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101 Strangest Laws From Around The World

Updated on March 3, 2009


Over the years I've heard some strange laws from around the world and usually took some of them with as an urban myth. Some of these so called "laws" are so extreme that you have to assume they are fake, or so old that they make little sense in the 21st century.

This afternoon whilst going to the shop for milk, I was lucky enough to witness a strange law (almost) in effect. I;m a resident of England, and we have out fair share of strange laws. This one in particular seems to be common knowledge, except to the police officer in question.

I overheard a pregnant woman asking a police officer for his helmet because she needed a pee.I laughed, a lot, especially when he flipped out and thought she was trying to make fun of him. The law in question states that "a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet"

This got me thinking of some of the other laws that are just plain strange! This is 101 of those laws, and if you know of any more (please don't make them up) leave them in the comments at the bottom.

United Kingdom

I'm sure there's a law against that officer...
I'm sure there's a law against that officer...

United Kingdom

- In London, it is illegal for a City cab to carry rabid dogs or corpses.

- In England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

- It England, it is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the Queen upside down.

- Under the UK’s Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006, it is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you don’t want him to know, yet you don’t have to tell him anything you don’t mind him knowing.

- Navy ships that enter London Port must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.

- A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, even, even in a policeman’s helmet.

- In Lancashire, no person is permitted after being asked to stop by a constable on the beach front to incite a dog to bark.

- All males over the age of 14 must carry out two hours a day of longbow practice.

-  Freemen are allowed to take a flock of sheep across London Bridge without being charged the toll, they are also allowed to drive geese down Cheapside.

- In the UK, a man who needs to relieve himself in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel of his own car and keeps his right hand on the vehicle.

- In York, it is legal to kill a Scotsman within the ancient city boundary, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.

- In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.

- If a dead whale is found on the British coast, the head is legally the property of the King, and the tail  belongs to the Queen - to use the bones for corsets.

- In England, in 1865, any self propelled carriage on a British highway had to have a crew of three men. One had to walk in front of the carriage with a red flag to warn horse drawn vehicles of it's approach.

- In London, city cabs by law must carry a bale of hay at all times.

- In Britain, in 1888, if your push bike was in motion, you legally had to constantly ring a bell.

- In Birmingham, after sundown it is against the law for a man and a woman to partake in sexual intercourse on church steps.

- In London, it is illegal to  throw a stick for your dog, use an offensive powder like pepper on your jacket potato or use a camera tripod in any park.

- In London, domestic violence is legal as long as it's before 9pm and does not disturb your neighbours.

- In London, in the 19th Century, it was illegal to impersonate a Chelsea pensioner. The punishment was death. 

- In England, in 1837, if a man kissed a woman against her will, she could legally bit off his nose.

- In Chester, the Welsh are banned before sun up and after sun set.

United States of America

A good solution to excessive noise, but sadly not a law.
A good solution to excessive noise, but sadly not a law.

United States of America

- In Alexandria, Minneapolis, it is illegal for a man to have sexual intercourse with a woman with sardines on his breath.

- In California, in 1986, Judge Samuel King became so annoyed with jurors who were absent from a case due to massive rain fall, that he issued a decree which stated "I hereby order that it cease raining by Tuesday." It stopped raining on Tuesday and California suffered a 5 year drought. 5 year latter in 1991, the very same judge then decreed "Rain shall fall in California beginning February 27th." On that same day, California suffered the heaviest rainfall in over ten years.

- In Arizona, hunting camels is against the law.

- In Indiana in the 50's, they made anything based on Robin Hood Illegal because they thought he was a communist.

- In Minnesota, hanging male and female under garments on the same washing line.

- North Carolina has made it illegal to swear in front of dead people.

- In Iowa, horses are breaking the law if they eat a fire hydrant.

- Judge J.H. Logan from California, made the Loganberry by crossing a cultivated raspberry with a wild blackberry.

