5 Weird Laws In The Philippines

You can “legally” kill people : Under Article 247 of the Revised Code, anyone “who having surprised his spouse in the act of committing sexual intercourse with another person, shall kill any of them or both of them in the act or immediately thereafter, or shall inflict upon them any serious physical injury, shall suffer the penalty of destierro.” Likewise, the article also applies to parents “with respect to their daughters under eighteen years of age, and their seducer, while the daughters are living with their parents.”

The State Will Do Its Darndest To Get a Couple To Stay Married : Ever wonder why, Catholic culture notwithstanding, it’s so hard for couples to get away from loveless or hopeless marriages in the Philippines? It is because the State is mandated to do so according to Section 2, Article XV of the 1987 Constitution which states that “marriage, as an inviolable social institution, is the foundation of the family and shall be protected by the State.” The State will always be the third party in any marriage between individuals.

Annoying People Can Be Charged for Being Merely Annoying : The second paragraph of Article 287 states that “any other coercion or unjust vexations shall be punished by arresto menor or a fine ranging from 5 pesos to 200 pesos, or both.” Both legal experts and laymen have condemned unjust vexation as an ambiguous catch-all provision with no specific meaning, merely something to charge annoying people with.

Women get charged with adultery, men get charged with concubinage : One look at Article 333 and 334 of the Revised Penal Code and you can see why the law tends to be stacked against women. Charging a husband for an extra-marital affair in court is infinitely harder to prove since the woman has to prove any or all of the following:

a. He has kept a mistress in the conjugal dwelling.

b. He shall have sexual intercourse with a woman who is not his wife under scandalous circumstances.

c. He shall cohabit with her in any other place.

And even when the husband is convicted, he will at most serve a sentence of only six months to four years while his mistress would only be slapped with destierro or banishment. On the other hand, proof of sexual intercourse between his wife and another man is all a husband needs to charge them both with adultery which can carry a penalty of two to six years.

Immigration Laws Are Ridiculously Ancient : Commonwealth Act No. 613 or the immigration law reeks of antiquity, considering it was made and implemented in 1940. Among the many outdated sections include Section 29-A which denies entry to foreigners suffering from insanity, loathsome or dangerous contagious diseases, or epilepsy. It also excludes paupers, vagrants, beggars, or persons who practice polygamy or who believe in or advocate the practice of polygamy. A bill right now is being pushed to update this decades-old law.

So It’s National Double Cheeseburger Day!

America seems to have so many days dedicated to something or the other, including a lot for food. So they have a National Cheeseburger day, which I was aware of, but I was today year’s old when I found out that they also have a National Double Cheeseburger Day? And that is today, September 15. Who came up with the double cheeseburger – no one actually knows.

A hamburger simply consisted of meat, bread, and some toppings. It was then in 1926, where Lionel Sternberger created a cheeseburger in Pasadena, California when he decided to slap a slice of American cheese on it to see what comes out of it. Since then the cheeseburger is one of the most popular food items across the world. But then someone did it twice without adding more bread.

Years later in 1937, Bob’s Big Boy is said to have created the first double cheeseburger. That double cheeseburger had another bun in the middle of it so it sort of resembled the Big Mac from McDonald’s. Nevertheless, they are still credited for making the first double cheeseburger. However the actual person remains a mystery.

My ultimate double cheeseburger would be a brioche bun, flavoured mayo, then a slice of lettuce, tomato slices, two quarter pounder beef patties, with cheese slices on each, caramalized onions and mayo on the top bun’s bottom side. For extra omphiness, add a fried egg, bacon & cooked mushroom on the top. Deliciousness at it’s very best!

RIP QUEEN ELIZABETH OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. She died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer. The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change. Her son, Charles is now King of The United Kingdom. The King and his wife, Camilla, now Queen Consort, will return to London on Friday, Buckingham Palace said. He is expected to address the nation. Senior royals had gathered at Balmoral after the Queen’s doctors became concerned about her health earlier in the day.

All the Queen’s children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision. Her grandson and now heir to the throne, Prince William, and his brother, Prince Harry, also gathered there. Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Ms Truss, born 101 years later in 1975. The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926. Few could have foreseen she would become monarch but in December 1936 her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated from the throne to marry the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson. Elizabeth’s father became King George VI and, at age 10, Lilibet, as she was known in the family, became heir to the throne.

