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Legal Eagles

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Legal Eagles

Texans aren't the only ones who revere the gridiron. In Massachusetts, damaging a football goalpost carries a fine of up to $200--plus $20 if you frighten pigeons while you're at it. Or so says, the brainchild of two Columbus (Ga.) teenagers who post nutty laws from all over the world.

Jeff Koon and Andy Powell, both 16, aren't the legal version of Doogie Howser. Instead, the dumb laws are sent in by readers. In a good month, the kids say they draw 150,000 visitors and make as much as $7,000 from ad sales and T-shirts. "It was for fun at first, then we had to pay for hosting costs, so we stuck up a few banners to pay for that," says Koon.

Good fun, yes, but the duo doesn't check the laws that readers list online. The Royal Thai Embassy, for example, shoots down Koon and Powell's scoop that it's illegal to go out in public in Bangkok sans panties. At their age, kids usually work to pay for college. Might we suggest law school?By Faith Keenan

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