Questions tagged [law]

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Against the law to spray-clean not according to label directions?

I have a bottle of Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach, marketed for sale in the United States. Its label reads, in part (and with emphasis removed): Directions for use: It is a violation of ...
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Has anyone been charged with defacing money?

In many countries it is illegal to deface or destroy money, but has this law ever been enforced? (note: I'm not asking about counterfeiting) Have there been any notable cases of people being charged ...
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Was there a law ever passed that prevented two trains from proceeding at a crossing?

Dumb Laws states that in the state of Washington When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed. In Railway and Locomotive Engineering: A Practical Journal of ...
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Is Ted Cruz a “natural born” US citizen?

A Forbes report, Birther Hypocrisy- Right Wing Has No Problem With Canadian Born Senator Ted Cruz Running For President sums it up. Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, the son of an American ...
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Did Puritans punish people for celebrating Christmas?

The Facebook group Americans for the Separation of Church and State posted this link: Puritans in Massachusetts arrested and fined anyone who celebrated Christmas. But go ahead, tell us how awful ...
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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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Are media reports about squatters' rights accurate?

So a few months ago there was a spout of stories in the UK papers pertaining to squatters, and the fact that they have just been breaking into houses and changing the locks whilst the owners had been ...
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is it illegal to coast down a hill in New York State? [closed]

is it illegal to put your car in neutral while going down a slope in New York state? Take into account that there are no stop signs, and red lights on this hill or during time of neutral.
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Would Mefloquine be approved under today's regulations?

The anti-malarial drug Mefloquine (aka Lariam, Mephaquin or Mefliam) is known to frequently induce strong neurologic side effects. I have heard a number of times that this drug would fail to get ...
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Is the trending Facebook “privacy notice” necessary and/or effective?

This facebook post has gone viral among my friends PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning - any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to ...
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Were the mother and uncle of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu arrested?

Wikipedia claims that the mother and uncle were arrested in the case of Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu. However, the main link given there is broken. Is there any alternate reliable source confirming this?
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You have the right to one phone call when arrested - A Hollywood myth?

(Image Source) According to Cracked.com the "one phone call" rule is a Hollywood invention. They base this on the information this attorney gives: The one phone call is another one of the urban ...
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How often do law enforcement authorities commandeer civilian transportation?

You've seen the movies: the cop-action-hero's car blows up and he is forced to bust out his gun and his badge and commandeer a civilian's vehicle for transportation. How often does this actually ...
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Is the “Right to Bear Arms” an Individual Right or a State's Right to Defense? [closed]

"A well regulated Militia" being the first part of the Amendment appears to steer the legislation towards militia/national guard - especially with "being necessary to the security of a free state" ...
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Does Lebanon ban the diary of Anne Frank?

According to factslides, a reddit post, Wikipedia, and the Wall Street Journal, the Diary of Anne Frank is banned in Lebanon. According to a reddit comment this is "rubbish". Other news reports a ...
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Can Danish policemen refuse to provide ID when asked?

This Guardian article makes the (unsourced) claim that (emphasis mine): There is more than a whiff of the police state about the fact that Danish policeman refuse to display ID numbers and can ...
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Is the FCC planning to restrict installation of custom software on radio-enabled devices?

Recently I came across this Reddit post regarding the fact that the FCC is planning to prevent consumers from installing custom firmware and OSes on radio/WiFi enabled devices. Is this really what ...
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Is gun control effective?

I have seen numerous arguments about gun control, in the sense of laws restricting gun ownership or possession, and whether widespread gun possession affects crime rates, and each side is happy to ...
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Is one guilty until proven innocent in the Mexican legal system?

While reading this Travel SE question, an answer cited this website about Mexican gun laws which states the following (emphasis mine): Remember, once you cross the border with a firearm or ...
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Are Auto Manufacturers required under US Federal Law to provide parts for a set period of time?

Via snopes.com Message Board and here, and a similar question on mechanics.stackexchange.com: Auto manufacturers are required by US Federal Law to have parts available for any models they sold for ...
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Are motorists in Washington entering city limits with criminal intentions required to phone to chief of police?

Several sites claim that there is a strange law in Washington state. For example: Dumblaws.com claims: A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to ...
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Was this image used in an anti-rape advertising campaign?

I saw an "advertisement" make the rounds on Facebook, which reads: Jake was drunk. Josie was drunk. Jake and Josie hooked up. Josie could NOT consent. The next day Jake was charged with RAPE. ...
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Are there discriminatory laws against Israelis marrying Palestianians?

