what is morally okay but illegal?
By - kevin_claw
Dumping and uploading old game cartridges online. The original publishers don't sell them anymore, and if we don't preserve them in a digital archive they're gonna be gone forever at some point. There should be laws letting this happen, we can't just watch out favorite games literally disappear and not do anything about it.
Nintendo also actively takes down websites that archive games they haven't sold for 20 fucking years.
I don't understand why the companies don't start selling digital copies themselves. They're in demand. With the switch Nintendo can even make them digital for their own counsel. I'm sure they would make a killing if they brought back all the Pokemon games on switch.
They do start selling them on the switch, but it's not the same thing. They're not selling me an actual rom file I can use for emulation or on an SD card with a special cartridge to play on the actual console. They're selling digital games I can only play on the switch and those games will fucking expire. Like come on Nintendo, you're selling me software that expires? What kind of software standards have we set?
handling a salmon under suspicious circumstances while in England
IS THAT FUKIN FISH JENGA?!
What even are "suspicious circumstances" for handling a salmon?
*Me, in a dark street alley in the middle of the night, showing off the salmon inside my trenchcoat to a potential customer, constantly shifting my eyes to make sure nobody's watching*
"Hey, hey kid, ya wanna buy a salmon? Only $2"
Where i live, its illegal to name a pig napoleon
Literally George Orwell Animal Farm.
The French publisher thought it would look bad and did not name the pig Napoléon. There is no such law in France.
Paying someone else’s parking meter.
Remember the Parking Meter Fairy on Jackass? He was just running around puting money in people's meters and the police stopped him and said it was illegal.
Now in Portland, where that Jackass scene was filmed, they fixed the hole.
They first upgraded to a kiosk where you buy a slip of paper to put in your window, which is only valid if placed inside the car, so you can't "feed" people's meters. That also meant no more "meter" with time remaining on it from the last guy (but some could leave behind their slips with its printed expiration time).
Now they are switching to meters where you pay the box and enter your license plate number, and get no receipt. When you leave with time remaining that you've paid for, the city can sell that same spot to two or more parkers at the same time.
Our city uses an app now. You put in the number for the parking space, enter your vehicle information, then tell them how much time you want to use the space for (I think it has a minimum of one hour). You pay using a debit card. I actually like the system because I rarely carry cash, so it's great to be able to pay with my card, and if I find I'm running out of time, I can refresh it from the app without rushing outside to my vehicle.
It’s useful, but it seems like every town in the U.K. has a different app, which is really annoying. Most places still accept coin payment, so I find it easier to pay that way than downloading an app, filling in the form, entering card details etc, every time I park in a new place.
I went to a place and had to download an app. The place was in a dead zone. People were walking up to the dead old ticket machines, then walking around trying to get their phones to find a data signal. I got one, tethered my boyfriends sister to me so she could get it and we were finally able to pay. Kinda crazy how hard it was.
I would love a parking meter fairy now, being in LA.
(Also I remember this exact character he played!)
Which doesn't actually make sense. As long as the meter is paid for, getting nit-picky about who paid is actually besides the point. That's like saying if you pay for somebody's milk at the grocery store, it's akin to helping them take something they haven't paid for because *they* can't afford it. No, but it's been paid for. I'm free to purchase something and gift it to whomever I like, and that includes the 30 minutes I just bought on this parking meter. It's my product that i purchased fairly, and now i'm giving it away.
It is so obvious that they don't want him doing it because they are relying on parking fines to meet some sort of quota. I doubt it's actually illegal at all, those cops just accidentally showed their cards on a video recording.
i had an appointment in town which was going to be an hour, so i pre-paid 2 hours and got a sticky ticket for my windscreen, planning on doing a bit of shopping after the appointment. Got to the office and was told the therapist was ill and should have let me know my appointment was cancelled. I decided to go straight home then, only having used less than 15 mins of my pre-paid time.
As i was putting my coat in the car, i noticed a man going to the ticket machine. i nipped over and offered him the remainder of my ticket, saying there was an hour and 45 mins on it if he wanted it (for free). He got such an angry look on his face and said that wasnt allowed, and that it was akin to stealing from the landowners, turned back to the ticket machine and pushed his money in.
i dunno about anyone else, but if someone offered me the remainder of a paid ticket (with the exit time clearly visible) i would take it. And in regards to stealing from the landowners, if a spot has been paid for a certain period of time, and is occupied by a car during that time, it doesnt matter to the landowners who is actually occupying it. they have their money.
