Sometimes I think I do wonder whether there really is some supernatural cosmic comedian causing crazy coincidences.
On Friday, I posted an entry about stupid laws in Massachusetts, and a state legislator there who’s trying to repeal them.
On Sunday, I went to check out the New Jersey branch of Mitsuwa Marketplace. The store is in Bergen County, NJ. It seems that Bergen County has an odd law, which you can see from the sign to the right (click to enlarge). The black-and-yellow band that the sign is hanging from is one of those things that’s used to guide people through queues, and they’re being used here to block access to the aisles that contain things like coffee makers, rice cookers, electric skillets, and, as you see below the sign, electric fish roasters.
I’ll reproduce the English part of the sign here:
Bergen County’s Blue Law
prohibits the sale of
home appliances on Sundays.
What possible reason can there be for such a specific prohibition? They’re afraid that people will shop for home appliances instead of going to church? They don’t want people shopping for electric skillets on God’s Day of Rest (but skillets that go on the stove top are okey-dokey)?
Just one more reason, of many, to stay away from New Jersey....
 Well, no, I don’t. I do, on the other hand, like alliteration.