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.”
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…
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
From Query to Book Deal in 72 Hours
Elise Parsley, a 27-year-old piano teacher in Plymouth, Minn., leapt from being an unpublished, agentless author-illustrator to one with both an agent and a book contract in three days.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.
Quote of the Day
“Don’t look for society to give you permission to be yourself.” ~ Steve Maraboli