In Italy, it is illegal to make coffins out of anything except nutshells or wood.

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In Sweden, when leaving someone's home, wait until you get to the doorway to step outside before putting on your coat. To do so earlier suggests you are eager to leave. When entering or departing a Russian home, it is considered very bad form to shake hands across the threshold.

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In the Middle Ages, the highest court in France ordered the execution of a cow for injuring a human.

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In Michigan it's illegal to place a skunk inside your bosses desk.

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Being rude to a telephone operator in Prussia was once a crime. In 1908, a respected citizen was reprimanded by the government after becoming exasperated with an operator and saying "My dear girl!"

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Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space. The first to exercise this right to vote while in orbit was astronaut David Wolf, who cast his vote for Houston mayor via e-mail from the Russian space station Mir in November 1997.

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In Lehigh, Nebraska it's against the law to sell donut holes.

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Christmas was once illegal in England.

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In Milan, Italy, when an operator dialed a wrong number, the phone company fined the operator.

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It is legal in North Dakota to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon.

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