The Extensive Impact of Oil Spills

Oil spills are one of the unintended consequences of the oil industry. But while they might not be intentional, they can still be devastating. An oil spill, even when it’s small, can affect the environment and society in a number of ways. It can cause long-term damage that often takes years to recover from.

Wildlife and the Environment

Most people are aware of how an oil spill can affect the environment, and particularly the marine environment. You have likely seen seabirds covered in oil or dead fish caused by oil spills. Oil spills are difficult to clean up and minimizing their impact on the environment can be difficult. They can affect marine mammals, birds, fish, beaches and other aquatic environments, and wildlife habitats and breeding grounds.

Health

Human health can also be affected by oil spills. The effects of an oil spill can vary depending on various factors, including the type of oil and the amount of exposure to it. It can lead to skin problems, breathing problems, and stress. There are potentially long-term health effects of oil spills too, but not much is known about them if there are any.

The Economy

The economy is another concern if an oil spill occurs. In particular, an oil spill can affect coastal and marine economies. This can range from fisheries to coastal real estate, with long-term effects often occurring. Businesses can be disrupted by damage to the environment or even their own stock, and oil spills can affect the reputation of the area too.


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Weird Laws In Iceland

UNTIL 1989, BEER WAS ILLEGAL IN ICELAND

This one is at the very top of any list of weird laws and rules in any country. In 1915, alcohol was banned in Iceland. All alcohol remained illegal until 1921, when wine was allowed. A few years later, spirits were allowed as well. Legislators decided that since beer is cheaper than wine and liquor, Icelanders could not be trusted with it and it would cause more drinking problems. The beer ban continued until 1989 when it was finally lifted and Icelanders rejoiced.

IN ICELAND, YOU CAN’T GIVE YOUR CHILD A NAME THAT HASN’T BEEN APPROVED BY THE ICELANDIC NAMING COMMITTEE

Since 1991, Icelanders who want to name their children a name that isn’t on the list of approved names, must get permission from the Icelandic naming committee. The committee has been criticized harshly and often sparked controversy with its verdicts. Its objective is to protect the Icelandic name tradition but many people find it too strict and sometimes unfair. New names must conform to Icelandic pronunciation and grammatic rules. They may not cause children embarrassment, girls must be named girl names and boys boy names.

UNTIL 1984, YOU COULDN’T OWN A DOG IN REYKJAVÍK

If you were living in Reykjavík in the 1880’s, you had a very high chance of getting a nasty type of tapeworm (eeeuw). To diminish the spread of the tapeworm, that caused horrible symptoms and blindness, dogs were banned in Reykjavík in 1921. The ban remained up until 1984. Regulations are still strict for dog owners in Reykjavík, who need to get a permit and show proof that the dog is vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. There are plenty of dogs in Reykjavík these days, but Icelanders still can’t legally own snakes, lizards or turtles.

BACK IN THE DAY, YOU COULDN’T WATCH TV ON THURSDAYS, OR IN THE WHOLE MONTH OF JULY!

If you think government interference is high now, imagine if you’d not be allowed to watch TV or go online for one day a week. This was a reality for Icelanders up until 1987. There was only one TV channel in Iceland, and it didn’t broadcast on Thursdays. Until 1983, nothing aired for the whole month of July! The reason isn’t quite clear, but it’s usually said the TV restrictions were put in place so people would go out and socialize more. Yikes. We wonder how the legislators back then would feel about smartphones.

Boxing

Iceland is the only remaining Nordic country to forbid boxing, clinging to a 1956 ban even in the face of changes of heart from Norway and Sweden, which also long opposed the sport. Boxing was originally banned because residents directly attributed an increase in violent crimes to the sport’s rise in popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. As a direct response to boxing’s ban, alternative martial arts like judo, karate, MMA, and Taekwondo have gained popularity in the country. In fact, one of the most popular figures in MMA is from Iceland: Undefeated Gunnar Nelson from Reykjavik, the sport’s poster child, has spawned the launch of several Icelandic MMA clubs.

Another 5 Weird Laws In The Netherlands

#6: House sharing is technically illegal

3 or more young singles are technically not allowed to live together. This is to prevent a load of house shares. Yet this law is pretty much never enforced though, so it’s pretty pointless and bizarre.

#7: It’s illegal to go into a coffee shop if you’re under 18

Contrary to what the video suggests, it’s not illegal for under 18’s to go into a regular coffee shop (‘cafe’), but if it’s there to sell weed, you aren’t allowed in, soz. NO DRUGS FOR U18s. Seems fair enough, we can’t drink till we are 18 either.

#8: Trees must be reinforced to prevent them sinking by canals

Canal houses, including trees and other structures must be reinforced so they don’t sink. So it’s not just the
houses, but the trees too! It’s great that trees are just as protected as the canal-side houses.

#9: Tenants have incredible protection when renting

Good for tenants and not so good for landlords, tenants have an incredible amount of protection. In fact, the landlord can’t kick you out unless it gets taken to court. Pretty bizarre if you aren’t paying the rent and trashing the place. Great if you don’t want to be made homeless by your landlord for literally no reason.

