Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the U.S. since 1916 when a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.

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Candy made from pieces of barrel cactus was outlawed in the U.S. in 1952 to protect the species.

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For hundreds of years, the Chinese zealously guarded the secret of sericulture; imperial law decreed death by torture to those who disclosed how to make silk.

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During World War I, the punishment for homosexuality in the French army was execution.

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In the marriage ceremony of the ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.

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During the reign of Catherine I of Russia, the rules for parties stipulated that no man was to get drunk before 9 o'clock and ladies weren't to get drunk at any hour.

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According to law, no store is allowed to sell a toothbrush on the Sabbath in Providence, Rhode Island. Yet these same stores are allowed to sell toothpaste and mouthwash on Sundays.

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In Hartford, Connecticut, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands.

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Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.

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Anti-modem laws restrict Internet access in the country of Burma. Illegal possession of a modem can lead to a prison term.

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