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Monday, August 14, 2017
We have lots of laws, not all of them good. But whether they intend to or not, many laws have very beneficial side effects.
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Today's Random Fact:
Town laws in the U.S. Midwest in the 1880s were passed prohibiting the sale of ice cream sodas on Sunday. In Illinois, ingenious soda fountain owners got around the law by omitting the carbonated water and serving just the scoop of ice cream and the syrup. They called this a "Sunday Soda." Later the name was shortened to "sunday" and eventually just "sundae."
The Massachusetts Law School of 1647 required that towns with 50 or more families establish schools or pay a fine of 5 British pounds. Several schools were opened as a result of this law. Although the schools were not the first supported by the public, the law forcing their creation was an important milestone in public education.