Voting is mandatory in Belgium. Citizens are automatically registered in the electoral polls and more than 90% of the eligible population takes part in the voting process, since you risk a fine if you do not vote either in person or by proxy. angloinfo.com/how-to/belg…
A man known only as "Django" drove his own boat out & freed a whale caught in a shark net off an Australian beach (without cutting the net). Before taking action, Django had waited hours for help from officials who had been called; when officials arrived, he faced a fine for acting alone. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
In 1789, George Washington borrowed a book from the New York Society Library and never returned it. In 2010, Mount Vernon staff returned the book 221 years late, by which time the overdue fine had reached $300,000, adjusted for inflation. (The fine was waived.) in.reuters.com/article/us…
All male U.S. citizens (and male residents) must register for military conscription ("Selective Service") within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
A California man got 'NULL' as a personalized license plate hoping that 'NULL' would confuse the computer system. Instead, when cops left the plate number info empty on a ticket or citation, the fine went to him. He got over $12k fines sent to him his first year. arstechnica.com/cars/2019…
George Harrison was sued for $1.6 million for subconsciously copying The Chiffons β€œHe’s So Fine”. This action would cause Harrison to become paranoid when writing songs. ultimateclassicrock.com/g…
13 nations in Europe have Blasphemy laws with punishments ranging from fines to imprisonment. france24.com/en/20181031-…
In France, you can’t keep home the ashes of your beloved ones. If you try to keep the ashes or scatter them anywhere except in designated areas, you are liable to a €15,000 fine. completefrance.com/living…
Alan Turing volunteered during war and in the application form he answered a question that asked the applicant if they understood that by signing up they place themselves liable to military law as "No". No one noticed, he became a fine marksman and then got out by citing this technicality. spectator.co.uk/article/c…
A tiny English village twinned itself with Paris after writing to the Mayor of Paris proposing a twinning, receiving no reply, assuming it was fine, and so put up road signs declaring it official. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
A Georgia teacher who bought a $400 travel insurance policy was rewarded $10,000 because she read the fine print of the contract. After reading to page 7, she saw a β€œPays to Read” bit that said the first to email and mention the fine print contest would win 10K. tampabay.com/business/she…
Fine sugar particles are extremely flammable. So much that they caught a silo on fire in Georgia, 2008. The fire reached about 4000 degrees Fahrenheit. slate.com/news-and-politi…
NASA has an overdue fine for $400 owed to the Dundas Shire in WA Australia for littering traveller.com.au/balladon…
:Circa 1917-28, clock dial painters (mostly women) were told to lick the brushes to get a fine point --and told the night-glow paint was harmless. However, radioactive radium made it luminous! Later, when sued, some employers tried to discredit workers by blaming the cancer & jaw rot on syphilis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Today I learned of the Windows on the World restaurant, which occupied the 107th floor of the world trade center north tower. More than 60 languages were spoken among the staff and it's kitchen was run by celebrity chefs. In it's final year it was the highest grossing fine dining establishment in the country. ny.eater.com/2013/9/11/65…
Samuel Johnson, of Dictionary fame, had a beloved black cat, Hodge. A statue of Hodge, sitting atop a dictionary, is outside Johnson's house in London, now a museum. Johnson admitted he had better cats, but described Hodge as "a very fine cat indeed," the inscription at the base of the statue. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
The scientist that discovered how sweat regulated body temperature did so by standing in an oven. On occasion he was joined by a colleague, a dog, and beef steaks. The food cooked, the men and dog were fine. publicdomainreview.org/co…
George Washington borrowed The Law of Nations from the New York Society Library and didn't return it. Mount Vernon estate returned the book in 2010 (221 years overdue) after the Head librarian joked they were "not actively pursuing the overdue fines," they would appreciate having it back. rd.com/culture/overdue-li…
Fines were introduced to decrease the number of parents late to pickup their child from school. This actually doubled them, because people felt their tardiness was okay because they paid the fine for it. theguardian.com/commentis…
It's not actually illegal to drive barefoot. In many countries including the UK, US and Canada it's fine as long as you have the ability to operate the controls safely. rac.co.uk/drive/advice/ro…
