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Only in America: Regulating the rain

An Oregon city jails a man for collecting rainwater in ponds on his property — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

An Oregon man has been jailed for 30 days for collecting water in three ponds on his property. Gary Harrington argued that, while a 1925 law gives the city of Medford the right to all local "core sources of water," that surely didn't include the rain falling on his ranch. But a court disagreed. "I'm sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country," Harrington said as he entered jail.