Legal scholars use the terms malum prohibitum and malum in se to distinguish between offences which are legally or morally forbidden. The former is wrong simply for rules prohibiting them whilst the latter is wrong as it is seen as an innately immoral act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Mercenary "Mad" Mike Hoare was also a chartered accountant. Even after leading two coups in Africa the association said it could not expel him despite protests from members as he had committed no offence. He was finally expelled after going to prison for his third coup, upsetting him deeeply en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Women in the middle ages completely removed their eyelashes and eyebrows to give prominence to their foreheads which were their most important feature at that time. The Catholic church even made it a sin and an offence to God to show hair of any kind in public. eyelashesinhistory.com/mi…
Today I learned of Cody Slaughter, who was so honest during his job interview with the Border Patrol, that he admitted to molesting a toddler, and having sex with various types of animals, offences the police were previously unaware of. phoenixnewtimes.com/news/…
In the UK, it is an offence to β€œdrive through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed”. theworldnews.net/gb-news/…
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/…
After Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said NBA referee manager Ed Rush "wouldn't be able to manage a Dairy Queen", Dairy Queen management took offence and offered to let Cuban manage a Dairy Queen for a day. Cuban accepted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In England in 1688, there were 50 offences that were punishable by death, that number had almost quadrupled by 1776, and it reached 220 by the end of the century. The Judgement of Death Act of 1823 relaxed this, limiting execution for all crimes except treason and murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Being seen naked in your own house is illegal in Singapore under section 27A of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/MOPONA…
On a trip to China, Prince Philip joked to students that "if you stay here much longer, you'll go slit-eyed". After initial concerns of offence, it was revealed that Chinese authorities were unconcerned. They explained that travelling Chinese students were likewise warned not to go "round-eyed". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The word "decimation" stems from the a punishment meted out to units of the Roman army who were guilty of capital offences, whereby one man in ten was executed by nine fellow soldiers after they had all drawn lots. Thus, the army would literally be reduced by a tenth in size. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Studies have shown that 47% of adult male prisoners have a history of traumatic brain injury. Over two thirds had their first brain injury before their first offence. bbc.co.uk/news/stories-45…
In the UK, it is an offence to drive cows down a roadway without the permission of the Commissioner of the Police lawcom.gov.uk/app/uploads…
Famous "Soviet flag over Reichstag" photo, was doctored because the soldier holding the flag was wearing 2 watches. Photographer erased the watch on his right arm because he thought soldier had looted items from dead Nazi soldiers, which was a punishable offence. vox.com/videos/2018/10/2/…
Victim surcharge - In England and Wales, an additional penalty to people convicted of offences, to provide compensation for the victims of crime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
In 2008 two judges were found to be accepting money from two juvenile detention centres in return for increasing the number of residents, offences were as minimal as mocking a principal on Myspace, trespassing in a vacant building, or shoplifting DVDs from Wal-mart . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
LΓ¨se-majestΓ© is a French term meaning "to do wrong to majesty", is an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state. In Iceland for example, it can be punished by up to two years of imprisonment. For a very serious breach, the term can be extended to 6 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LΓ¨s…
The United Kingdom in 1810 had a total of 220 different crimes punishable by death, including offences such as "being in the company of Gypsies for one month" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
In 2009 Irish police found they had more than 50 motoring offences recorded for someone called "Prawo Jadzy". It turned out that Prawo Jadzy means "driving license" in Polish news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/north…
A nutritional diet can reduce criminal offences among prisoner by up to almost half ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
In 2014, a mob in Papua New Guinea burnt a woman accused of witchcraft alive at the stakes. In 2017, her 6 year old daughter was tortured for the same alleged offence. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of Ian Watkins, former lead singer of the 2000s Emo band LostProphets, is serving time in prison on child sex offences. bbc.com/news/uk-wales-254…
Today I learned of LΓ¨se-majestΓ© which is a French term meaning "to do wrong to majesty"; is an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state. Monarchies in Thailand and Cambodia still apply these laws - you can't impune the royals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
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…