- In South Bend, Indiana, a monkey was found guilty of smoking which was against the law at the time.

- In San Diego, public schools have banned hypnotism.

- In Florida having sexual intercourse with a porcupine is illegal.

- In Kingsville, Texas, it is illegal for pigs to have sexual intercourse on airport property.

- In Willowdale, Oregon, while engaging in sexual intercourse with a woman, it is illegal for a man to curse.

- In Hastings, Nebraska, hotels must legally provide you with nightclothes.

- In Ames, Iowa, men lying in bed with their wives must not have more than 3 swigs of beer.

- In Oblong, Illinois, on your wedding day it is illegal to make love whilst hunting or fishing.

- In Tremonton, Utah,a woman is not legally allowed to have sexual intercourse with a man in an ambulance.

- In Conorsville, Wisconsin, during sexual intercourse, it is against the law for a man to fire his gun whilst the woman in having an orgasm.

- In Chico, California, you'll receive a $500 fine for letting off a nuclear bomb in the city limits.

- In Massachusetts, your breaking the law if you consume more than 3 sandwiches at a wake.

- In Louisiana, using dentures to bite someone moves it up to aggravated assault.

- In Kentucky, carry ice cream cones in your pocket is illegal.

- In International Falls, Minnesota, you can be fined if you let your dog chase a cat up a telegraph pole.

- In Iowa, after 5 mins of kissing your breaking the law.

- In Illinois, giving a lighted cigar to a pet is illegal.

- In the USA 24 states say that if your husband is impotent its grounds for a divorce.

- In Miami, Florida, imitating animals is illegal.

- In Oxford, Ohio,a woman undressing in front of a picture of a man is breaking the law.

- In Baltimore, Maryland, taking a lion to the cinema is illegal. .

- In Washington, pretending to have wealthy parents is illegal.

- In Texas, if you are going to commit a crime, you legally have to give 24 hours notice to the police.

- In Oklahoma, you could face prison if you make faces at a dog

- In Maryland, Randy Newman's song 'Short people' is still banned on the radio.

- In St. Louis, Missouri, if a woman is in her night clothes, it is illegal for a fireman to rescue her.

- In Providence, Rhode Island, selling toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday is illegal.

- In Logan County, Colorado, kissing a woman while she sleeps is illegal.

- In Alexandria, Minnesota, having garlic or onions on your breath means you legally can't have sex with your wife. 

- In Eureka, Nevada, if you have a moustach it's against the law for you to kiss a woman.

- In Vermont, for a woman to wear false teeth she first must get written permission from her husband.

- In Boulder, Colorado, your breaking the law if you own a pet.

- In Kentucky, your breaking the law if you carry a concealed weapon over 6ft in length.

- In Florida, on Sunday's, unmarried woman face jail if the go parachuting.

- In Miami, Florida, skateboarding is against the law inside a police station.

- In Ohio, getting a fish drunk is against state law.

- In Alabama, your breaking the law if you are in control of a motor vehicle if wearing a blindfold.

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The Rest of the World

- In Victoria, Australia, you need a licensed electrician to change a light bulb.

- In Victoria Australia after mid day on Sunday, it's illegal to wear pink hot pants.

- In France, it's illegal to name a pig Napoleon.

- In Indonesia, the punishment for masturbation is death by decapitation.

- In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be sentenced to death by firing squad.

- In Bahrain, male doctors only legally examine a woman's genitals through a mirror.

- In Afghanistan the Taliban banned women from wearing white socks, for fear men might find them attractive.

- In Lebanon men are allowed to engage in sexual intercourse with female animals. If caught with a male animal the punishment is death.

- In 1837, Egypt banned male belly dancing as it caused mass rioting.

- During World War I if you were found to be homosexual you were executed.

- Hundreds of years ago you were instantly executed if you tried to leave Japan.

- In Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, in 1917, tying a male horse next to a female horse was illegal.

- In Singapore chewing gum is illegal.

