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The Book of Strange and Curious Legal Oddities: Pizza Police, Illicit Fishbowls, and Other Anomalies of the Law That Make Us All Unsuspecting Criminals Paperback – August 3, 2010
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Belofsky acknowledges other books that cover similar territory. He claims that his book is unique because he actually cites his sources, or mentions when a particular story is unsubstantiated. It's a nice touch and left me feeling satisfied that the author was avoiding urban legend and the distorted tales making their way through the Internet by way of forwarded emails.
This book met my expectations, though I was a bit underwhelmed. As you might guess, you'll find some humor, some weirdness, and some cases (especially the historical ones) that are amazingly atrocious and cruel! But only a few times in the book did I find something actually laughably funny; mostly, the content was just quietly amusing. Belofsky's writing muted my enjoyment a bit. I think that, in an effort to be clever, he made some strange choices in word choice or phrasing. Sometimes this resulted in awkward sentences, and once or twice it actually obscured what he was trying to say. It didn't happen often, but when it did, I was annoyed.
Oh, if you read this, keep a dictionary handy. (This is when I love having a dictionary on my smartphone.Read more ›
This is misleading in its tone.
Italy is the home of the "slow food" movement, which began in 1986 in protest against the opening of a McDonald's restaurant. Italians take their food, and by extension, their heritage, VERY seriously. (Italian readers, back me up here!)
There are laws in Italy governing what may or may not be called authentic products. Parmesan may only be made in a certain region, using certain milk, during certain months of the year.... Far from being a restriction, this guideline preserves a tradition, a heritage and a part of the culture, and adds value rather than taking away.
I wish someone would enact a law forbidding those tasteless, overblown California strawberries which are now available year-round. Or giant equally tasteless tomatoes with the consistency of wool...
In the meantime, I'd welcome a slice of authentic Naples pizza... brought to you by a nation that hasn't forgotten what food should be. Bring on the police!
It not only highlights some of the sillier laws throughout the world, it also prompts us to think about why we have laws and what causes governments to impose limitations on their population.
The writing is precise and humorous. Recommended reading for anyone looking to learn something and enjoy themselves.
Dr. Evan S. Levine
Author of What Your Doctor Won't (or Can't) Tell You
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Gave it to my sister in-law, her and husband are both lawyers.Published 20 months ago by Richard mckenney
this is a good book for lovers of strange facts & legal oddities alike.
all lovers of odd facts & laws should get this book!
I got this as a bathroom read for my dad. He loves all of the quirky facts and strange laws that make us all criminals.Published on November 18, 2013 by Kathleen B. Olivera
It's got a lot of interesting facts but isn't well organized and is a very stop/start read. If you want a good book to read a few pages here and then, but not sit and read through,... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Diana
A book filled with fun and facinating stories / facts that makes light reading. Makes you wonder what happened to create the need to make some of these in the first place.Published on January 7, 2012 by S. Winn