#10: You can only pee in a canal if you’re pregnant

Peeing in a public place is not allowed (hence the urinals everywhere) and many fatalities have happened from drunk people peeing canals. This is fair enough, however, when pregnant it is allowed. Not exactly safe though is it… this is one of the pretty weird laws that the Netherlands has.

5 Weird Laws In The Netherlands

#1: It’s illegal not to have lights and a bell on your bike, but not to wear a helmet

In a lot of countries, this is the other way around. This is mainly due to safety issues and of course if you’re out with a small child too, they usually have to wear some form of protection. Not in the Netherlands. As long as you have lights for visibility and bell to attract attention, you’re good to go. Safe or just stupid? The debate continues on whether we should all wear helmets. I guess we do have great bike lanes, which definitely makes it a heck of a lot safer.

#2: Bikes have right of way, they rule over cars and pedestrians

So say you were strolling along a bike path and a bike hits you. They are not necessarily liable, as they have right of way, even if it wasn’t your fault. The same goes for a car hitting a bike – that’s a big no, no too. Please people just watch out for bikes and cars watch out for them too. They rule us all ?

#3: Fireworks are illegal apart from 3 days before NYE

It is illegal to purchase fireworks for intention to use, unless it is 3 days before NYE. Even then, they cannot be set off until NYE. Any time after that is also illegal. That means that New Years Eve itself, is wild as hell. Again, another one that causes a debate every year. Shall we allow them every day or should we ban them completely? Put it this way, where I’m from we can have fireworks all year round and our firework problem is the fraction of what it is in the Netherlands. Solution? Probably shouldn’t risk it.

#4: Mandatory emergency drills need to be tested every month

You may have all heard that weird and loud sound going off on the first Monday of every month. The Dutch government requires that these emergency drills are mandatory and are tested at least once a month. A law that means we are going to have to listen to them every first Monday of the month FOREVER (well until the law changes, that is).

#5: You cannot marry legally in the Netherlands unless one of you is Dutch

This law is true, but only if neither of you has residency. So for instance, you can’t come here from abroad to marry, like other people do at beach resorts across the world. So if you’re wanting to get hitched on the canals of Amsterdam and neither of you are registered here, forget it.

World’s Most Famous Cocktails And Expensive Whiskey

In this blog post, we’re going to talk about some people’s favorite topic: alcohol! From crafty cocktails to expensive whiskey, let’s go…

When you go to a bar, are you the type of person to immediately grab the cocktail menu? A lot of people enjoy doing this, as it gives them the opportunity to taste unique drink creations. There are lots of tricks when it comes to being a good bartender, from knowing how to properly store wine to knowing when to stir or shake. However, the first step is to learn the classics.

Needless to say, some cocktails are more popular than others and have consequently become classics. Here are four cocktails which fit that mould…

Old Fashioned

Let’s begin with an Old Fashioned. You will find this cocktail in a variation of forms all over the world. This is due to its old history, as you have probably gathered by the name. Essentially, any drink that is a blend of spirits, liquor, water, sugar and bitters, constitutes as an Old Fashioned. Since the original recipe allows spirits of any kind, it’s not uncommon for you to see this drink made with anything from whiskey, to rum, to brandy, to tequila.

Bloody Mary

You can go to any bar and you will always find someone ordering a Bloody Mary. This is undoubtedly one of the most popular cocktails and it’s a very distinct one as well. The main ingredients of this cocktail are vodka and tomato juice. However, you will often find added ingredients designed to provide that extra bit of spice, such as Cayenne pepper and/or Tabasco sauce. A stick of celery is often added to balance out the cocktail. This is the sort of drink you either love or hate.

Irish Coffee

If you are looking for a warm and comforting drink to help you through the winter months, an Irish Coffee is a perfect choice. This is one of the easiest drinks to make, as it only contains a few ingredients. You simply need freshly brewed coffee, simple syrup and a good dash of Irish whiskey. Finish off with some whipped cream and you are good to go. Delicious.

Whiskey Sour

Last on the list of best selling cocktails is a Whiskey Sour. This is a refreshing cocktail that is enjoyed all over the world. Of course there are many types of whiskey to choose from, but when creating this cocktail you should opt for either rye or bourbon. Mix with a teaspoon of sugar and some freshly-squeezed lemon juice and you have a simple yet delicious cocktail. A lot of people opt to add orange juice or even an egg white if they are feeling adventurous.

World’s most expensive whiskey

Would you spend more than $6,000,000 for a bottle of Scotch? For most people, the sheer thought seems absurd. But, for those with a taste for the lavish, it can certainly appeal. Irrespective of what category you fall into, there’s one thing everyone wants to know… Is it really worth it?

Well, let’s find out! Below you will find a list of the five most expensive whiskies, with some information about the characteristics of each one.

5. Dalmore 64 Trinitas

First on the list of expensive Scotches is Trinitas. Selling for $160,100, this was actually the first ever Scotch to sell for six figures. It combines rare stocks of spirits dating from 1939, 1926, 1878 and 1868. There are actually only three bottles of this type of Scotch whiskey that have ever been made.