I once read that topping up your own parking meter is not permitted in some jurisdictions.
The meters are supposedly meant to get people to run their errands quickly, freeing up parking spaces more quickly and increasing shopper throughput.
It would be cool if supermarkets donate the food to whoever signs some papers letting them know the risks of eating the food to make sure they don’t get lawsuits or sued because the amount of food they throw out is outrageous
Our store donates all the leftover food from Christmas to a charity who then creates food packages for the homeless. When they come in they’re bound to sign papers that state that they accept the risk for any “health risks” they could have from eating the food. Besides the expiration date almost being reached, nothing’s wrong with the food and they’re very happy of us doing so.
Unfortunately we don’t do this much often since the company doesn’t want to gain the attention of a lot of businesses knocking on our doors to receive donations.
Wearing high heels without a permit in Carmel.
Downloading games and other media that have been abandoned by its creator/owner.
God damn it Gamefreak, just release Pokemon Gen 3-5 on the eshop, it's free money!
I wouldn't even mind buying SoulSilver for a higher price, but knowing my luck, I would end up with a fake.
I got tired of waiting, cracked my 3ds and installed the entire pokemon back catalogue. Who gives a fuck if Nintendo don't even wanna make money off it anymore
How dare you! These people selling original disks on eBay for hundreds of dollars bought them in the first place with sole intention of reselling over 20 years later! You are discouraging them from future purchases and the developers will starve!!
I am kidding, but I have read once a very similar and equally stupid reasoning, where the author claimed it is still immoral.
I once heard an author on the radio complain about people giving a copy of her book to a friend, instead of buying a second copy for them. People’s idea of what constitutes property is changing, going from “I bought this book/physical media therefore I own it” to “I bought this book/physical media but the ideas presented in it still belong to the original author so I have no claim of ownership”.
The old software one bugs me though, because I’ve always been a couple of consoles out of date. (Currently using PS3.) I’ve saved on average at least 75% of the retail price for games that way, because they’re second hand and clearance stock. The way I see it, being behind the times and not having up-to-date technology *should* be cheaper. In fact, people should be incentivised to use old tech so that it doesn’t add to the growing pile at the landfill.
But now, with everything being a digital download, it’s going to come to an end. Even worse than that, companies are ending their support of old consoles in their virtual store, so there won’t be any chance to buy an old console and download old games - I’ll *have* to buy the most recent.
So much for trying to be ecological and give technology an extended life.
I think it's because the gap between 1995 and 2005 is much bigger than between 2007 and 2021.
Games, which were 10 years old in 2005 weren't competing with new ones - they felt old, they felt clunky, they were inferior in almost every regard except hardware requirements.
If you launch Crysis, FEAR 1, Call of Duty 4, Deus Ex: HR, Mafia 2, Dishonored, Tomb Raider (2013) today, it feels just like a game which could be released today. It has worse graphics, but the feeling, the gunplay, the dynamics, interface - it all feels modern, intuitive, and controls scheme is identical to new games. Therefore nowadays, old games are direct competitors to new games.
I suppose that’s a fair point. It’s not good news for the consumer when the company can keep an infinite number of copies of a game at RRP forever without any downside though. Same with other digital media, of course.
I typed out a whole rebuttal to you but when typing it out I realized I was wrong and deleted it.
The pricing structure of entertainment is based around supply and demand. With access to digital products - it takes supply out of the equation completely. There will never be a shortage and there will never be stock to liquidate.
In the end it is indeed a net loss for thrifty consumer who can never wait for a liquidation sale or second hand market.
Pirating shit that isn't being sold anymore.
I wwnt full circle on this earlier in the year...I played bass for a guy one gig, and he wanted to do songs off one of his old albums, but he didn't have them, and they weren't available to download anywhere legal...so I found them on a pirate site and gave him digital copies of his own out-of-print work.
It was a 20+ year old album, and even the indie label it came out on doesn't exist anymore.
