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Wednesday, 27 July 2011


The Seventh Commandment “you shall not commit adultery” was God’s way of preventing epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases. People with a series of sexual partners ran a high risk of catching such diseases, which they were likely to pass on to later sexual partners, including their spouses.

According to ancient Hindu law, the penalty for adultery was the removal of a person’s nose.

At the time of King Canute in the 11th century, the penalty in Britain for an adulteress was to have her nose and ears cut off.

One thousand Bibles printed in 1631 left the "not" out of "Thou shall not commit adultery"—most were burned, but a handful still exist.

In France, it was legal for a husband to murder his wife if he caught her in the act of adultery up until 1975.

Up until 2015, it was illegal to cheat on your spouse in South Korea and the crime was punishable with up to two years in prison.

One in eight women and one in seven men will have an affair within the first two years of marriage.

In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. (The husband’s lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired.)

Cheating your spouse is a crime in New York, carrying a possible sentence of up to 6 months in jail.

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