The law can be scary, the law can be lenient or cruel...and, at times, the law can just be downright, unbelievably wacky. Be assured: every statute in this entertaining and illustrated compendium is absolutely real. They come from down the block and around the world, and they prevent us from no-nos like eating pies baked by grandmothers in non-certified kitchens; accidentally getting a glimpse of a sweaty naked person through a window; and being subjected postmortem to the tacky taste of any loved one who would dare put plastic flowers on our graves instead of fresh ones. The jaw-dropping regulations cover animals (no licking hallucinogenic toads in Missouri); transportation (do not run out of gas on Germany's super-speedy autobahns); public decorum (kissing and hugging in public forbidden in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--but in India, it will just get you fined); house rules (no flushing after 10PM in a certain Swiss apartment building), food (only certain pizzas in Italy can be called Margheritas); and much, much more. And the best place to get a job? Portugal--because you can't be fired. One thing that's absolutely allowed: laughing hard and long at these laws!
Joanne O'Sullivan is the author of 101 PLACES YOU GOTTA SEE BEFORE YOU'RE 12!, 101 THINGS YOU GOTTA DO BEFORE YOU'RE 12!, and 101 WAYS YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE PLANET BEFORE YOU'RE 12!, as well as many titles for adults including, BOOK OF LEGAL STUFF and BOOK OF SUPERSTITIOUS STUFF. She and her children spend many happy hours exploring the wonders of the natural world.