She married her third cousin, Prince Philip, and celebrated 74 years of marriage, before his death in 2021, aged 99. Their first son, Charles, was born in 1948, followed by Princess Anne, in 1950, Prince Andrew, in 1960, and Prince Edward, in 1964. Between them, they gave their parents eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, aged 27, in front of a then-record TV audience estimated at more than 20 million people. After the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a car accident in Paris in 1997, the Queen drew criticism for appearing reluctant to respond publicly.

5 Strange & Weird Customs In Madagascar

Taking up your spoon only after your elder : In Malagasy society, respecting one’s elders is a traditional custom that is still rigidly practised mainly in rural areas. Once a meal is served, no one is allowed to pick up their cutlery before the elder does. This person may be a father, a grandmother or a grandfather. Once they have lifted their spoon and started to eat, the rest of the family can start to eat as well.

Cutting a baby’s hair after three-months : Upon their third month in this world, a Malagasy baby will undergo what is called “ala-volo”, or the hair cutting ceremony. A person in the family with beautiful hair (a “tso-bolo”) is invited to cut the baby’s hair and put it on a large plate or bowl. The cut hair is then mixed with honey and tuberous roots such as sweet potatoes. At this point, the family members eat this mixture. This is a kind of rite of passage that allows the baby to fully integrate into society.

All houses should face west :When a Malagasy person builds a house, there are rituals and rules to be respected. One of these is about which direction one’s house faces. Malagasy belief states that the best sunshine is in the afternoon as the sun starts to set, so all houses should open up facing west. In the traditional building process, the east façade is closed off with no windows or doors. Windows are usually only located in the north, and doors in the west.

Never have a funeral on a Thursday : Each day is favourable for a particular purpose according to the Malagasy belief. Thursday is the first day in the Malagasy calendar and so it’s the best day to start anything you would like to last, especially house building for example. In the same way, it is not recommended to have a funeral on a Thursday, since it may become the starting point of continuing deaths in the family. Generally speaking, Malagasy people never organise any burial on this day.

Wrapping ancestors every seven or nine years : You may have heard about the Malagasy custom known as “famadihana”, which literally means “to return a deceased person’s body”. It’s a big family gathering, the biggest one after a wedding and funeral ceremony. Members of the deceased’s family come together and organise the big event where the deceased is exhumed and then re-wrapped. It’s a celebration of life and parenthood.

10 Weird Laws In Iowa

1. It’s illegal for mustached men to kiss women in public. Sorry fellas, rules are rules. If you want to give your lady PDA you have to shave the face.

2. It’s illegal for a kiss to last longer than five minutes. Hey — if you finally shave your ‘stache and get the chance to kiss your girl, make sure the kiss lasts under five minutes – or else!

3. It’s illegal to sell drugs without a drug tax stamp. It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp.

4. According to Iowa law, one-armed piano players must perform for free.

5. It’s a crime in Iowa to use a dead person’s handicapped parking sign or license plate.

6. Ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.

7. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it is illegal to read a person’s palms in the city limits. Fortune telling just isn’t tolerated in Cedar Rapids!

8. In Ottumwa, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know. Listen, guys: winking is kind of creepy regardless of whether or not you know the girl.

9. In Marshalltown, horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.

10. In Mount Vernon, one must obtain written permission from the City Council before throwing bricks or stones into a highway.

Four Weird Laws In Vietnam

It’s illegal to have more than two people on a motorbike at the same time. Believe it or not, topping this list of weird laws in Vietnam is having more than two people on a motorbike. Vietnam is flooded with motorbikes across the country. However, a hard pill to swallow is the existence of this law. Local police officers don’t enforce this law as they know there are a lot of people who do not abide by this thus it just became something that you just have to see everyday.

Another weird law in Vietnam is that whether you’re an expat or just a tourist, as long as you’re a foreign citizen, you are required to register with the local police when you move into a residence. For tourists, you can skip the hassles as your hotel/hostel usually takes care of this for you. (Thus the need for your passport.) But for expats who are planning to stay for a long term, your landlord is required to do it. Why? Simply so they know you live in that place and that you’re accounted for.

Expats Can Buy Property but Not Land This one is gold! Wanting to settle down and purchase your own piece of land in the country? One of the weird laws in Vietnam is owning an establishment or property without acquiring the land where it is built on. Yup, you read it right. According to Vietnamese law, you can basically purchase a house but not the land. So you can still live that dream to buy a house, or a mansion, but the land wouldn’t belong to you and you will have to lease it.

