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When The City Fathers Vowed to "Clean Up the Town," Is This What They Meant?

Watch out for gangs of rug beaters on the streets of San Francisco between midnight and 8 a.m, the only hours one is permitted to beat a rug on the sidewalk in that city. You're safer in Port Jervis, New York, where the law prohibits "the spreading of a carpet or rug on any city street," at any time.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, doesn't legislate what you can do with your rug outdoors, but indoors, it's a crime to sweep dirt under it.

California requires "housewives" to boil their dust rags or risk jail time.
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