4. Dalmore 62 Single Hiland Malt Scotch

This rare Dalmore 62 Single Hiland Malt Scotch has quickly increased in value. In 2005 it was purchased by a UK businessmen at Singapore’s Changi Airport. He spent $58,000 for the bottle, which was admittedly a bargain at the time. Nonetheless, when sold he profited by almost $200,000 by selling it for $250,000.

3. Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique

Third on the list we have Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique. This is a rare whiskey that was sold at a New York auction in 2010 for $460,000. The crystal decanter is a collectible in itself. It’s one of a kind.

2. Macallan ‘M’ Whiskey

Imagine walking into one of the best bars and being charged £628,205 for a bottle of whiskey! This is what one buyer forked out to obtain this Macallan blend. What makes this Scotch different from the rest is the fact that it is selected from an assortment of casks that range from 25 years to 75 years of age. Nevertheless, this was not the only attractive factor, as the hand-blown decanter took over 50 hours and the work of 17 craftsmen to complete. It is only one of four Constantine bottles in existence.

  1. Isabella’s Islay

Last but not least, the most expensive Scotch is Isabella’s Islay. This will set you back a whopping $6,200,000. But, not only will you get to experience an exquisite single-malt, but you will also be lavished in diamonds. In 2010, the Luxury Beverage Company in the UK released a primo bottle covered in diamonds, which of course added immensely to the price tag. The bottle boasts 8,500 diamonds and 300 rubies. As a consequence, Isabella’s Islay receives more attention for the bottle than the whiskey that is inside.

7 Crazy Irish Laws

1. Invite a Leprechaun to Dinner

One of the most bizarre, but polite, laws in Ireland states that if a Leprechaun calls at your door you must, by law, give him a share of your dinner. Fortunately, it is unlikely that a Leprechaun would have a big appetite, so feast on!

2. Porridge and Potatoes

Porridge and Potatoes were once reserved for “lower orders of people”. It is safe to say that most Irish did not follow this outdated law in recent years, but the Proclamation of 1817 was meant to lessen the deadly effects of the Irish famine. Today, however, anyone can legally consume these delightful meals.

3. Insulting Religion

The Defamation Act of 2009 made it illegal to insult someone’s religion. Although there are many details to this law that make it difficult to discern just what is and is not kosher when it comes to insulting religion, the law mostly impacts journalists who must be careful in what it is that they write. Those that are found guilty of defamation can be fined up to €25,000.

4. The Punishment for Suicide = Hanging

The punishment for committing the crime of suicide was death by hanging. In 1964, this law was repealed for obvious reasons.

5. Free Booze

The Tippling Act of 1735 has, unfortunately, been repealed. This law made it illegal for landlords to demand money owed for ale. It was originally enacted to stop servants from robbing masters to pay their debts, but it was shortly realised it simply gave permission to peasants to drink for free. Sadly, the Irish can no longer legally drink for free.

6. Tiger Wrestling and Bear Hugging

Up until 1897, a family-day in Ireland might consist of gathering to watch daring performers round up dangerous beasts to challenge them in front of crowds. These performers would do stunts like hug bears and wrestle tigers. Although this was a massive money-maker for the performers and would draw large crowds, lawmakers signed the Dangerous Performance Act of 1897 to prohibit such events after many spectators lost their lives when the animals became enraged. This law prohibiting acts reminiscent of ancient Roman punishments should not have had to exist.

7. The Bubonic Plague

While most Irish probably did not follow this law for the past several decades, it wasn’t until 2015 that it was officially scrapped from law books. The Bubonic Plague took the lives of an estimated 30 to 60 percent of Europe’s population between 1347 and 1351 and then appeared again in London in the mid-1600s, killing an additional 100,000 people. In 1665, Irish lawmakers took preventative measures to keep the Bubonic Plague at bay by enacting a law stating that the first Wednesday of every month was for fasting and penance for the relief of the Bubonic Plague. If some of your friends or family were fasting on a Wednesday just a few years ago, now you know they were simply being law-abiding citizens.

5 More Weird German Laws & Rules

6) Piano tuning: In the same vein, Germans like their peace and quiet and it is streng verboten (strictly forbidden) to tune your piano at night.

7) Chimney sweeps: Did you know it is easier for a chimney sweep to access your home than it is for the police? It’s against the law to deny a chimney sweep access to your home if he or she demands it. The law was first introduced in the Middle Ages, but the current legislation goes back to the Third Reich. By giving chimney sweeps a fixed wage and assigning them districts, Hitler would ensure the loyalty of his country’s chimney sweeps, which meant he could use them to spy on citizens.

8 ) Be polite to police officers: If you’re struggling learning German make sure you don’t get your “du” and “Sie” mixed up when talking to policeman or another government employee. In Germany it is against the law to address a policeman with the informal “du” rather than the informal “Sie” and could cost you a hefty fine of up to €600. A good reason to continue those German lessons.

9) Deutschland, Deutschland über alles: It is illegal to sing the first verse of the German national anthem. The verse which begins with, “Germany, Germany above everything.” was made the national anthem by the Nazis during the Third Reich and was banned at the end of World World II. Deutschland Lied (Song of Germany) has been the national anthem since 1922. Joseph Hayden wrote the music to the song in 1797 but the words were written later by the poet August Heinrich Hoffmann in 1841.

