Is your sex life against the law?

io9 has compiled a map of the Weirdest Sex Laws in the United States and Charlie Jane Anders suggests that you better look to make sure you’re not going to run afoul of the law when you’re feeling amorous. “We’ve painstakingly compiled a map of all the most bizarre and unnecessary laws regulating what you do, with whom, and where.”

Sex laws mapMap design by Reuben Fischer-Baum.

You’ve probably seen lists of freaky sex laws before — like “It’s illegal for one partner to reach climax before the other.” But most of them are urban legends. These, however…

Map of weird sex laws

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Paper Towns, and Other Things That Don’t Exist

Facts are hard to copyright, Adrienne Crezo writes at Mental Floss, unless they aren’t true.   Fictitious entries in encyclopedias and other compilations of facts about people, places and things that exist only on paper are used to thwart would-be info burglars.

Paper townThe town of Agloe, New York, was invented by map makers, but the practice of inserting fictional towns, roads, rivers or other geographical has been in place nearly as long as cartography itself. The weird thing that happened with Agloe, though: it became a real place. The Agloe General Store was built at its fictional location, prompting the (real) county administrator to declare Agloe an actual town.

Facts that aren’t

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Pub signs  

English pubs have long been noted for their often hilarious chalk board signs. Here are a couple of my favorites. Many others at the link.

No great story...Real life

English pub signs

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Free WiFi, but read paper books

San Francisco residents are being given free WiFi this week, but they’re also continually being told to keep their smartphones and smart devices safely stowed away.

Whether on San Francisco’s city buses or on the sidewalks, the city’s mayor and policemen have been encouraging citizens to read paper books to deter electronic theft; they are urging readers to use paper books. The campaign, named Eyes Up, Phones Down, is hoping to reduce the city’s prevalent electronic thefts to zero.

Read it on dead trees

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Bookstores are dead! Aren’t they?

Bookstores are terminally ill. Borders? Dead. Barnes & Noble? Life support. Amazon is king. E-books are the present and the future. Have tablet, will read.

Not so, Michael S. Rosenwald says in the Washington Post. Independent bookstores are not dead. In fact, in some of the country’s most urbane and educated communities, they are making a comeback.

Bookstores still viableKatherine Fay/Washington Post — Cora Preda, 6, at the Curious Iguana bookstore

No obits yet

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From Query to Book Deal in 72 Hours

Elise ParsleyIt’s a true story that reads like fiction – and it’s one that should raise the spirits of any aspiring author, Sally Lodge writes at Publishers Weekly.

Elise Parsley, a 27-year-old piano teacher in Plymouth, Minn., leapt from being an unpublished, agentless author-illustrator to one with both an agent and a book contract in three days.

Elise Parsley (photo: Than Baardson)

The quick-fire timeline went like this: Parsley sent Steven Malk at Writers House an e-mail query on Tuesday, November 19; he signed her on as a client on Wednesday, and on Thursday submitted her picture book, If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!, to multiple publishers. Connie Hsu at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers made a pre-empt offer on Friday, which Malk and Parsley accepted that evening. The book is scheduled for fall 2015 publication.

72 hour book deal

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