I was at a show one time and afterwards was hanging out with the band. I asked why they didn't have a particular album at the merch table as it was one of my favorites. It was the only album they had made for a major record label and they never got paid for it despite it selling very well. They had to sue the label to get released from the contract but still to that day (10 years later) had never gotten a dime for it.
They told me to go pirate it.
Edit: So far it's been none of the labels or bands that have been asked about.
There's a band in Canada called Monster Truck, and they would always tell fans that they'd rather people pirate their music and buy a ticket to a show instead of buying a CD.
The band gets a bigger cut of the ticket than they would if you bought the album. That’s why it was such a problem when all the venues closed down because of COVID. Streaming royalties for musicians are especially bad.
I always preferred to by directly from the band through bandcamp or social media. I tend to download everything, and if i enjoy it enough for multiple listens i'll go buy the album, usually on vinyl as collector's items since i have no use for CDs. Have a bunch of band shirts i've never worn as well just to support them.
There was one band who sent out a email saying they had 15 copies on hand of an album no longer available on their bandcamp page, and needed to sell the quick to pay for food and gas to get to the next show. The vinyl album showed up a few weeks later with a hand written thank you note telling me what they ordered at the chinese food place for dinner that night paid for with my money. They also signed the album.
It was chicken and broccoli.
>I wwnt full circle on this earlier in the year...
That's spectacular! I'm glad you were able to help the guy out!
Interestingly, Nintendo also did this. ~~Their "SNES Classic" is a licensed little emulator box you can play a bunch of these old games on.~~ When releasing the WiiVC version of Mario, Nintendo supposedly couldn't find the original code for Super Mario Brothers (insane, right?) (Edit) or were too lazy to portit over themselves, so they torrented it and sold it. We know this because of specific headers in the code of the ROM.
Well that's okay, because ROMs are borderline illegal, right? Well, emulators are 100% legal - no questions. Well, Nintendo stole a popular GBA Emulator and plunked it in the Switch as the virtual console. They just stripped out credits and mentions of the developer, but kept some commented sections that were clearly not Nintendo.
Edit2: It *was* the WiiVC version of Super Mario Bros. Also, my memory was extra faulty: it wasn't just the header formatted exactly how the MaratFayzullin created it for his original emulator, it had some "fingerprints" of the ROM dump remaining.
The famous Foone sent the emulator dev a consolation trophy.
$0 says it was posted on git with the unlicensed or CC0. I teach some basics of IP and copyright and it's staggering how many people just do what other people do as a default.
That's an interesting question, who ended up with the rights to that work when the label went under?
These are often referred to as [orphaned works](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphan_work). They go to someone, but it is rarely publicly available.
In digital software and gaming, it's more commonly known as abandonware, and there's a good chunk of the gaming community whose goal is to preserve such works and make them publicly available, regardless of legality.
Finally some good being done
Whoever owns the masters.
My provider got on to me for pirating The Sims 1 and 2. I literally messaged EA the day before asking how to acquire the games and they said they were unavailable indefinitely
That's the shitty thing. It's not like you were trying to get it without paying, it's the owner refusing to sell it to you, but you still get in trouble when you go and get your own copy. I get that they might decide to stop mass-producing something if there's no demand for it, but if someone says they want to buy a legal copy and get told to pound sand I have absolutely no sympathy for the copyright owners.
There's a reason why piracy went down when services like Netflix and Spotify were first launched.
Its actually going back up again with the fragmentation of libraries across all streaming platforms.
Exactly. The platforms all want exclusive rights to content to force people to pay for them rather than a competitor.
It sucks you can't subscribe to like a single show and not the whole package. Like HBO Max has a single show I want, I either pay for the whole subscription or way more for each episode....or find it elsewhere for free. If it was proportionally priced I wouldn't mind.
Edit: To everyone messaging me or offering ways to find things...I already know how. I was just stating that if I could pick and choose individual shows and pay a reasonable price for them, I would. I only like < 1% of Netflix, Hulu, Prime, Apple, Peacock, HBO. If there was a service that was "Pick up to 50 SHOWS from any streaming service for $13.99 a month", I would do that in a heartbeat.
Maybe soon we'll be able to subscribe to a service that bundles all these other services into one. And each smaller service could be called something. Maybe "channels". Each with their own branding and programming.
