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Old 18 March 2012, 10:14 PM
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#3 In the United States it is illegal to operate a train that does not have an F painted on the front. Apparently without that F we all might not know where the front of the train is.

A finger of truth and four fingers of hokum.

Diesel locomotives operate in either direction with the same degree of efficiency, so one end of the locomotive is designated the front end.

Sometimes it may seem obvious which end is foward, but the designation is more for uniformity in maintenance reports and inspections

An older center cab unit has no generally obvious "front" end. Some railroads ran the long hood forward, some ran the short hood forward. The later full width cabs are generally run cab forward, but they don't have to be.

Some of the commuter trains, such as the VRE in northern Virginia, the locomotive is on the south end of the trains, cab facing south. For the northbound runs, coming into DC, the engineer is operating the train from a control cab car on the front or north end, with the locomotive is pushing the train from the rear. On the south bound runs, the engineer is in the locomotive cab.

By the logic of the "obscure law," half the VRE operations would be considered illegal operations.

Most freight cars have an A end and B end, the B end generally being end of the car with the hand brake wheel.
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Old 06 April 2012, 01:14 PM
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Default Illegal mince pies and other UK legal legends

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17610820

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The Law Commission has proposed the abolition of 800 antiquated laws, but there is a wealth of mythology about what is and isn't illegal.

Can you really be arrested for eating a mince pie on Christmas Day? Are you within your rights to shoot a Welsh person with a longbow on a Sunday in Chester? According to British urban legend, ancient laws could still land you in trouble or, literally, allow you to get away with murder.
It's got the one about urinating in a policeman's helmet too. (All the laws listed are myths).
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Old 03 July 2012, 10:55 PM
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Comment: I read that California has a state law that say's peeling an
orange in your hotel room is illegal. Is this true and if so what is the
code number under which it is listed?
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It was Tuesday, July the third. It was hot in Los Angeles. I was working the peel squad in the illegal fruit division. The boss is Captain Chiquita. My partner's Harry Morgan. My name's Friday. I carry a badge. And a zester.
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Old 04 July 2012, 03:43 AM
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Is that the infamous "OJ trial" I've heard so much about?
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Old 10 December 2012, 08:12 PM
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Comment: A friend of mine has recently informed me of a rumor that in
Alberta, Canada, when someone is released from prison, apon request they
are to be given a handgun, ammunition and a horse so that they may ride
out of town. I hope this at least interests you. Thanks! Let me know, if
you can, if you investigate it and find anything!
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Old 10 December 2012, 08:15 PM
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This is true. Then they are fined 20 pense for not wearing a sword.
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Old 11 December 2012, 05:04 PM
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Comment: A friend of mine has recently informed me of a rumor that in
Alberta, Canada, when someone is released from prison, apon request they
are to be given a handgun, ammunition and a horse so that they may ride
out of town. I hope this at least interests you. Thanks! Let me know, if
you can, if you investigate it and find anything!
Everyone knows guns are illegal in Canada, and that the Royal North-West Police confiscated any guns that were brought into Canadian territory during the Gold Rush.

Obviously this is false.
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Comment: I've been told numerous times that it is illegal to serve raw
fish in the state of Washington, so that all sushi is never raw. I have
been unable to yield any results in my search to discover if this is in
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Comment: Was there a law in US that read - 'a cow cannot cross a road
without a tail light'?
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Icon19 Weird, wacky and strange laws in Illinois

Sometimes, Im not very proud to live in Illinois.

From our crooked politicians to our increasing debt, Illinois has a lot of room for improvement. I decided I wanted to seek out something that makes Illinois unique and interesting, something I could be proud of (obviously aside from being surrounded by corn).

What I found may not exactly be positive: Illinois has some of the funniest laws on the books.

http://northernstar.info/opinion/col...9bb30f31a.html
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I have been unable to yield any results in my search to discover if this is in fact true
Okay, I know this one is six weeks old, but...

...if you can't confirm it's true, don't you think that might be a clue that it's false?

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Washington State Retail Food Code

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03200 (4)
Fish, other than those specified under 3425(2), that are intended for consumption in raw or undercooked form and allowed as specified under 03400(4) may be offered for sale or service if they are obtained from a supplier that freezes the fish as specified under 03425; or if they are frozen on the premises as specified under 03425 and records are retained as specified under 03430.
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Comment: True or False: In Bakersfield, CA anyone having sex with Satan must use a condom
I checked the Bakersfield town ordinances. I found no laws involving condoms or Satan. But I'd be interested in knowing if anyone has found a legal citation for that law.
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I lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, or 12 years from Dec. 1993 to Dec. 2005. Out there they have a strange law that forbids anything that threatens the beauty of buildings, etc. For this reason, dwellers of high-rise apartment buildings could not install an air conditioner that protrudes out the window. One would have to install one that extends inside, not outside. A protruding air conditioner would hurt the beauty of the building and the landscape.

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Old 08 July 2013, 07:35 PM
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Barbrainey:

I lived in Hawaii for nearly 30 years. I was a professional urban planner, working at various times for the City and County of Honolulu Planning Department and various private sector companies. As of 2006, there was no law preventing someone from installing an air conditioner, or otherwise "forbid(ing) anything that threatens the beauty of buildings, etc."

This sounds more like a house rule or bylaw provision within a condominium property, not any state or county law.

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Old 14 October 2013, 09:30 PM
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Comment: Hi. I see this come up on Twitter multiple times every day:

"It's illegal to take a picture of a rabbit during the month of June in
Wyoming."

Pretty sure this is bunk
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Tsk, Tsk Strange law in Ottumwa just an urban legend

With many new laws in effect in Iowa for the new year, one of the weirdest laws throughout history was tied to Ottumwa -- however, that law was a hoax all along.

There is an urban legend that it is illegal in the city of Ottumwa for men to wink at women they don't know.

http://www.heartlandconnection.com/n...aspx?id=989678
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Cowboy Myth-busting librarians debunk rumors about Texas' Wild West laws

Legend has it that the long arm of Texas law once extended to hotel balconies where the men with star badges would take into custody anyone who violated a state statute forbidding people to hunt buffalo from such a perch.

The legend ends at the Legislative Reference Library of Texas, where a small team of well-referenced librarians has gone through the records and sorted out fact from fiction when it comes to the laws of the Lone Star State.

http://news.yahoo.com/myth-busting-l...3--sector.html
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