It is a criminal offence in the United Kingdom to intentionally drive through a puddle and splash someone, which carries fines of up to Β£5000 (about US$6500) theworldnews.net/gb-news/…
A "Baker's Dozen" is a result of a 13th century English law saying that selling a dozen units that failed to meet a certain average weight could result in a fine. Bakers got around the law by selling by the "13" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doz…
A man got a $190 fine for allowing his pet snake to slither freely in a South Dakota park. The animal control officer suggested that he restrain the reptile on a leash while in public. pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2…
Today I learned of the Johnson gang. Travelling criminals from Gloucestershire, UK who specialised in stealing fine art and antiques from English country manors over a period of 20 years. The goods they stole are valued between Β£30 - Β£80 million. The gang were sentenced to a total of 49 years in prison in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Casey J Fury, a civillian sandblaster/painter, started a fire onboard nuclear submarine USS Miami, so he could go home early. Several were injured fighting the fire. Fury confessed, and was given a 17 yr prison sentence and $400,000,000 fine. Never repaired, Miami was decommissioned 3/28/2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Australia fines citizens $55 for not voting elections.nsw.gov.au/Vote…
Barbers in Turkey use fire to singe off the fine hairs in your ears thegroomingguide.com/hair…
In 1974, after Congress threatened to withhold funding for states that didn't set a highway speed limit of 55, Montana complied by enacting a $5 fine for exceeding it. Some drivers kept wads of $5 bills ready to hand an officer when stopped. missoulian.com/news/state…
On 1829, Anne Royall, the first female journalist in the United States, was found guilty of being a "common scold" and sentenced to the ducking stool until the punishment was changed to a $10 fine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
From 1917 and 1926, 4,000 workers were told that the luminous paint (radium) used for watch dials was harmless, and were encouraged to lick their brushes to form a fine point. These β€œradium girls" experienced gruesome effects. Radiation could even be detected above their graves. yourlawyer.com/library/20…
Sand dollars are actually live creatures. The white sand dollars we often see on beaches are actually dead. When they're alive they are black and have fine bristles on their underside to catch food. youtu.be/3uwOURjneWQ
Motorists using a phone while driving will receive 6 points on their licence and a Β£200 fine. youtube.com/watch?v=-Hegs…
In USA, picking up an eagle feather that you found can end you up in jail with thousands of dollars in fines blogs.findlaw.com/law_and…
Today I learned of Thomas McKeller, who - at 26 - became the primary muse and lover of one of America's most prolific artists, John Singer Sargent. An African-American, McKeller was recreated solely as white figures in Sargent's public works - including the famed ceiling murals at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. wbur.org/artery/2020/02/1…
About Executive Order 6102 in 1933 an order was signed by president Franklin Rosevelt stating that owning of gold was illegal and if you were in Possession of more than 5 Troy ounce after May 1st 1933 it was punishable by a $10,000 fine(almost $200,000 in 2020 ) and or 10 years in prison. usgoldbureau.com/gold-con…
In Germany killing a European hornet or nest has been illegal since January 1, 1987, with a fine up to €50,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
Commercial boosting, the act of a low ranked player paying a highly ranked player to place their account in a high rank, is a criminal offense in South Korea. Punishments can be up to 2 years in prison or a fine up to 20 Million Won, or 18,000 USD. finance.yahoo.com/amphtml…
The real Top Gun School imposes a $5 fine to any staff member that quotes the movie amc.com/talk/2011/08/stor…
Driving naked in Germany is legal. But if you get out of the car nude, you face a $45 fine. nytimes.com/2019/02/03/wo…
Videogame Postal 2 is banned in New Zealand. Possession, distribution or even buying it for personal use is a criminal offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $50,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
On Halloween in Alaska Moose living near inhabited areas, such as Anchorage, feast on jack-o-lanterns in peoples front yards. State regulations prohibit the feeding of certain animals, including Moose, so if one is seen by enforcement agents snacking in your yard, you will receive a fine. alaskapublic.org/2012/10/…