10) Beer at the Oktoberfest: Fans of the annual Oktoberfest in Munich will be pleased to know that only beer brewed according to the German Purity Law (permitted ingredients: water, hops, yeast and malt) within the city walls of Munich is permitted at the festival and no other beer. Prost.

5 Weird German Laws & Rules

1) Cycling whilst drunk: Getting caught cycling whilst under the influence of alcohol (blood alcohol level of 1.6 percent or more) has serious implications in Germany. Not only can German authorities confiscate your driving license, they may also order an MPA (medical-psychological assessment). If you fail to pass the MPA, the authorities will automatically revoke your license. And good luck trying to get it back – it can take years (of therapy) before you pass the annual MPAs.

2) Masks worn at demos: It is illegal to wear masks if you go on strike or to a political demonstration. The law says that you are not allowed to mask your face when you go to a protest. Police often need to arrest people at demonstrations and if someone is wearing a mask, their identity can be easier concealed. So think again before you don your balaclava – a policeman could arrest you, even before you’ve started throwing eggs at them.

3) No pillows: A pillow can be considered a “passive” weapon, according to German law. A passive weapon is something used to protect yourself against another weapon, like a bullet proof vest. So be warned, the next time you engage in a pillow fight with a German, be sure not to whack them too hard with your pillow, as hitting them could lead to charges of assault.

4) Windows in offices: Every office must have view of the sky however small. In other words, all offices should have a window with good ventilation. The law does not exactly stipulate as such, but according to employment law, employers are legally obliged to set up their offices so that employees health and lives are not in danger, which according to Germans is not possible in a windowless office.

5) No drilling on Sundays: Germans take their day of rest very seriously. Shops are shut, people take leisurely walks and there will be absolutely no domestic drilling thank you very much. It is against the law to drill at any time on a Sunday. And it doesn’t stop with DIY either, take note that throwing away bottles in the recycling bins is also strictly forbidden outside certain hours – if you don’t believe us check the containers.

RIP Tardar Sauce AKA Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat, the feline famous on the internet for her permanent scowl, has died aged seven, her owners say. A statement says she died on Tuesday following complications from a recent urinary tract infection. The cat from Arizona had “helped millions of people smile”.

Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online. Her image quickly spread as a meme.  According to owner Tabitha Bundesen, her facial expression was caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite. Grumpy Cat travelled the world making television appearances and in 2014 even starred in her own Christmas film.  Madame Tussauds in San Francisco unveiled a waxwork of her in 2015. Her Instagram account has more than two million followers. Grumpy’s face has starred in thousands of memes with many people choosing to share them again after hearing the news of her death.

In 2018, her owners won a $710,000 (£555,000) payout in a copyright lawsuit. Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of the US coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat’s image. The company only had rights to use the cat to sell its “Grumppuccino” iced drink, but was also selling other Grumpy products. Ms Bundesen previously worked as a waitress before her beloved pet gained internet stardom. She told the Express newspaper that she quit her job “within days” of Grumpy’s first appearance on social media.

Some Weird Laws In Australia


1. It is illegal to wear hot pink hot pants after midday on a Sunday

2. It’s an offence to possess 50kgs of potatoes in Western Australia

3. Taxi cabs in Queensland are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk

4. Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons

5. You must have a neck to knee swimsuit in order to swim at Brighton Beach (Melbourne)

6. The Summary Offences Act of 1966 deems it illegal to be heard by someone singing an obscene song. Does that include Taylor Swift? Oops…

7. It is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burglar

8. It is illegal to dress up as Robin and Batman

9. Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb

10. It is illegal to be drunk in a pub

11. It is illegal to read someone’s tarot or give them a psychic reading as these are forms of witchcraft

12. Having an article of disguise without a lawful excuse is illegal

13. In the Gold Coast, it is illegal for women to wear a bikini whose material exceeds six square inches. Good bye brazilian bikini bottoms!

14. It is illegal to leave your car keys inside an unattended vehicle

15. If advertising a lost or stolen item, you must include the caption “no questions will be asked.” So does that mean that theives can get away with stolen goods?

16. Life sentences cannot exceed 25 years. Are we really that laid back?

17. If a urinal is not readily available, it is legal to urinate on the rear left tyre of your vehicle

18. In Melbourne, it is against the law to vacuum between 10pm and 7am during weekdays, and 10pm and 9am during weekends. Yep. We like our sleep.

19. Children aren’t allowed to purchase cigarettes, but there is no law specifically stating that they cannot smoke them

Notre-Dame Cathedral In Flames

A major fire has engulfed the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, one of France’s most famous landmarks. The 850-year-old Gothic building’s spire and roof have collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved, officials say. Firefighters are still working to contain the blaze as teams try to salvage the artwork stored inside. President Emmanuel Macron called it a “terrible tragedy”. The cause of the fire is not yet clear.

Officials say it could be linked to the renovation work that began after cracks appeared in the stone, sparking fears the structure could become unstable. Paris prosecutor’s office said it had opened an inquiry into “accidental destruction by fire”. A firefighter was seriously injured while tackling the blaze. Visibly emotional, Mr Macron said the “worst had been avoided” and vowed to launch an international fundraising scheme to rebuild the cathedral. The fire began at around 18:30 (16:30 GMT) and quickly reached the roof of the cathedral, destroying its stained-glass windows and the wooden interior before toppling the spire.

