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Law and Crime Facts

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    In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.
  • 2
    The people most often killed in robberies are the robbers.
  • 3
    A man gets robbed in London every 4.5 minutes! (and he is getting fed up of it)
  • 4
    About 1 in 30 people, in the U.S., are in jail, on probation, or on parole!
  • 5
    The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war.

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    If NYC were its own country, and the NYPD was its army, it would be the twentieth-best-funded army in the world, just behind Greece and just ahead of North Korea.
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    In the US, it is legal for women to be publicly topless in 33 states. Male toplessness became legal in 1936.
  • 3
    There’s a law in Canada called the “Apology Act” which prevents parties from using an apology as a statement of fault in court.
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    There is a prison in Brazil that allows inmates to pedal stationary bicycles, providing electricity in a nearby city - in exchange for reduced sentences.
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    In 1970, Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substance Act into law, making DMT and many other substances illegal. However, DMT is produced naturally by the body, and found in a multitude of human bodily fluids and tissues. Essentially, this makes all humans illegal.
  • 6
    In the Bemba tribe of southern Africa, if someone does something hurtful, they take the person to the center of the town where the entire tribe comes and surrounds them. For two days they tell him every good thing he has ever done, because they believe that every person comes into the world as good.
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    In 2010, police in Belfast, Northern Ireland, used ice cream van music to calm angry teen rioters - and it worked!
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    South Korea has banned under 16s from playing online games between midnight and 6am under the so-called "Cinderella Law".
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    In 1770, the British Parliament passed a law condemning lipstick, stating that “women found guilty of seducing men into matrimony by a cosmetic means could be tried for witchcraft.”
  • 10
    South African residents can legally attach small flamethrowers to cars to repel car jackers.
  • 11
    A bank robber named "Pretty Boy" Charles Floyd was known for destroying mortgage papers on heists, freeing hundreds of people from property debt.
  • 12
    In 1995, a man named Shawn Nelson stole a tank from the US Army and took it for a joyride on a highway in California.
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    In 1987, a Chicago TV station had its broadcast interrupted by a pirate signal that shows a man in a Max Headroom mask mumbling and being spanked with a fly swatter. Despite investigations by the FCC and FBI, this became the only known incident in which a hacker interrupted a major TV broadcast without getting caught.
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    Al Capone earned $105m per year from alcohol and rackets during the Prohibition era. Today, this would be equivalent to $1.4b per year.
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    In 2003, a Boeing 727-223 was stolen from an airport in Angola. Despite a worldwide search, it still has not been found.
  • 16
    The only country where cannabis is completely legal and du jure is North Korea.
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    Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar made so much money, he spent over $2,500 every month just on rubber bands to bundle up his stacks of cash.
  • 18
    In the late 1600s, London was plagued by an attacker who would spank his victims with a rod and shout "Spanko!" before running away.
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    In Brazil, prison inmates can reduce their sentence by 4 days (up to 48 days a year) for every book they read and write a report on.
  • 20
    Some British police cars carry a teddy bear to console children after an accident.
  • 21
    Anthony Greco, aged 18, became the first person arrested for spim (unsolicited instant messages) on February 21,2005.
  • 22
    The United Nations declared the Internet a basic human right in 2011.
  • 23
    Just before the US started bombing Baghdad, nearly $1 billion dollars was stolen from the Central Bank of Iraq and is now the largest bank robbery in history.
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    The people most often killed in robberies are the robbers.
  • 25
    In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.
  • 26
    Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500!
  • 27
    The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).
  • 28
    16 percent of Americans will receive one speeding ticket this year and it will cost them on average $150 per ticket.
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    There have been over 7,200 acts of terrorism against the US over the last 15 years.
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    The U.S. Government will not allow portraits of living persons to appear on stamps.
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    The most common time for a bank robbery is Friday, between 9 and 11 a.m. The least likely time is Wednesday, between 3 and 6 p.m.
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    Organized crime is estimated to account for 10% of the United States' national income.
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    Only 1 out of 700 identity thieves gets caught!
  • 34
    Nose prints can be used to identify dogs, just like humans use fingerprints!
  • 35
    No patent can ever be taken out on a gambling machine in the United States.
  • 36
    Native Americans do not have to pay tax on their land.
  • 37
    Murder is the only crime that does not increase during the full moon. Theft, disorderly conduct, larceny, armed robbery, assault and battery, and rape all statistically increase dramatically during the full moon.
  • 38
    Most burglaries occur during the daytime!
  • 39
    Less than 10% of criminals commit about 67% of all crime.
  • 40
    It takes five minutes to execute someone in a gas chamber.

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