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    • In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.
    • In Pennsylvania, Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
    • In seventeenth-century Japan, no citizen was allowed to leave the country on penalty of death. Anyone caught coming or going without permission was executed on the spot.
    • In Somalia, Africa, it's been decreed illegal to carry old chewing gum stuck on the tip of your nose.
    • In some smaller towns in the state of Arizona, it is illegal to wear suspenders.
    • In South America, it would be rude not to ask a man about his wife and children. In most Arab countries, it would be rude to do so.
    • Being rude to a telephone operator in Prussia was once a crime. In 1908, a respected citizen was reprimanded by the government after becoming exasperated with an operator and saying "My dear girl!"
    • In Thailand, the left hand is considered unclean, so you should not eat with it. Also, pointing with one finger is considered rude and is only done when pointing to objects or animals, never humans.
    • In Pakistan, it is rude to show the soles of your feet or point a foot when you are sitting on the floor.
    • It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.
    • During the reign of Catherine I of Russia, the rules for parties stipulated that no man was to get drunk before 9 o'clock and ladies weren't to get drunk at any hour.
    • In 1845 Boston had an ordinance banning bathing unless you had a doctor's prescription.
    • Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.
    • Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space. The first to exercise this right to vote while in orbit was astronaut David Wolf, who cast his vote for Houston mayor via e-mail from the Russian space station Mir in November 1997.
    • No building in DC may be taller than 13 floors. This is so that no matter where in the city you are, you can see the monument to our first president, Washington.
    • In Michigan it's illegal to place a skunk inside your bosses desk.
    • In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket.
    • During the time that the atomic bomb was being hatched by the United States at Alamogordo, New Mexico, applicants for routine jobs like janitors, were disqualified if they could read. Illiteracy was a job requirement. The reason: the authorities did not want their trash or other papers read.
    • It's illegal in Alabama to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
    • In parts of Alaska, it's illegal to feed alcohol to a moose.
    • You're subject to fines and/or imprisonment for making "ugly faces" at dogs in Oklahoma.
    • In Utah, birds have the right of way on all highways.
    • Christmas was once illegal in England.
    • In Turkey, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.
    • It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
    • In Italy, it is illegal to make coffins out of anything except nutshells or wood.
    • "To prevent violence," it was at one time customary at certain phases of the moon to chain and flog inmates of England's notorious Bedlam Hospital.
    • In Milan, Italy, when an operator dialed a wrong number, the phone company fined the operator.
    • In Hartford Connecticut, it is illegal for a husband to kiss his wife on Sundays.
    • In December 1997, the state of Nevada (USA) became the first state to pass legislation categorizing Y2K data disasters as "acts of God"— protecting the state from lawsuits that may potentially be brought against it by residents in the year 2000.


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