Or pirating something you already own but want to get in a different format. If I own a movie on DVD I'm not paying a second time for a digital copy of it.
Pirating stuff that's more than 60 years old. Why does the Wizard of Oz still have copyright? Everyone who worked on it has died.
Yep. The law is it remains in copyright just long enough for Steamboat Willie to stay in copyright, and when it's about to go Public Domain Disney pays off the government in exchange for extending the term by a couple more decades.
And IIRC the Supreme Court ruled that a regularly-expanding limit does not meet the criteria to be called "unlimited."
Of course not, there is still a limit, and moving the goalposts still requires a resolution to be passed. The things you can do when you've got the government in your pocket.
YoU wOUldN't SteaL a CAr
I would totally 3d print copies of cars if it was reliable.
Don't people modify chassis of cheap cars to have bodies of more expensive cars in order to save the cash but enjoy the look?
Yeah. and I remember seeing a video of a dude that actually did 3d print a car. He 3d printed panels to make a mold for fiberglass, that made the shell. Then attached that to a car frame from another car.
In Massachusetts you can duel your friend to the death on Sundays but only if the Governor is present to observe.
EDIT: Ty for all the great feedback. For those curious I have already accepted a challenge and just ask that someone working for the Governor reach out to me so we can coordinate. Ty
UPDATE: Still haven't heard from anyone at the Governor's office. Can someone make this happen.
So in theory, I could drag that bitch Anna to Baker’s home in Swampscott and duel with her on his lawn? Noted.
Does he have to be present as in 'there to officially judge and observe'? Or can you just wait until he opens the door of his office and just shoot your rival? Because it's pretty easy to install one of those bells that rings when a door opens, and use that as the starting bell. But if you have to squeeze into his schedule that might be harder.
Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today!
Where I live in regular suburbs u can’t just put up more than one shed in ur backyard.
Edit: I did not expect this to explode, but apparently there are a lot of upset shed people too!!!
What if you keep expanding the shed?
It will eventually reach a critical mass, collapsing under it's own gravity upon reaching the Schwarzchild Radius, and become a black hole.
Can I still put my tools in it?
But you can never get them out
"Well put a rug over it."
"I did... It fell in the hole."
That's a shame, it really tied the room together.
A dark backyard singularity,
Cool breeze in my hair,
I took my lawnmower,
Just tossed it down in to there.
They go in as spaghetti and come out as hawk kings
I actually ran into this sort of thing when cracking a joke. My dad built a shed but naturally there's still a bunch of crap left in the garage. I half-seriously suggested building another shed but it turns out that my dad researched local bylaws and they prevent building any more than one shed on your property without approval from your neighbours.
So that would make you Arthur “One Shed” Jackson?
Oh, for goodness sake, I only casually mentioned I was *thinking* about getting a second shed *once*!
Stealing food from a supermarkets garbage container.
Edit: Thanks for all the approval! For clarification: I live in Germany... To be honest: I don't know if it is illegal now, but some years ago it was definitly.
My high school girlfriend and I used to go dumpster diving at a pizza place near her house. It was a dumpster full of nothing but pizzas, still in the boxes. We'd just check one pizza after another until we found one with the toppings we wanted, then take it home and microwave it. Still tasted great, we never got sick, and the price was hard to beat!
You and your girlfriend are both raccoons and I won't be convinced otherwise.
I worked at a pizza place when I was younger and one day when I got to work, I went to take the garbage out and there was a raccoon right on the top of the all of the trash in the dumpster, passed out and laying on its back. The thing literally ate it’s body weight in pizza thrown out from the night before then went into a food coma. I had to poke it with a stick to get it to wake up so no one would bury it in there.
Edit: I forgot to mention that after I woke it up I left the stick in there leaned up against the side (it was more of a board than a stick) so it could climb out. About 5 minutes later I opened the back door because I was gonna walk back to see if it was gone but right when I opened the door I saw it slowly climbing out and walking back into the woods, very slowly. It was just like when you wake a human up from a nap and they move slow and are kind of grumpy. I would die for that raccoon.
I'm sure it wouldn't have minded being buried in pizza trash.
If I was a raccoon that’s how I would want to go out
Wakes up buried in pizza trash. *I've died and gone to heaven*. Starts eating upward, eat bite is better than the last, getting fresher and fresher the higher I go.