After Nike released Air Jordan sneakers in 1985, the NBA banned Michael Jordan from wearing them because it's colours didn't match his team's uniform. Nike supposedly paid the fine of $5000 the NBA charged Jordan each game so he would continue wearing them. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Chinchillas have 50 hairs per follicle which is why their fur is so soft, like a fine thread count animals.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of the Gold Coast Meter Maids. Bikini-clad women on Australia's Gold Coast who would top off parking meters of parked cars in order to avoid a parking fine. metermaids.com/our-histor…
George Lucas, after graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in film in 1967 tried joining the United States Air Force as an officer, but was immediately turned down because of his numerous speeding tickets. wikipedia.org/wiki/George…
Broom bristles with deliberately frayed tips to better sweep fine dust are known as "flagged" blog.nelsonjameson.com/te…
- It makes no difference which side of the aluminum foil you use, both sides do the same fine job of cooking, freezing and storing food. The difference in appearance between dull and shiny is due to the foil manufacturing process culinarylore.com/food-sci…
In the United Kingdom, it is an offense to watch or record TV without a valid license. The TV Licensing authority can prosecute you, and the fine can be as much as Β£1,000. The TV license fee goes towards the services provided by the BBC, including TV, radio and online content. litrg.org.uk/tax-guides/m…
Despite emission testing on monkeys, rigging diesel tests resulting in 30 billion dollars of fines, Volkswagon has been the largest automaker seller worldwide since 2016 and has maintained the largest market share in Europe for two decades. cnbc.com/2019/01/30/vw-gr…
Today I learned of Gourmand syndrome, a rare eating disorder caused by brain damage in the frontal lobe. The only symptom is a sudden obsessive passion for gourmet food and fine dining en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gou…
Kirsty MacColl, vocalist and female singer in "Fairytale of New York", died saving her son from an oncoming powerboat owned by a multimillionaire while vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico. The boat's driver escaped jail time by paying a fine of $90USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Adolf Hitler failed his entrance exam to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna not once, but twice, in 1907 and 1908. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pai…
(the hard way) that the Norwegian Road Authority automaticly issues a 150kr/$16 fine for each day a car is registered but uninsured. 0.73% of vehicles are currently uninsured as opposed to over 3% in 2017. tff.no/en/gebyr/omission-…
There is a cocktail called the β€œSourtoe” that uses a mummified human toe as it’s signature ingredient. It’s been served at a hotel in Dawson City, Canada since 1973. As of 2017, over 71,000 people have tried it. But if you swallow it you must pay a fine of $2,500– toes are hard to come by. npr.org/2017/06/24/534207…
For 10 years, Emerich Juettner printed poorly made counterfeit $1 bills (Washington was spelled Wasihgton). He never used more than $1 at a time and never in the same place twice. He was caught only after a fire at his apartment. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, and a $1 fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eme…
In order to bolster the English navy with rope, sails, and netting, Henry VIII ordered that farmers grow 1/4 acre of hemp for every 60 acres of farmland, otherwise they’d be fined three shillings and four pence. Elizabeth I raised the fine to Β£5. ecohustler.com/article/th…
A man tried to smuggle tortoises disguised as pastries. He was stopped in the "nothing to declare" line and failed to fool officials at the Berlin airport by saying the Moroccan tortoises were chocolate. Smuggling Moroccan tortoises carries a fine of up to $56K or jail up to 5 years. foxnews.com/travel/man-fa…
In the UK it is illegal under the Plant Variety and Seeds Act 1964 (with many amendments) for an individual or organisation to give, trade or sell seed of an older variety of wheat (or any other agricultural crop) to a third party for growing purposes, subject to a significant fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Turning off lights at a Gaelic football stadium gets you a €5,000 fine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Se%…
In 2002 a UK man asked the court if he could settle his minor dirivng fine with a 'trial by combat', the court declined this request. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Infamous streaker, Mark Roberts, was sponsored by GoldenPalace.com to streak Super Bowl 38. He was paid $1 million, given front row tickets on the 50-yard line, and provided with one of the best defense attorneys in the US who was able to reduce his charges down to a misdemeanor and $1,000 fine. theguardian.com/sport/201…
