World's Weirdest Cases and Dumbest Laws
The Times (of London) Online is kicking off it's new column, Weird Cases, with a list of the columnist's top twenty "favourite bizarre disputes, prosecutions and lawsuits." Number one? Right here in Wisconsin, a Fond du Lac man "sued a television company for making his wife fat and transforming his children into 'lazy channel surfers'."
The Telegraph (also from Britain) reports on the results of a survey in which people were asked to rank the stupidest laws in Great Britain and internationally. Number one dumbest British law? "It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament"
Why would it be illegal to die there you ask? According to Nigel Cawthorne, author of The Strange Laws of Old England, "Anyone who dies there is technically entitled to a state funeral. If they see you looking a bit sick they carry you out quickly."
Thanks to Nancy Paul and Novalawcity for the tips.