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  • Hey Thoughty2 here. You may surprised to hear that a lot of things you do that you think

  • are perfectly innocent may, in fact, be illegal.

  • 1. Imagine this scene, youre in the pub with your mates watching the game, and you

  • decide to make a bet on the game’s outcome. If you bet over $2,000 you just broke the

  • law and it can land you up to 10 years in prison.

  • This actually happened in 2005 when a cop overheard a guy named Sal Culosi make a bet

  • of over $2,000 in a bar. The next morning a SWAT team arrived at his doorstep to arrest

  • him and shot him through the heart.

  • 2. Number 2 is connecting to unsecure WiFi networks. Connecting to any wireless network

  • you don’t own or have permission to use, even if it isn’t password protected can

  • land you in prison for at least 2 years and you may have to pay up to a $10,000 fine.

  • Considering that most modern phones and wireless devices automatically seek out and connect

  • to nearby WiFi networks makes this an extremely easy law to break. It’s extremely unlikely

  • youll actually be caught in the act, despite this there have been at least 4 known cases

  • in the US where people have been arrested and locked up for using other people’s WiFi.

  • 3. Speaking of the internet, at number 3 is using a fake name online. It may sound stupid

  • but the next time you signup to a website under the alias of SuperNinja66 youve actually

  • broken the law. It’s considered illegal under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to

  • fake your identity online and can net you between 5 and 20 years in prison.

  • 4. At 4 is writing disturbing material. Okay this doesn’t apply everywhere but in some

  • US states for example, Illinois, it is illegal to writedisturbing fiction”. It doesn’t

  • even matter if you publish it or not, if someone finds disturbing material that youve written

  • and finds it offensive you could be fined up to $1,500 and face up to 30 days in jail.

  • It’s even worse in Oklahoma, where you can face up to 10 years in prison for writing

  • a fictional story wherein a person gets injured or killed.

  • 5. At 5 is a peculiar law youve probably broken countless times in your life. In the

  • UK and certain US states, such as Alaska, it is actually illegal to be drunk in a pub

  • or a bar. The law defines being drunk as havinglost steady self-control”. Although very

  • few people are ever prosecuted for this, in practice the courts use markers such as glazed

  • eyes, slurred speech and unsteadiness to determine if one is properly badgered enough to face

  • charges for being drunk in a pub.

  • 6. Number 6 is a law that youve probably contravened more than any. It is illegal to

  • sing Happy Birthday in public. Why? Because it’s copyrighted. In 1988 Warner Chappell

  • Music purchased the rights to the song for $25 million dollars. Meaning restaurants that

  • play the song have to pay royalties to Warner. Collectively these royalties net Warner a

  • handsome $2 million dollars a year. In 1995 the American Society of Composers, Authors

  • and Publishers tried to extort money from 2,300 girl scout groups because they regularly

  • sang Happy Birthday around the campfire without paying royalties.

  • However the American press released a PR nightmare upon ASCAP and they quickly backed down once

  • they realised what utter tits they were being.

  • 7. And finally, in most of the US it’s illegal to possess a permanent marker or aerosol can

  • in public if you are under the age of 18. So if you ever took part in an arts and crafts

  • day as a child youre technically a hardened criminal. There was a controversial case in

  • 2010 when a 13 year old Oklahoma City boy was arrested for using a permanent marker

  • in class. The teen was writing on a piece of paper using a permanent marker and the

  • ink had bled through onto the desk underneath. His teacher actually made a citizens arrest

  • on the kid and he was handed over to the Police and arrested.

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