I saw this on Facebook today in the wake of the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage. While the world celebrates gay marriage victory: In Israel, you can marry anyone as long as he/she not Palestinian. : ...
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Are there public laws dealing with extraterrestrial contact?

UFO theorists claim that there are US laws preventing people from investigating or contacting aliens. From "Alien Contact Laws- $5,000 Fine And Imprisonment" at http://www.unexplainable.net/artman/...
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Are the citizens of Milan legally obliged to smile?

Another legal curiosity: It's been alleged that people in Milan have to smile by law. Is this true? If so, what is the legislation?
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Is it illegal to hang lingerie on a clothesline near an airport in Kidderville, NH?

There are some online sources claiming that, in Kidderville NH (USA), it is illegal to hang lingerie on the clothesline if you live near an airport. Is this true?
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May only licensed electricians change light bulbs in Australia?

Just researching legal oddities and came across this one: Dumb Laws in Australia Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb. Some sources attribute it only to the state of Victoria. Does ...
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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 Black ...
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Is the United States bankrupt?

According to this Doc, United States did go "Bankrupt" in 1933 and was declared so by President Roosevelt by Executive Orders 6073, 6102, 6111 and by Executive Order 6260 on March 9, 1933, ...
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Can you legally drive away when Wisconsin police officer knocks on your car window?

So I came across this article: When a Cop Knocks on the Window, Just Drive Away (in Wisconsin) Earlier this month, the state's Supreme Court ruled that a tap on the glass does not in and of itself ...
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Is it legal to hire only beautiful people?

Josephine Fairley wrote a column in the Telegraph claims that it is perfectly legal to hire only beautiful people. But while it's illegal to discriminate on the grounds of gender, sex, race, religion,...
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Is it legal to kill a scotsman in York?

I once heard that it is allowed to kill a scotsman in York, if you do it with a bow and arrow. Apparently there is no danger in this law, since the bow and arrow needed to be made by a no longer ...
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Do Russians need to disclose their encryption keys to the Federal Security Service? [closed]

Is it true that in Russia, citizens have an obligation to send copy of all of their private encryption keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB), even without receiving a specific demand? Update: ...
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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 his ...
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Is it “perfectly legal” to walk topless in New York City?

A travel advertisement aired on the radio in Italy states that it is "perfectly legal" to be topless in New York City; is this true? The ad doesn't say anything else useful to the question.
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What is the importance of having different timezones all over world [closed]

This is like a hypothetical question . Can the whole world have only one time everywhere . What are the consequences if it were to be ?
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Did banning abortion in Chile lead to lower maternal mortality?

One of the common arguments for legalised abortion is that abortions will continue anyway despite being illegal and these illegal abortions will lead to higher rates of maternal death. This, somewhat ...
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Did this US 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 cash confiscated upon arrest in the US?

This image is going around Facebook, and reads (emphasis original): Pimps wear lots of gold jewelry bought at pawn shops to "re-pawn" for bail money since cash is confiscated upon arrest but ...
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Is it, in some parts of the U.S., easier to get a rifle than to register to vote?

I've seen claims in several places that in some parts of the United States of America, the bureaucratic procedure to register to vote is more difficult/complicated than to get a permit to buy a ...
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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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Do only 40 countries have rule of law?

In the November 26 issue of Mishpacha Magazine, there was an interview with Joseph Wippl (a former CIA agent, now a Professor at Boston University) in which he said that only 40 countries have real ...
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Do international laws require the 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 giving legal advice make you liable?

There is the often cited claim on the internet that giving legal advice will make you liable for damages. Didn't previously quote an actual claim, but one of the answers is such a perfect example that ...
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Do 99.99% of federal grand juries indict?

The headline of this Washington Post article advertises: The single chart that shows that federal grand juries indict 99.99 percent of the time The chart itself compares the number of cases that ...
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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 ...
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Is it routine for Sweden prosecutors to travel to the UK to question people they are looking to arrest?

According to an investigation of the Assange case: The Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, has refused to come to London to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct in Stockholm in 2010 ...
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Is it illegal to sell dolls that do not have human faces in France?

It is claimed that it is against the law to sell dolls that do not have human faces in France. It is illegal to sell an ET doll in France. They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not ...
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Is it against the law to mispronounce Arkansas?

There are many sources that claim that it is illegal to pronounce Arkansas incorrectly and you can be fined for doing so. My favorite law is one designed to get Northerners into trouble. That's ...
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Would lowering the speed limit in NYC by 5mph lower the number of pedestrian deaths by a factor of 2?

According to the Mayor of New York City, De Blasio: (my emphasis) Excessive speed contributes to 25 percent of roadway fatalities on New York City Streets and is the leading cause of motor vehicle ...