Thursday, April 1, 2010

Today's Trivia - Wacky Canadian Laws

Well, as many of you have realized by now, I’ve committed a few days a week to a particular theme. Fridays are dedicated to providing my visitors with important information about those impish, fuzzy little critters called ferrets, so that anyone who wishes to take one home can be better equipped to care for it. It also helps people decide whether this is the right pet for them. Or not.

Saturdays are reserved for humour, which is good for your health. I mean, you’ve heard the popular expressions “laughter is the best medicine” and “a giggle a day keeps the doctor away”, haven’t you? Sure you have. What’s that? Apples? Don’t be silly. Apples don’t keep doctors away, giggles do.

On Tuesdays I get to share some of my favourite recipes, all of which are very simple to prepare; perfect for individuals that don’t have time to put together complicated meals, and for individuals that are culinary-challenged. And on Mondays (something I introduced this week) I will write about things I wonder about, topics that interest me or issues that I feel compelled to share an opinion (or a complaint) about.

And each one of these days is aptly titled.

Ferrety Friday
Saturday Silliness
Monday’s Musings
Tasty Tuesday

That leaves Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Do I plan to do anything special on these days? The answer is yes and no. No, I will not do anything special with Wednesday and Sunday; those are two days of the week that will retain their “free-to-write-about-whatever’ status for the time being. And yes, I will assign a theme to Thursdays, which you should have guessed what it is by the title of today’s post: trivia.

Thursdays will include some type of interesting but absolutely useless piece of information. You’ll get to learn something you didn’t know (or maybe you did) that might come in handy when you’re playing a board game (like trivial pursuit) or watching jeopardy or trying to make small talk (something that many of us have difficulty with). And if you’re anything like me (an information junkie), you might actually enjoy it.

What’s that? Do I have something to share today?

You bet I do. The interesting but totally useless trivia for this Thursday is all about silly and outdated laws, starting with some in my own beloved country.

10 Wacky Canadian Laws:

1) In Guelph, Ontario the city is classified as a no pee zone! (I’d love to know how this came to be).

2) In Toronto, Ontario it’s illegal to drag a dead horse down Yonge St on a Sunday! (Does this mean that any other day of the week is okay?)

3) In the province of Alberta, it is illegal to set fire to the wooden leg of a wooden-legged man.

4) In Ottawa, Ontario it is illegal to eat ice-cream on Bank Street on a Sunday.

5) In the province of Quebec, it is illegal for margarine to be the same colour as butter.

6) In Oshawa, Ontario it’s illegal to climb trees.

7) In Calgary, Alberta if you are released from prison, it is required that you are given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town.

8) In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan it is illegal to try and catch fish with your hands.

9) In all of Canada, citizens may not publicly remove bandages.

And my absolute favourite:

10) In British Columbia, it is illegal to kill a sasquatch. (Grin...)

And lest my friends down south feel left out...

Off The Wall American Laws:

1) In West Virginia, no children may attend school with their breath smelling of wild onions.

2) In Vermont, lawmakers made it obligatory for everybody to take at least one bath each week — on Saturday night.

3) In Pennsylvania, a special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.

4) In Oklahoma, violators can be fined, arrested or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog. (You gotta love Oklahoma!)

5) In Nebraska, a parent can be arrested if his child cannot hold back a burp during a church service.

6) In Massachusetts, mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.

7) Also in Massachusetts, snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.

8) In Kentucky, it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket. (Is that an ice cream cone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?)

9) In Indiana, it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and
other domesticated animal kept as pets. (I guess ferrets are included here.)

And my favourite American law:

10) In Florida, if an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee
has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle. (Bigger grin...)

Now, don’t you feel so much smarter after this week’s trivia?


  1. I love bits of trivia too.
    I also have themes for different days of the week on my blog, however I don't stick to them each week, just do them when I feel like it. That's what blogging is all about (to me at least)

  2. Those are wonderful, Martha! Let me just say I'm really glad I don't live in Pennsylvania---I'd be breaking the law on a regular basis. :-)

    For a while, I had a theme day called Friday Facts on my blog. But it kind of fizzled out---I guess it started feeling like a duty. The funny thing is: those posts are, by far, my most popular Google clicks. Especially the ones on pink flamingos and Aeschylus and poker-playing dogs.

  3. Hmmm... Quebec's margarine law is the only one that makes sense - way to go! And I've NEVER seen any of our prisoners be furnished with a horse and gun :)

    On a more serious note, laws are passed each year, but only very rarely repealed, if ever. So each year we find ourselves mired under more and more laws and legislation. I know they say ignorance of the law is not a crime, but it would take more than a human life to read all the laws on books now! Humph.

  4. Hahahahaha! Great post Martha!

  5. I know, crafty gardener; I follow your blog and read the posts you write. I don't know how long I'll stay focused on these themes; I'm sure there'll come a time when I won't be able to get to one of them. For now, I'll try my best to post what I can, when I can.

    Beth, it's amazing (and hilarious) what people will search on Google. I think that some folks just fool around with it just to see if there's actually something zany on Google.

    We'll see how long my 'theme' days will last. At the very least, it'll give me something to write about. This will eliminate those periods when I can't think of a single thing to add to my blog.

    Tatiana, you're right; we just keep adding volumes of laws each year. Many of the laws I included above are really outdated, so they're obviously not applied. Still, they're handy when you're looking to add some humour to your blog.

    Liza, thanks! Next time, I'll have to look up some funny laws in your area. I wouldn't want you to feel left out! :)