LawsThe laws of Gravity Falls are various, odd statutes exclusive to the town of Gravity Falls, Oregon.
Since Gravity Falls "was founded by a mayor [Quentin Trembley] who was legally insane," it has many arcane charter laws which are just as insane. Trembley wrote the town charter after suffering a concussion and falling into a ditch, discovering Gravity Falls. Despite over 150 years having gone by since Gravity Falls was initially founded, and at least three other mayors having been in office, many of the odd laws remain unchanged. Moreover, various new odd laws have been implemented since then.
Gravity Falls' unconventional laws include the following:
- The right to marry a woodpecker.
- Gravity Falls is the first and only city to officially outlaw "Moon People."
- Apparently, driving without a license plate is a criminal offense.
- In "Boyz Crazy," after being pulled over for not having a rear license plate, Ergman Bratsman is sent to jail to await trial.
- Anyone in possession of the physical, legal document to a property gains ownership of that property. This law, called the "Finders Keepers" law was implemented by Trembley "as an experiment to create a new form of government called 'GimmieOcracy'."
- Children (from at least 10 years old) are criminally liable. They can be detained in jail and, if convicted, they are sent to adult prison instead of juvy.
- In "The Legend of the Gobblewonker," Mabel's phrase after the flashback about the Pines making fake money -"the county jail was so cold"- strongly implies that she was detained there.
- In "Scary-oke" Soos is seen reading a newspaper which features an article about Gideon, who was previously arrested, having been sent to "the big house." In "TV Shorts 1," Gideon has his own segment entitled "Li'l Gideon's Big House!" All of his fellow prisoners are adult males.
- Gravity Falls' mayoral elections are based on two events: the Wednesday Stump Speech, held on an actual stump, and the Friday Debate wherein townsfolk throw birdseed at the candidate they like most. At the end, they release a freedom eagle, who will fly to the candidate covered in the most seed and bestow a birdly kiss upon him, anointing him mayor. The Town Charter defines a worthy candidate as "anyone who can cast a shadow, count to ten and throw their hat into the provided ring." The office appears to be for life.
- As of 1922, beavers have the right to vote.
- Town residents and visitors are forbidden from speaking of Weirdmageddon, and face tasering by lawenforcement should they do so (The "Never Mind All That" Act).
- In 1920, a "Maple Syrup Prohibition" was enacted, leading townsfolk to gather in Pancake Speakeasies. Apparently this prohibition is no longer in force, since the use of maple syrup is now extended.
Helping your child with their homework can be a stressful experience - particularly when you're unsure of the correct answers yourself.
But few might expect to find themselves confused over a task set for a four-year-old.
Mother Annie Jordan, from Plymouth, revealed how she had been left completely stumped over one question set for her four-year-old daughter - and many others were just as baffled when it was shared online.
The homework sheet features a series of pictures, with pupils required to write what they are in the boxes next to them. However, the last question on the sheet left many children - and their parents - completely baffled
The question was shared on Facebook by Annie Jordan, from Plymouth, asking for help with the correct answer
Annie shared the homework on Facebook, writing: 'Right please someone tell me what the last one is, because I literally don’t have a clue!'
The sheet features a series of pictures, with pupils required to write what they are in the boxes next to them.
The first five answers, which were all three-letter words such as 'pan' and 'tap', had already been filled in by Annie's daughter.
Many thought the correct answer was ice, while another suggestion was the word 'net'
However, others pointed out that the answer could not be ice as it was not a CVC word, which consists of a consonant, vowel, consonant
Other guesses included 'wet' or even 'hall', with some ruling out 'rink' as being too different from the other 'simple' CVC words
However, the last question - which features a picture of what looks like an ice rink - proved to be a stumbling block.
Some Facebook users suggested that the correct answer was 'ice'.
However, others pointed out that this could not be right because the top of the sheet states they are all CVC words, which consist of a consonant, vowel, consonant.
Annie later confirmed that the correct answer was indeed 'rink', after asking the teacher
Another Facebook user explained that in phonics rink would still count as a CVC word
Other suggestions for the final picture included 'net', 'wet' and 'rink', although some suggested that the latter did not fit into the CVC pattern.
Annie later confirmed that the teacher had told her the correct answer is indeed 'rink'.
Explaining the answer, another Facebook user posted: 'In phonics this would count as a CvC as three sounds r i nk'.
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