In Sweden, Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding tried to name their child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, which is apparently pronounced "Albin," to protest a 5,000 SEK fine when they failed to register his name by his fifth birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Arizona has a Stupid Motorist Law that fines motorists the cost of the rescue for getting trapped in floods after going around the road barricades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
From 1912 to 1952, the Olympics awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions. A total of 151 medals were awarded to original works in the fine arts inspired by athletic endeavors smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Today I learned of the speed camera lottery in Stockholm, Sweden. Drive at or under the speed limit and you'll be entered into a lottery where the prize fund comes from the fines that speeders pay. Average speed reduced from 32km/h to 25km/h (a reduction of 22%) wired.com/2010/12/swedish…
In 25 countries, it is illegal to attempt to commit suicide. Penalties range from fines up to 3 years of imprisonment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
Sea silk is an extremely fine, rare, and valuable fabric made from the long silky filaments which are secreted by a gland in the foot of a clam (Pinna nobilis) to anchor itself to the ocean floor. The material has been used since ancient times by Greek, Roman and Chinese cultures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
In North America it’s illegal for on-road vehicles with Diesel engines to use red-dyed Diesel, violators are subject to fines as these are meant for off-road use only and not subject to taxes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fue…
Dwight D. Eisenhower said "The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants...It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals...We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In Denmark, they assess fines for drunk driving as follows: (blood alchohol percentage) x 10 x (monthly salary). wikitravel.org/en/Denmark…
An American Congressman won a medal from the International Fine Arts Council for claiming that all modern art, such as cubism and abstractionism, were part of a Soviet plot to spread communism in America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
When the Mars lander Beagle 2 failed, it was assumed that the landing system failed and blame was placed on Colin Pillinger, lead scientist. After this he wasn't allowed to lead any more missions. He died a year before the lander was discovered intact, proving the landing system worked fine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I learned that in the US all men between the ages of 18 and 25, must register for selective service (Formely the draft), failing to so may result in fines up to $250k, and up to 5 years of prison (felony), and may have impact on future rights, voting, grants etc. It has never applied to Women. usa.gov/selective-service
Africa leads the world in plastic bag regulations, with 34 countries adopting taxes or bans. Kenya’s penalties are the world’s most punitive, facing up to $38,000 in fines or four years in prison. nationalgeographic.com/en…
Chinese Emperor Qianlong was in love with an Uyghur woman who naturally produced a fine fragrance from her skin. She was given as a gift to the Emperor and carefully escorted all the way to the imperial palace in Beijing, washing every day in camel's milk to preserve her mysterious fragrance revolvy.com/page/Fragrant…
Robin Williams accidentally broke Robert De Niro's nose in the 1990 movie Awakenings. But De Niro was actually fine with it. He broke his nose back in the 1980 movie Raging Bull, so breaking it again in the other direction straightened it out. people.com/movies/robin-w…
In 1993, the experts of Manchester academy of fine arts liked a painting and included it in the exhibition.Later, they found out that its creator,Carly Johnson, was four years old. hoaxes.org/weblog/comment…
California Penal Code Section 330 makes it illegal for me to conduct, play or bet at or against the Hokey-Pokey for any money, checks, credit, or other representative of value . I can be charged a misdemeanor that carries a fine and/or jail time. california.public.law/cod…
Under Ontario traffic laws, it is illegal to operate a horse-drawn sleigh on public roads with fewer than two sleigh bells attached to it. Penalty on conviction is a fine not exceeding $5. ontario.ca/laws/statute/9…
, in 2018 the Sagrada Familia Church agreed to pay Barcelona $41M as fine for lacking a building permit for 136 Years time.com/5429231/barcelon…
When an Israeli day care began fining parents for picking up children late, the number of late pickups went up. Economists believe that parents had previously been motivated to be on time by a sense of guilt, and the guilt went away when it was replaced by a fine that most of them could afford. npr.org/2008/03/31/892339…