You’re Not Allowed to Gamble. Generally, gambling is deemed illegal in Vietnam with the exception of licensed casinos operating within the country. Anyone found to be in violation of this law is subject to steep fines and/or a severe prison sentence. Access to licensed casinos is restricted to holders of foreign passports. Otherwise, you can still spend the money on seeing several attractions across Vietnam!

5 Weird Laws In Romania

1. The punishment for rape in the Code of Constantin Mavrocordat : 1750 – People who committed rape in that era were punished with the cutting of the sexual organ. Nowadays, raping is punished with imprisonment.

2. Law against drunkenness. In accordance with its name, this law determined how the alcohol was made and sold. Also, the number of innkeepers was strictly determined by the law: one drinking house for 150 men and one drinking house for 50 men in isolated areas.

3. Banning Mickey Mouse : It is said that in 1935 the Govern of Romania decided to ban Mickey Mouse because it was thought that the animated character was scaring the children.

4. Prohibiting abortion : The communists aimed to increase the birth rate and the natural growth of the population. Thus, starting with the October 1966 and ending with December 1989 (when the decree was abolished because of the fall of Communism) all the abortions were prohibited in Romania. Only in special circumstances the abortion was allowed (for ex.: when the pregnancy was the result of a rape or incest; when the woman was more than 45 years old or had 4 children to take care of; when one of the parents suffered from a serious disease with hereditary transmission; when the pregnancy put the woman’s life in danger).

This is how the generation of the ‘decree children’ appeared. Besides the growth of the young population, this had many other negative effects such as the death of more than 10.000 women due to illegal abortion.

5. Marital rape : The criminal Code from 1968 regulated that the author or any other participant in rape was not punished if he married his victim before the judgment became definitive. In other words, the rape between spouses was not punished back then, because it was considered that it was the ‘woman’s duty’ to have sexual relation with her husband any time he wanted. Rape between spouses was incriminated just in 2000 in an aggravated form (as rape against a family member) and nowadays marital rape is regulated without an aggravated punishment.

Five Weird Laws In Belarus

Don’t stay in the country for more than five days without registration

If you stay at a hotel for more than five days, the reception desk will do this for you. But if you rent an apartment or stay at your relatives’ place, then you’ll need to go register yourself on your own. Otherwise, you will likely be fined when leaving the country.

Don’t say “Belorussia” or comment, “It’s very clean here!” 

“Belorussia” is the soviet name of the country — much like “Moldavia” (today’s Moldova) and Kirgizia (today’s Kyrgyzstan). The right way to say it is “Belarus.” That’s the official name, and that’s how it’s written in UN documents. No, you won’t be beaten up for saying “Belorussia.” But people will relate to you better if you call the country by its proper name.

Also, please don’t comment on the clean streets. That’s the only thing many tourists see in Belarus, and, often, they connect it to the government. This frustrates many Belarusians. We think we have much more to see than litter- and pothole-free asphalt.

Don’t pay with Russian rubles or other currencies

In Belarus, you can only pay in Belarusian rubles or with a debit or credit card. Russian rubles, US dollars, euros, Kyrgyz som, and Angolan kwanza are not accepted. Lucky for you, it’s not difficult to find a currency exchange spot. You can easily convert most major world currencies in any bank without risking a bad exchange rate — the rate is the same in most places, there’s no commission, and you get a receipt.

Don’t drive to Russia through Belarus 

Foreigners can only enter Russia only through international checkpoints. But they don’t exist on the border between Belarus and Russia. Because the two countries are technically a “union state,” there isn’t actually a border between them, although they do check passports. Ukrainians and Poles get sent to the closest international checkpoints in Ukraine, Latvia, or at the Minsk airport.

Don’t drink alcohol outside

In Belarus, it is illegal to consume alcohol — even beer — outdoors. And, unlike some of its neighbors, Belarus takes this law seriously. Don’t even try it on the balcony of your home or hotel. The only outdoor places where you can drink are special sidewalk cafes.

Some Fun Facts About Lithuania

Age of consent is 14 (any sex under that is statutory rape), but 16 if the partner is over 18.

No more beer available in the beach bars, no more any alcohol contained drinks.

