Law and Crime Facts

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.
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    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)
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    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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  • 1
    A Missouri family sued the previous owners of a house that they had just bought after Brown Recluse Spiders "started bleeding out of the walls." An expert came in and estimated that the house was infested with 4,000 – 5,000 of the spiders.
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    A year after his wife's disappearance, a Dutch crime writer named Richard Klinkhamer wrote a suspicious book about seven ways to kill your spouse. He became famous and spent the next decade hinting in print and on TV that he had murdered her. Finally, it turned out that he really had.
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    In 1956, for a bet, while drunk, Thomas Fitzpatrick stole a small plane from New Jersey and then landed it perfectly on a narrow Manhattan street in front of the bar he had been drinking at. Then, two years later, he did it again after a man didn’t believe he had done it the first time.
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    In 1968, a car driven by bank employees was pulled over by a motorcycle cop claiming the car had been rigged with a bomb. The cop got under the car to “defuse” the device. When the car started to smoke, everybody ran. Then the “cop” just drove the car away. The 300,000,000 Yen robbery remains unsolved to this day.
  • 5
    A woman in Britain was sentenced to 20 months in jail for creating fake Facebook profiles and trolling herself.
  • 6
    A Chinese law signed in 1981 requires that every citizen over the age of 11 plant at least one tree per year.
  • 7
    In Japan, gambling is illegal. However, they circumvent the law by giving out prizes instead of cash, which the winner can then sell back to the establishment for cash.
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    In 2013, the Netherlands scheduled 19 prisons to be closed due to a lack of criminals.
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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.
  • 10
    In the US, it is legal for women to be publicly topless in 33 states. Male toplessness became legal in 1936.
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    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.
  • 13
    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.
  • 14
    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".
  • 17
    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.”
  • 18
    South African residents can legally attach small flamethrowers to cars to repel car jackers.
  • 19
    A bank robber named "Pretty Boy" Charles Floyd was known for destroying mortgage papers on heists, freeing hundreds of people from property debt.
  • 20
    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.
  • 21
    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.
  • 22
    Al Capone earned $105m per year from alcohol and rackets during the Prohibition era. Today, this would be equivalent to $1.4b per year.
  • 23
    In 2003, a Boeing 727-223 was stolen from an airport in Angola. Despite a worldwide search, it still has not been found.
  • 24
    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.
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    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.
  • 28
    Some British police cars carry a teddy bear to console children after an accident.
  • 29
    Anthony Greco, aged 18, became the first person arrested for spim (unsolicited instant messages) on February 21,2005.
  • 30
    The United Nations declared the Internet a basic human right in 2011.
  • 31
    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.
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    In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.
  • 34
    Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500!
  • 35
    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).
  • 36
    16 percent of Americans will receive one speeding ticket this year and it will cost them on average $150 per ticket.
  • 37
    There have been over 7,200 acts of terrorism against the US over the last 15 years.
  • 38
    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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