- In Paraguay you can legally duel, as long as both participating players are blood donors.

- In Milan, Italy, unless going to a hospital or funeral, you have to smile or face a fine.

- In Switzerland you legally have to live within 200m of a nuclear bomb shelter.

- In Burma it is against the law to access the Internet. Anyone doing so faces prison.

- In Bangladesh you face prison time for cheating at school.

- Until 1984 in Belgium, you had to choose your child's name off a list of 1500.

- In 1935 Romania, for fear of scaring young children, Mickey Mouse was banned.

- Due to lack of pants, Donald Duck cartoons were banned in Finland.

- The only country in the world to never. have censorship for adult films is Belgium.

- In 1979 Iraq banned karate movies. .

- It was once illegal to own a pet dog in Iceland.

- In 1471 Switzerland, the Cockerel was found guilty of "In defiance of natural law" by laying an egg. It was executed.

- In Stelvio, Italy, 1519, a gang of moles that had damaged crops was given an arrest warrant. They never showed up for court.

- In Seville, Spain, in 1983, a German Sheppard was arrested for stealing woman's handbags.

- In Turkey, it was illegal to drink coffee during the 16th and 17th century. It was punishable by death.

-2000 years ago in Rome, Julius Caesar banned chariots from Rome city centre to ease congestion.

- In Switzerland, it use to be illegal to slam a car door.

-In Denmark, you legally have to check under your car for children asleep before you start it.

-In Denmark it is not against the law to escape from prison.

-In Bermuda, private cars were illegal until 1948

-In the days of Sparta, if you were male you legally had to consume 2 pounds of meat a day.

I hope you laughed at these as much as I did, and remember, if you know of any more funny or strange laws, leave them in the comments below.


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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      There are some absolutely hilarious laws here. Don't know any other ones but thought I would add my appreciation anyway!

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      ricky wilson 8 years ago

      in carslile England it is illegal to be scottish

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      christine almaraz 8 years ago from colorado springs

      Funny, funny! Love these. Great hub.

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @Bristol Boy - I thought they were hilarious too,

      And thanks for the heads up on the duplicates. Should have got them all now!

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @Ricky Wilson - I didn't know that one! Awesome!

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @Chrstine Almaraz - Thanks a lot!

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      Direxmd 8 years ago

      You forgot Arkansas' constituion, article 21; atheists cant be apart of the state government. No joke, it's on wiki :D

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @direxmd - that's crazy! Although you shouldn't believe everything you read on wiki!

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Great Hub thanks! This gave me a laugh or two!

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @ Julie - I was laughing a lot when I wrote it!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      so you should've been, it's great!

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @LondonGirl - Thank you very much.

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      MissJamieD 8 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      This is great! Thanks for sharing:) I wanted to let you know that I am from MN and one of the first US laws you have, you stated a law from Alexandria, Minneapolis. Alexandria is two hours from me to the northwest, Minneapolis is our biggest city, an hour south of central MN. No big deal, just sharing that with you.

      Here are some more MN laws that I found for you:) Enjoy!

      The land of 10,000 lakes declares mosquitos a public nuisance.

      It is illegal to stand around any building without a good reason to be there.

      A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.

      It is illegal to sleep naked.

      Oral sex is prohibited. All bathtubs must have feet.

      Airplanes may not be landed in city parks.

      In Minneapolis, red cars may not drive down Lake Street.

      Driving a truck with dirty tires is considered a public nuisance.

      In St. Cloud MN, Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.

      It's illegal to tease a skunk.

      It is illegal to trap, kill or molest squirrels in any way.

      A woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.

      Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony

      Every man in Brainerd, Minnesota is required by law to grow a beard.

      These are just some of MANY! Thanks for picking such a fun subject and sharing with us:)

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      Nate 8 years ago

      It's illegal to post a stamp of the english monarch upside down

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      AshleyVictoria 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is fabulous! GREAT researching skills! I'm curious how much electricians make in Australia seeing as they must be the ones to change every lightbulb. That's probably profitable!!

