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Rules and Regulations

All weekend, I saw the blue lights of police cars. Many drivers had been pulled over for breaking some traffic rule. I guess just because the car speedometer says 120 or 160… you’re not allowed to see if it actually goes that high. I guess those are the rules!

In the 1920’s, people would go to the beach… to look at the water. The next decade, swimwear companies realized that they had to adapt to beachgoers actually getting in the water. So, they had to create suits that were practical for swimming.

As swimwear became shorter, beach police would walk along the sand to patrol the appearance of improper swimwear. These police would carry a tape measure in hand to determine if a woman was showing too much skin. These police would measure the distance between the bottom of a woman’s bathing suit and her knee. If there was too much skin, then that woman would be fined $10.

Historians tell us that soon these rules of modesty were lifted. Too many woman ignored the rules and the men on the beach didn’t mind.

(picture from 1933)



The Federal Aviation Administration enforces rules on airlines. The FAA regulates the type of coffee pots that can be used on planes. They also require ashtrays  near bathrooms, even though smoking is now banned on flights.

The reason? Because in 1973, it was determined that a plane crash as a result of a cigarette not properly being extinguished. So, even though there is no smoking, the FAA recognizes that some people will still try to break the rule. Hence, they still want to make sure that cigarettes can be properly extinguished.

Now here is a curious FAA non-regulation. The FAA allows airlines to fly planes with broken restrooms. A quick review. A plane must have a specific type of coffee maker but it can have a broken restroom. Does that make sense? Well, at least there’s some comfort that there are some exceptions.

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires airlines to provide fliers access to working restrooms during excessive ground delays. In addition, Federal law under  the Americans with Disabilities Act requires working restrooms for passengers with disabilities on certain specific planes. An example is the twin-aisle aircrafts that are delivered to  U.S. airlines since 1992 or to a foreign airlines since 2010.

Rules and regulations sometimes just seem to apply because someone decided that there needed to be a rule.

And for a Monday after a long weekend, here’s that famous dog, Denver! Just seems like a good face of a candidate who doesn’t know an answer.



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