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The Origin of the Referral King®
The 3M Combat Earplugs Litigation
Not Your Grandma’s Fruitcake Be a Better Listener
Strange Laws Around the Globe
CURIOUS LAWS IN PRACTICE Around the World
No Chewing Gum In Singapore During my trip there in 1999, our tour guide informed us that there was no chewing gum allowed in the country! We were told the law was aimed at keeping the city-state free of that type of disgusting garbage; don’t you hate it when it gets on your shoes?
As the government made infrastructure improvements, they wanted to curb littering so the surroundings could remain clean. The result was, you guessed it, a crackdown on gum; Hubba Bubba is still my favorite! Anyway, they take it so seriously that they monitor all gum products available in the country. If you are simply traveling with some to a neighboring country, it must actually be locked up until you leave town! In the past, anyone caught selling, possessing, or chewing gum could be fined up to $100,000. Talk about a sticky situation! In recent years, the law has eased somewhat, thanks in part to lobbyists funded by the Wrigley Company. Who knows? One day you might even need a prescription to buy some!
Nearly every community around the world has strange laws: Some were established decades or centuries ago to address specific issues that came up once or twice; others were created with good intentions but have since become outdated; and there are a few recently passed mandates that still serve practical purposes. Here are three such examples
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