Finally start seeing glimmers of light through my heavenly prison. I wonder what divine treasure awaits me at the end. Just a couple more gobs and I will enter the promised land, I just know it.
*Oh God, why am I still in New Jersey?*
raccoons checking boxes for their preferred pizza toppings would be kind of cute
Reminds me of the scene from "The Great Outdoors". Racoons are going through trash and their chittering is being translated.
"We got hot dogs, what you got?"
We would like too be called urban pandas thank you very much
I remember back when I was in 4th grade, there was a small grocery store right next to our school They had a malfunctioning freezer one day and had to throw all the ice cream into dumpsters behind in their back and one student saw that from the window. The word spread like wildfire even without cellphones and the next break practically the whole school was there to eat free ice cream.
Plot twist, they threw out the ice cream due to a listeria outbreak..
Free ice cream and no school? Talk about a bargain.
Dumpster pizza is where it's at! We used to do this at Little Caesar's back in the day. At a certain point the workers knew what was happening and would just set a stack next to the backdoor.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking food that would have gone to waste otherwise. There's already so much food waste in this world, might as well reduce it a little.
In France it's actually illegal for companies to throw out perfectly good food.
Assholes in my city throw bleach all over anything they throw out to make it inedible.
Shit should be illegal.
"We can't give away food, they might sue us over food poisoning!"
*proceed to knowingly poison or attempt to poison people*
I don’t know about other countries, but in Finland we have couple of websites where you can buy the food, that the stores are going to throw away. It’s somewhat cheap
Same in Norway: Too Good to Go
I feel that it has actually encouraged the wrong behavior from some shops. I’ve got a hunch that some of them overproduce to sell at close in these ‘deals’.
Supermarkets throw out a stupid amount of food they should at least donate it to homeless or something
They actually do do that a lot.
Source: was homeless, received weekly donations from grocery stores.
How are you doing now?
Feeding the homeless in some places.
What the hell
My sister was part of a church group that regularly fed the homeless at a local park, but some uppity rich cunt in a nearby neighborhood reported them and cops showed up who promptly poured bleach on all the food, so no one ended up eating it and it went to waste.
They were basically cited for not being "licensed" like a restaurant and were told they needed a commercial kitchen. If you make food at home and take it to an event/friends/family's house, that goes unscathed, but if you happen to feed the homeless with it *then* it's a problem.
Imagine actually having a bleach protocol in place to ruin food so the homeless can't eat it.
There's usually at least 1 story a year about deer hunters donating deer meat to a food kitchen, but the meats end up in a dumpster with bleach poured on it. It's always due to food safety laws.
Imagine being such a crappy person you stop people from feeding the homeless and making their life just a bit easier
Out of touch, rich assholes think the homeless are "unsightly"
Sounds like a good time to get the press. "Cops poured bleach all over our church potluck because we invited some nearby homeless to dine at Christ's table. Religious persecution?"
Buying liquor on Sundays in many parts of the U.S. They're called [blue laws](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_laws_in_the_United_States) and they're still on the books in many U.S. states and counties.
Minnesota was on sundays except 3.2% beer until a few years ago. Wisconsin was 36 minutes away.
Canadian here, visiting Roswell, NM once on a Sunday. Went to a couple of convenience stores but found the beer coolers were blocked off. Clerk said it was to promote *’family values’* on Sundays. She directed me to a truck stop up the highway, just out of city limits, like maybe 100’ outside of limits, that was not subject to the ordinance. When I got there it was Grand Central Station it was so busy!
Location, location, location! Coincidence? I think not.
There are random liquor stores in the middle of nowhere all over the US. Some counties are still dry from prohibition times, and people will just open a liquor store on the other side of the county line in a wet county. Might not be anything around for 10 miles, just a shitty building and a bunch of booze.
The Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg TN is located in a dry county.
Oddly enough, they offer tasting tours and I'm pretty sure you can buy their product from the distillery store because it's legally considered to be in the "tourism" industry.
So I don't see Jack Daniels lobbying to change the dry county law any time soon since they pretty much have a monopoly on any sales in the county.
