A.P. Herbert, Uncommon Law
(1935; rpt. New York: International Polygonics, 1991), Rex v. Bloggs
It may well be that our education authorities exaggerate the value of reading, writing, and arithmetic as aids to citizenship. In these days a person unable to read would be spared the experience of much that is vulgar, depressing, or injurious; a person unable to write will commit neither forgery nor free verse; and a person not well grounded in arithmetic will not engage in betting, speculation, the defalcation of accounts, or avaricious dreams of material wealth.
Herbert's fictitious cases of uncommon law originally appeared in Punch