Lithuanian is one of the oldest language in the world today. This language is one of the oldest living Indo-European language of Europe.

One of the most famous Lithuanian dishes is Cepelinai. It was named so because of its oval shape which resembles a Zeppelin airship.

There is an oak in Lithuania that has survived The Crusades. The Stelmuze oak is the oldest tree in Europe.

The country even has its own aroma, called ‘the Scent of Lithuania’, with notes of wild flowers, ginger, raspberry, sandalwood and musk. Now you know the scent of this nation.

Lithuanians celebrate two independence days: there is one on February 16, and another, the Day of the Restoration of Independence, on March 11.

Six Facts About The Amazing Amelia Earhart

She was only the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic
 ever

Amelia Earhart is best known for being the first woman to complete the feat, but it wasn’t like a whole slew of men had accomplished the task before her. She was only the second person ever to do it! The first was Charles Lindbergh, who made the flight in May 1927. Earhart did it in May 1932. She completed the flight in just shy of 15 hours.

The first time she saw an airplane, she was unimpressed

After Earhart’s disappearance, several of her diary entries were published as a book called Last Flight. In one, she recalls the first time she ever saw an airplane. She was ten years old, visiting a state fair in Iowa. She remembers seeing “a thing of rusty wire and wood” that “looked not at all interesting.” Even after someone standing nearby told her that the contraption could fly, Earhart still admitted that she was more impressed with the fancy hat she had just purchased. Little did young Amelia know what the future held.

She wasn’t quite as ahead of her time as you might think

While the playing field in the 1920s and ’30s was far from even, Earhart was not actually the only successful female pilot of the time. Several of her contemporaries were also women who were just as good, if not better, fliers than she. Louise Thaden, for instance, set new records for women’s speed, altitude, and solo-endurance flying in 1929 and remains the only pilot to hold all three records at the same time. Another pioneer, Ruth Nicols, set women’s flight records for speed, altitude, and distance two years later. Earhart was, however, the first female pilot to gain such wide notoriety. Her contemporaries definitely count as amazing women in history that you may not have heard of.

She was hand-picked for the feat that would make her famous

After Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight, publisher George Putnam hoped to duplicate the success and massive media attention that Lindbergh had enjoyed. His opportunity came when a socialite named Amy Phipps Guest bought a small passenger plane with the hopes of becoming the first woman to be flown across the Atlantic. (She was not a pilot.) But her parents refused to let her take such a risky journey. So Guest turned to Putnam, requesting that he find “the right sort of girl” to make the trip in Guest’s stead. Putnam chose Amelia Earhart, capitalizing on her existing passion for flying as well as her resemblance to Lindbergh. He fed the press a nickname for her—”Lady Lindy”—that would become widespread.

She set three impressive records in the same year

In the first five months of 1935, Earhart became the first person—not just woman—to make three impressive flights. That January, she flew 2,408 miles from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California, the first person ever to do so alone. In April, she flew from Los Angeles to Mexico City; less than a month later, she flew from Mexico City to Newark. None of those flights had ever been made alone before, by a man or a woman. You go, girl!

She may actually have survived her final flight

Tragically, Amelia Earhart’s fame is bolstered by her mysterious disappearance in 1937. Accompanied by her navigator, Fred Noonan, she set out to fly around the entire world. But on July 2, after the pair set out on the final leg of their trip, which would take them across the southern Pacific Ocean, the plane simply vanished. Though the government conducted a massive search—the most expensive of its kind at the time—no trace of them or their plane was ever found.

This, of course, led many people to theorize that she had actually survived. In July 2017, a mysterious photo was discovered, appearing to show Earhart and Noonan on the Japanese-controlled island of Saipan, that seemed to prove those theorists true. However, the photo has no date, and its legitimacy has been seriously questioned, just like these other conspiracy theories still floating around about Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.

Facts About Cowboy Hats

The modern-day cowboy hat dates back to 1865, when hatmaker John B. Stetson built its prototype. Since then, the cowboy hat has become a fashion icon, sported by Western star John Wayne, though the bowler hat quickly outpaced the real West’s cowboy hat. Following are some facts about the hats:

John Wayne Often Wore Cowboy Hats in Films

In his final film, The Shootist, John Wayne sported a custom cowboy hat on his dome. This Wayne-style hat featured a pinched front, a six-inch (15.24-cm) crown, and a triangular crease, a model still sold to this day!

