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  1. In 1724 Margaret Dickson was hanged but later found still alive. She then was allowed to go free because under Scots Law her punishment had been carried out. Only later were the words "until dead" added to the sentence of hanging

  2. After a Black female postmaster was wrongly pressured out of her post in Mississippi in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt continued to pay her federal salary and punished the town by rerouting their mail to Greenville, 30 miles away

  3. It is illegal under German law to deny the holocaust, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

  4. A Flood Destroyed The Home Of Hate Group Leader Who Claimed "God Sends Natural Disasters To Punish Gays"

  5. Two inmates sued the state of Alabama, claiming the cramped space in their cell was a cruel and unusual punishment. The state argued that students at Auburn University actually paid to live in even smaller living space in the Magnolia Dorm. The inmates lost the case.

  6. Research shows that children as young as 4 dislike and are willing to punish those who freeload off the work of other group members. They also make a distinction between those who freeload intentionally and those who have good reasons to be unable to contribute.

  7. A Scottish woman named Maggie dickson, was sentenced to execution by hanging on 2nd sept. 1724, she survived the hanging and climbed out of her coffin as it was being transported. The courts ruled she was a free woman as the punishment had been carried out. Known after as 'half-hangit maggie'.

  8. The Code of Hammurabi, while notorious for its eye for an eye punishments and the removal of body parts of the guilty party, was also one of the earliest pieces of written law to have it a requirement for an innocent person to be assumed innocent until proven guilty

  9. North Koreans can be sentenced to "Three Generations of Punishment", meaning you and three generations of your family would be imprisoned

  10. Margaret Dickson was hanged in 1724. She was later found still alive. Under Scots Law, since her punishment had been carried out, she could not be executed for a second time for the same crime. Only later were the words "until dead" added to the sentence of hanging.

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Child beauty pageants are illegal in France to prevent the hyper-sexualization of young children. Punishment can be up to two years in prison.

In some countries, including China, Russia, Mexico and Germany, there is no punishment for escaping from prison because their law considers it human nature to want to escape. No extra time is added to an escapee's sentence provided they did not break any other laws in order to escape.

In Thailand, it was considered a capital offense punishable by death if someone touched the queen. in 1880, The queen drowned when her royal boat capsized on the way to the Palace. The many witnesses to the accident did not dare to touch the queen while she was drowning.

Americans in Germany frequently get into trouble because they mow their lawns on sundays and holidays, which is a punishable offense in Germany. German law forbids making excessive noise on sundays and holidays, aswell as from 10PM to 7AM on weekdays.

In Germany, and some other countries, there's no punishment for escaping prison. Their law consider it's a basic human instinct to want to escape, so no extra time is added to the initial sentence if no other laws are broken in order to escape.

It's illegal in Italy, punishable with a fine, to tell a man he has "no balls"

It is illegal under German law to deny the holocaust and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Draconian laws are named after the 1st Greek legislator, Draco, who meted out severe punishment for very minor offenses. These included enforced slavery for any debtor whose status was lower than that of his creditor and the death sentence for stealing a cabbage.

The Han Dynasty was founded by a sheriff who was transporting convicts when several escaped. Knowing the punishment for this was death, he freed the rest and organized many into a rebel band, eventually going on to help overthrow the ruling Qin Dynasty and install himself as Emperor.

Treadmills were originally a punishment used to harness human power on a giant wheel used to grind grains; hence the name "treadmill."

Chimpanzees understand vengeance. Two zookeepers played contrasting roles: one regularly fed the chimpanzees and the other took their food away. When a third person pretended to beat each zookeeper, many chimpanzees made an effort to watch the "disliked" zookeeper being punished. - fact check

Historically an 'outlaw' was someone who was no longer protected by the law as punishment for a crime, allowing members of the public to legally persecute them at will

Vedius Pollio, famous for feeding his slaves to eels. When Emperor Augustus witnessed an attempt, over a slave breaking glass, he had the slave freed and all of Pollio's glasses broken as punishment. He would go on to demolish Pollio's house for the incident.

Death sentence with reprieve, a punishment in which the criminal is given a two year suspended sentence before execution. By abstaining from additional crimes during the two years, the criminal can reduce the sentence to life imprisonment, or, by committing good deeds, a fixed-term sentence.

When Socrates was asked to propose his own punishment, he suggested a wage paid by the government and free dinners for the rest of his life."

During WW2 when General Patton got in trouble for slapping a shell shocked soldier, his punishment was to command an inflatable army of decoy tanks in England to divert Germany's attention from a potential attack at Normandy. This proved to be essential to the success of the D-Day invasions.

In 1976 a Japanese ultranationalist porn actor died after flying a plane into the house of a yakuza don to punish him for accepting millions of dollars in bribes from Lockheed & betraying the samurai code

A network of men and women working in the legal system have created something called "The Innocence Project" which to date has exonerated 364 innocent people serving sentences for violent crimes with punishments ranging from death to life without parole.

Non-violent attempts to escape Mexican prisons are not punished as 'it's human nature to want freedom'

To punish tree thieves who cut down trees illegally, some cities spray trees with fox urine around Christmas time. It freezes on them and is odorless outdoors, but would stink up your whole house if brought indoors; the smell is "eye-watering."

Doing the Nazi salute in Germany is punishable by up to six months in prison. - fact check

When Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) was arrested in 1983 for possession of marijuana, his punishment was to write, produce and finance his own anti-drug PSA.

The punishment for adultery in Classical Athens was Rhaphanidosis, the act of inserting a radish into the anus of the wife's lover.

Roman Emperor Augustus witnessed a man attempt to feed a slave to lamprey eels as a punishment for breaking a cup. Augustus freed the slave and had the rest of the man's cups broken.

Treadmills used to be used as punishment for prisoners in the 1800's. The treadmills powered grain mills (hence the name treadmill) and pump water.