Irish police had been looking for a 'Prawo Jazdy', a reckless driver with over 50 offences, only to learn that 'prawo jazdy' is Polish for 'driver's license. news.bbc.co.uk
A quadriplegic man was sentenced to 10 days in jail for a first time offence of possession of marijuana, despite the prison not having sufficient medical equipment for him. The 27 year-old died after four days in custody. popehat.com/2008/12/11/cr…
One of the seven wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis, was burned down by an arson who wished to be famous for his crime. Following his execution, the Ancient Greeks made it an offence subject to the death penalty to mention his name. wikipedia.org/wiki/Herost…
Manchester police once listed snowball throwing as a β€œserious violent” crime, a classification usually given to offences like murder. There were 6 β€œoffences”. No one was arrested or injured. oldham-chronicle.co.uk/ne…
Since 1981, Mexico does not extradite to countries that are seeking the death penalty, and has successfully defended 400 of its citizens charged with a capital offence in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The 1911 obituary of American millionaire Frank Work contained his rant against the arranged marriages of American heiresses to British noblemen for dowry. He thought it should be a 'hanging offence' - the waste of American money paying off private debts in exchange for aristocratic titles. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Until 1972, it was a criminal offence to attempt suicide in Canada. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Feeding the barbary macaques in Gibraltar is an offence that you can be fined for up to Β£4,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Ottoman Sultan Murad IV banned coffee, tobacco & alcohol, making consumption a capital offence. He would patrol the streets himself, personally killing offenders. Murad was a habitual drinker himself & died of cirrhosis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
"being in the company of Gypsies" was an offence was a crime punishable by death in Victorian England twistedhistory.net.au/wor…
Only 10 percent of the child victimizers in violent crimes are strangers, and sex offences are the crimes least likely to involve strangers as perpetrators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The word 'cunt' can't be used on British television at any time without exceptional justification, because of its potential to cause widespread offence. channel4.com/producers-ha…
On UK roads zig-zag lines indicate to motorists that they are approaching a pedestrian crossing. It is an offence to stop a vehicle within the lines except when stopping for pedestrians using the crossing. (Zebra crossings article) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeb…
In the UK it isn't a criminal offence to park your car in someone else's driveway without their consent mirror.co.uk/money/can-yo…
The Bee Gees once wrote "Les Tosseurs As Seen On Father Ted" on their dressing room door as a joke, which made people think someone else had done it to be mean to them. When Clive Anderson interviewed them and said they'll always be Tosseurs to him, they took offence and walked out. napathon.net/CliveAnderso…
In the UK it is still technically a criminal offence, punishable by life imprisonment, to advocate abolition of the monarchy in print, even by peaceful means. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
It took until 1976 for the state of South Australia to become the first jurisdiction in the English Speaking World to make rape in marriage a criminal offence. timeline.awava.org.au/arc…
The first age of consent was set in England in 1275, at age 12 (Westminster 1 statute). In 1875, the Offences Against the Person Act raised the age to 13 in Great Britain and Ireland, and 10 years later the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885 raised it to 16. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age…
Beginning with the 1997 season, the Philadelphia Eagles implemented "Eagles Court" - a fully functional courtroom inside their stadium to deal with unruly fans that committed (mostly) minor offences. billypenn.com/2015/09/11/…
The first person that was charged with hacking a computer did not go to jail due to there being no specific criminal offence at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The movie U-571 was so inaccurate that it caused huge offence in Britain and caused a diplomatic incident theguardian.com/film/2000…
306 British soldiers were shot for cowardice, desertion or other offences during WW1. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
In Ireland the police were looking for a Polish man called Mr Prawo Jazdy for over 50 driving offences across the country, they later found out prawo jazdy means driving license in polish. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/78991…
2 fans won tickets to the rugby in Australia and wore blackface in tribute to their favourite player. Qantas removed a photo of them from their site and apologised when Twitter users took offence. The player said: "I don't know what all the fuss is about...that sort of reaction is just silly." brisbanetimes.com.au/rugb…
Until the late 1700s, it was common practice in Europe to formally try and execute animals for a number of offences. Pigs, dogs, donkeys and even insects and dolphins were executed for crimes ranging from murder to bestiality to eating a consecrated wafer. wired.com/2014/09/fantast…

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