Some 500 firefighters worked to prevent one of the bell towers from collapsing. More than four hours later, fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the main structure had been “saved and preserved” from total destruction. Sections of the cathedral were under scaffolding as part of the extensive renovations and 16 copper statues had been removed last week. Deputy Paris Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said the building had suffered “colossal damages”, and teams were working to save the cathedral’s remaining artwork.

Some Weird Laws In The UK

  • Under an 1839 law, it is illegal to knock on someone’s door and walk away. That includes ringing a doorbell without excuse.
  • According to Section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 “every person found drunk in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on any licensed premises” could face a £200 fine.
  • Section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “roll or carry any cask, tub, hoop, or wheel, or any ladder, plank, pole, showboard, or placard, upon any footway, except for the purpose of loading or unloading any cart or carriage, or of crossing the footway”.
  • According to Section 32 of the Salmon Act 1986 it is illegal “to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances”.
    Residents on a new development in Beverley, East Yorkshire, are subject to a “restrictive covenant” which bans them from hanging out the washing or airing clothes outside.
  • The Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “fly any kite or play at any game to the annoyance of the inhabitants or passengers […] in any street”.
  • Daventry Council, Northamptonshire, has a fine of up to £100 for dog walkers caught without a poop bag.
  • Section 60 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to beat a doormat in the street after 8am. Beating your carpet at any time of day could mean a £500 fine.
  • All beached whales and sturgeons must be offered to the Reigning Monarch.
  • No person shall, in the course of a business, import into England, potatoes which he knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, are from Poland

Another 15 Crazy / Weird Laws In The USA

Kansas: Despite the fact that the law explicitly outlaws the throwing of snowballs, Topeka mayor Bill Bunten made international headlines in 2005 when he declared his intention to overthrow the ban in a hail of powdery projectiles.

Kentucky: Some places have a tradition of selling artificially dyed chicks and baby bunnies around Easter, but not Kentucky. At least, not if you’re selling less than six at a time.

Louisiana: When you’re down in the Big Easy, nothing hits the spot like a big bowl of jambalaya. Word to the wise, though: If prepared “in the traditional manner for public consumption,” the dish is not bound to follow certain sanitation codes.

Maine: If you’re playing beano in Maine (not that Beano; it’s a game not unlike bingo), you should feel free to take all of the bathroom breaks you need. The beano conductor will play your hand for you unless you’re playing high-stakes beano.

Maryland: Pottymouths should watch themselves the next time they’re on the Eastern seaboard. In Rockville, Maryland, they’ll face a $100 fine for cursingon a sidewalk or road.

Massachusetts: You know how everywhere “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played, a dance party breaks out? Not in Massachusetts, where it is strictly forbidden to dance to the national anthem.

Michigan: Some states put down strict laws about when and where you can sell alcoholic beverages and other controlled substances, but in Michigan, it’s cars that can’t be sold on Sundays.

Minnesota: It might sound like a lot of fun, but oiled-pig catching contestsare absolutely not allowed in Minnesota. The same law outlaws turkey scrambles, when the unfortunate bird is thrown into the air and players rush to catch it.

Mississippi: Okay, this is a very bizarre law (and one made specifically to make a political point). In 2013, governor Phil Bryant signed into law a declaration that no one could ever restrict the size of a cup for sugary drinks.

Missouri: If a bull or ram of a certain age is able to roam free for three days or more, at least three townsfolk report it, and the owner does not claim it, then anyone can feel free to capture and castrate it without facing liability for damages.

Montana: Our favorite laws are the ones that offer a glimpse of what life was like in eras past. Apparently, in Montana’s past, train jackers stopping a locomotive with a herd of grazing animals was a major problem.

Nebraska: To be perfectly frank, this law seems illegal, immoral, and hard to enforce. But if you’re following the letter of the law, then anyone with a sexually transmitted disease is forbidden to get married.

Nevada: Back before we wrapped our minds around how dangerous radiation could be, every shoe store was outfitted with an X-ray-based fitting machine. But you won’t find any in Nevada — they’ve been outlawed since 1960.

New Hampshire: In New Hampshire, the seaweed that washes onshore can be collected and turned into fertilizer for a profit. But if you’re thinking of heading out to the beach in the early hours before the crowds, think again — you can’t collect seaweed at night.

New Jersey: Bulletproof vests are legal in New Jersey unless you’re wearing one while committing a crime. In other words, bank robbery is super illegal, but it’s even more illegal if you have body armor on.

15 Crazy / Weird Laws In The USA

Alabama: Going to church? Take off that ridiculous fake mustache if you do — unless, of course, you don’t intend to cause laughter. In that case, it’s all good.

Alaska: In Fairbanks, Alaska, it’s illegal to serve alcohol to a moose. Which seems reasonable, but why did they have to make a law?

Arizona: Your donkey has to sleep somewhere, but it’s not allowed in the bathtub. This dates back to a tub-sleeping donkey who was washed away in a flood in 1924 (he survived, but they passed the law anyway).

