Genghis Khan would marry off a daughter to the king of an allied nation. Then he would assign his new son in law to military duty in the Mongol wars, while his daughter took over the rule. Most sons in law died in combat, giving his daughters complete control of these nations thetyee.ca/Books/2010/07/…
Mexico passed a law that requires food packages to display large black octagonal "warnings" if the product is high in sugar, sodium, calories, or unhealthy fats. mexiconewsdaily.com/news/…
Despite increases in computer power, each Shrek film has taken about twice as many hours to render as the one before it. Dreamworks calls this "Shrek's Law". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
The price of bread was commonly regulated across medieval Europe. As bread was essential to the lives of medieval peoples, these laws protected common people from fraudulent bakers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
Theodore Roosevelt's 1880 undergraduate thesis at Harvard was titled: "The Practicability of Equalizing Men and Women before the Law" which argued for women's rights, including property ownership, and argued that women ought to keep their birth names upon marrying. theodoreroosevelt.org/con…
Today I learned about a Korean folktale called The Farting Daughter-in-law or Banggwijaengi myeoneuri. It's about a woman who destroys her husband's house with one of her destructive farts which causes his family to throw her out. They take her back after she knocks fruit off a tree with her farts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
Tesla requires buyers to purchase cars online to circumvent state laws that require car sales to be done through franchise dealerships. "Tesla Stores" exist only to educate potential customers and to deliver vehicles purchased online. thenewswheel.com/tesla-st…
In nightclubs in Ireland in the 80's & 90's the music had to be turned off and lights turned on half ways through the night because the nightclub had to serve a substantial meal by law so the clubs could keep their alcohol licence dublininquirer.com/2017/0…
Pedro Pascal (of The Mandalorian) has appeared in the Law & Order franchise four times, playing a different character in each episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
In 2005, France passed a law that required teachers to speak about the positive role of French Colonial Empire. It was repealed a year later through the intervention of the Constitutional Council. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The world's first seat belt law was put into place in 1970 in Victoria, Australia and that Volvo shared the patent for the three-point seat belt for free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
In 1982, Zimbabwe passed a law banning citizens from making jokes about the surname of the President, Canaan Banana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as a "Citizen's Holiday". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub…
In Sierra Leone, before getting a driver's license, you have to buy a board game called "The Drivers' Way" and play it at least once. The game involves rolling stoplight-themed dice and moving models of classic cars around a board, together with answering questions about the country’s road laws newsfeed.time.com/2013/10…
The Oklahoma Panhandle exists due to a law preventing slave states holding territory above the 36Β°30’ parallel North. When Texas wanted to join the Union in 1850, it surrendered the land so it could continue to be a slave state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okl…
There is a law to ensure that every village in France has to sell bread and that until recently, French bakers has to coordinate their holiday plans to make sure there would be no shortages. renestance.com/blog/la-ba…
Today I learned about Styles Hutchins, the first African American man to argue a case in a Georgia court. After his success in court, his client, Ed Johnson, was lynched, and Hutchins' law firm was burned down. Hutchins fled to Illinois, where he ceased practicing law and opened a barber shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sty…
Eunice Hunton Carter, a black female assistant district attorney, built the investigative case resulting in the 1936 conviction against mob boss Lucky Luciano. She was the first African American woman both to graduate from Fordham Law School, and then to serve as ADA in New York. azfamily.com/community/bl…
In 16 US states just saying you are married to someone ("this is my wife") whom you've lived with for just ONE year can contribute greatly towards your relationship being legally declared as a common-law marriage. findlaw.com/family/marria…
In the Indonesian province of Bali, it is against the law to build buildings higher than a coconut tree, which is about 15 meters (49 feet) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
Today I learned about Henry Starr a western outlaw and bank robber who was convicted of murder of a us Marshall but was eventually pardoned and went on to play himself in his own biopic A Debtor to The Law. Two years after the movie was released he was killed by a bank manager during a robbery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
A US law firm set up honeypots on torrent-sharing site The Pirate Bay and then sued people who downloaded their torrents. The matter reached the FBI and the pirate site accepted to collaborate with the feds resulting in the crooked lawyers getting jail time. torrentfreak.com/cooperat…
During the French Revolution , Robespierre law of 22 Prairial, year II (June 10, 1794), streamlined revolutionary justice, denying the accused any effective right to self-defense and eliminating all sentences other than acquittal or death. Leading to almost 800 execution/month britannica.com/place/Fran…