In Norway, grocery stores are only allowed to sell beer and cider with up to 4,7% alcohol. We have designated stores called Vinmonopolet (wine monopoly) where they sell stronger stuff like wine and liquor. Also, no alcohol sales are permitted after 20:00 in weekdays or 18:00 in weekends. No alcohol sales on Sundays.
I was culture shocked driving to a Walmart to get some Jack for a party just to find out Walmart’s only sell beer and wine
Buying beer at 6 in the morning. I work nights, and sometimes I'd like to go pick up a sixer after a long shift, but I can't because of these puritanical laws in this country.
Edit: to those asking, yes, I can and do buy beer ahead of time. But that’s not the point of the thread. Also I live in America, and the laws here vary drastically not only state to state, but county to county even. I don’t want to get too specific, but where I live alcohol sales are prohibited from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.
The number of times I've gotten horrible judgemental looks at 8am holding a six pack in the checkout line at Walmart. Listen yall, I got off at 6:30 am, Wednesday morning is my Friday night, let me live.
Nobody respects the overnight shift. I remember friends and family demanding to know when I was going to get up, and "do you think you're going to sleep allll day?" I also got called lazy by those people because my sleep schedule was from noon until 9pm.
I was living at home with the parents while doing nights in a brain injuries unit. One day my dad comes to me and says "hey we're having work done on the house, you can supervise the builders right?" NO DAD, I'll be sleeping!
"And they better be using velvet hammers!"
There’s a brewery about a mile from my house that opens very early on Friday’s for third shift happy hour. They started doing it for one guy who was a very nice and well liked regular who was switched over to third shift and it caught on quick with a lot of the manufacturing operators in my area.
There a restaurant by me that does this too. They have "Don't Judge Me" happy hour from 6-11am to cater to the night shifters at the local hospital.
I totally understand that. My buddy who worked days while I worked nights would text me while he was working. He would be like “you’re drinking at 8am!?!?”. Wellyeah, It’s not like I woke up an hour or two ago. This is technically 8pm for me buddy
Also how tf do they know when you're going to drink it? If I buy a gallon of milk at a Walmart is it expected that I'm going to guzzle it in the parking lot?
Unmarried women to go fishing alone on Sundays in Montana
That’s.. Weirdly specific for a law..
There used to be a law in Lexington, KY against walking down the street with an ice cream cone in your back pocket. It was still illegal as of the 1990's.
I think it had something to do with horse thieves when it was originally written.
Huh.. Makes me wonder just what happened to make people go “That needs to be a law”
So if a horse ended up in your property you could claim it. You weren't allowed to physically take the lead and lead it. Put an ice cream cone in your back pocket and entice the horse to follow you to your property with it. You technically did not physically lead the horse to your property.
Edit: my phone does not like the word horse.
Couldn't you just use a different food that horses like?
I suppose but I imagine thanks to the sugar of the ice cream cone was particularly effective in getting a house to follow you and would stay in your pocket better than other things you could use.
Your phone isn't going down without a fight, apparently.
You know. I'm not even gonna edit it this time. I'm enjoying this failure to proofread at this point.
The image of a house following somebody home will keep a smile on my face for most of work today. Thank you for that. Have the poor man's gold 🎖
In my hometown of Everett Wa, any motorist who intends to do crime I'm Everett has to stop at city limits to call the police and tell them they plan to commit a crime
I see this one talked about a lot, but nobody has ever been able to provide a statute that says this. No such law appears on the Montana Code and the only evidence I can find of its existence comes from radio stations and blog sites. Would be great if it was true, but unless someone can factually prove it, which should be easy since all of the laws are online, I'm going to file this one under "urban legend".
Montana's fishing laws are pretty standard, tbh. https://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title\_0870/chapter\_0060/part\_0050/section\_0010/0870-0060-0050-0010.html
Yeah Montana has a lot of those “hillbilly” laws in peoples heads that don’t actually exist…
There’s also a law in MT that says it’s ok to open fire on 7 or more Indians because it’s considered a “war party”… still legal last I checked. Wild state. It’s got a few laws from when it first got settled that are mind boggling to read today.
Waaaaaay back in the day there was this old site that listed every states absurd and outdated laws.
