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The Breast Tax: Imposed On Women Who Chose To Cover The...

April 15, 2021

Lithograph from L'Inde Français, 1828. From the collection of Jean Claude Carriere. (Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images) The breast tax, or the mulakkaram...

1970: Cigarette Advertising Is Banned By Congress

April 1, 2021

Lillian Eggers, television queen of 1940, advertising for cigarettes in Philadelphia. (Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) It's no joke. Until 1971, tobac...

1988: U.S. Supreme Court Defends Right To Satirize Publ...

February 24, 2021

In 1988, the king of filth went head-to-head with the leader of the moral majority in the Supreme Court, battling over what could and couldn't be said about...

Supernatural Laws: Real World Policies And Laws To Prot...

February 2, 2021

A tongue-in-cheek sign warning of Bigfoot crossings on Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado. (Gnashes30/Wikimedia Commons) There are certain laws that most of us ob...

Chimney Sweepers Act of 1788: Child Labor Law That Allo...

January 5, 2021

The Chimney Sweep, 1843, by Angelo Inganni (1807-1880). Oil on canvas, 46.5x46.5 cm. (DeAgostini/Getty Images) Mary Poppins might romanticize the role of chim...

Bikini Laws: When Women Could Be Arrested For Wearing T...

November 15, 2020

We've come a long way, baby. Considering all the barely there string bikinis on display at every public beach and pool these days, it's hard to imagine there...

Originalism: History Of The Word, Meaning, Definition, ...

October 24, 2020

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States. (Howard Chandler Christy/Wikimedia Commons) "Originalism" is a word that's being tossed around ...

Ugly Laws: A 1867 San Francisco Attempt At Making Ugly ...

August 14, 2020

Can you imagine walking down the street and being stopped by a police officer for public unattractiveness? It sounds like a bad comedy sketch, but it was som...

History Of The Curfew: Etymology, Brief History, And Ho...

June 3, 2020

British paratroopers enforce curfew in Tel Aviv after King David Hotel bombing, July 1946. (Hans Pinn/Wikimedia Commons) In response to the recent civil unres...

Beer In Russia Wasn't Considered Alcohol Until 2011

January 1, 2020

We know you're hungover, barely alive, just hanging in there like a kitten on a motivational poster. That's why, today, we're bringing you a story about what is no doubt...