It is illegal to trade onion futures in the United States due to the 1958 Onion Futures Act, after two traders in 1955 purchased 98% of the onions in Chicago and subsequently crashed onion prices while holding short positions on onion futures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Today I learned about Elina Powell, a black nurse who served during WWII. She was assigned to work at a POW camp, like most African-American nurses at the time, and fell in love with a German POW there. They married and had children despite it being illegal in both the U.S and Germany during this time period. goalcast.com/2019/11/11/l…
The only two countries on the planet that make it illegal to pass a stopped and loading/unloading school bus are US and Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
In the Czech Republic denial of communist-perpetrated atrocities is illegal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
In 1983’s Trading Places, the Dukes are squeezed by a margin call that came about due to short selling based on insider information. While legal at the time, the β€œEddie Murphy Rule” finally made this illegal in 2010. uproxx.com/movies/how-tra…
It is illegal to smoke weed or drink alcohol while on frozen ice in Manitoba Canada. steinbachonline.com/local…
It was illegal to own gold in the U.S. until as recently as 1974 huffpost.com/entry/when-o…
The upper limit for Yu-Gi-Oh! decks is 60 cards because someone once entered a tournament with a 2000+ cards deck and that wasn't illegal at the time comicbook.com/anime/amp/n…
Giving children the names of Nutella, Manhattan, Prince William or Mini Cooper are illegal in France. closeronline.co.uk/family…
In Kentucky it's illegal to marry the same man 4 times lawteacher.net/crazy-law-…
It's illegal to tip your mailman cbsnews.com/news/holiday-…
The only countries where divorce is illegal are the Vatican City and the Philippines theweek.co.uk/100683/coun…
Cannibalism itself isn't illegal in the US, it's just very difficult to get human meat legally. law.cornell.edu/wex/canni…
There are twice as many bathrooms as necessary as the Pentagon because planners had to design the it for black and white employees, including β€œwhite” and β€œcolored” cafeterias. However, Pres. Roosevelt made Jim Crow laws illegal on Federal property prior to its opening and was never enforced. history.com/news/9-things…
Since 1994, possession of 1 gram of cocaine has been legal for personal use in Colombia. Sale remains illegal, but personal production or gifts of cocaine are permitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
Trading onion options is illegal. In the 1950’s two traders in Chicago cornered the market by crashing the price of a 50lb bag of onions to lower than the cost of the bag that carried them, leading to a shortage of onions in the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Margarine was illegal in Wisconsin for more than 70 years. Margarine smuggling was widespread during this period. daily.jstor.org/when-marg…
Kinder Surprise eggs are illegal in the US ($2500 penalty) and 60,000 Kinder Surprise eggs per year are seized at the border being smuggled in from Canada and Mexico. post-gazette.com/opinion/…
Perp walks (perpetrator walks) are illegal in France, as it is illegal to publish pictures of an identifiable person in handcuffs or police custody unless they have been convicted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Between 1867 and 1974, various cities of the United States had "ugly laws". In San Francisco, a law of 1867 deemed it illegal for "any person, who is diseased, maimed, mutilated or deformed... to expose himself or herself to public view." historydaily.org/ugly-law…
The United States made it illegal to discriminate based on an individual's DNA sequence in 2008, an act that was passed almost unanimously by the house, senate, and executive branch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
A doctor in China used CRISPR to edit the genes of twin girls to be more resistant to HIV, creating the first genetically engineered "designer babies." The Chinese government sentenced him to to 3 years in prison for illegal medical practice. nature.com/articles/d4158…
It's been illegal to import haggis to the US since 1971 because it contains lung, which is banned due to the risk of contamination by stomach acid or phlegm during slaughter. All US haggis is produced in the country, minus the lung (and traditional stomach bag). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
In his college days, Steve Wozniak used a blue box (an illegal phone hacking device) to call the Vatican. He pretended to be Henry Kissinger and asked to speak with the Pope but was denied because the Pope was asleep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Today I learned about Russefeiring a norwegian celebration where highschool students engage in various dares before graduation known as "knots" which can involve illegal acts, such as public nudity or public sexual intercourse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Illegal foxhunting is a real problem in England. They still pursue fixes with hounds and horses though it's not allowed independent.co.uk/news/lo…
