Some of the stranger governmental goings-on I’ve dug up recently:
-It is illegal to deface milk cartons in Massachusetts. The punishment is a $10 fine.
-If you aren’t quite sure about the definition of “children’s product,” a proposed regulation would clear that up. Here’s a small sampling: “A determination of whether a product is a ‘children’s product’ will be based on consideration of the four specified statutory factors as further described in the discussion and examples provided in this interpretative rule.”
-The federal government has an Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
-The government spends $23m per year on the National Agricultural Library.
-Wondering what the prevailing consensus is surrounding trailer homes? Check out the government’s Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee.
-Stimulus money is being used to replace peoples’ mailboxes – in some cases against their will.
-Eat your vegetables: The federal government has a Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
-$110,000 in stimulus money was spent on an industrial-grade, automated pizza oven.
-It is illegal for a 9th grader to have a mustache in Binghamton, New York.