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Strange Driving Laws You Might Not Know

Even if you think you’re an expert driver, there are a few strange driving laws some states have on the books that almost nobody remembers. You never know – a cop might pull you over for one of these strange and unusual offenses at some point in the future! Here are some of the weirdest driving laws you’ll find in the United States.

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Demi Moore’s Tell-All Book Makes Waves Throughout Hollywood

demi moore bookAlthough star Demi Moore hasn’t necessarily made an appearance in any Hollywood blockbusters as of late, that hasn’t stopped her from becoming the subject of frequent tabloid fodder. And now, with the release of her tell-all memoir, the actress is certainly making headlines for her bombshell confessions told therein.

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11-Year-Old’s Device Could Help Prevent Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke

The roadways are one of the most dangerous places in the entire United States. In a single year in Texas alone, there was one auto crash reported every 59 seconds, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Unfortunately, in Texas and other states that frequently see high temperatures, a vehicle can be just as dangerous while parked. 

According to Kids and Cars, there have been a total of 52 vehicular heatstroke fatalities throughout 2019. Since 1998, 818 children have died from pediatric vehicular heatstroke, which occurs when a child’s body temperatures rises to 104 degrees. Sadly, this kind of tragedy can happen almost anywhere — but parents and vehicle owners in states that often see temperatures near triple-digits need to be extra careful.

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The Glenlivet’s New Whisky Capsules Have Sent Twitter Into (Another) Tide Pod Meltdown

whisky capsulesNothing on the Internet stays dead forever and — rather unfortunately — that includes memes that spur teenagers to do dangerous things, like eating laundry detergent pods.

Whether it was an intentional marketing scheme or not, a 195-year-old Scotch whisky distillery has released new whisky concoctions look suspiciously like the Tide pods that sent the Internet (and parents everywhere) into a frenzy almost two years ago. These “drinks” are limited-edition whisky capsules that come in three different flavors and, most notably, lack a traditional drinking vessel.

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Celebrate International Podcasts Day with these Top-Rated Apps

Over the last five years or so, the podcast market has exploded. Now, more than ever, people are tuning into their favorite podcasts on their daily commutes. After all, the average limo driver will typically make more than 105 trips a week; what else are you supposed to do on a drive with a stranger? Whether you’re listening on your drive into work or working out on the treadmill, there are podcasts for just about every subject.

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Austrian Couple Accidentally Receive Shipment Of $550,000 In Ecstasy Pills

We underestimate the needs for labeling things correctly. Some 9 out of 10 consumers believe there will always be a need for printed materials. This is especially true in the age of online ordering and physical shipping to physical addresses.

Speaking of addresses, a 58-year-old woman in Austria was expecting a shipment of dresses to her home. Her husband and she received the shipment, but only half-correct. The first box had her dresses, but the second box did not. They were packages of pink-purple pebbles that she thought were decorative stones, like the kind you put in planters or fish tanks.

Decorative stones they were not. Rather, the couple had received mistakenly received a shipment of 24,800 ecstasy pills. The husband, 59, was the one that gave the “decorative stones” a second look and determined they were probably drugs. The police were promptly contacted and the package was handed over.

“The originally planned cozy breakfast was quickly over and to the horror of the couple, it turned out that, though one of the packages did contain the two dresses, the second however had 24,800 Ecstasy tablets worth about 500,000 Euros. The (post) office was equally astonished, which is why the police, and subsequently the narcotics department of the City Police Command Linz, was informed,” Upper Austria police said in a statement.

In the United States, there were 662,390 police officers patrolling in 2017, searching for similar things. The Netherlands — much smaller than the United States — is known as one of the world’s biggest producers of drugs. They’ve reported that the quantity of drugs being sent via mail has tripled from 2016 to 2018. The package itself was meant to be shipped to Scotland and the investigation now involves The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA), bringing police forces across the European Union into the mix.

In the same statement, Upper Austria police reported that the NCA was able to investigate and detain the person the package was meant for. A little more difficult, but of great interest to Dutch authorities, is the origin of such a substantial shipment of illegal drugs.

At least the woman got her dresses.