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"Vape" has been named the Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2014.

Following in the hallowed footsteps of last year's winner, "selfie," "vape" beat out some fierce competition from other up-and-coming slang terms such as "normcore," "slacktivism," and "budtender" to take this year's title reports CNET. "Vape" acts as both a verb and a noun, describing the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or vaporizer as well as the vaporizing device itself.

The addition of "vape" into the popular zeitgeist is due in no small part to the legal issues surrounding the burgeoning e-cigarette industry.

A "divorce hotel" is slated to open in upstate New York, but its future customers should check up on the law before they check in.

The Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, is set to be the American launching point for a Dutch-based "Divorce Hotel," one that has already been a "huge success" in the Netherlands, reports ABC's "Good Morning America." Divorce Hotel guests will be treated to two separate rooms, a divorce mediator, and presumably a legal divorce upon check-out.

But what should Divorce Hotel hopefuls know about the legal complications of a future trip?

Smart Car owners beware, there's a terrible new trend hitting the streets: Smart Car tipping.

Move over rural cow tippers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that at least four Smart Cars were tipped over in San Francisco as of Monday. Were no-good kids to blame?

And what can our legal system do to prevent future Smart Car tippings?

5 Animals You Can't Keep as Pets (With Some Exceptions)

We all dream about keeping the coolest animals as pets. I mean, how awesome would it be to come home to a Quokka to share a good laugh?

Some people go for it. They live out their wild animal dreams and befriend the exotic animal kingdom. Sadly, the fantasy rarely plays out according to plan and unlikely friends quickly turn into unlikely criminals.

Here are five pets that are (unfortunately) illegal to own in most states, with some exceptions:

Don't Let Nat'l Hugging Day Land You in Legal Trouble

It's National Hugging Day! The day all you Bear Huggers and Snuggle Huggers have been waiting for.

But before you move in for that warm embrace, make sure to first squeeze out any potential legal issues. After all, you don't want to end up as the resident Creepy Hugger.

Here are three ways you can hug your way into legal liability if you aren't careful:

Selfie: 'Word of the Year' Can Spell Legal Trouble

The Oxford Dictionary Online -- not to be confused with the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary -- proclaimed "selfie" as the word of the year.

Per The New Yorker, a "selfie" is an informal noun (plural: selfies) defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."

From the Mars Rover to the "Bling Ring" cinematic trope, selfies have taken our lexicon by storm.

But when the following three selfie legal issues happen to you, no filter can paint you in a flattering light:

Texting Driver Crashes Into Manure Truck in Wis.

What stinks even more than a texting driver? One who crashes into a manure truck.

Authorities in Wisconsin say that 37-year-old Matthew Bruhn was texting from behind the wheel of a rented Ford Mustang convertible. Proving that texting while driving can get you into deep doo-doo, he then crashed into a truck that was hauling a trailer filled with liquid manure.

The truck driver was luckily not injured, but Bruhn himself had to be treated for a broken finger, UPI reports.

'Iron Man' Jet Packs for Tourists Trigger Legal Concerns

"Iron Man" jet packs are making a big splash in Hawaii -- literally and figuratively. But they're also raising some potential legal concerns.

How do they work? Basically, you strap on a jet pack that propels you through the air via pumped water. It's fun, potentially dangerous, and possibly harmful to the environment. But who cares if you look like a dolphin on steroids, right?

Well, Hawaiian officials don't agree. Here's the low-down on the jet packs and why they may soon come under heavy regulation:

We're all aware of the allure of the "selfie," that ubiquitous form of narcissism comprised mostly of teenagers posing for self-portraits using their smartphone cameras and bathroom mirrors.

But even though this kind of digital self-expression can cost self-photographers their current (and future) employment, it seems many of our upright police officers are not missing out on the selfie craze.

Just head to a popular Tumblr account called "CopSelfies" to see for yourself.

The party's over for Florida kids hoping to hop into a pool with alligators. The state says so-called "gator parties" are unsafe, for both children and adults, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Who came up with this wild idea? The owners of Alligator Attraction in Madeira Beach, Fla., offered the reptiles for rent at local pool parties. Small gators, less than 4 feet long with names like Cupcake and Burger, swam alongside children in backyard pools at a cost of $175.

The gators had their mouths taped shut as a safety precaution. But that wasn't good enough for state inspectors.