The Shape of the Hat Describes Who You Are

In the case of cowboy hats, your hat’s style and shape represent who you are! For example, a relatively tall hat with a narrow crown was popular amongst cattlemen, both a fashion statement and functional headwear. This hat’s practicality also included tugging it down to fit tighter, protecting against the wind, rain, and sand.

Many Cowboys Preferred the Bowler Hat

Due to its sleek, aerodynamic construction, the bowler hat was much more practical than the cowboy hat for horseback travelers. The bowler was far more skilled at deflecting wind, dirt, and sand than the traditional cowboy hat. So while the cowboy hat was specifically designed for workers out west, many outdoors sported bowlers instead.

There Are Two Major Cowboy Hat Specialty Companies

Although the cowboy-style hat has been around for some time now, nearly two centuries to be exact, there are still two highly reputable, quality brands that sell the original cowboy hat: Resistol and the John B. Stetson Company.

Cowboy Hats Are Described by the X-Factor

The X-factor rating system is the most common way to define a cowboy hat, describing the percentage of pure fur used to craft the hat’s felt. Similarly, the quality of the felt will determine how expensive or inexpensive the cowboy hat will be.

Cowboy Hats Are Mostly Weather-Proof

With the exception of the straw hat, the cowboy hat is designed to handle long hours in direct sunlight or mild rain. As a general rule of thumb, any cowboy hat that is crafted from natural fibers, like the straw hat, should not be exposed to the natural elements for as long.

The Resistol brand, in particular, has been known to craft especially durable hats capable of surviving both rain and snow. However, thunderstorms or heavy rains could break down the felt of a cowboy hat over time.

Five Fun Facts About The Slurpee

The Slurpee was invented by accident

In 1959, the soda fountain in Omar S. Knedlik’s Kansas Dairy Queen franchise was often malfunctioning, so he started storing his soda in the freezer instead. Customers loved the semi-frozen pop (the high sugar content means that the soda does not completely freeze), and began requesting it.  Realizing he had a slushy phenomenon on his hands, Knedlik began tinkering with a car air conditioner and eventually created an all-in-one machine that could create the drinks. He called it the ICEE. But that was just the beginning of Slurpee’s invention story.

What’s in a name?

The ICEE Company, which first distributed Knedlik’s ICEE drink, allowed businesses to license a specified number of ICEE dispensing machines and own exclusive distribution rights in their territories. One of these businesses was 7-Eleven, which started using the “ICEE machines” in their store, with drinks of the same name.

However, executives soon decided they would brand the drinks as a new product. In a May 1966 brainstorming session with 7-Eleven’s ad agency, director Bob Stanford was drinking the product through a straw when he commented that it made a “slurp” sound as it was coming through the straw, and the Slurpee was born. By the 1970s, there was a Slurpee machine in every 7-Eleven in the country. 

What’s your flavor?

Although there have been over 300 flavors of Slurpee sold worldwide, including in Canada, Australia, and Japan, the most popular flavors in the U.S. are Coca-Cola and Wild Cherry. Limited-time flavors have included Peach Perfect, Major Melon (Mountain Dew with watermelon), a lemonade-flavored collaboration with Vitaminwater called Squeezed, and many more!

Some Slurpee lovers like to DIY their drink by mixing together different flavors, such as Lemonade and Blue Raspberry. There’s even an extreme version, where you mix a little of every flavor together to make a monster Slurpee!

Slurpee revolutionized the straw

If you’ve ever tried to drink a milkshake through a regular straw, you know the struggle. Slurpees, with their thick, icy chunks, are even more challenging. In 1968, MIT mechanical engineering grad Arthur A. Aykanian invented the spoon straw: a straw with a little spoon on the end so you can sip and spoon with just one utensil.

Over the years, 7-Eleven has had various novelty straws including edible candy straws, animal straws, tongue straws, and mustache straws, while some have switched to biodegradable or paper straws.

The Slurpee Capital of the World may surprise you

You might not think of our neighbors to the chilly north, Canada, as lovers of the world’s iciest drink. But in 2019, Manitoba was crowned the Slurpee Capital of the World
 for the twentieth year in a row. Apparently, they serve them at summer weddings, at winter football games, to new mothers, and for breakfast year-round—when you arrive at the airport in Winnipeg, your friends and family might even greet you with a Slurpee. That’s some Slurpee love! Remember, Free Slurpee Day is July 11!

