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Did Lady Godiva ride to the town of Coventry naked?

"The story of this 11th century english noblewoman is that her mean husband the Earl Leofric raised taxes on the townspeople of Coventry which Lady Godiva, and not surprisingly the locals, thought ...
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Can Israeli settlers shoot Palestinians with impunity?

According to one prolific contributor to Yahoo Answers: So-called "Israeli settlers" can shoot Palestinians at will without fear of prosecution so you do want a lot of doctors,and although it ...
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Are law and medicine high-paying professions?

It seems to be taken as self-evident that law and medicine are one of the highest paying professions in the United States. However it seems to me that much of the high income from these professions ...
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Are U.S companies legally obligated to maximize profits for shareholders?

A statement that I've heard over and over, is that U.S. companies are legally obligated to maximize profits for shareholders, and that this explains why companies act socially unresponsible. In this ...
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Is there a legal video size limit for Super Bowl parties?

Slate claims: A Baptist congregation in Indiana plans to cancel its Super Bowl party this weekend, after receiving a threatening letter from the National Football League. NFL officials say the ...
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Is it illegal to refuse US currency for a purchase?

I hear this claim every now and then. That US currency is legal tender and that it is illegal to not accept it. The most recent example of this was on an old episode of 30 Rock: The head and the hair....
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Is it illegal to tie campaign contributions to a specific policy goal?

The petition Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admitted to bribing politicans to pass legislation implies that there is something illegal about this threat to withdraw ...
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Do laws exist that say restaurants must serve customers who request tap water?

My mother claimed the other day that it is a "state law" that any restaurant must serve customers tap water upon request, therefore not requiring customers to buy a (flavored) drink or (overpriced) ...
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Is it illegal in the U.S. for legal professionals to answer legal questions on public Internet forums?

A SE moderator said: [I]n the US, at least, legal professionals are not permitted to answer questions on a site like this. It seems odd that a law would prohibit someone who has passed a Bar exam ...
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Is there any place where you need one form of ID to buy a gun, but two to pay for it by check?

This XKCD comic strip has the following alt text: I hear in some places, you need one form of ID to buy a gun, but two to pay for it by check. It's interesting who has what incentives to care about ...
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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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Are restrictions on the supply of alcohol effective at limiting the harm caused by or even the amount of alcohol consumed?

Different countries choose radically different ways to regulate peoples' access to alcohol. Some countries and some US states impose a state monopoly on alcohol sale ; others restrict the hours or ...
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Does the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms not apply to government hiring practices?

While I was reading Yahoo! News today, I came across this article which discussed British Columbia's New Democratic Party's affirmative-action rules: According to the BC NDP's affirmative-action ...
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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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What is the use of the questions on the US Visa Waiver form?

Whenever I enter the US, I need to fill out a little green form. The front page asks all sorts of reasonable questions: Name, passport number, date of birth, address I plan to be in the US etc. The ...
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Can photography be used for terrorism, and can restricting it reduce terrorism?

I'm seeing lots of claims that photography could contribute to terrorism, and photographers are being stopped on a regular basis in many more places than before, especially in the UK (see http://www....
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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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Does torture work well as an interrogation technique?

Wikipedia's Effectiveness of torture for interrogation says, Torture has been used throughout history for the purpose of obtaining information in interrogation. Some arguments say that it is an ...
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Do software patents stifle creativity?

Is there any evidence to support the claim that software patents stifle creativity and put many people at risk of legal action? If necessary refer to some background reading: Seriously think about ...
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Does Senate Bill 510 (S. 510) have the power to prosecute people for growing their own vegetables

I have heard that S. 510 FDA Food Saftey Modernization Act makes it illegal to grow, share, trade or sell homegrown food. Does S. 510 make it illegal to grow or trade food? The two main arguments ...
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Does legalizing prostitution lead to an increase in human trafficking?

This is a common argument against the legalization of prostitution, and I'm curious if there's any truth to the claim that human trafficking actually increase when prostitution is made legal.
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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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Did there use to be a law that made attempted suicide a capital offence punishable by hanging in Britain?

This one seem to be all over trivia lists, but I'm having trouble finding a reference to anything credible. The claim goes something like this: According to a British law passed in 1845, [attempted]...
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Is alcohol for consumption tested for carbon-14 radioactivity to be considered legal?

I just viewed this interesting video about radioactive ethanol from plants as opposed to non-radioactive ethanol from crude oil. In it, the professor says he's heard it's illegal in the USA to sell ...
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Was impersonating an Egyptian once a capital offense in England?

This site claims that: Serious crimes, such as murder, rape, or impersonating an Egyptian were given the death sentence in England. Is that true?
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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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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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Can better lawyers achieve better judgements for their clients?

This claim is frequently heard in news (and especially in TV and movies). Especially in connotation with big companies and rich individuals - "They'll get the best lawyers money can buy, and they'll ...
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Does having a jury increase the chance of justice being served?

This claim popped up in a discussion on Hacker News where it was claimed that if a legal system has a jury it's more likely it will be just. As one commenter put it: [..] jury is not as easily ...
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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 the death penalty an effective deterrent?

There is a lot of clutter from anti-death penalty sites, which makes it hard to find all the research. They often cite statistics like those explained in this website, including the chart below that ...
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Was kissing punishable by death in 16th century Naples?

According to Dr Karl: And in 16th century Naples, in Italy, kissing was an offence that carried the death penalty. Is that true?
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