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It’s the Law!

Yisrael Rutman

Some people think law is a boring subject. Studying law is like memorizing license plates, they say. But some of the laws in the United States and around the world can be quite interesting, and sometimes funny too.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In ancient China, only the emperor, his close family, and the most important officials wore silk. And for more than 2,000 years, only the Chinese knew the secret of silk making. The emperors ofChina passed laws that said anyone caught sharing the secrets of sericulture (the technical term for silk making) would be killed. Over the years, however, ordinary Chinese people began wearing clothing of silk too, and silk came into more general use. And gradually the secret of making silk got out ofChina, to the Mideast andEurope. But even todayChina is the world’s leading producer of silk. Japan is second.

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