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A New Hampshire woman recently learned the hard way that state police don't consider rescuing baby ducklings worthy of the "emergency" status required for stopping on the state's highway medians.

Hallie Bibeau, 33, of Newfields, was driving on New Hampshire's Route 101 when she saw a mother duck and a group of ducklings trying to cross the road. Bibeau slammed on her brakes and pulled to the side, but the mother and several of the ducklings were hit by another car, reports Manchester's WMUR-TV.

When Bibeau noticed that several of the ducklings were still alive, she got out of her car to try to do the right thing ... or at least, so she thought.

In celebration of National Nude Day today -- not to mention Nude Recreation Week -- Legally Weird is letting it all hang out.

We're going to show you the family crown jewels in our naked and nude archive, and show that while nudity may not be shameful, it can leave you legally exposed.

Check out our Top 10 real-life legal notes for nudists before you strip down:

New York City is cracking down on dancers in its subway trains after seeing a 600-percent increase in "acrobatics"-based arrests in the last year.

New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton sees these subway performers as part of a pernicious "low-grade lawlessness" that can create the perfect environment for more dangerous criminals. The Associated Press reports that while Bratton doesn't believe it is a significant crime, he feels subway dancers and acrobats are adding to a greater sense of disorder in the city's mass transit.

So what can happen to a subway dancer in NYC?

A Michigan man drove 1,900 miles with his girlfriend's corpse in the passenger seat, and he neglected to report to anyone that she had died.

Ray Tomlinson, 62, and his mother, 93, had picked up Tomlinson's 31-year-old girlfriend from a mental health facility in Arizona and began the long drive home to Detroit. Only one problem: His girlfriend died at some point during the trip.

Detroit's WDIV-TV reports that Tomlinson kept on driving, planning to drop off the dead body at the county morgue once they returned to Michigan.

A bidding war is on for a 27-year-old medical student's virginity, with the top bid Tuesday listed at $300,000. Is this even legal?

Going by the pseudonym "Elizabeth Raine," the med student opened the auction on March 31 and plans to close it by May 7. "Raine" told The Huffington Post that she fears "getting kicked out of medical school" if officials discover her "Med School Virgin" identity.

Can "Raine" legally auction off her virginity? And can her med school give her the boot?

World Trade Center BASE Jumpers Face Burglary Charges

A World Trade Center BASE jump has landed four men in legal trouble. Three skydiving enthusiasts and their alleged accomplice have been arrested on burglary and reckless endangerment charges for a daring parachute jump in September.

Marko Markovich, 27; Andrew Rossig, 33; and James Brady, 32, are professional BASE jumpers -- standing for "building, antenna, span, earth" -- who set their sights on the rebuilt World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States, The Associated Press reports. Alleged accomplice Kyle Hartwell, 29, stood watch from the ground.

But how is BASE jumping from atop 1 World Trade Center -- informally known as the Freedom Tower -- considered burglary?

Looking to spend your Spring Break with your good friend Mary Jane? Well, we don't mean to harsh your mellow, but there might be some pesky pot laws you need to keep in mind -- even in the two states where it's now legal (under state law, anyway).

Pot tourists, don't leave for your green Spring Break without reading these five legal tips:

Bear-Feeding Woman, 81, Arrested for Feeding Birds

An elderly Florida woman has moved on from feeding bears to feeding birds, in violation of probation.

81-year-old Mary Musselman was on probation for feeding bears. Now she's being held without bail for violating her probation by feeding crows, Tampa's WTVT-TV reports.

If you're an animal lover, you might think this is mean. But when you learn why she was arrested, you might feel otherwise.

Unreturned VHS Rental Gets Woman Arrested 9 Years Later

A South Carolina woman has been arrested for never returning a VHS rental. If you're wondering who in the world still watches VHS tapes, rest assured, the rental was from 2005 -- the year of "Hollaback Girl," "Capote," the death of Pope John Paul II, and Hurricane Katrina.

Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, of Pickens County, is facing a misdemeanor charge of "failure to return a rented video cassette," CNN reports.

The real crime: It was a Jennifer Lopez movie.

An Indiana man arrested for being "drunk and annoying" scored a victory on Thursday when a state appellate court overturned his public intoxication conviction.

The Indiana Court of Appeals found that Rodregus Morgan was arrested under a state law that was unconstitutionally vague about just how "annoying" a drunk person could be, Indianapolis' WRTV reported.

What about Indiana's public intoxication law was so annoying to the appellate court?