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Ten of the Weirdest Laws in the USA You May Find it Interesting

Ten of the Weirdest Laws in the USA You May Find it Interesting

You might think you know the laws that govern your country, but do you really? Everyone knows they cannot murder, and you know you cannot steal and shouldn’t speed in the car, but what if you live in North Carolina and you like to play bingo? Watch out, because if you hold three or more bingo sessions per week, you could get arrested. Oh, and make sure those two legal sessions do not exceed five hours apiece. All over the United States, there are laws that were probably made for a good reason, but sound absolutely weird to most of us. While we might feel like they don’t need to be followed, the truth is that it is the law whether we like it or not and unless you want to face a consequence, you should probably pay attention. The following are ten of the weirdest laws in the USA.

  • If you like to roller skate or ride a bike, don’t move to Biddeford, Maine, where it is illegal for someone to roller skate or bike-ride bike on the sidewalks. The street is a much safer place for your kids to have fun, right? Of course if you want to risk it and make them skate and ride on the sidewalk, you may be looking at a whopping $10 fine.
  • Most people understand the requirements to be able to vote: you have to be a legal resident at least eighteen years or older, and a registered voter. So what if you’re a complete idiot? If you are, don’t plan on voting any time soon in New Mexico;  idiots, felons, and insane people are not allowed to go to the polls.
  • Got a pet elephant? Make sure that if you live in Norco, California, that you have a permit for that elephant. In fact, go ahead and get a pet leopard, a bear, or even a hippo; just make sure you get a permit for each of your animals. Without a permit, the authorities will ship your pet back to where it came from. If you’re considering breeding your pets and already have a permit, you don’t have to pay for any of the immature offspring!
  • If you live in Youngstown, Ohio be sure that you always have a full tank of gas in your car. It’s simply not worth the consequences you will face if you run out, as it is actually against the law to run out of gas.
  • Taking kids to the arcade just won’t be much fun in South Carolina. If you have children under the age of eighteen, it is illegal for them to play pinball machines. I’m sure they could watch you play the game, but where’s the fun in that?
  • If your favorite color is red or black, you might want to stay away from West Virginia. The state code makes it illegal for anyone to display a red or a black flag. Forget about even possessing one, as that is also unlawful.
  • Firefighting is hard work. Sometimes the firefighters get stressed and a curse word might slip out of their mouth on the job. If you are a firefighter in New Orleans, Louisiana, make sure to hold your tongue: it is illegal for a firefighter to curse while on the job in that state.
  • When riding a horse in Indianapolis, Indiana, keep the speed down. It is unlawful to ride or drive a horse faster than ten miles per hour on a city street, so no horse racing.
  • Before you head to the polls in Alabama, be 100% sure of who you want to vote for. When voting, state code only allows you 5 minutes to make your decision, and any delay in your decision could get you kicked out of the booth. Then you’re done.
  • If you plan to take your kids out on the town in Walnut, California, be sure to change them out of their dress-up clothes first:  no-one is allowed to wear any disguise, specifically a mask, on public streets. Unless, that is, you have obtained a permit from the local sheriff.

Laws are meant to protect people and to keep us safe, so while some of these may seem weird, it is important that we know what they are and that we abide by them.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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