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Book of Legal Stuff
Book of Legal Stuff
By author: Joanne O'Sullivan
Product Code: 
40039
ISBN: 
978-1-936140-03-9
Binding Information: Hardback 
Ages: 
Adult
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Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, for your consideration...

The law can be scary, the law can be lenient or cruel...and, at times, the law can just be downright, unbelievably wacky. Be assured: every statute in this entertaining and illustrated compendium is absolutely real. They come from down the block and around the world, and they prevent us from no-nos like eating pies baked by grandmothers in non-certified kitchens; accidentally getting a glimpse of a sweaty naked person through a window; and being subjected postmortem to the tacky taste of any loved one who would dare put plastic flowers on our graves instead of fresh ones.

The jaw-dropping regulations cover animals (no licking hallucinogenic toads in Missouri); transportation (do not run out of gas on Germany's super-speedy autobahns); public decorum (kissing and hugging in public forbidden in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--but in India, it will just get you fined); house rules (no flushing after 10PM in a certain Swiss apartment building), food (only certain pizzas in Italy can be called Margheritas); and much, much more. And the best place to get a job? Portugal--because you can't be fired. One thing that's absolutely allowed: laughing hard and long at these laws!



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Reviews
  BookLoons Reviews - May 29, 2011
'Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, for your consideration: a collection of laws from around the world and around the block. These are the statutes, bylaws, ordinances, and amendments that govern our behavior and keep the world from devolving into sheer anarchy.'

'These laws prevent us from eating pies baked by grandmothers in noncertified kitchens; make sure that we never accidentally get a glimpse of a sweaty naked person through a window; ensure that even in death, we will not be subjected to the poor taste of our loved ones who would carelessly put plastic flowers on our graves instead of real ones, thus endangering the lives and health of graveyard lawn maintenance technicians.'

Now that author Joanne O'Sullivan has piqued your curiosity and explained the focus of her book, you can sit back and enjoy this amusing and often bizarre compendium of legal stuff she has collected from around the globe.

Although it may be hard to believe at times, everything you find in this little book is or was at one time on the books. Covering subject matter as diverse as animal treatment, transportation, public decorum, and food, the author divides the laws and statues she has collected into three broad categories: Dissenting Opinions, Rules of Order and Natural Law.

In the first section you'll find these gems: Ice cream truck music is against the law in Stafford Township, New Jersey, and Edmondston, Maryland. In South Carolina seven people were arrested for failing to hold their applause until all the graduates had been announced at a high school graduation. The mayor of Eraclea, Italy, banned building beach sandcastles, and wearing a bikini off the beach is off limits in Capri, Italy, the island of Grenada, and Dubai.

As you page through the Rules of Order you'll discover the following restrictions: The city of Birmingham, England, outlawed apostrophes on road and street signs. In Kuwait, it's illegal to drive a car that's more than ten years old. In Clinton, Oklahoma, it's illegal to molest a vehicle. A German company has an anti-whining law. Anyone caught complaining can be fired on the spot.

Finally, the Natural Law category lists some additional odd statutes. For example, it's against the law to serve coffee, tea, or any food in a funeral home in New York or New Jersey. In the U.K. milk bottles must contain the following warning: Contains Milk. Having a hamster as a pet is against the law in Vietnam. It's illegal to harvest rainwater in Utah. In British Columbia it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch.

A quick and very entertaining read, this is a book you'll want to pass on to family and friends. In fact, it might make the perfect graduation gift for a prospective lawyer or a member of the legal profession.

  "Watsonville Register" - May 19, 2011
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, for your consideration: a collection of laws from around the world and around the block. These are the statutes, bylaws, ordinances, and amendments that govern our behavior and keep the world from devolving into sheer anarchy.

"These laws prevent us from eating pies baked by grandmothers in noncertified kitchens; make sure that we never accidentally get a glimpse of a sweaty naked person through a window; ensure that even in death, we will not be subjected to the poor taste of our loved ones who would carelessly put plastic flowers on our graves instead of real ones, thus endangering the lives and health of graveyard lawn maintenance technicians."

Now that author Joanne O'Sullivan has piqued your curiosity and explained the focus is of her book entitled "Book of Legal Stuff: Wacky Laws, Weird Decisions & Strange Statutes," you can sit back and enjoy this amusing and often bizarre compendium of "legal stuff" she has collected from around the globe.

Although it may be hard to believe at times, everything you find in this little book is or was at one time "on the books." Covering subject matter as diverse as animal treatment, transportation, public decorum, and food, the author divides the laws and statues she has collected into three broad categories: "Dissenting Opinions," "Rules of Order" and "Natural Law."

In the first section you'll find these gems: Ice cream truck music is against the law in Stafford Township, N.J., and Edmondston, Md. In South Carolina, seven people were arrested for failing to hold their applause until all the graduates had been announced at a high school graduation. The mayor of Eraclea, Italy, banned building beach sandcastles, and wearing a bikini off the beach is off limits in Capri, Italy, the island of Grenada, and Dubai.

As you page though the "Rules of Order" you'll discover the following restrictions: The city of Birmingham, England, outlawed apostrophes on road and street signs. In Kuwait, it's illegal to drive a car that's more than 10 years old. In Clinton, Okla., it's illegal to molest a vehicle. A German company has an anti-whining law. Anyone caught complaining can be fired on the spot.

Finally, the "Natural Law" category lists some additional odd statutes. For example, it's against the law to serve coffee, tea, or any food in a funeral home in New York or New Jersey. In the United Kingdom, milk bottles must contain the following warning: Contains Milk. Having a hamster as a pet is against the law in Vietnam. It's illegal to harvest rainwater in Utah. In British Columbia, Canada, it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch.

A quick and very entertaining read, this is a book you'll want to pass on to family and friends. In fact, it might make the perfect graduation gift for a prospective lawyer or a member of the legal profession.