My favorite was one of the southern states (I wanna say Kentucky) had an old law on the books that the only women that were allowed to drive were married women and only if they drove under 10mph. Their husband was required to march around alongside the vehicle with a giant blue flag to announce to everyone that a woman was driving.
I'm paraphrasing from memory but the absurdity of the whole thing sent me into laughing fits
I remember that site. There was a law in South Carolina that made it illegal to have your horse in the town square without pants on or some such nonsense.
That one seems valid, give the horse a diaper so it doesn't shit everywhere.
I remember hearing a rumor that you could drink a beer AND fire a rifle while driving, as long as you weren't shooting at a person.
[Angle Grinder man](http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/3112670.stm) in the UK. He'd cut the wheel boots off people's cars with a gas powered quick cut grinder while dressed as a superhero.
Funnily enough, clamping cars is itself illegal in Scotland. It meets our definition of theft.
Reverse cowgirl in the great state of Alabama.
Reason being is because you never turn your back on family.
Of all the tired, overdone Alabama-incest jokes I’ve read, this one is actually fucking hilarious.
This is the funniest fucking thing I've ever seen on Reddit.
That picture of putin
You mean that wide/stretched version of him?
The questionably gendered one
Never seen it, can we get a link?
Banned in Russia:
I thought y'all was talking about this one. This one is also highly illegal.
i got a good laugh imagining ol Puddin getting angry about that picture.
Full[ video ](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl959QnD3lM)
Unironcally one of my favorite internet meme videos.
It's too good.
I've never seen it
There is a Ukrainian brewery with a beer who's name roughly translates to Putin's Butthole.
There beer was ok the artwork for the label is epic.
In some places in the U.S - helping the homeless.
??? What laws specify against doing that?
Distilling your own alcohol, without a permit. I can grow all the stuff myself, legally. I can make booze up to a certain strength, legally. But I can't legally heat it up and let it cool down in order to improve the flavour and alcohol content, even if my only goal is to drink it myself, unless someone tells me it's OK.
I'm not saying I want to make my own bathtub moonshine, but...
I'm pretty sure in my state it's legal for personal consumption. My dad was an ex-sailor who worked as a contractor in Saudi Arabia. The Americans there had their own grocery stores with grapes, yeast, and sugar sold in bulk right next to each other. They'd distill a brandy that they called Siddiqi.
These two engineers had a three room apartment they rented, and used the spare room for their still, which they sold around to other contractors at a huge profit. One day, one of the engineers came home from lunch and turned on the light in the still room to check on his batch, and the electricity sparked an explosion that blew out the interior wall of the room.
They were arrested, deported, and banned from the country that day.
You can make your own alcohol(such as homemade beer and wine) but the instant you start heating it to distill it, that's the illegal part. You can own everything for it, legally, but you can't use it for making spirits.
Paying for someone else’s expired parking meter
Picking up hitchhikers
Hitchhiking is only illegal in 4 states, but enforcement varies wildly. The flipsside is some cops *think* it's illegal where it's not. Usually the rule is you can't hitchhike from an interstate. Funny enough, the only federal law about hitchhiking makes it illegal in National Parks and Scenic Byways - and I say "funny" because hitchhiking is fairly common among hikers in National Parks.
By the way, statistically, hitchhiking and picking up hitchhikers is pretty safe... but always follow your gut.
In most places where it's illegal to hitchhike on the interstate there's a caveat- You can hitchhike on the onramps leading to the interstate. There's usually a sign that states "pedestrians not permitted beyond this sign". As long as you're on the side of that sign where the letters can be read, you're good to go.
As someone who's hitchhiked a lot, it always bums me out not being able to walk along the side of the highway and hitchhike. It's a lot easier to get rides on the interstate. The onramps see much less cars passing by. Then that small pool of drivers is further limited down to only those who would even pick up a hitchhiker. Sometimes it takes days if you're in a bad spot.
When I'm in a state that allows you to do it from the highway I just find a nice clean piece of white cardboard and I write the destination on it in big bold letters. I attach it to the back of my pack and then I just start walking. I don't even stick my thumb out. I just start walking to my destination. If I don't get a ride, at least I'm still getting there one day. On the onramps you have to just hope someone stops for you.
I prefer freight trains though. I typically only resort to hitchhiking if I can't get a train out of whatever place I'm in. Like they either don't crew change there or there's an overzealous railcop that has a stiffy for train riders. Havre Montana I'm lookin at you.
