Football: the Sport of the Brave or of the Wimps? You Decide

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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.

Now Free to Pursue E.T.

ETAs of 1991, U.S. citizens are free to pursue contact with extraterrestrial beings or their vehicles without legal repercussions.

On July 16, 1969 — the same day Apollo 11 departed for the moon —  the “Extraterrestrial Exposure Law” (C.F.R. Title 14, Section 1211) was adopted. This law was in response to concerns about contamination that could endanger human life as a result of contact with little green men, their ships, or anything that “touched directly or came within the atmospheric envelope of any other celestial body.”

The law did not criminalize reaching out and touching E.T. or his ship, but it did require the person who made contact with anything related to a NASA manned or unmanned space mission to be quarantined at the discretion of a NASA quarantine officer. Failure to comply with the quarantine requirements could subject the offender to a $5,000 fine, a year of imprisonment, or both.

The law was repealed in 1991 upon a finding by NASA that it had “served its purpose” and was “no longer in keeping with current policy.”

Still, it would probably be a good idea if you wash your hands after handling anything that has been in space — alien or otherwise.

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I Wonder What the Penalty Is For Disobedience?

Presentation1When the town of Lanjaron, Spain found itself running out of space at its cemetery, the mayor came up with a creative solution: he made dying illegal.

Mayor Jose Rubio issued an edict in October 1999 ordering people “to take utmost care of their health so they do not die until town hall takes the necessary steps to acquire land suitable for our deceased to rest in glory.” The edit ended with the words, “It is hereby forbidden to die in Lanjaron.”

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But Officer, I Thought I Was Only Going 55 When I Jumped From the Car!

jumpIf you feel the urge to be a daredevil, you might want to steer clear of Glendale, California. City ordinances there make it illegal to jump from a motor vehicle that is moving in excess of 65 miles per hour.