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You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant: 101 Really Dumb Laws Hardcover – 24 Aug 2002

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Andy Powell will graduate from high school in 2002. So far his grades in mathematics have been pretty good. After starting his first Web site with Jeff in primary school, their site listing stupid laws made Yahoo!'s site-of-the-year list in 1998. Jeff Koon will graduate from high school in 2002. His favorite subject is history. Appearing on the Montel Williams Show with Andy in summer 2001 crowned his career.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Only Amusing 9 July 2002
By "plattypus" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This collection of dumb laws does provide entertainment. Each page is one dumb law, followed by an explanation of it, and the majority of them are funny. However, there are only 101 laws in this book, and in total it takes about 10 minutes to read. Also, it isn't funny enough to the point where you can keep rereading it.
The question, then, is whether the book is worth buying. Unless you plan on putting it on your coffee table for party amusement, it really doesn't provide the amount of humor you pay for.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 1 Mar. 2005
By Bookworm - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The authors have found a couple of really dumb laws, but most of the book features unusual scenarios that the authors create that are technically illegal. The title is an example of this. The law actually states that the fire hydrant should not be blocked by anything- so yes, it would be illegal to tie the alligator to the fire hydrant. But is that really a dumb law? Each page features one law and the authors comments. Not much substance to this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fine manifestation of bad, misleading journalism... 26 Sept. 2011
By MICHAEL M. de Freitas - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is actually pretty bad. Many, if not most of the laws listed are actually not stupid. Not to mention that many of the section titles are pretty misleading.

For instance, they say in La Plata, Maryland, it's illegal to drive a cab with only three doors. What the law actually says is that a cab or car for rental has to have four doors. Which is not all that unreasonable! The authors state it as if cars with three doors were the most common thing ever and their prohibition was sheer nonsense! No. Cars come in either two or four doors most of the time. The law was most likely written to prevent cabs with only two doors rather than cabs with three doors!

Another example of the kind of really bad and misleading journalism these guys are doing. "In Texas one needs to pay an annual fee of 25 dollars for a licence to own a dead alligator". Again, they seem to suggest that at some point people keeping a dead alligator all year long was rampant in Texas, so the state decided to regulate the practice by charging a 25 dollar annual fee. I would have been shocked to learn that was the case. The way the law is stated just says that someone would have to pay 25 dollars for a licence to hunt an alligator, which, again, is not unreasonable at all!

I could go on for almost each of the remaining 99 laws but I hope that was enough to make my point.
16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Don't waste your time 5 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sorry guys, but this is the dumbest book I have read in a long time. I bought it thinking it would be good beach reading and, boy, was I wrong. Being eaten by seagulls would have been less painful than enduring this drivel. A little thought into this project would have proved helpful as many of the laws quoted were instituted for very good reasons such as the law regarding ice cubes in El Paso. Do you want to buy ice cubes that were produced across the border with their stellar health regulations. Most books of this type are quite entertaining, but not this one. It's just plain stupid.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Good Idea That Needs More Work 15 Sept. 2003
By Joshua Koppel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a book by two kids. It started off as a school project. The idea is to list laws that seem very strange, dumb or just plain off-the-wall. It could have been a good book but it needs a little more research.
Each page has a catchy phrase about some law. The title of the book is one such phrase. There is then some of the text of the law it refers to. Unfortunately, sometimes the blurb is actually the direct opposite of the law given. I found this to be really unforgivable in such a book. Very often I got the idea that the authors just didn't understand the language used in the laws and sometime I felt they never read them in the first place.
Still, there are some dumb laws that they did get right. But really, there should have been a lot more attention paid before this ever saw print.
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