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    What is it illegal to call a pig in France?

    The Ask Jeeves (search engine) question of the day was

    What is it illegal to call a pig in France?
    Apparently Napolean. It was never removed the statute book.

    I wonder if that caused a problem with the French translation of Animal Farm.
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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    There was a problem with AF - not from a legal view, however - and you can't call your pig Francois Hollande right now, but Jeeves is wrong.

    Snopes is your friend: http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=44435
    Go to work, get married, have some kids, pay your taxes, pay your bills, watch your tv, follow fashion, act normal, obey the law and repeat after me: "I am free."

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    Boo!!
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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    Today's Ask Jeeves question is why were mince pies banned in England in 1644. Apparently, Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas. Banned Christmas, I can't believe it! Wait a minute, perhaps that's not such a bad idea...
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev67 View Post
    Today's Ask Jeeves question is why were mince pies banned in England in 1644. Apparently, Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas. Banned Christmas, I can't believe it! Wait a minute, perhaps that's not such a bad idea...
    Scotland, you mean.

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