Under the law of the United Kingdom, the monarch owns all sturgeon and whales as part of the royal prerogative. The law was enacted in the 13th century under Edward II. It was decreed that the king owns the head and the queen owns the tail of every such sea creature. The Receiver of Wreck... Continue Reading →
The People's Republic of China prohibits reincarnation without prior permission of the government. The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the revered monk without approval from Beijing. source
Scotland is known for its passionate football (American soccer) fans, and it is recognized as the birthplace of golf and home to the most famous golf courses in the world. Did you know that both sports were once illegal throughout the land? King James I outlawed football with the Football Act of 1424. It was... Continue Reading →
On February 7, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence became the first Vice President to cast the tie-breaking vote in the US Senate for the confirmation of a cabinet member. Under the terms of the Constitution, the Vice President presides over the Senate, but does not have a vote except for the purpose of breaking a... Continue Reading →
Aitabdel Salem spent five months in jail, waiting for someone to come up with the money to post bond. Little did he know that he could have walked for less than the cost of a large cup of coffee. Salem was jailed in April 2014 on charges of attacking a police officer who arrested him... Continue Reading →
Legal documents tend to be a bit dry and uninteresting, but that doesn't always have to be the case. The following is a deed recorded in the County Recorder's Office in Beardstown, Illinois: J. Henry Shaw To Charles E. Wyman Deed, filed for Record August 9th, 1881 at One O'clock P.M. Ferris E. Downing Recorder.... Continue Reading →
In Utah it is illegal to swear in front of a dead person.
Armchair lawyers often throw around caution about the color of ink that is needed when signing a legal document, and they certainly do not approve of using a pencil. If there was ever any doubt about the legality of pencil-written missives, consider the outcome of one such document. On July 31, 1945 President Harry S.... Continue Reading →
The first case of high treason in modern times came before the Swedish courts in 2001, and four traitors were identified. They were four boys, all aged 16 or 17. Their offense? They threw a strawberry tart at King Carl Gustaf, hitting him on the face. The boys said they were protesting the monarchy and yelled... Continue Reading →
Justice in the Old West was quick, decisive, and occasionally poetic. Witness this colorful death sentence issued in United States v Gonzales (1881), U.S. District Court, New Mexico Territory. Jose Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, in a few short weeks, it will be spring. The snows of winter will flee away, the ice will vanish, and the annual... Continue Reading →
"The devil made me do it" has been an excuse used by countless people through the ages. Evidently Gerald Mayo felt he needed to do more than just blame the devil; he wanted to make the devil pay. Mayo filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, United States ex... Continue Reading →
One of the most powerful political offices in the world is Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Elected by the Representatives, this senior member of the majority party has almost limitless authority to control the business of this legislative body. No one understood or exercised this power better than Joe Cannon. Cannon,... Continue Reading →
When you consider that the Constitution of the United States, at 4,400 words and fitting comfortably on 11 pages, gives the instructions needed to govern a nation of over 300 million people, the following fact seems rather incredible -- until you remember the tendency of government to make things more complex than they need to... Continue Reading →
US President Theodore Roosevelt considered outlawing American football because it was too violent. Roman Emperor Julius Caesar banned a game similar to football because it was too gentle.