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Pinball Machines Were Banned In New York City

Reading Time: 2 minutes Would you believe that pinball machines were once banned in New York city? But why on earth were pinball machines banned in New York city, I mean they’re not exactly the hive of criminal activity. Well, it all had to do with a perception of what they were, and that incorrect perception was gambling. Pinball …

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Singapore’s National Animal Is A Merlion

Reading Time: 2 minutes Singapore’s national animal is a Merlion. Now, if you are wondering what the heck a Merlion is, well…. It’s not even a real animal. It’s yet another country that is confused between myth and reality, just like Scotland’s national animal, and North Korea’s one. At least Madison, Wisconsin could base their official bird on a real …

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Yellow Margarine is Illegal in Missouri

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yet another odd law to contend with, although this one has been around for a very long time. Would you believe that yellow margarine is illegal in Missouri? That’s right, one of the world’s most popular spreads, yellow margarine, is illegal in Missouri! But why? Why is yellow margarine illegal in Missouri? It’s not margarine that’s been banned, …

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Baby Walkers Are Banned In Canada

Reading Time: 3 minutes Only in Canada, eh. Baby walkers are banned in Canada. Seriously, they really are. Not only are they banned, but the penalties for owning and the sale and distribution of them are severely harsh, even for private homes, lawn sales and flea markets. But the ban got me thinking. Why are baby walkers banned in Canada? They …

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Peter Pan Royalties Go To A Hospital Charity

Reading Time: 2 minutes Who hasn’t heard of Peter Pan? Peter Pan is a story about a boy and his companions who never grew up. It has been a childhood favorite for decades, first in print and plays, and more recently in numerous film adaptions. With the story of Peter Pan being so popular you’d think that the author …

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The Day Judy Garland Died A Tornado Hit Kansas

Reading Time: 3 minutes The day Judy Garland died a tornado hit Kansas. The day was June 22, 1969. Some of you might be thinking so what? But it’s actually one of those weird coincidences in nature that seem to pop up every now and then. How about we delve into this peculiarity a little further? Judy Garland is …

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It Is Not Illegal To Escape From Prison In Germany, But Why?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Did you know that it’s not illegal to escape from prison in Germany and its neighbour, Austria, also has a similar rule? This is in stark contrast to the rest of the world. In nearly every country around the world it is illegal to escape from prison. Many prisoners try, and when they are either …

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You Can Legally Marry A Dead Person In France

Reading Time: 2 minutes Would you marry a dead person? It’s kind of a strange question to ask, I know, but it appears as though it’s a legally accepted practice in France. When it comes to marriage it’s a common tradition for those exchanging marriage vows to pledge to stay married until “death do they part.” Once a partner …

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There’s a Shrine in Indonesia, the Gunung Kemukus, Where Muslims Go to Commit Adultery

Reading Time: 2 minutes This is certainly out of left field. For those who don’t know, Indonesia is a predominately Muslim country. In Indonesia adultery is an illegal activity. Yet despite many Muslims being conservative, there is a shrine in the Javanese village of Solo that hosts the most unusual of practices. Once every 35 days, devout Muslims will flock to …

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There’s An Island In India That Kills Visitors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Jeepers creepers, this looks like it comes straight out of a 1970’s horror movie. Would you believe that there’s an island in India that kills visitors when they arrive? This terrifying island isn’t exactly overpopulated, or the number one tourist destination on all travel agents websites. Yet is one of the most frightening, and unforgivable places …

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