System of rules adopted by a given country or shared by an international group of countries, in order to regulate the actions of the people living in those countries.

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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

According to this article from "ADF" and this in the Washington Post, the city of Coeur d'Alene is requiring the Knapps, an ordained couple, to conduct same sex weddings or face penalties for ...
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Is it lawful for a cheated woman to kill her husband with her bare hands in Hong Kong?

I just saw this: If a woman in Hong Kong discovers her husband isn’t being faithful, she is legally allowed to kill him but she can use nothing except for her hands. Source Is it true?
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Is it a felony in Montana for a wife to open her husband's mail?

According to dumblaws.com, in the US state of Montana, It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail. That statement has no source. Looking in the Montana Code, I don't see anything ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Does the average American unwittingly commit three felonies a day?

Harvey Silverglate has written a book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, in which he claims, according to the Amazon blurb: The average professional in this country wakes up ...
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Why aren't the Jewish settlements legal under International Law, Canon Law, US domestic law, and historic rules for obtaining sovereignty? [closed]

The Supreme Council of the Allied Principal War Powers recognized the Jewish People as the owners of the political rights to Palestine, but put them in trust for World Jewry until they attained a ...
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Was an amendment proposed making everyone in favour of a war liable for military service?

Apparently from Ultrafacts.tumblr.com, with a tweet version retweeted 137 times: In 1916 an amendment was proposed to the Constitution that all acts of war would be put to a national vote. ...
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Do North Korean men have to cut their hair like Kim Jong Un does?

I read on several websites that a recent law compels North Korean men to cut their hair like Kim Jong Un does. Where does this information come from? Is it reliable? Here is an example in Belgian ...
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Is downloading copyrighted material legal in Switzerland?

In Switzerland, is it legal to download copyrighted material without permission? In Switzerland you'll get all kinds of answers to the question "Is it Legal?". The same goes of course for the ...
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Do financial institutions have a legal obligation to reopen a closed account if money is sent to that account? [closed]

This is a follow-up to a question I asked on Money.se: The credit union cited the Automated Clearing House regulations as the reason they reopened my closed account when a third party tried to send ...
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Are some software programs “illegal” in Germany?

A German article in PC Welt (PC World) claims to list a number of "illegal hacker tools". The list includes: Network Sniffers Aircrack-ng, Wireshark Copy-Protection Circumvention Tools AnyDVD, ...
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Who determines portion size in food? [closed]

I've always been a little skeptical that companies claim their food products have more servings so that they can reduce fat, cholesterol, or other numbers on the label. Do companies choose to label a ...
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Does saying “off the record” allow lawyers to make admissions without legal ramifications?

When I'm watching a show like "Law & Order", I'm always curious if the following scenario is reality or just a handy plot device of television and fiction : A discussion plays out between the ...
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Are incarcerated pedophiles protected by special laws in federal prison in the US?

Andrew Auernheimer (aka. weev) is reported to have said last Friday: "Did you know they have special laws to protect kid-fuckers in federal prison?” Andrew Auernheimer asked me with a grin on ...
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Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?

I've been recently downloading PuTTY from the official page and I have noticed a message stating: LEGAL WARNING: Use of PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP and Plink is illegal in countries where encryption is ...
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Does the establishment of a legal upper speed limit on highways lead to a reduction in traffic deaths and accidents?

The conventional wisdom is that established speed limits lead to an increase in safety. Speed limits are usually set to attempt to cap road traffic speed; there are several reasons for wanting ...
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Does US law leave walk-shoveling homeowners open to lawsuit more than those who don't shovel at all?

The argument is that by trying (and failing) to maintain your walkways, you're responsible for accidents that happen there, while if you don't make any attempt at all, any accident or injury is an Act ...
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Does Alabama or Arkansas have (unenforced) laws permitting men to beat wives up to once per month?

A conversation on Reddit mentioned that in Alabama, the law states that it's legal for a man to beat his wife as long as he doesn't do it more than once per month. If this law is still around, I ...
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In Canada, are Safeway and Thrifty Foods owned by the same company?

In Canada, are Safeway and Thrifty Foods owned by the same company? I find this hard to believe but was told this by an employee who worked at Safeway. According to this Wikipedia article here it ...
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Is there a coffee shop called “Dumb Starbucks”?

This claim originated on 89.3 KPCC. Is there really a "Dumb Starbucks" shop in existence? And, is what they're doing legal under "Parody Law"?
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Are these claims about what reduces abortion correct?

This post on tumblr currently has more than 77,500 "notes", so I'd consider it notable. The numbers and letters are mine: Things that lower abortion rates: A1: Better access to condoms ...
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Did India declare dolphins “non-human person” status?

This story did the rounds at the start of the year, and I see it getting quoted again now in comments in various news sites. Here is Daily Kos's quote of a press release: “Whereas cetaceans in ...
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Was it illegal to discriminate on the basis of intelligence in the United States?

Paul Graham wrote the following in March 2005: One advantage startups have over established companies is that there are no discrimination laws about starting businesses. For example, I would ...
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Has income tax been found unconstitutional by a court?

Someone told me that there are people who claim that the income tax, and by extension the IRS, is unconstitutional, and that some have won in court using this argument. Is this true? An example of a ...
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Is duelling legal in Uruguay if both participants are registered blood donors?

