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It's only natural to think that, when you want a dog, you go to the pound or the pet store, pick out your pup, and go home to a long and wonderful friendship. But some new pet owners are surprised to learn that they were only renting their new best friends. Or, more accurately, getting "fleased" by long term lease agreements with exorbitant interest rates.

One such woman in New York was paying $180 a month for a Chihuahua puppy she wouldn't be able to own until she shelled out over twice the dog's asking price of $1,900 and kicked in an extra $300 purchasing fee. The New York attorney general has filed a fraud suit against the pet store, and the state has passed legislation banning pet leasing. Wait, how is pet leasing even a thing?

Maybe you're a LARPer or a fan of Renaissance Fairs. Maybe you're an engineering or history student, studying the effectiveness of various siege weapons. Or maybe you've got a neighbor with high walls and a penchant for playing their music too loud.

Either way, if you're looking to launch a projectile a great distance (without the aid of explosives), you might be wondering if you can build your own catapult, trebuchet, or similar siege engine without interference from the fuzz. Here's what you need to know.

Gone are the days when marriages could only be performed by a priest in a church or an official in city hall. Now just about any Joe Schmo can perform a marriage ceremony, if they click a few buttons online. And while the new Wild West of wedding officiants can leave brides and grooms wonder whether their union is actually legal, it can also open the doors for some fun marriages and ministers.

So if you're looking to get licensed to perform a wedding ceremony, here are the three weirdest places to get ordained (sadly, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption is no longer one of them):

Can You Legally Swap Someone's Face Into Porn Without Consent?

Your face is yours forever, but so are many pics and videos online. Scary, isn't it? You don't know the half of it. In a sign of the times, questions are being raised over the legality of swapping people's faces onto pornographic videos and images. It's an uncomfortable subject that leads to uncomfortable answers from legislators and lawyers.

NYC Bar Policy: Kick Out Anyone Who Says 'Literally"

This is literally true. Apparently not ticked off enough by tip-skipping patrons, drunken brawls, slurred boasts, and the state of a public house's restroom at the end of the night, one New York City bar is literally banning patrons from using the word 'literally' under its roof. A sign, posted on the premises of the Continental in Manhattan, notifies patrons that such illicit illiterateness will require their departure. After finishing their drink, naturally.

Reddit's Legal Advice section is a treasure trove of tragedy, comedy, and legitimate legal head-scratchers. Among inquiries like "Does 'Educational Purposes' exempt you from crimes" and "There are police officers in my city who sit in a parking lot looking for people speeding ... Is this legal," was this gem: "If I lose a limb in a car accident do I still own the limb?"

We know there are rules about the treatment and disposal of corpses, but what if you lose a limb in a car accident, or need to have a body part removed in surgery? Is it yours? Can you take it home? Can you have it preserved, hire a company to clean and arrange the skeleton, and then scratch your cat's cute widdle face with it?

Pot cafes and pot bars. Spring Break pot tourism and pot churches. Even your grandmother is smoking pot, on YouTube. So perhaps it's only natural that the booming cannabiz industry and the "wedding-industrial complex" (as Bloomberg calls it) collide.

To wit, wedding vendors in marijuana-friendly states are now offering everything from pot plant bouquets to stoner-related party favors and even open cannabis bars. But before you get your best "buds" together for your nuptials, there are a couple legal ramifications to think of first.

Normally, if you show up on your attorney's doorstep with a dead body, things aren't going to turn out well. But they didn't end up too badly for Bokeelia resident John Marshall, who delivered the corpse of his neighbor, whom he had just shot and killed, to the Harris Law Firm in Fort Meyers, Florida in the back of his pickup truck.

A grand jury declined to indict Marshall, finding no evidence that he committed a crime.

One Minnesota man just learned a hard life lesson: Monopoly money, cards, and property, aren't real. After being pulled over by law enforcement due to an arrest warrant being connected to the owner of the vehicle, officers discovered that the driver also had an active arrest warrant.

However, in a joking manner, which perhaps had a glimmer of hope behind it, the man handed the officer a "Get Out of Jail Free" card from the famous Monopoly board game. Unfortunately, the card holds no authority in the real world. The man was still arrested.

While online dating as we know it has been around for nearly 15 years now, the concern of being robbed of your money, or kidneys, or just getting murdered on a first date with an internet stranger still has not faded.

On the assumption that individuals with a criminal record are more likely to be dangerous dates, a new app is promising to help online daters stay safe by weeding out members with a criminal record, or those on a sex offender registry. The app, named Gatsby as a nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, requires members to pass a criminal background check before being allowed to use the app to find a date. Furthermore, the app rescreens monthly, and will issue lifetime bans to members convicted of a crime.