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Weird Laws

In the United States, it is unknown how many laws there are says Kowal Communications. Laws have been getting made over a span of 200 years. There are roughly 20,000 laws just governing the ownership of guns. If there are that many laws just for guns and it is an unknown how many laws there truly are, imagine how many laws are crazy, weird, and unnoticed.  

Singing any type of popular national and festive song out in public is illegal and you can get charges for copyright infringement. This all depends on how loud you are singing and with how many people. Typically you won’t get a ticket for this, BUT if you do get a noise complaint or are disrupting someone, you will be fined. Think about that next time you are at a restaurant and tell the staff that it is your birthday and they sing “Happy Birthday” to you! 48% of people get ticketed for singing these types of songs in the United States.

There are even some laws in Idaho that are unusual that many might break. In Pocatello Idaho, you are required by law to smile in public. "It is prohibited for pedestrians and motorists to display frowns, grimaces, scowls, threatening and glowering looks, gloomy and depressed facial appearances, generally all of which reflect unfavorably upon the city’s reputation."

In Alabama key parts of celebrating are illegal. Things such as spraying silly string, lighting smoke bombs, for throwing confetting is absolutely not allowed. “Any object ‘the purpose of which is to  create disagreeable odors’ are strictly illegal there,” as said in the Reader’s Digest. Bathing in public fountains is also illegal there for obvious reasons.

In Connecticut you better not even THINK about selling a pickle that doesn’t bounce. In 1948 a law was passed to prohibit selling any pickle that doesn’t bounce when dropped from one foot in the air. This law sure is weird but there is a story behind it. Two men were trying to sell unfit for human consumption pickles and the Food and Drug Administration said only REAL pickles bounce.   

In the United states there are so many laws that are odd and unknown. There are also a lot of laws that we all break everyday without even realizing it. Really simple things like speeding, using free wifi, and littering are all acts that happen constantly but could be prevented and stopped. Other odd laws like the pickle law in Connecticut are not as easy to prevent because not many know about it and I’m sure this law gets broken more than we know it.

Into the Ivy League

Colleges offer a diverse selection of possible careers that makes it possible for students to anything they want to do with their life while continuing their education after high school. Some students obviously intend to pursue careers that don’t require any college which is totally fine. But some students . Although some students want to go to colleges like NYU, Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, etc. Have you ever dreamt of attending a college like these but immediately killed that idea because these types of colleges are so immensely expensive? Well Phil Harris, a Yale University alumnus, says “Elite colleges like Yale and a number of other schools have a much better financial aid program than they are given credit for.” Which pretty much means that elite colleges live the Ivy leagues and Stanford are usually seen as being really expensive because they are so prestigious but they actually are very understanding when it comes to students and their financial situations. Do you also dream of attending these colleges but the thought of moving across the country makes you sick to your stomach? Well according to Harris once again “These schools do a fabulous job of making students feel included and at home, it obviously depends on the student but overall there is pretty much something for everybody to do. Obviously in order to be able to feel homesick you need to get in, but where do you even start? According to Harris “There’s no golden ticket into these schools, but they really just want well-rounded students who excel at one thing so they can bring something to the school.” For example: say you’re a 4.0 student that has 4 DC credit classes under their belt, you’re in NHS, FFA, HOSA, newspaper, CAST and you’re running for class president in your grade, this all looks very good on your college application but you are really really good at playing tennis. This is one thing that you’re very good at offering something to your school. No matter what it is immensely hard to get in and requires a huge amount of dedication and perseverance but if you really work hard and make yourself a real asset to these schools they’ll have a hard time denying you.  

What to do when your parents make you go camping

Not all of our parents are outdoor people and some of us have more down to nature parents than normal. I bet that your parents take you camping when you don't want to. Almost all parents have the most convenient times to plan on going camping too. Most weekends there are football games to go to or your friend’s party to attend. If your parents are going camping, they most likely don’t care who's playing who or who is 16 this saturday, so you're going camping! Instead of throwing fits all weekend you can actually make it fun. I know it’s hard for most teens to be helpful but you could show your parents that you are responsible. Help out with making fires or setting tents up or if you have a camper just ask “Hey parents what can I do to help?” I can guarantee they will be shocked. Unless you're already responsible and help out as much as needed. Most times if you are trying to make the best out of camping it'll work. Remember to control your attitude, being away from friends might make you depressed. Think about it  most times you are on your phone dealing with cyber bullying or drama. When you are out camping there is most likely no service, so you can get away and feel free for a second. Camping is how many parents get away from their worries so maybe you should follow their example and stop stressing about what you're missing out on this weekend. Enjoy what's around you, not what's happening back at home or on social media.  When you Unplug from your phone you might actually notice that there is more to life than a screen.You can always spare a weekend, and there will be plenty more to go have fun.