A UK e-petition: Public Hanging for those who propose public hanging: "The proposed punishments for some crimes are so horrific that the proper punishment for proposing this punishment is the death penalty..." If you ask me, hanging's too good for 'em. (Thanks, Alex)

9 Responses to “Recursive UK petition”

  1. sockdoll says:

    Those responsible for hanging the people who have just been hanged have been hanged.

  2. hymenopterid says:

    This has got to be the most brilliant ploy to legalize state assisted suicide I’ve seen this week. 

  3. MrEricSir says:

    It’s not actually a recursive function though. Here’s some pseudo-code.
    // propose_hanging: true if person believes in hanging
    // Returns true if the person should be hanged.
    bool should_be_hanged(bool propose_hanging) {
       return propose_hanging;
    }There are only two possible inputs: proposing hanging or not proposing hanging.  The stop condition is immediate in either case.

  4. Owen Thomas says:

    You could propose ‘Murder is punishable by public hanging. Public hanging is murder’. That way you would hang everyone in the country….

  5. Alan Olsen says:

    Reminds me of my favorite quote from the original Bedazzled:

    “You realize that suicide’s a criminal offense. In less enlightened times they’d have hung you for it” – George Spiggott

  6. An Infinitude of Tortoises says:

    Hear, hear!  We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.

  7. phuzz says:

     Ah, that’s the sound of my faith in the british people gradually being restored :)

  8. Anyone who criticizes this petition should be criticized.

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