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Weird, Stupid and plain Gross Laws from around the World.
In Utah, birds have the right-of-way on all highways
In Boston, Massachusetts, it's illegal to take a bath unless one has been ordered by a physician to do so.
In Fairbanks, Alaska, it is illegal to serve alcohol to a moose.
Venice, Italy: Since 1173 it has been illegal to die. (Because they apparently learned how to stop dying and forgot to tell the rest of us.)
Alaska: Eating a neighbor’s baby is strictly forbidden. ( you would think this would be frowned upon in most places and without needing a law to specify...)
In Oregon, a dead person cannot be required to serve on a jury.
Greece: It is legal to strike anyone from Turkey with a Phalanx (small sword) except on alternating Mondays.
Australia: It is illegal to force a kangaroo to drink more than six bottles of beer
Hawaii: Men from the Orakama Tribe are not permitted to eat their second wife. (Wonder if that means the first wife was fair game...)
Ohio: If one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour
Canton, Ohio: It is against the law to roller skate without notifying the police first.
Cambodia: It is illegal to intentionally jump onto any of the 10 million land mines that scar the countryside.
Ireland: If a Leprechaun calls at your door you must by law give him a share of your dinner.
Ireland: In Trinity College students can demand a glass of wine at any time during an exam, provided they are wearing their sword.
Texas: A recently passed anti-crime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
Texas: It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers, It is completely permissible to drive without a windshield but you must have wipers or be fined.
United Kingdom: A pregnant woman may relieve herself anywhere she likes. (Yes. ANYWHERE)
United Kingdom: A taxi driver is required by law to ask passengers if they are suffering from plague or smallpox.
United Kingdom: It is illegal for a person to hail a taxi while suffering from bubonic plague.
United Kingdom: It is forbidden by law to ask a Scotsman what he wears under his kilt (Because most of them will take it as a challenge to show you)
Germany: By law a pub can never be overcrowded; there is always room for one more drinker at each table, no matter how close together people are squished.
Germany: During Octoberfest a person is never legally drunk-no matter how much alcohol they have ingested.
Denmark: No man may lawfully say to his wife that she is "uglier than her mother". The penalty is up to one year in prison.
Kansas: It is unlawful to shoot rabbits while riding in a motorboat. (Guess shooting from a canoe is fine)
Oklahoma: It is illegal for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside for the purposes of having sex with a buffalo. (this law seems to be limited to buffalo’s, apparently in Oklahoma having sex with other types of animals in bars is okay.)
Alaska: It is unlawful to push a moose out of a moving airplane. (not sure why they needed this one to be a law but apparently common sense didn’t tell them that)
Switzerland: A man may not relieve himself while standing up after 10 P.M. (are there actually people that monitor this???)
Switzerland: It is illegal for banks to refuse to allow a vault owner to store a dead body in their vault, provided the body is not there more than 7 months.
Montana: It is illegal to bring a bomb or rocket to city council meetings.
Isle of Jersey: It is unlawful for a man to knit during the fishing season.
In San Francisco, it’s illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.
In Danville, Pennsylvania, all fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires. (Because these things are completely pre-planned....)
In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered "simple assault," but biting someone with your dentures is "aggravated assault."
In Baltimore, Maryland, taking a lion to the cinema is illegal. (wonder if that means taking a tiger is okay...)
In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be sentenced to death by firing squad. ( would LOVE to have this one in the USA)
In Florida having sexual intercourse with a porcupine is illegal. (...you know there’s only one reason they would have come up with this one)
In Chico, California, the law states that anybody who detonates a nuclear device within the city limits is liable to a fine of $500. (seems reasonable...)
In Britain, it is illegal to import potatoes into England or Wales if you have reasonable cause to believe that they are Polish.
In France, it is unlawful to marry a dead person.
In Tennessee it is legal to carry a loaded firearm into a bar. (what could go wrong with that, it seems safe enough).
In Russia, Vladimir Putin just recently (2014) made it illegal to tell kids that gay people exist.
In the Philippines you can be charged with the crime of "unjust vexation" for doing just that, vexing someone. And yes, it is as vague and arbitrary as it sounds, basically don't do anything that could annoy your neighbor.
In Arizona, having more than two vibrators in your home is illegal. If you own more than two in your house, you can be subject to criminal possession. Not sure how they check this? Is there a personal toy police unit? "Excuse me ma'am we need to check your vibrator drawer"
In Britain it is illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances...personally if you are handling a salmon for any other reason than to cook you might have bigger concerns than a fine.
In Kentucky, a woman cannot remarry the same man more than three times. Tough but fair, after all you didn't get it right the first 3 times.
In Hong Kong, there’s a law that allows a wife to kill her husband if she finds him cheating. However, she must kill him with her bare hands, no tools of murder allowed. (Not really Gross, weird or stupid, I just really like this one)
In Florida, it’s illegal to fart in a public place after 6pm on a Thursday. again is there a special police unit that enforces this?
In Florida it is illegal for a divorced or a widowed woman to skydive on a Sunday afternoon. Wondering if the skydiving master asks before hand or if police are waiting for when they get back on the ground to ask?
Married New Yorkers cannot get divorced on grounds of irreconcilable differences unless both marriage partners agree on those grounds.
In Norway, there is a law that protects all female dogs and cats from being spayed. Only male dogs and cats can be neutered.
In Cambodia Water guns may not be used in New Year’s celebrations
In Denmark No one may start a car while someone is underneath the vehicle. (theres only one reason a country would need to make this a law...)
In South Africa A license is required to purchase a television set.
In Finland All people in Finland must pay a TV tax whether or not they own a TV. Doesn't seem like a tax scam forced on the people by the government at all...
Tibetan Monks Need Permission to Reincarnate. Do they ask every beetle if they are reincarnated and if so had permission?
In California a Frog that dies in a frog jumping contest cannot be legally eaten
In Iowa one armed piano players must by law preform for free
In Ohio it is unlawful to get a fish drunk
It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses. Once again, only one reason they would feel the need to state this in the law code...
In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation. How many countries would have no one with a head if this was enforced everywhere I wonder?
In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long
In Boulder, Colorado, it is illegal to kill a bird within the city limits and also to "own" a pet — the town’s citizens, legally speaking, are merely "animal minders"
In Arkansas, More than 8 women may not live in the same house because that would constitute a brothel. Wonder if this counts for sorority houses?
In Virginia No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.