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Granddaughter Jackie has forwarded me a list of laws STILL ON THE BOOKS! Like dust-balls in corners, these laws were made long ago, presumably with some reason in mind, and are currently active. Theoretically if the authorities wanted to "get you", they could utilize them, although in most cases they'd be laughed out of court if it got that far. Comments in red are mine or Jackie's.
From Jackie: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Can you believe some of these!!! Thought it was pretty stupid and funny. Hope you enjoy."
Note #1: Some years back the Miami Herald printed a list of outdated laws. One states that a motor vehicle cannot drive down Flagler Street (the main drag that bisects north from south and originates downtown, extending to the Everglades) at night unless someone precedes the vehicle on foot waving a lantern. I can image traffic tie-ups all the way to Naples if they tried to implement this one! These and laws similar to those above were presented to the legislature, and they were asked to clean the books. But as I recall, it was determined it would take several years and a number of special sessions to do it, so they're mostly still theoretically enforceable.
Note #2: Son Mark moved to Tucson, Arizona over a decade ago. Shortly after arriving he was walking downtown and began to feel extremely strange. He went into a business, I believe a hotel, and the person there without a pause just sat him down and gave him water. It was explained to him that they had to do that with newcomers all the time. Usually the temperature is so high and it's so dry (except during monsoon season) that it sucks the moisture right out of a body. They don't even use air conditioners, but instead, something called "swamp coolers". Mark explained that they work by evaporation alone, and cool fine except during rare rainy spells when it's also hot, and then everyone suffers terribly. This is one law that actually makes sense and has undoubtedly saved many lives.
Note #3: Another law left over from a time of ignorance. When I was young, every shoe store had an x-ray machine. As I recall, many required a nickel per use. You tried on your new shoes, stepped up on a platform and stuck your feet under a ledge and you could see your bones and the outline of your shoes. This presumably helped parents figure out if the shoes fit. Later the dangers were realized - leukemia and other cancers - and laws were passed in most states banning the machines. Sorry, Jackie, you had to have been there. This one also makes sense.
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