Some Facts About The Tyrannosaurus Rex

1. Not the Biggest Meat-Eating Dinosaur

Most people assume that the North American  Tyrannosaurus rex—at 40 feet from head to tail and seven to nine tons—was the biggest carnivorous dinosaur that ever lived. T. rex, however, was equaled or outclassed by not one but two dinosaurs: the South American Giganotosaurus, which weighed about nine tons, and the northern African Spinosaurus, which tipped the scales at 10 tons. These three theropods never had the chance to square off in combat, since they lived in different times and places, separated by millions of years and thousands of miles.

2. Arms Not as Tiny as Once Thought

One feature of Tyrannosaurus rex that everyone makes fun of is its arms, which seem disproportionately tiny compared to the rest of its massive body. T. rex’s arms were over three feet long, however, and may have been capable of bench pressing 400 pounds each. In any event, T. rex didn’t have the smallest arm-to-body ratio among carnivorous dinosaurs; that was the Carnotaurus, whose arms looked like tiny nubs.

3. Very Bad Breath

The dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era obviously didn’t brush their teeth or floss. Some experts think shards of rotten, bacteria-infested meat constantly lodged in its closely packed teeth gave Tyrannosaurus rex a “septic bite,” which infected and eventually killed its wounded prey. This process likely would have taken days or weeks, by which time some other meat-eating dinosaur would have reaped the rewards.

4. Females Bigger Than Males

There’s a good reason to believe, based on fossils and the shapes of the hips, that the female T. rex outweighed the male by a few thousand pounds. The likely reason for this trait, known as sexual dimorphism, is that females had to lay clutches of T. rex-size eggs and were blessed by evolution with bigger hips. Or maybe females were more accomplished hunters than males, as is the case with modern female lions.

5. Lived About 30 Years

It’s difficult to infer a dinosaur’s life span from its fossils, but based on analysis of existing specimens, paleontologists speculate that Tyrannosaurus rex may have lived as long as 30 years. Because this dinosaur was atop the food chain, it would most likely have died from old age, disease, or hunger rather than attacks by fellow theropods, except when it was young and vulnerable. Some of the 50-ton titanosaurs that lived alongside T. rex might have had life spans of more than 100 years.

6. Both Hunters and Scavengers

For years, paleontologists argued about whether T. rex was a savage killer or an opportunistic scavenger—that is, did it hunt its food or tuck into the carcasses of dinosaurs already felled by old age or disease? Current thinking is that there’s no reason Tyrannosaurus rex couldn’t have done both, as would any carnivore that wanted to avoid starvation.

7. Hatchlings Possibly Covered in Feathers

It’s accepted as fact that dinosaurs evolved into birds and that some carnivorous dinosaurs (especially raptors) were covered in feathers. Some paleontologists believe that all tyrannosaurs, including T. rex, were covered in feathers at some point during their lives, most likely when they hatched, a conclusion supported by the discovery of feathered Asian tyrannosaurs such as Dilong and the almost T. rex-size Yutyrannus.

6 Weird Laws In Nepal

Laws About Explicit Scenes In Movies

Sex scenes and curse words have become quite commonplace in Nepali cinema today. One might even go so far as to say that Nepali curse words add a much-needed element of familiarity and belonging to our films. However, it turns out that an ancient law prohibits all forms of sex scenes and curse words in Nepali films. The only exception to this rule is if the material that discusses sexual content and behavior is for public service purposes.

Legal Provision To Consume Marijuana

Yes, you read that right. Once a major destination on the Hippie trail, marijuana is today a persecuted substance that many enthusiasts consume in secret. However, the laws that define illegal drugs also have a provision under which Nepalis can consume Nepal legally. The laws acknowledge the medicinal benefits of marijuana, and allow Nepalis to smoke weed if they are prescribed the ganja by a doctor to help with any health ailments.

Requirements For Becoming A Bus Conductor

Did you know that they have laws even have a requirement for becoming a bus conductor? Just like a person needs a driving license to drive a vehicle, Nepali laws apparently mandate a license for working as a bus conductor too. Not just that, but a person has to be at least 18 years of age and should have passed 10th grade to apply for this license. Of course, this law simply sits in the books and isn’t implemented at all, as the multitude of child conductors we see everyday will prove.

