Friday, November 9, 2007

Britain's most stupid laws: A top ten list

These laws are ancient legislation that has never been repealed. 4,000 people were given a shortlist and asked to vote on what is ... The Most ridiculous British law:

10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour

8. It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing

7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen

6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet

5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter

4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day (this law dates back to the seventeenth century and was enacted to outlaw gluttony during the rule of Cromwell) (at least half of those surveyed admitted to breaking this law)

3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store

2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down

And coming in a glorious first...

1.It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament

to find out more about these absurd and utterly foolish laws click here: Die and you’re under arrest!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Snowball - The Dancing Cockatoo

Here's who this is: "Snowball is a Medium Sulphur Crested Eleanora Cockatoo that dances to the Back Street Boys. He came to the Bird Lovers Only Recue in August 2007 and is a joy." Only, I think the thing is they got his name wrong. It is Sir Eleanora Snowball Cockatoo, Esq. But no matter. His dance speaks for itself. Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

2007 NAPPA Gold Award

Wondrous happy news... HOW TO BE A BABY: by ME, the Big Sister won a gold. Hurrah!
here's what it says about itself on the site: "The National Parenting Publications Awards guide you to the best gift ideas for children all year round!" and "Now in its 17th year, NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards) is a well-known name in industries focused on children’s learning and entertainment. Full results were announced Nov. 1, 2007, in 40 regional parenting magazines across the country and online at This distinction recognizes the above titles as a standout among toys, books, DVDs, software & video games, music and spoken-word recordings available for children today." NAPPA website

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