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Fun Fact Friday: The Fun is Relative

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So a common problem as a writer is almost never ‘not enough ideas’ but rather ‘an excess of ideas’.  We get so distracted by the shiny new story idea that we neglect the work in progress we’re currently working on.  Well, that’s not going to happen to me (this time)!  I have thought up a brand new story involving a lawyer and have outlined my ideas before saving and closing the document.  I will reopen said outline when The Sword and Shield has a publishing house and Seer is completed.

But in the spirit of the moment, here are some laws that you didn’t know were actually real:

UK – Parliament’s famous Salmon Act of 1986 states that it’s illegal to hold a salmon under suspicious circumstances. Sounds fishy, but it’s true.

Singapore – When heading to Singapore, leave the Juicy Fruit at home and pop a breath mint instead. Among the lengthy list of items that aren’t allowed to be imported into Singapore is chewing gum, a rule enforced in order to keep public spaces clean. An exception is made for dental or nicotine gum.

Denmark – Celebs in Denmark would be screwed since the country has official child naming guidelines. If you want to name your baby something other than the 7,000 approved names, you need to get approval from the government. Sorry North, Apple, Blue Ivy.

Switzerland – The Swiss kindly ask you not to hike in the nude. In fact, Swiss canton Appenzell was the first to ban the indecent act after a naked German man walked past a family picnicking in the Alps in 2009.  Seems like it’d be pretty chilly, but I’m not going to judge.

Venice – This one might save me some money when I go to Italy: A fine of up to $700 is in store for anyone who feeds the pigeons in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square. The city banned the practice, citing the birds as a health hazard, and as bad for the monuments.

Bye for now!

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