Laws About Birthday Parties

There is even a law in Nepal that sets a maximum number of people allowed to attend a birthday party. Yes, our law specifically prohibits more than 25 people from attending a single birthday party — and this law is still in effect!

Laws About Marriage Processions

The same act that defined the maximum headcount for birthday parties also has a different section for the maximum number of people allowed to participate in a single janti. According to this law, a maximum of 51 people are allowed to participate in any marriage procession. Breaking the law comes with a hefty fine of Rs. 10,000 and even a possible two-week stint in jail! Not just that, but this law even stipulates how big the janti’s musical band is allowed to be — and that’s 11 people, and not one more.

Laws Against Begging

Our laws also include an act written solely to ban begging. Of course, this law too isn’t implemented in the least. If it were to be implemented, though, a beggar will have to pay a fine of Rs. 75 if caught doing his business.

WORLD POPULATION DAY 2022: Will We Need A Second Home For Humanity?

Since 1975 the world has been adding another billion people every 12 years. It passed its last milestone – 7 billion in 2011. And, by the end of 2022, it will pass another one: there will be 8 billion people in the world. Currently we sit at around 7.96 billion and counting.

This year we have had over 75,402,000 births. That’s the population of several European countries put together. Look at that number! At around 178,000 births per day. Enough for a small city! Conversely we have had over 31,655,00 deaths since January 1st and we are running at over 74,000 deaths today. Will the Earth, our home, be able to sustain such numbers for much longer? When will her resources and land be not enough for the masses?

As I have stated many, many times ago we need to look out for other homes. A suitable planet or two. Or maybe moons, that can sustain life and have a couple billion of us shipped out in large spaceships to land and then rebuild life over there. We will have to find ways of getting this done before resources start to dwindle down to bare minimum. Or perish!

Six Weird Laws In Hungary

You can’t sue somebody for any amount of money, you can’t get rich this way: you will be compensated for and only for your damage and not to have a carefree life winning in court.

Zero alcohol tolerance on roads: you can’t drive with any alcohol in your blood. Your drivers licence might get taken away for several months, even if you don’t have an accident but encounter an on-the-spot police control.

If you don’t use your land, don’t pay taxes for it and someone else starts to use it and pays the taxes for at least ten years, then that person can claim ownership over the land in court.

All governmental bodies are bound to publish their detailed spending, automatically, by very strictly detailed form which ensures anyone can understand or process it (although that never happens, lengthy court battles are everyday events because of this).

In Budapest sex is only allowed in the dark, even at home.

On March 31st 2020 the parliament passed a law making it impossible for transgender or intersex people to legally change their gender. This ended the legal recognition of transgender people, only the biological sex at birth is valid and ‘the biological sex determined by primary sexual characteristics and chromosomes’ replaced the term gender.

5 Abandoned Ghost Towns Around The World

Pripyat, Ukraine

Tianducheng, China, is a replica of Paris — without the crowds.

Built as an enormous luxury housing development, Tianducheng emulates the famous French city of lights in everything from the period-correct architecture to the 300-foot tall miniature Eiffel Tower. It even has a replica fountain from the Luxembourg Gardens. With the capacity for over 10,000 residents, the city has remained mostly abandoned except for the employees of a nearby French-themed amusement park, according to City Lab.

Ruby, Arizona, is an abandoned mining town.

Standing as one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the American Southwest, Ruby, Arizona remains as a reminder of the Wild West. With a mine founded in the 1870s that produced gold, silver, lead, zinc, and copper, Ruby officially became a town when it opened its first post office in 1910. The town and the surrounding area were the sites of three horrific double homicides known as the Ruby Murders. These led to one of the largest manhunts in Southwest history, according to Legends of America. The mines are now home to an enormous colony of Mexican free-tail bats. The giant cloud of bats can be seen rushing from the mine entrances at sundown during the summer.

Varosha, Cyprus, was once a popular tourist destination.

It isn’t often that a tourist destination frequented by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, and Brigitte Bardot becomes a ghost town. But that’s exactly what happened to the Varosha section of Famagusta in Cyprus. Throughout the early 1970s, Varosha was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, according to BBC. In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus. As the opposing Turkish and Greek armies descended on the area around Varosha, the residents fled for their lives. According to BBC, Varosha has remained abandoned and under the control of the Turkish Military since 1974. It has been fenced off, and nobody but military and UN personnel are allowed into the once beautiful tourist destination.

