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Is it illegal in Germany to waste food at a restaurant?

This post on LinkedIn Pulse purports a tweet from Mr. Ratan Tata - a well-known Indian of diverse interests. The tweet references an undated incident at an unnamed restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. The ...
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Is this statement about crime in restrooms accurate? [duplicate]

I was perusing the web, and found this statement trending wildly on Facebook and Twitter, in light of North Carolina's Controversial New LGBT Law. This tweet claims that there have been more US ...
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Until 2016, did Germany require rape victims to physically resist their attackers?

From The Independent Germany to tighten rape laws in wake of Cologne attacks, but a search for Google News of "rape Germany laws" also gives matches for The Daily Mail, and Russia Today: Currently, ...
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Is New York City Council considering making public urination legal?

The Political Insider claims According to the article: The left-wingers who run New York City are about to make it 100% legal to urinate in public. Why? Because many blacks and minorities ...
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Is it illegal to leave your house without underwear in Thailand?

There are some other strange laws in Thailand but this seemed to be the most "interesting" one to me. How are they even going to find out? Are they going to observe your bulge? There are a lot of ...
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Are those born in the US considered non-citizen wards of the state and/or corporations?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: ...
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Are the ABA and IRS foreign-owned private debt collection agencies?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: The ...
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Have local/state common law courts been replaced with federal martial/maritime courts in the US?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: Common ...
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Are American courts and federal agencies foreign-controlled private corporations?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: The "...
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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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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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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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Have any Freeman of the land applications been successful in court? [closed]

I've been reading about various groups purporting to be Freeman-on-the-land, which believe that contractual ties between the government and these people are only valid if the people consent to them. ...
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Did a Russian Judge meet with Supreme Court Justice Souter?

Context During a Q&A Session at a Case Western Reserve University event, Judge John E Jones III gave an anecdote about Justice David H Souter giving a tour of the Supreme Court to a Russian Judge....
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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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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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Did Donald Trump erect a flag on a man-made hill to skirt the law?

A post on Facebook reads (emphasis added) When Trump purchased and rebuilt Mar-A-Lago the Grand mansion and estate In Palm beach, Florida he got into a dispute with the city, who are well known for ...
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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 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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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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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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Did an Algerian man sue his new bride for not looking pretty without make-up?

There is a news-story that has been going around: The Mary Sue Sunrise WGN TV This Emirates 24/7 article is quoted as a source: An Algerian groom took his bride to court just a day after their ...
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Does this 2015 draft of the Armenian constitution propose to allow killing people when “absolutely necessary”?

The Armenian government plans to adopt a new constitution, which would give the country a parliamentary government. An Armenian friend of mine told me that it also includes a paragraph, which would ...
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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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Did a man sue himself and win?

According to this article and this post a man hit himself with a boomerang and then proceeded to sue himself. A Kentucky man who threw a boomerang that flew back and hit him on the head has sued ...
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Are there any laws preventing the copying of keys containing a DO NOT DUPLICATE stamp?

While I worked at Walmart during college in the states, we would copy keys for customers, unless the key looked like this. We were told that it was illegal to copy such keys, however, customers would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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If you have half of a Canadian $20 bill, is it worth $10?

I recently saw this tweet by What The F*** Facts: In Canada, if you have half of a $20 bill, it is worth $10. Is there any truth to this claim?
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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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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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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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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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Is it legal to shoot groups of Native Americans in some US States?

At a young age, I remember being told by a teacher that if there are five or more native Americans in a group, it is legal to shoot them, because it is considered a war party. The teacher told me that ...
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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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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 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 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 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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Are the UK and Sweden in violation of international law with respect to detaining Julian Assange?

According to https://freeassangenow.org/faq and https://justice4assange.com/: Why do the UK and Sweden disobey international law? There is a conflict between the United Kingdom’s obligations to the ...
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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 ...
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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 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 ...