In the European Union carrots are classified as a fruit because otherwise marmalade made with carrots would have become illegal eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriS…
Cardi B gave a person $800 dollars in a basement to enlarge her buttocks with illegal injections. Some time later the basement injections person killed someone else trying to purchase large buttocks. nydailynews.com/entertain…
Although polygamy is illegal in India since 1956, while adoption if someone has multiple wives then the senior wife is chosen as the legal mother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hin…
The Ortolan Bunting populations were hunted to dangerously low levels because they were considered such a decadently delicious delicacy (they were captured in nets, kept in the dark to induce gorge eating, then drowned in brandy before being cooked and served); they're now illegal to served en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
That, in 13th-century Norway, hunting elk with bows and Arrows while skiing was made illegal in order to maintain the local elk population. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Many people never evacuated the Chernobyl exclusion zone and still live there today, despite it being illegal and of course unsafe. worldpopulationreview.com…
Lowrider hydraulics were designed as a way to bypass the law - when it became illegal in California to drive cars with any part lower than the bottoms of wheel rims, the hydraulics allowed lowrider drivers to avoid conflict with the law by temporarily raising their vehicles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low…
In the 1920 Presidential election (the first where women were allowed to vote), only 36% of eligible women turned up at the polls, partly due to barriers like poll taxes and literacy tests, both of which are now illegal. historyhub.history.gov/th…
Today I learned about Guerrilla Grafting. It's the illegal process of turning city maintained sterile fruit trees into fruiting trees by splicing compatible branches onto the sterile trees with branches from fruiting trees. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
It is illegal to sell products measured in non-metric units in New Zealand, however, a 'pint of beer' is an exception because it is considered a description rather than a volume. business.govt.nz/risks-an…
It’s illegal in the US for a convicted felon to own or wear a bulletproof vest criminaldefenselawyer.com…
In 2011, a Florida man tried to make Dwarf tossing legal. It was made illegal in 1989 due to a series of Dwarf tossing events. He claims it prevents dwarfs from "gainful employment" and would help the economy. It failed. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
It was illegal to sell sex toys in Texas until 2008, and punishable by as many as two years in jail cbsnews.com/news/texas-ba…
The last Confederate killed in the American Civil War, Charles A.L. Lamar, also happened to have sponsored the second-last ship bringing an illegal cargo of enslaved Africans to the U.S. - the ship was later seized by the Union navy and converted into a gunboat, the USS Wanderer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In Alaska, it is illegal to be drunk in a bar. Per state laws, a person who is already drunk may not β€œknowingly” enter a bar to drink more, or remain in the bar that got them drunk in the first place. abcnews.go.com/US/illegal…
In a traffic stop, Arizona officials seized illegal drugs with a street value of over $1M, then got a search warrant for the driver's property which included a former KFC restaurant. In the KFC floor, they found a hole leading to a 590 ft tunnel where drugs were funneled from the Mexican side. star-telegram.com/news/na…
In 1930 Birmingham, Alabama made it illegal for a black person and a white person to play checkers together americanhistory.si.edu/br…
In 1850, Tennessee became the first state to make it illegal for a man to beat his wife. crestoneeagle.com/year-of…
Selling bottled water to south koreans in south korea was illegal until 1994 due to reasons that the act would incite discomfort beteween social classes. Even during the 1988 olympics , bottled water was only allowed for foreigners. hani.co.kr/arti/society/s…
It is illegal to swear in public in some parts of Australia. The Summary Offenses Act 1988 states, " a person must not use offensive language in or near, or within hearing from, a public place or school." Punishment can includes fines or jail. novafm.com.au/lifestyle/s…
Incest is illegal in Italy only if it provokes public scandal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
It is explicitly illegal to attempt human cloning in the US state of North Dakota legis.nd.gov/cencode/t12-…
Under federal law victims of child pornography are notified whenever illegal images of them are identified by law enforcement, and which notifications can average more than 50 per month for each victim. wcpo.com/news/local-news/…
During the 16th Century, the Portuguese sold tens of thousands of Japanese Christians into slavery around the world. This practice would eventually lead to the Portuguese being kicked out of Japan, and Christianity made illegal. japantimes.co.jp/culture/…

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