Out of the 63 clauses in Magna Carta, only three remain as law en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Advanced DNA testing used by law enforcement can construct a 3D image of an unknown criminal's face including eye color, hair color, race and facial shape. discovermagazine.com/tech…
Today I learned about the battle of bamber bridge 1943 an out break of racial violence between black and white american military personnel due to the white MPs trying to enforce jim crow laws the 3 pubs in the town responded by putting up signs that said black troops only blackpast.org/global-afri…
In admiralty law, pirates are "hostis humani generis" (Latin for "enemy of mankind"), because they are viewed as waging a private war against all nations in a space (the sea) where cooperation should be the rule en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hos…
Magna Carta (1215) declined in importance for centuries, emerging from obscurity during the reign of Charles I. Jurist Sir Edward Coke argued that the charter was part of English common law, authoring the Petition of Right, which called on the King to respect the rights of his subjects. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
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…
In 2003, Brazil passed a law outlawing alcohol sales in stadiums. FIFA asked Brazil to undo that law as Budweiser was a major sponsor of the 2014 World Cup. In 2012, Brazil passed "Budweiser Bill" to allow alcohol sales in the World Cup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anh…
The Swedish maker of Jeppson's MalΓΆrt was free to sell the "medicinal" spirit in Chicago during prohibition, since law enforcement concluded no-one in their right mind would drink it recreationally. mashed.com/228928/the-unt…
Ancient Athenian law allowed blackmail (for profit). The blackmailers, known as sykophantes in Greek, could earn additional income from fig-smugglers by threatening to tell courts about their activity. businessinsider.com/words…
Swiss law mandates rabbit companionship, and most shelters/breeders/veterinarians will only deal with bunnies in pairs. swissinfo.ch/eng/keeping-…
The Law and Order "clang" sound is actually 6-7 separate sounds, including the sound of 500 Japanese men stomping on a wooden floor. ew.com/article/1993/02/26…
Sweat vs. Painter case made procedural history when the case was extended for six months, which allowed the State of Texas time to create a law school for only black students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
For 213 years women had been legally forbidden from wearing trousers in Paris. Although unenforced since 1930, it wasn’t until the 31st January 2013 that the law was declared null and void. nadja.co/2016/09/14/2013-…
George Throckmorton accused King Henry VIII, to his face, of sleeping with his in-laws historyofparliamentonline…
Today I learned about Benford's law: if you take natural sets of numbers (like lenghts of rivers, population of cities, financial transactions..), probability of first number is not even. There is 30% probability for number to start with 1, and only to 5% for 9. It is so reliable it is used to defect fraud! wikipedia.org/wiki/Benfor…
Son of Sam Laws, laws which states pass to stop criminals from profiting from their crimes, are often declared unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
"women and children first" when evacuating a sinking ship has never been maritime law. It is more common for men to survive shipwrecks than women, and children have the lowest chances of survival. The Titanic is an exception; 75% of women survived compared to only 17% of men. abc.net.au/news/2012-07-3…
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…
Today I learned about the Freedom Summer Murders, where 3 Civil Rights workers were abducted and killed by local law enforcement. Despite sufficient evidence, the state of Mississippi refused to prosecute the perpetrators, and some were only convicted of Civil Rights violations and served little time in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Today I learned about how Germany made homosexuality a crime in the late 1800s, which wasn't enforced until the Third Reich started the Holocaust and imprisoned gay men. Even after liberation, many gay German men still lived out their imprisonment, some as late as 1970. The law wasn't repealed until the 1990s. history.com/news/pink-tri…
Today I learned of Raphael Gray, a hacker who posted stolen data of over 6.5k credit cards, claiming that the law enforcement was too incompetent to stop him. Gray's arrogance annoyed ex-hacker Chris Davis so much that he found Gray's information and informed the FBI about the crime, leading to Gray's arrest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
The term "Death Row" came from the sentencing of Giuseppe Zangara, who in 1933 tried to kill President FDR before he was inaugurated. At the time Florida Law prevented inmates sentenced to death from sharing a cell so they had to expand the waiting area into a row of cells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Today I learned of Jus Gentium ("Law of Peoples"), Roman international law. It claimed that all peoples are governed by reason, regardless of culture, and therefore have claim to Jus Gentium for being humans. The tradition remained until the 16th century when the nation-state and colonialism undermined it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
Today I learned of the Trent Affair. In 1861, two Confederate envoys traveling to Britain aboard an English ship were seized by U.S. Naval forces. This angered Great Britain, who claimed seizing a neutral ship violated international law, almost causing a war with Great Britain and France during the Civil War. history.com/.amp/topics/a…

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