The world's most baffling new laws

Slide show: From Kentucky's restrictions on duels to Italy's noisy sandal rules, 10 recent legal oddities


Nathan Belofsky
September 28, 2010 5:01AM (UTC)

The world of the law can be an awfully strange place. The United States is filled bizarre and outdated statutes governing everything from the sales of "stuffed articles depicting female breasts" (illegal within a thousand feet of any county highway in California) to "turkey scrambles" (in which a bird is thrown into the air for the purpose of being "captured," illegal in Minnesota) to throwing candy from a float in a parade (illegal in Grand Forks, North Dakota). And it's not just us: Canada has a law banning the practice of "witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration"; the mayor of Eboli, Italy will fine any couple he finds kissing in a car.

Nathan Belofsky, an attorney and writer, has collected some of the world's most baffling laws in his new book "The Book of Strange and Curious Legal Oddities." And some, you'll be surprised to learn, were enacted only recently. We've collected some of the most intriguing.

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