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It is illegal to kill a Sasquatch.

Disclaimer: This is a rare case in which a “dumb law” submitted to our site is actually based on fact and not pulled out of thin air. 99.99% of the time we ignore these, so please don’t send any more of them unless you can prove that they are true.

Despite the fact that the existence of bigfoot has never been proven, there are actual laws against killing it. Specifically, Skamania County in Washington state has had an ordinance against killing Sasquatch since 1969, and Whatcom County, also in Washington state, passed a resolution against killing Sasquatch in 1992. Why do this? Well, in addition to the fact that Sasquatch, if it really exists, would be an endangered species, there are also public safety considerations. People can easily be confused for the legendary creature from a distance, so letting bigfoot-hunters run around your neighborhood would probably be a bad idea.

Here’s a list of Skamania County ordinances, which includes the “Sasquatch Protection” ordinance.

And here’s a resolution declaring Whatcom County a “Sasquatch Refuge and Protection Area”.

Thanks to Courthouse Libraries for clearing this up.

Michael J Fox's middle name is actually Andrew.

Michael’s first American role came in the 1979 made-for-TV movie Letters From Frank. For this film, he was credited using his given name: “Michael Fox.” Fox had planned on continuing to use this name until it came time for him to register with the Screen Actors Guild. The Guild does not allow for identical names to be entered more than once (to reduce confusion), and Fox found that a “Michael Fox” had already been registered. For this reason, he had to think of a new name for himself. He briefly considered going by his middle name but did not like the sound of “Andrew Fox” or “Andy Fox.” Therefore, he simply chose a new middle initial - “J” - an homage to actor Michael J. Pollard...this guy.

After the tsunami, a dog was stranded without food for 3 weeks before being rescued and reunited with its owner.

The dog, “Ban”, was found by the Japanese Coast Guard 1.2 miles offshore, standing on the roof of her house. She had been living in the debris that had been swept away by the Japanese tsunami. The coast guard eventually rescued her from her predicament a few hours after finding her. Their rescue attempts were captured on video, and Ban’s owner saw it all on television. At long last, the two have been reunited.

Check this USA Today article for more about Ban's amazing story.

Some awesome lists!

Rapunzel from the movie Tangled is Disney’s first white 'princess' in nearly 20 years.

Rapunzel from the movie Tangled is Disney’s first white 'princess' in nearly 20 years.

The diversity shown by the company in recent years is undeniable. If you go off the list of “official” Disney princesses, there are no white characters from 1991 to 2010, which means that there is now a more ‘equalized’ representation, with a 50/50 split between white and non-white “royalty.” Granted, this is not to say there have not been any strong and white female protagonists during this 19-year period - Megara from Hercules and Jane from Tarzan are two examples that quickly come to mind. Giselle from Enchanted also would have made the “official” cut if Disney would not have had to pay Amy Adams for the rights to her likeness.

1991: Belle - Beauty and the Beast (white)
1992: Jasmine - Aladdin (Middle Eastern)
1995: Pocahontas - Pocahontas (Native American)
1998: Mulan - Mulan (Chinese)
2009: Tiana - The Princess and the Frog (African-American)
2010: Rapunzel - Tangled (white)

J.K. Rowling was the first person to become a billionaire by writing books.

She's also one of only 14 self-made female billionaires - in contrast, there are 665 males who’ve earned a billion on their own (fortunately the list of females has more than doubled within the past six years). The Harry Potter author is currently worth an estimated $1.1 billion, and get this - she is strongly considering releasing digital versions of the book series, a move which could net her an additional $100 million!
(Sources: 1, 2)


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