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Posted Mar 27, 2014 2:00 PM CDT
By Lee Rawles

Laws, much like warning labels, usually exist because someone, somewhere, tried to do something inadvisable. Lawmakers are also tasked with thinking up the weird things people might try to do; which is probably how the board of commissioners in Skamania County, Wash., ended up composing Ordinance No. 69-01, making it a felony to shoot and kill a sasquatch.

Author and attorney Kevin Underhill is fascinated by such laws, and in his new book The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance: And Other Real Laws that Human Beings Have Actually Dreamed Up, Enacted and Sometimes Even Enforced, he has compiled more than 200 examples of some truly peculiar laws going back more than 4,000 years. He discusses some of his findings, and how he came to write this book, with ABA Journal podcast editor Lee Rawles.

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