In 1924 Samuel Curtis of Philadelphia stole an automatic chewing gum machine, with 250 pieces gum inside it. The police caught him and arrested him. The judge thought of an unusual punishment. Curtis had to put one-cent pieces into the machine, then he had to eat the chewing gum until the machine was empty. When he finished, the judge gave the machine (and 250 cents) back to its owner.
In 1948 a motorist in South Africa shot a hare. He threw it into the back seat of his car. The hare wasn't dead, and woke up. It jumped on to the gun, then jumped out of the window. The gun fired and shot the motorist in the neck.
In 1906 in Geneva, a judge sent a three-year-old child to prison for 3 1/2 months. The child stole a few cheap toys from a shop.