By Rob Grant
This can be the 3rd experience of the not likely house heroes of the cult television hit "Red Dwarf" - Lister, Rimmer, Kryten, Holly and the Cat - as they proceed their epic trip via frontal-lobe-knotting realities. We sign up for them simply as Dave Lister has eventually discovered his as far back as planet Earth - that is stable. What's undesirable, although, is that point isn't operating in really the appropriate course. And if he doesn't get off the planet quickly, he's going to need to struggle through puberty back - backwards. If his crewmates can't aid him, Lister will stick with it starting to be more youthful until eventually he turns into a child, then an embryo, assembly a truly sticky finish certainly.
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No children on the fenders. ” One shall not impersonate a corder of wood. Keep your exploding cigars out of South Carolina. It’s illegal to act obnoxiously on campus. You can’t say no to a posse. There is no fornication in South Carolina. Also no pinball or billiards. And no unlicensed horse-trading nomads. Coon-on-a-log is fine, but no hog-dogging. In South Dakota, you may use explosives to defend your crop of sunflowers. The Tennessee constitution bars any minister, priest, atheist, or “duelist” from public office.
So it all evens out. We then move on to the laws of the Hittites, who were quite strange, and those of the ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as a few examples from medieval times. Note that all the ancient laws discussed here are of course translations from languages other than English. Translations can vary a lot, and when there was a choice I picked the translation I thought was funnier. That’s because this book is for entertainment purposes. If you are looking for something with greater intellectual heft, you might want to put this book down, adjust your monocle, and head over to a more highbrow section of the bookstore, Professor Brainiac.
If any one buy from the son or slave of another man, without witnesses or a contract, … he is considered a thief and shall be put to death. , commit a burglary], he shall be put to death before that hole and be buried. If fire break out in a house, and some one who comes to put it out [steals property], he shall be thrown into that … fire. You get the idea. Code of Hammurabi, §§ 1, 7, 15, 21, 25 (ca. ” Babylonian judges were fired after their first mistake. Possibly because its penalties could be so harsh (that’s the first of the many speculations I’ll be offering in this book), the Code of Hammurabi provided that a judge who made a mistake—apparently just one—was fined and permanently removed from the bench: If a judge try a case, reach a decision, and present his judgment in writing; if later error shall appear in his decision, and it be through his own fault, then he shall pay twelve times the fine set by him in the case, and he shall be publicly removed from the judge’s bench, and never again shall he sit there to render judgment.