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You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant: 101 Really Dumb Laws Hardcover – 20 Jun 2002
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About the Author
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 dot.com career.
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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.
Also, in a few cases, they completely misinterpret the laws to mean something that has little to nothing to do with the law at hand.
For evidence, the title is incorrect. Not because the law doesn't name alligators (it doesn't), but rather because the way it is written, a person has the option of tying the alligator to the fire hydrant. They should have excluded the italics if they wanted to say that there is a lawa against tying the alligator up.
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