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Ridiculous Laws From Around The World

Updated on October 27, 2011

Laws are commonplace around the world, in every country, in every city, and within every company, some are written, and some even aren't. Fun fact: In England the law of murder is common-law, which means it is a law but not officially written down anywhere.
Laws such as murder make perfect sense, but occasionally some slip through the net, and then everyone wonders where these laws came from...

...such as:

Illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day

Let's start with England. Whenever it comes to Christmas time, people do 3 things. Put the decorations up (Including the Angel shitting out a large tree wrapped in tinsel), buy presents for one other, and eat mince pies. Hell it's like those things are LAW, right? It wouldn't be Christmas without them, and you wouldn't want to ruin Christmas, would you?

Well, apparently the British government gave it a go when they banned people from eating Mince Pies on Christmas day. Now, let it be known this is a very, very old law dating back hundreds of years after Oliver Cromwell decided to ban them due to their association with the sin of Gluttony, but it has never been rescinded.
So, how many of you have broken this law? I'm guessing a fair few!

(Just to make things even worse, Queen Elizabeth I made it an offence to eat any bird other than a Goose on Christmas day, so no more Turkey's for us plucky Brits...Pardon the pun.)

New York punishes jumpers, with death.

So, let's go over the Ocean, to America. New York, to be precise. And let's just say, for arguments sake, that you have given up the will to live. So, you decide that it's time to end it all. You go up to the very top of a tall, tall building, lean over the edge, and jump. It's all over. But in a strange twist, New York has a law crazier than most. You see, it is illegal to jump off of buildings (Suicide being illegal isn't new), but what is strange is the punishment. Their punishment, is death.
Now, this might not be a problem if you've just leapt from the Empire State Building, but if you've just jumped off the roof of an outhouse, or a shed, it does seem a little extreme, and if a case such as this comes into light, the likely hood will be that it'll be instantly thrown out of court...Although you never know...

Florida caps toxic gas leak

So, you're in Florida, walking down the street one Thursday night when all of a sudden your lunch repeats itself. You just have to give way or else you'll end up following through. Then it escapes. "Paaaaaarrp". You've embarrassed yourself, but at least it's all over and done with.
That is until 2 police officers escort you away.
In Florida it is illegal to fart in a public place after 6PM, on a Thursday!

Although how you may find the evidence for this crime I don't know...Neither do I want to know...

Illegal to get a Fish Drunk

In Ohio, U.S.A it is illegal to get a fish drunk. How this is even possible is beyond me, but something must have happened to make this illegal. Surely?!

China Fines Good Drivers.

Now to the far-east. Let's say one day you're driving your car in Beijing, China, when you spot a person waiting to cross a busy intersection, at a pedestrian crossing too. You slow down and come to a stop for the person, being the kind, loving person you are. BUT, you've just committed a driving offence. In China it is illegal to stop at a pedestrian crossing, and as a result you may be fined.

Horses are lucky in Australia.

In Australia taxi-cabs are, by law, required to carry a bale of hay in the boot of the car. This is again one of them old laws that was never repealed, and dates back from the days of horse and carriages, when a taxi-carriage was required to carry hay for the horses to eat.
Seems a bit redundant now though!


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    • rahul0324 profile image

      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Some strange silly laws here.. haha!

    • Ryan-Palmsy profile image

      Ryan Palmer 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away

      Thanks! :) It's a bit silly, but there are no shortage of silly laws!

    • LaThing profile image

      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Amusing hub! Had a great laugh.... I think the NY one is the best, can't beat it! Thanks for sharing it, voting up, and awesome.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      funny things! shared and awesome!