Arkansas: You’ll need a permit to feed your garbage to any pigs you happen to meet out in the world. If they’re your own pigs, go for it.

California: If your frog dies during a frog-jumping competition, you’ll obviously be distraught. The good news is that it’s illegal for any of your rivals to eat your late amphibian.

Colorado: A porch might look inviting, but don’t put a couch out there. This law was put in place to prevent college students from lighting couch bonfires.

Connecticut: There’s not technically a law stating that pickles must be able to bounce in Connecticut, but a high-profile case of pickle fraud in 1948 revealed that the Food and Drug commissioner used the bounce test to test fake pickles.

Delaware: Cat shavers beware: You will not be able to sell your ill-gotten fur in the state of Delaware.

Florida: Most places, a “Beware of Dog” sign is just a fair warning and a crime deterrent. But in Florida, you can hang a “Bad Dog” sign in your yard and be absolved of any responsibility for canine attacks.

Georgia: Sort of like those Floridian dogs, Georgian llamas have carte blanche to wreak as much havoc as they care to. With very few exceptions, anyone who “engages in a llama activity” forfeits any liability on the part of the llama owner for injuries they might sustain as a result.

Hawaii: It might be a little unusual, but we’re going to come right out and say the Hawaiian laws against billboards are a pretty good idea. Nothing kills the tropical vibes like a gaudy advertisement.

Idaho: Again under the banner of laws we aren’t sure they needed to put into writing, Idaho wants you to know in no uncertain terms that cannibalism is against the law, except “under extreme life-threatening conditions as the only apparent means of survival.” Maybe it’s weirder that this is the only state that does outlaw it.

Illinois: Illinois is (mostly) landlocked, but it still has a problem with excessive fish and amphibian ownership. No one may own more than $600 worth of aquatic creatures — that’s about 75 salamanders, if you’re curious.

Indiana: In French Lick Springs, Indiana, a 1939 ordinance decreed that all black cats must wear bells on any Friday the 13th. It isn’t clear if the law is still on the books or not, but this might trump the time an Indiana man tried to legally redefine pi as 3.2.

Iowa: The pride of every Iowa State Fair is the one and only butter cow (and its attendant butter statues). So it’s not surprising that they take butter fraud veryseriously. If you’re spreading margarine or oleo, you’d better not claim to have the real deal.

Some Weird Laws In Canada

  • It’s illegal to own more than 4 pet rats at a time in Port Coquitlam.
  • In Oak Bay you could be fined $100 if you parrot talks to loud.
  • In Victoria, street entertainers aren’t allowed to give kids balloon animals.
  • Its illegal for someone under the age of 15 to be outside without a guardian between the hours of 12am and 6am in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • In Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan it’s illegal to walk down the main street with untied shoes.
  • It’s Illegal to whistle in Petrolia, Ontario. According to the town’s website, “Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing is prohibited at all times.”
  • In Oshawa, it is against the law to climb a tree.
  • Purple garage doors are against the law in Kanata, Ontario.
  • Don’t swear at your mother in public in Toronto…you could get arrested.
  • It is against the law to eat ice cream on Bank Street on a Sunday while in Ottawa.
  • You could be arrested if you drag a dead horse down Toronto’s Yonge Street on Sundays.

The Ultimate Bucket List for Anyone Travelling to the US

If you are travelling to the US, then it is very easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of things there are to do. By taking notes from this list, you can be sure to do everything you wanted while also making sure that you have plenty of time left over.

The Grand Prismatic Spring

This location can be found in the Yellowstone National Park and it really does have some fantastic views. You have a kaleidoscope of colour and it is also one of the most stunning features in the world. This is a great place for you to go if you have kids, and if you are a nature lover then you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Central Park

If you’re in New York City, why not visit Central Park? It will give you a break from all of the frantic energy and it will also help you to unwind for a couple of hours. Central Park has more than 840 acres of land and there are plenty of activities as well. You have ice rinks, sculptures and even gardens. You also have fountains too, and it really is one of the must-see locations in the USA.

Washington DC’s Cherry Springs

Have you ever dreamt of visiting Tokyo or Kyoto, just to see the dazzling cherry blossom trees? Well, Japan isn’t the only place where you can see all of that. Every year, these trees come into blossom in the Washington DC area and they frame the landmarks in the area. This is a very romantic destination and you would be surprised at how breath-taking the view can be.

The Las Vegas Strip

It doesn’t matter if you are a high roller or not because the Las Vegas strip should certainly be on your list of things to do. It is the best place for you to see all of the sights and sounds of the state, and you also have a non-stop environment that is bustling with entertainment. There’s also the Venetian canal replica, the famous Sphinx and even fountain shows.

US Road Trip

Have you ever wanted to see everything that the US has to offer? Well if you were to go on a road trip then this is more than possible. The US really does have so much to offer and it also gives you the chance to take some fantastic photos too. You can learn so much by seeing everything up close and personal, and it won’t cost you a lot either. You can even sleep in your car if you want to save money on the occasional day, and this can work wonders for your budget if money is a little tight.

