jueves, 12 de mayo de 2016

Strange laws in the USA

It’s illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.

Whispering in someone’s ear while he’s moose hunting is prohibited.

Cutting down a cactus may earn you a twenty-five-year prison term.

It’s illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas.

You may not eat an orange in your bathtub.

It’s unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor (Denver).

A pickle cannot actually be a pickle unless it bounces.

It’s illegal to get married on a dare.

Washington, D.C.
It’s against the law to post a public notice calling someone a coward for refusing to accept a challenge to duel.

If you tie an elephant to a parking meter, you must pay the same parking fee as you would for a vehicle.

It’s illegal to change the clothes on a storefront mannequin unless you draw the shades first.

All residents may be fined for not owning a boat.

A man must not give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing fewer than fifty pounds.

It’s illegal to take a French poodle to the opera (Chicago).

The value of pi is 4, and not 3.1415.

One-armed piano players must perform for free.

It’s illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits (Natoma).

Every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.

Biting someone with your natural teeth constitutes simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth classifies as aggravated assault.

If you keep your Christmas decorations on display after January 14, you’ll be fined.

It’s against the law to wash or scrub a sink, no matter how dirty it is (Baltimore).

No gorilla is allowed in the backseat of any car.

A woman may not cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.

It’s illegal to paint a sparrow with the intent of selling it as a parakeet (Harper Woods).

Walking a dog without dressing it in diapers is forbidden (Temperance).

Children may buy shotguns in Kansas City, but not toy cap guns.

It’s a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.

Bar owners may not sell beer unless they brew a kettle of soup simultaneously.

It’s illegal for men with mustaches to kiss women.

New Hampshire
It’s forbidden to sell the clothes you’re wearing to pay off a gambling debt.

New Jersey
It’s against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

New Mexico
Females may not appear unshaven in public.

New York
While riding in an elevator, you must talk to no one, fold your hands, and look toward the door.

North Carolina
It’s against the law to sing off-key.

North Dakota
It’s illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.

You must honk the horn whenever you pass another car, according to the state’s driver’s education manual.

It’s forbidden to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.

State law requires dishes to be drip-dried.

It’s illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.

Rhode Island
You may not bite off another person’s leg.

South Carolina
If a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, he is required by law to keep his promise.

South Dakota
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.

Selling hollow logs is strictly forbidden.

You may not shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

It is illegal not to drink milk.

Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

Tickling a woman is unlawful.

It’s illegal to pretend that one’s parents are wealthy.

West Virginia
If you make fun of someone who does not accept a challenge, you risk a six-month prison sentence.

Unless a customer specifically requests it, margarine may not be substituted for butter in a restaurant.

Unless you have an official permit, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April.
Read more at http://www.curiousread.com/2011/01/50-bizarre-us-laws-in-50-states.html#y8dW5fTdajC9pd0o.99

lunes, 15 de febrero de 2016


 The Three Voices in Writing  1. ACTIVE VOICE "You ate all the bacon."  2. PASSIVE VOICE "All the bacon was eaten (by you)."  3. PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE VOICE "You ate all the bacon and no one else got any. Don't worry it's fine. Clearly, you needed that bacon.":

One of the easiest principles of grammar to remember is to avoid the passive voice, or passive construction, but it's just as essential to recall that this rule is not absolute. Passive construction has its place. Appropriate uses are described below.
Passive constructions are those in which the acted-on noun, rather than the word(s) denoting the actor, is the subject of the sentence, as in the last sentence of the lead paragraph of this post. The well-founded prejudices against the passive include that such constructions are usually less concise than those organized in the active voice, that they obscure the identity of the actor, and that they upend traditional English syntax.

But the passive voice is suitable in the following cases:

1. When the emphasis is on the acted-on, not the actor: "The message was conveyed by the courier."

2. When the actor is not pertinent or is implied: "The defendant was found not guilty."

3. When the actor cannot be identified: "The dog was poisoned."

4. When the actor should not (or does not wish to) be identified: "Mistakes were made."

5. When an extensive description of the actor follows the mention of the actor: "The alternative was suggested by John Smith, the consultant hired to analyze the problem and recommend solutions." (The active construction, "John Smith, the consultant hired to analyze the problem and recommend solutions, suggested the alternative," changes the emphasis.)

6. When revealing the actor's identity should be delayed: "The candelabra was moved by the only guest who had the opportunity during that time—the professor!"
7. When the passive voice improves the rhetorical impact: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
This article first appeared on DailyWritingTips.com.