Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Legal or not

While cross-dressing may be an acceptable way to unwind in many cultures, it's quite illegal in Saudi Arabia. As recently as June 2009, men were arrested in the country's capital for "imitating a woman," as well as "displaying homosexuality" and drinking alcohol. They faced up to six months imprisonment and 60 lashes.

Yes, it's currently legal to wrestle under a mask in state of New York, though this was not always the case. Up until 1972, the New York State Athletic Commission outlawed masks but changed their rule to allow famed Luchador Mil Mascaras to perform in the ring.

If you find yourself in Ulthar, then you have more to worry about than man-eating cats. The fictional town appears in the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, and while there are many laws against harming cats and other animals throughout the world, none will actually see you eaten by felines.

This one is almost fact and, according to The Straight Dope, serves as an excellent example of where those "weird law" lists on the Internet come from. Yes, a Michigan law prohibits tying anything to a fire hydrant and, technically, that covers alligators. But this doesn't mean there's an anti-gator-tying law on the books, no more than an anti-graffiti ordinance specifically forbids painting portraits of Donkey Kong on pastry shop store windows.

Almost fact! Yes, as weird as it may seem, blasphemy is technically a misdemeanor in Michigan. The statute is still there, but courts have found it inconsistent with the First Amendment, and no one has served time for it since 1938.

Sure, prostitution is legal in parts of Nevada, but only within the confines of licensed brothels. Outside those walls, it's a misdemeanor.

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