Sailing

The US has access to some of the finest waters in the world. Why not consider looking into a yacht charter Miami, or even travel to some of the famous piers? The feeling of standing on the edge, and looking out into the endless waters really is unlike anything that you will have ever seen before.

Teaching Your Kids About Politics At Home

No matter how much you actually enjoy discussing and talking about politics, there’s no denying that it’s going to have a huge impact on your children’s lives. Sure, it affects them now as well, but perhaps even more so once they grow up – and, as their parent, it’s your job to make sure that they have the tools to learn and read up on it.

While you won’t really be able to shape their political opinion too much, you can always ensure that they are informed little citizens who take pride in staying up to date on everything that is going on in our society. That way, they will do a much better job once the time is ripe for them to go to the voting box as well and you can consider it a job well done.

Here is a handful of tips to teach your children a bit more about politics while they’re still young and start to build their knowledge as early as possible. They will of course learn all about this in school as well but the more knowledgeable they are once the discussions start in the classroom, the more they will also have to contribute, in the end.

First: Talking about politics at home

Although it may seem like your child isn’t always listening to what you have to say, they are still paying attention to what you’re doing and subconsciously allowing you to shape their behavior. They’d never admit to it, though so don’t let them know that you’re aware of your power.

In order to make your kids a bit more interested in politics, you will need to set a good example. Start by talking about what’s happening in society today, involve them in the conversations when you’re discussing politics, and allow them to form different point of views as well.

Politics are, after all, not black and white and it’s perfectly alright to share a few opinions from various sides of the political spectrum – and it might open for a few healthy conversations at home.

Share your own opinion on the matter, first of all, give them the tools to learn more about democracy, and let them know that you expect them to have an opinion of their own.

It might be a good idea to point to a few real-time examples while you’re teaching them about politics, by the way, to make it easier for them to connect the dots; if something is happening abroad, for example, ask them about how this works in your country and whether or not they think the system is working.

Next: Give them the tools to learn about politics

When you want them to learn more about politics and have an opinion of their own, you will obviously need to make sure that they have the tools to understand a bit more as well. It’s so easy to make this feel like homework, though, and especially because they will learn about this in school as well.

Try to find ways to make it a bit more fun to learn about politics by making it relevant to their everyday lives. What the pupils are allowed to do at school is, after all, also a matter of politics and it will affect them directly. If your kid is complaining about something at school, encourage them to talk to the administration about it and get other kids involved by signing a petition for or against something.

If your home has a strong focus on religion, it’s going to be interesting for them to look at how the combination of god and politics has been relevant throughout history as well as today. This is something that directly affects another important part of their lives and, as long as you play your card rights, you’ll have a great opportunity here in terms of making politics relevant to them and helping them to understand how this works in other countries as well.

So many conflicts across the world have a root in religion, after all, and understanding this will give them an excellent starting point when it comes to learning more about politics. They will have a deeper understanding when they’re sitting in those history classes as well, by the way, and may be able to contribute a bit more during discussions in class.

It’s the kind of stuff that’s going to help them out a lot in the future – both in terms of their education and when it comes to understanding how the world works a bit better.

Decisions that will affect your kid’s life directly tend to trigger their interest a lot more than distant discussions on whether or not the healthcare system should be allocated more money – no matter how important it actually is.

Talk about the future of politics in your country

There is no denying that the future will have a bigger impact on your children lives than it will have on yours. Focusing on what they can do right now in order to make things better in the future and shape the country, in general, may make them a bit more interested in politics and, hopefully, more eager to get involved and start learning as well as trying to make the world a better place.

Start by talking about all the discussions on the climate changes, for example, and hear their point of view on this. It could be interesting for your as well, though, as they’re undoubtedly learning about this in school and could be able to teach you something new as well – which, of course, makes the discussions flow a bit easier.

Try to be open to hearing their opinions, first of all, and talk about how they would like things to be in the future. What can they do right now in order to make sure that the country is a bit better in 10 or 20 years? To them, it might not immediately seem like there is so much they can do but try to make them understand that even small actions can have big consequences.

Anyone who has been around for a while may get a bit cynical when it comes to how big of an impact they can have, regardless of the generation they belong to. Increased corruption and a severe lack of accountability lead many to doubt whether actual change can be done through elections at all anymore.

Millennials are, in fact, quite disappointed with the political landscape that’s been laid out for them; only 29 % says the country is moving in the right direction, while almost 50 % says unsatisfied or extremely unsatisfied with the President they elected, according to a study into Millennials and voting.

The election of 2016 opened the eyes of many, leading them to question how they can stay true to their views and ideology, as well as finding the right kind of camp for their political opinions. Because Millennials are actually politically active – they would just prefer to avoid the term activism.

Millennials still believe in voting

So how do the younger generation show their interest in politics these days? They launch e-petitions instead, scrambling together as many signatures as possible, and reaching out directly to legislators through social media. Twitter has been a wonderful thing with regards to getting the younger generation involved and interested; new technology such as Smartmatic is even making the voting process safer for future voters.

Millennials do believe that voting is the only way to make a change, despite their dismal opinions on the latest election.

Studies have also found that they’re putting their disappointment into action instead, with as much as two-thirds of the respondents having voted in the 2016 election.

