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Oct 26 2011

Five Illegal Things We All Did When We Were Younger

Published by at 7:20 am under Editorial

When you’re a child or even a teen you learn hundreds if not thousands of little rules of “life.”  Some of these rule are the kind that are set in stone, as in real life laws.  And some rules are simply etiquette rules.  For example we know not to have both hands on the table when we eat.  On the other hand we also know we’re not supposed to steal.

It’s the “legal” laws that I’d like to point out in this article.   It’s funny because as a child or teen you don’t really take these laws seriously.  For one reason or another we’ve all committed crimes in our youth.

Here are five I’m willing to bet that most of us have….


If you took a piece of candy, a piece of fruit, hell forgot something in your pocket then you’ve shoplifted before.  I know that when I was a little kid I used to take pieces of candy all the time.   It’s almost an instinct.   You’re told not to steal.  You know not to steal.  But that little rush inside of you makes it happen anyway.   Now stealing cars and other stuff, that’s another story.

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  • Arthur Dent

    “we know not to have both hands on the table when we eat”

    I had never heard of such an absurd etiquette rule. In fact, I was taught that in a formal dining situation, you should always keep both hands visible on the table. Putting your hand in your crotch is not appetizing for others.

    I looked it up, and it turns out that keeping one hand under the table is a uniquely American rule of etiquette. In most other countries (including all of Europe, Canada, etc.), the opposite is true.

    Many of the “rules” of etiquette are not inherently impolite, and really are completely arbitrary. For example, in some places, you must break bread with your fingers. Using a knife to cut a dinner roll is a sin. In other places, you are expected to use a knife, and tearing into bread with your fingers is a sign of savagery.

    But does it really matter? I really have no patience for arbitrary forms of etiquette. For me, true mealtime etiquette involves not behaving in a way that would interfere with someone else’s enjoyment of their meal.

    Maybe it is because I am an engineer, and we are very practically-minded people. We don’t have time for pomp and circumstance; we’re too busy making sure the world actually works.

    • Natty

      All I know is that I love that detail

  • Anon-y-mouse

    Just FYI, Mr. Author, you should keep in mind that assault is very different from battery.

    Everyone on the planet is guilty of assault. Even looking at someone with a pissed off expression can be construed as assault.

  • James

    But 3 out of these 5 aren’t illegal. It’s not illegal to try and get someone to buy you alcohol, just illegal to buy it for a minor. Lighting fires is not illegal and trespass is not a crime but a civil wrong which is why police can’t arrest squatters. Also assault is intentionally causing someone to fear imminent harm. Battery is unlawful contact which may or may not have a violent element.



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