FOOD LAWS and REGULATIONS
Under San Francisco's new (2011) restaurant laws, meals that come with a free toy can contain a maximum of 600 calories.
England in 1820 had 160 crimes for which the penalty was death, including maiming or stealing cattle, cutting down trees in an avenue or a park, setting fire to a cornfield and shooting a rabbit.
Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria instituted the Rheinheitsgebot (purity law) in 1516. Generally recognized as the world's first consumer protection law, it decreed that beer could be brewed only from barley malt, hops and water. It is still in force today.
In 1998 the West Virginia legislature passed a bill that lets drivers keep their road kill as long as they report it to the police of conservation officers within 12 hours. This would save the cost of paying Division of Highways workers to clean up the dead animals.
In England, the 'Long Parliament' of 1646 banned mince pie, Christmas pudding and Christmas dinners of more than 3 courses. These laws were never repealed, so technically they are still in effect!
In Gainesville, Georgia, the 'Chicken Capital of the World', it is against the law to eat chicken with a fork.
It is/was against the law in Idaho to give anyone a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
The oldest known code of laws is the Code of Hammurabi from ancient Babylonia, about 1750 B.C. Among other things, It regulated the practices of drinking houses, and called for the death penalty for proprietors found guilty of watering down their beer.
To protect the state's dairy industry, from 1935 to 1937 Wisconsin restaurants were required to serve 2/3 ounce of Wisconsin butter and cheese with every meal.
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