal code substituted payment of wergild for direct retribution: a particular person’s life had a fixed value, derived from his social position; any homicide was compensated by paying the suitable wergild, regardless of intent.
List of American presidents that have Lawyer Degree:
- John Adams
- Thomas Jefferson
- James Monroe
- John Quincy Adams
- Andrew Jackson
- Martin Van Buren
- John Tyler
- James K. Polk
- Millard Fillmore
- Franklin Pierce
- James Buchanan
- Abraham Lincoln
- Rutherford B. Hayes
- James A. Garfield
- Chester A. Arthur
- Grover Cleveland
- Benjamin Harrison
- William McKinley
- William Howard Taft
- Woodrow Wilson
- Calvin Coolidge
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Richard M. Nixon
- Gerald R. Ford
- William Jefferson Clinton
According to the New York Times, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, but holds almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.
Only Russia and Rwanda come close to the incarceration rate of the United States, which is easily the highest in the world. Amazingly, there are nearly eight times as many prisoners per capita in America than in Europe. Several international experts further attribute America’s extreme incarceration rate to the easy availability of guns, which contributes to a murder rate four times that of Western Europe.
The Code of Hammurabi is dating back to about 1772 BC. It is one of the oldest deciphered writings of important length in the world. The sixth Babylonian king, Hammurabi, enacted the code, and partial copies exist on a human-sized stone stele and various clay tablets. Hammurabi ruled for nearly 43 years, ca. 1792 to 1750 BC according to the Middle chronology. His Code is composed of of 282 laws, with scaled punishments, adjusting “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (lex talionis) as graded depending on social status, of slave versus free man.
The laws covered the subjects of:
- Military service
- The duties of workers
- Code of conduct
One of the most well known of Hammurabi’s laws is:196. If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out.
Hammurabi had many other punishments as well. If a boy struck his father they would cut off the boy’s hand or fingers.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an intergovernmental organization which is located in The Hague, Netherlands.
The organization promotes and verifies the adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention which prohibits the use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction. The verification consists both of evaluation of declarations by member states and on-site inspections.
OPCW was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.