- High learning, 'low' work
July 20, 2013
Kerala may have a record literacy rate for women but their numbers are growing only in low-paying jobs.
- Film fighters
July 20, 2013
Video volunteers have been shooting short, candid film clips on official apathy.
- Leaving tiger watching to raise rice
July 20, 2013
Ecologist Debal Deb, who did his post-doctoral research from IISc in Bangalore, started his folk rice gene bank Vrihi in 1997.
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Leg up for women
Women weren't legally allowed to wear pants until recently in Paris. The law was never enforced in modern times but early this week, it was officially abrogated on grounds of being "incompatible with the principles of equality between women and men. " The rule dated back to the time of the French Revolution.
Throw the mistletoe
In Maine, you could be fined for keeping Christmas decorations after January 14. Another law in the American state makes it illegal to step out of an aeroplane when it is flying. A decidedly archaic law makes it compulsory to carry a shotgun to church to protect oneself against Native Americans.
An ancient law makes it legal for an Englishman to shoot a Welsh with a longbow on Sundays in the county town of Hereford. Another old English law says a Welsh person can be shot with a bow and arrow inside the city walls of Chester after midnight.
It is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a murder in New Jersey. According to a statute, a person has committed a crime if "he uses or wears a body vest while engaged in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit murder, manslaughter, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping, criminal escape or assault. "
In Gainesville, Georgia it is illegal to consume fried chicken any other way than by hand - a law enacted in 1961 to promote Gainesville as a poultry town. In July 2009, a 91-year-old woman was arrested for consuming fried chicken with a fork and pardoned soon after by the mayor in an act of jest.
If you're in Thailand, stepping on a baht could land you in trouble. Currency notes in the country have pictures of its king printed on them, and the monarchy is revered by the people. Stepping on money is deemed to be the same as stepping on the king's face, and could invite punishment.
Greece has banned women in stilettos around its ancient monuments. The logic goes like this: The pressure a stiletto heel exerts on the ground is much greater than that of a walking elephant. Hence a law that prohibits shoes that "wound the monuments".
Bale or jail
Taxis must carry a bale of hay in the trunk at all times in Australia, a law possibly dating back to the time of horse-drawn carriages so that the horses did not go hungry. The law hasn't been struck down although motor cars have replaced buggies.
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