Most people don\`t like getting grabbed and being held in the air by strangers
Speak for yourself.
Picking up hitchhikers is illegal???
Teachers making copies of copyrighted material without publisher approval.
In my country we have a lot of rules about that.
But teachers are actually safe with copies.
Not so safe with PDFs.
in the uk, educational use is a very protected exception to almost all copywrite/IP laws
Flashing your lights to warn other vehicles that a cop is near by.
Over here that’s the recognised signal for ‘your high beams are on, you dick’.
Really could be either, whenever I get flashed I check lights and speed.
I’ve found in my neck of the woods that it means ‘hazard ahead,’ whether that is a cow in the road or the local meth head trying to cross the street or a speed trap
Sleeping on the park bench while not having a home...
Remember that time a politician tried to [spin her hatred for homeless people as being woke?](https://images-cdn.9gag.com/photo/aWjLALx_700b.jpg)
Because people in wheelchairs can't just park next to a bench and have the same affect?
15 year olds trick or treating in Chesapeake VA
A doctor euthanizing a person (that is mentally stable) who has a terminal or quick progressing illness.
Oregon legalized it. I watched a documentary on it. I dont know if it is still legal, but there was a veryyyyyyyyyyy lengthy process, you had to have a qualifying illness, they provided TONS of counseling and made a date. By injection or pill combinations. It was a sadly beautiful thing to see. Humans shouldnt be forced to suffer
Edited: NOT OHIO.. OREGON my bad.. Sleep deprivation
I have to say I’m surprised it’s Ohio of all states but that’s nice too see and the process def sounds fair
It’s becoming slowly legal. However it’s important to note that yes you usually need to be terminally ill to qualify with absolutely no chance you’ll survive.
In many states, showing an adopted person their own original birth certificate. (Or telling them who their biological family is.)
What's the reasoning behind these laws?
Am adopted myself.
It's illegal because the right to privacy of the person who gave you up for adoption trumps your right to know. That might seems fucked up, but I completely support that.
You should be able to live your life freely without the fear of someone banging on your door 15 years down the line telling you they're your child so you need to be their parent.
I'm from Belgium, and how it works here is as follows: The biological parent *can* leave behind contact information at the adoption agency.
I, as the adopted kid, can ask the agency to look for my bio parents.
The agency will use whatever means they have to find my bio parent(s) and if they find them they will contact them *discreetly* (you never know if their current family even knows about it and you don't want to ruin their marriage or whatever) and then ask them *if* they would be willing to get in contact with me.
The answer gets relayed back to me and depending on that answer, either an appointment is set up, or it ends then and there because my bio-parents don't want to meet.
Again, I realize this seems trivial to most people, but it can *really* fuck up people's lives if their anonimity isn't respected in this regard.
Adoptee, too. I decided not to search for my biological father because there was the possibility he didn’t even know I existed. I had found my biomom when I was 24 (she had been searching for me since I was 18), and a few years later she gave me his name, but was vague about whether he knew she had been pregnant.
She told me I reminded her a lot of him, even me being a woman, in how I walked and my manner. I was not like my adopted family at all, so that was intriguing.
But I figured since a search for him was more out of curiosity than actual need, the moral choice was to let him be. He might have been delighted to learn he had a daughter, but it might have also upended his life. I chose to walk away. Now I’m 50 and he could possibly be gone, but I think I made the right decision.
My husband has a son that was given up for adoption 40 years ago (they were *very* young when his girlfriend got pregnant).
They've recently reconnected and it's mind-blowing how similar they are in appearance. More shocking to me was these subtle speech patterns and mannerisms they share. Things I would never have thought could have a genetic component. My husband says he sees a lot of the mother in him too.
I'm not sure how much of it is just magical thinking though. I have a mole on my torso that was in exactly the same spot as my step dad. Clearly not because we're actually related, but we *noticed* it. So maybe they just have the normal amount of personality and behavior coincidental similarities.... or maybe way more stuff is genetically influenced that we think. I'm not sure.
I don't get this one. They're sovereign countries. You could fuck them over on trade I guess but it's not like you can put them on country jail... how is this "illegal?" international law is confusing.