I saw the following letter in today's Guardian: Having just returned from that country, I note one curious fact you missed about Uruguay (Shortcuts, G2, 23 October): duelling is allowed provided ...
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Is gratuitous farm animal abuse condoned by the USDA?

I recently watched the short film "From Farm To Fridge." (It contains video footage of farm animals being abused and killed.) Obviously the video makes an emotional appeal more so than a purely ...
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Is necrophilia legal in California?

In a 1996 special of German news-magazine "Der Spiegel" there's a column about Alan Abbott, who participated in Marilyn Monroes funeral. He's cited to have told a story about a "young male" who bought ...
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Do (or did) post offices in Singapore have a policy of attending to men with long hair last?

I recently saw this photo on Facebook. Is the contained claim true, that post offices in Singapore will attend to men with long hair last?
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Has the congress opted out of Obama care?

I hear this on radio talk shows every now and then (mostly republican) that congress has exempted themselves from Obama care, that is how good it is. For example: How the White House is weaseling ...
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Did any aspect of the Affordable Care Act take effect March 23, 2010?

I just stumbled upon this article, which details an alleged Obamacare-induced horror story of a particular cancer patient. The particular claim of which I am skeptical is: Within one hour of ...
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Did a US court rule that the MMR vaccine causes autism?

The question of whether MMR vaccines cause autism has been addressed already on Skeptics.SE, and then again when new documents came to light. This question is not about rehashing those facts, but is ...
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Is it safer for bicyclists to be allowed to roll through stop signs?

The Idaho Stop rule for bicycles (Idaho Code 49-720) allows bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs. Its practical application is described in this video. A study by Jason Meggs if often cited ...
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Was Roscoe Filburn ordered to destroy his crops?

The Wikipedia article on Wickard v. Filburn claims that: Filburn was ordered to destroy his crops... Numerous other sources also claim this, including two that I would normally consider ...
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If something happens “on the internet”, in which country does it happen? [closed]

German Minister of the Interior Hans-Peter Friedrich declared, he is investigating whether the US PRISM program has performed law-breaking action "on German ground". Therefore, I'd like to raise the ...
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Did a Florida woman get 20 years jail for firing warning shots in the air?

In the wake of the recent Zimmerman trial, Shan Diddy (@shannycat81) posted a tweet that was retweeted over 7,000 times, including by noted skeptic, Paul Provenza. Meanwhile, ALSO in Florida, a ...
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International laws requiring detention and extradition of suspects?

Barack Obama has said following: My continued expectation is that Russia or other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr Snowden asylum recognise that they are a part of an ...
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Does Deutronomy 22:13-21 say that non-virgin wives will be executed? [closed]

From Tumblr and Funnyjunk "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon ...
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Have US judges ever declared someone not guilty due to determinism? [closed]

I am often confronted with arguments for or against biological or social determinism versus free will. One of the arguments I hear regularly is that determinism is bad for society because denying the ...
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Why are car seat belts mandatory in some countries? [closed]

Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. It is compulsory in some countries (several US states, Canada, Australia, most all of European countries, ...) and others are ...
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Does legalizing prostitution decrease sexual violence against all women?

In the debate about legalizing prostitution, yes or no, one claim is the legalization will decrease sexual violence against all women. For example from answers of pros in the link provided: "It ...
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Did Australia ban small-breasts pornography?

There is a widely spread news about Australia banning pornography featuring actresses with A-cup breasts. Aussie censor balks at bijou boobs Australia's 'small breast' ban Australia Bans Small ...
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Is the key legal, historical reason that marriage exists to regulate procreation?

During a recent radio show, at approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the broadcast, Charles Cooper is quoted as saying the following in federal appeals court arguments: The key reason that ...
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Will the Affordable Care Act negatively impact radiologists in America?

My doctor, and numerous medical students and residents* I know, have told me recently that most doctors, and especially radiologists, are going to be negatively impacted by the Affordable Care Act, ...
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Roe v. Wade: was the rape claim used or influential in the case? [closed]

Regarding the Roe v Wade case (please try to leave your opinions about abortion aside). It is well known that Norma McCorvey ("Roe") lied about having been raped. It is also seems clear to me that ...
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Do death penalty cases cost the state more than life-long imprisonment?

There are some claims on anti-death penalty sites that death penalty (in USA) costs are significantly more then costs of long-time imprisonment. For example : The death penalty is much more ...
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Does every North Korean home have a radio that can't be turned off?

VillageOfJoy claims that: 14 Interesting Facts about North Korea You can’t turn off the government radio installed in your home, only reduce the volume. [...] There are many of ...
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Did a judge rule that poker is a game of skill and not chance?

I just read a NY Times article which claims that a US Judge ruled that poker is a game of skill and not one of chance. In a ruling that goes to the heart of what it means to play poker, Judge ...
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Is it illegal to air a prank call in the United States because of FCC regulation?

There is a show in Houston radio show on KRBE called Roula & Ryan's Roses -- you can subscribe here. It's rather amusing and trashy. I've heard it a few times before. "Retired Engineer" on ...
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Is it illegal in any U.S. jurisdiction to be in neutral at a red light?

In this related question, I asserted that it was illegal to be in neutral gear while stopped at a red light. The first comment to that question challenged me to quote chapter and verse. ...
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Are lax gun laws responsible for the high rate of handgun violence in the United States? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What real evidence is there for the effects of gun control? In the wake of today's horrible tragedy in Connecticut, many say US handgun laws are to blame: If laws ...