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1. There are only two days in the entire year without games played in one of the four major professional sports (football, hockey, basketball and baseball) the day before and the day after the Major League All Star Game.
2. The Speaker of the House in Great Britain is not allowed to speak.
3. At last count, there were more that five million federal laws. Ignorance of the law is still no excuse.
4. In Atlanta, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp. In Memphis, it’s against the law to sell teddy bears or yo-yos on Sunday.
5. If you angrily shake your fist at someone, legally it’s considered assault. If you follow up and punch the person in the nose, the offense is assault and battery.
6. The interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These sections can be used as airstrips in time of war or other emergencies.
7. The manual for IRS employees include provisions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war.
8. The University of Alabama football team was originally called the Red Elephants. After they won the 1920 Rose Bowl, a sportswriter said, they washed over their opponents like a crimson tide. The team has been known as the Crimson Tide ever since.
9. Cleveland Indians star Lou Boudreau blew his nose and blew a game. He forgot that putting a towel to his face was the (steal) sign.
Bill Franklin lives in Richmond.