Beekeeping has been going for thousands of years and it was wide spread in the Levant regions by 1500 BCE. The practice was so important for the local economies that in the Hittite laws the penalties for stealing a swam of bees or empty hive was about the same as the fine for stealing a sheep. annualreviews.org/doi/ful…
, in the Scopes Trial regarding the teaching of evolution in schools, the TN supreme court threw out the conviction not because they believed the statute was illegal, but on a technicality because the original judge had determined the fine, and not the jury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Pepper spray is illegal in Canada. If pepper spray is used on another person causing serious bodily harm or harming the environment it can carry a penalty up to a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment of up to 3 years. bestpepperspray.net/peppe…
Legal experts determined that in the real world, Goldilocks would be guilty of petty theft (of porridge), criminal damage (breaking a chair) and trespassing on the bear's property. Liable for fines and/or up to 14 years in prison (depending on the state). dgaalaw.com/dgaablawg/ill…
The Comstock act of 1873 labeled contraceptives obscene and carried a $5000 fine or 5 years hard labor for sending information about or contraceptives thru the mail. Abortifacients, obscenity (which includes poopies), sex toys or information concerning topics were included in the patent act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
That, contrary to common misconception, the order in which different types of alcohol are consumed ("Grape or grain but never the twain" and "Beer before wine and you'll feel fine; wine before beer and you'll feel queer") has no effect on intoxication or hangover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Today I learned about "The Radium Girls", female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. The women, told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium after being instructed to "point" their brushes between their lips for a fine point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Cacao was so valuable that Mayan dignitaries were buried with fine ceramic jars and bowls of chocolate for use in the afterlife. artbites.net/blog/chocola…
There’s a company that properties can hire to collect un-scooped dog poop. They will test the DNA in the poop and send the owner a fine. pooprints.com/about-us/
Addressing a german policeman in 2nd person singular can be cause for a fine of up to 600 euros. learnoutlive.com/crazy-ge…
Today I learned about the Ilyushin Il-40, a ground-attack airplane that flew fine until the guns were fired causing the jet-engines to flame-out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ily…
Today I learned of The Great Book Scare, a panic during the late 19th century that contaminated books lent out from libraries could spread deadly diseases. Those suspected of having an infectious disease were forbidden to borrow, lend or return library books, with fines of up to 40 shillings for such crimes. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In Romania, the permitted level of alcohol in blood for vehicle or tramway drivers is 0.00 ‰. Consequences of DUI: Civil fine below O.4. A prison sentence of one to five years is given when it is a criminal offence, i.e. the concentration of alcohol in blood is above 0.8 g of alcohol per litre. berariiromaniei.ro/en/sav…
Under France’s stringent privacy laws, parents can face penalties as severe as a year in prison and fines up to of €45,000 (Β£35,000) if convicted of publicizing intimate details of the private lives of their children without their consent. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Venice has put a strict ban on feeding pigeons at the famous St. Marks Square. If a tourist is caught in the act, he/she will have to pay a heavy fine for that. As per authorities, the pigeons were causing damage to the city’s marble statues and other structures by pecking. reuters.com/article/us-ve…
Japan requires citizens between the ages of 45 and 74 to have their waistlines measured once a year and are expected to fall within an established range. Companies and local governments may face fines if their employees are overweight and do not meet these guidelines. nytimes.com/2008/06/13/wo…
- a baker's dozen became 13, because bakers feared flogging or fines by overcharging their customers. britannica.com/story/why-…
Possession of child pornography in Japan currently carries a penalty of up to one year in jail OR a $9,800 fine. The law was enacted in 2015. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
There was world wide conspiracy in 2006 to fix prices of TFT-LCD, every thin screen, which ending with people going to jail and billions of dollars of fines in total. jonesday.com/en/insights/…

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