Despite their frustration with those currently in office as well as the results of last year’s election, they still believe voting “will lead to the change they want to see,” and the public can look forward to new and ground-breaking ways of being involved in politics and sharing our opinions – also when giving our votes.

They choose different ways of activism than the previous generations, and the study found that they are more interested in ground-level activity than the national scene; 41 % states that they support local causes, compared to the 19 % who is interested in national ones. When it comes to national politics, It’s perhaps not the game that needs to be changed, after all, as much as the players who are participating.

While you may not think that you’ll be able to shape your children’s view on politics that much, you will definitely be able to trigger their interest a bit more and make sure that they head to the voting box when it’s their time.

It means that you’re doing an excellent job in raising informed and active citizens, after all, and you’ll be shaping the future a bit as well by making sure that the following generations are both interested and informed when it comes to politics.

The Tech That’s Making Driving Quicker And Safer

Although it is said that the traffic problems in the US are worse than most other places in the world, the road vehicles and roads themselves are much safer than they were just 40 years ago. Technology has made a difference to the safety when you are driving, much of which would have been tried out on racing cars first. Formula 1 is credited with many things that are now on our cars, including rear view mirrors. It was an F1 engineer in the 1950s that realized it would be safer for the racing drivers if they could see what was coming up behind them, and before this, road vehicles did not have this mirror that we now take for granted and use all the time.

Technology is continuing to advance all the time, and the roads and vehicles are benefitting from this.

Smart Highways

Technology has been developed in the UK that by using artificial intelligence and computer vision has enabled them to alter traffic paths. It is a pilot scheme at the moment and has only been running a few months but appears to be very successful. There are sensors that cover a 50-mile radius and they detect areas of congestion. This allows them to alter the flow of traffic and reduce bottlenecks by changing the traffic light signals. They will also prioritize the flow of traffic for emergency vehicles and public transport.

A company in Pittsburgh has come up with some AI that gives the traffic lights a certain amount of autonomy to decide when to change color. That information is then sent to other intersections so that they can react accordingly to the data, which is in a constant feedback loop. It is claimed that this technology can cut the waiting time at intersections by up to 40%, and as it is estimated that Americans spend 102 hours per year in traffic jams, that is quite a lot of time saved.

In Kansas, a startup has produced prefabricated concrete sections that are embedded with digital technology and fiber optics. They interlock with each other and work a bit like the touchpad of a laptop. The slabs are able to detect the weight and speed of vehicles and should there be an accident, they will inform the emergency services immediately. They will be perfect for electric vehicles and drivers will never be without wifi while driving on these roads.

It is hoped that these smarter highways will result in fewer accidents, especially where trucks and larger vehicles are concerned as they often cause the most damage. In the meantime, until the roads become smarter than the drivers, if you are involved in an accident with a large vehicle, a trucker accident lawyer is the best person to help you sort out the legal side of these matters. Hopefully as these new measures are rolled out more, that won’t be an issue you have to worry about, though.

Charge Vehicles While Driving Them

Electric vehicles are the future that is one thing there is no doubt about. However, some people are concerned about how long the range of the battery will be and if there will be enough charging points along highways to cope with the large numbers of cars. Dallas and Denver are trialing technology that will charge cars while on the move, so this will get over all over those problems.

This will have an effect on the battery technology of road vehicles. They will require minimal storage capacity, which will reduce the cost of the batteries and bring down the overall price of electric vehicles. It works with two wire coils, one acting as a transmitter and the other as a receiver. The magnetic fields these create produce an AC current, which is then used to power the cars.  It is said to be similar to the technology used for charging smartphones. Sweden and South Korea are already using something similar to power their public buses.

Is China leading The Way?

While many cities in America are trying various things to make the roads a safer place to be, it seems that China may be the first country to build the world’s first smart transportation system.

In a city that is about 250 miles south of Beijing, with a population of 7 million people, they are building a smart road that will have everything sandwiched into three layers. It will be finished off with a transparent surface that will allow sunlight to power all the lights on it as well as 800 homes. This all comes from just a one-kilometer stretch of road.

It will have sensors to monitor the traffic flow and speeds, as well as notifying the emergency services if an accident occurs. It will also charge electric vehicles as they travel along it. As China accounts for as many electric vehicle sales as the total for the rest of the world, it should be no surprise that they are investing heavily in the technology they need.

Changes To Road Vehicles

As we go about our day-to-day lives, a few changes on the roads might not be very apparent, However, changes to road vehicles are much more noticeable. The big change, of course, is the development of electric vehicles and this is continuing to happen worldwide. From motorcycles to heavy goods vehicles, electric versions of them all are being produced, and generally, they are being very well accepted.

Then there are the driverless cars, which no doubt will make it to our roads at some point. At the moment though, drivers still like to be in control and they are likely to take a little longer to be accepted. It is thought that driverless buses could be one of the first of these vehicles, and when the public use those and see that they are safe, then they will be more likely to consider buying a driverless car.

Most other changes to road vehicles are mechanical and not visual. Things to reduce the emissions are very popular at the moment, but the styling is not changing a great deal at all. For most drivers, all they want is to be able to get from A to B is the shortest time safely, and they will leave all the technical bits to the experts.