Annie Tucker Morgan has collected a great list of bizarre activities that are illegal in the US such as:
- Florida: If you tie an elephant to a parking meter, you must pay the same parking fee as you would for a vehicle.
- Idaho: A man must not give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing fewer than fifty pounds.
- Indiana: The value of pi is 4, and not 3.1415.
- Iowa: One-armed piano players must perform for free.
And, in the spirit of making very little sense, I offer my own suggestions of activities that should be illegal:
- Ontario: It is illegal to put an image on a Powerpoint slide unless it adds to the understanding of the information
- Quebec: Surveys longer than 60 minutes warrant a $50 000 fine while surveys longer than 30 minutes warrant a $10 000 fine
- Manitoba: The words “guru,” “maven,” “expert,” “synergies,” “reach out to,” and “harness the power” have been banned from the English language and removed from all text books and dictionaries.
- Saskatchewan: It is illegal to accept a research report and put it aside without reading and implementing the recommended action steps.
- Newfoundland: Everyone in a research organization shall receive a minimum level of training in research methods regardless of whether their role is as a researcher, programmer, or IT professional
- Nova Scotia: Every research organization shall offer to speak at local highschools and colleges to encourage our young people to become market researchers
- British Columbia: Crunchie bars and chocolate covered raisins shall be freely available in all focus groups and to all researchers.
- Nunavut: Office space on the south side of a building shall always be kept at 22 degrees Celsius while offices on the north side of a building shall always be kept at 22 degrees Celsius. Ok, so i’m asking for the impossible.