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, a large city that’s known for its marble buildings, is referred to as “the city of the dead.”

Turkmenistan is a former Soviet Union country with a leader that has been compared to North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un. President Saparmurat Niyazov planned to create a “golden era of Turkmenistan” in 1991 with the building of Ashgabat. He did so by erecting buildings that broke records, like becoming the city with the most marble buildings in the world. In fact, the city has 543 buildings made of the luxury material. Ashgabat also has the world’s largest Ferris wheel. Today, the city is referred to as “the city of the dead” because it appears empty. This is in part because of the country’s isolated culture: Turkmenistan is one of the least-visited countries in the world.

Pripyat, Ukraine, remains the site of the most devastating nuclear power disaster in history.

Founded in 1970 as a “nuclear city,” a city specifically built to house the workers at a nearby nuclear power plant, Pripyat had more than 13,000 apartments, schools for 5,000 children, two dozen stores and cafes, a cinema, sports hall, cultural center, several factories and a hospital when disaster struck at the Chernobyl power plant, according to USA Today. After the reactor blew on April 26, 1986, releasing toxic radiation into the surrounding area, the entire city was evacuated. The people from Pripyat were relocated and the city of Slavutych was built as their new home. Since the radiation levels have decreased considerably in the years since the disaster and the reactor has been capped, people have been allowed back into the “Nuclear Exclusion Zone.”

A Few Canadian Inventions (For Canada Day)


Lacrosse

The native First Nations people of Canada were the first to play lacrosse in the 17th century. In the mid-1800s, Montreal residents began playing the game; they named it lacrosse because they thought it looked like a Bishop’s crozier (crosse in French). It was Canada’s national sport from 1859 to 1994 when it became the country’s official summer sport only.

IMAXÂź

IMAXÂź is the world’s most successful large-screen cinema system, and its invention traces back to Expo ’67 in Montreal. Co-founders Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Robert Kerr, and William Shaw developed IMAXÂź, a “camera system that allowed for high-resolution images and enlarged projection.” The first IMAXÂź film was Tiger Childwhich premiered at Expo ’70 in Japan. The first IMAXÂź theater opened in Toronto in 1971.

Insulin

Insulin is undoubtedly one of the most important, and world-changing, Canadian inventions. For a long time, scientists believed that an internal secretion of the pancreas was paramount in preventing diabetes. In the summer of 1921, a research team at the University of Toronto began experimenting.

Canada Dry, Poutine, and Peanut Butter

Its not just the United States who have reinvented the way we eat. Canadians have added their own flavour. Canadians have always had a different appetite, and for that reason invented a few food and beverage items Americans—and the world—later adopted.

The Canadarm

Developed by the National Aeronautical Establishment in 1981 to be used by NASA, the Canadarm is our little contribution for space exploration. The Canadarm has proven itself to be an invaluable tool used to do everything from launching satellites to building the International Space Station.

Walkie-talkie

The invention of the two-way portable radio is usually credited to Canadian Donald Hings, who created what he called a “pack set” in 1937. (Canadian-American Alfred J. Gross came up with a similar design in 1938.) Walkie-talkies, as they came to be known, became crucial to military communications in World War II—and afterward, a staple of children in tree houses everywhere. An early forerunner of cell phones and wireless technology, the invention came full-circle when just last year Apple Watch came out with a â€œwalkie-talkie” feature. 

HOCKEY GOALIE MASK

Jacques Plante was a spectacular goaltender with great technical skills. He is famous for the way he got out of the net and back in with incredible technique. After receiving a puck directly in the face, on November 1, 1959, Plante became the first goalie to wear a mask permanently. At the end of his Hall of Fame career (he was inducted in 1978), which lasted 18 seasons and three decades in the NHL, Plante won six Stanley Cup titles and seven Vezina trophies.

Sonar

Sonar uses sound to see what is in the water around the source of the sonar. It’s also used to communicate with other vessels. It was developed in 1912 by Canadian serial-inventor, Reginald Fessenden.

Snow Blower

Another shocker! Sicard Industries of Sainte-ThérÚse, Quebec developed the very first snow blower in 1925. Sicard Industries has since been bought up by SMI-Snowblast Inc. which is an American owned company.