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Saturday, September 18, 2004
Sometimes you read the paper, and you see an article that stuns you beyond belief. That's a law? Are you serious? JS Online has an interesting story this morning:
Hold on... because it gets better. Not only is it a law to not serve butter in a restaurant in Wisconsin, it is still enforced:
One may ask why such a law exists. Apparently it dates back to the 1960's when margarine first came out. Wisconsin actually passed a law banning colored margarine. Back then in Wisconsin, you had to buy white margarine with a dye packet, and mix in the dye yourself. People used to actually drive to Illinois in order to buy pre-colored margarine, then drive back with it and split it among family and friends. Amazingly, they would actually have random checks coming over the border checking for illegal margarine. Of course, that law has since been repealed, but the restaurant butter law still is on the books.
Picture this if you will... housewives driving down across the border with margarine in the back seat, covered with blankets in an attempt to fool the police. Watch out Mildred - there's a cop behind us - floor it!
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