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      William F Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Fun to read,WHoArtNow. I'm glad I didn't llive in Turkey during the 16th and 17th centuries. I like my coffee!

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @William - Same here - although my new years resolution to stay off the caffine is starting to prove hard!

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      BardScribe 8 years ago from Iowa

      I had to laugh at the one that said "it's illegal after sundown for a man and a woman to partake of sexual intercourse on the church steps."

      And what about before sundown? Could couples get it on all they want to on the church steps so long as it was prior to sunset?

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      8 years ago

      in wisconsin, USA a man can marry his house...

      in fairbanks, Alaska, it is illegal for mooses to have sex on the streets.

      in bozeman, montana it is illegal to have sex infront of your home naked. You must at the very least wear socks...

      In Denmark it is legal for a woman to work as a prostitute, but it is illegal for a man to have sex with prostitutes.

      in england it is illegal for two men to have sex, if there is a third person in the house...

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      thecirclet 8 years ago

      OMG these made me laugh and think what were people doing to make these laws such! lol

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      nicko guzman 8 years ago from Los Angeles,CA


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      B.Z. Alixandre 7 years ago from Boise, ID

      in Virginia Beach it is illegal to curse...and actively enforced, there are signs all over of the $&@# and a slash through it, though I never actually met any who got cited, just people who knew people. Also, it sounds like a wife got very annoyed at her husbands bad breath in MN!

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      B.Z. Alixandre 7 years ago from Boise, ID

      thanks for the laugh

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      crayonbrains 7 years ago from The World Is Mine !

      Wow! I had a great time reading your hub! Some of them are quite outrageous and its like someone is taking the mickey out on laws:) Thank you for this amusing hub, rated it up!

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      Brainerd Real Estate  7 years ago

      I can tell you that I am from Brainerd Minnesota and I don't fashion a beard.

      Great list! Good for a laugh :)

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      Jason Van Orsdol 7 years ago

      In Tulsa, OK USA it is illegal to carry and or display a revolver at a gala event that is not nickle / polished metal, as to meet the standards of an oil wealthy frontier city.

      In Bristow, OK USA it is illegal to shoot a person from under the table to resolve a dispute.

      In Oklahoma, Whaling is illegal (all lakes).

      Common Law: OK - it is legal to deny entry to 'Indians and Dogs' in your establishment.

      These are real. Think of some of the other legal, less illegal oddities.

      Jason Van Orsdol of Owasso, OK (End of the Trail of Tears)

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      john 7 years ago

      funniest fact ever.great man!!!!

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      jessica 7 years ago

      there are some really really fonny ones in here!!!!!!!!

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      Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

      Hahahahah........that is so wonderful of you for making my rest of the weekend thanks.

      I will make sure never ever visit Houses of Parliament on my visit to England.

      In England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

      No more sardines when I will visit Alexandria, Minneapolis

      In Alexandria, Minneapolis, it is illegal for a man to have sexual intercourse with a woman with sardines on his breath.

      I love humor & your whole hub is full of fun.........

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      Zachary 7 years ago

      I need some Romanian ones...Anyone know any crazy Romanian laws?

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      AUSfei 7 years ago

      in Australia it is illegal to dress up as Batman or robin coz he looks like a cat burgular.

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      Cassie 7 years ago

      in Australia, it is leagal to vote indoors from horseback if there is no mounting rail at the front of the building in question

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      Nigger 7 years ago

      Racism is legal in mississippi

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      Funny 7 years ago

      This website is so good and entertaining. it's so factual and hilarious at the same time. Thank you.

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      Iana Khoutieva 7 years ago

      In Switzerland it is illegal to flush your toilet after 10pm

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      dude  7 years ago

      some of these laws like :

      - In Texas, if you are going to commit a crime, you legally have to give 24 hours notice to the police.

      are so stupid... but funny as hell

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      confedential 7 years ago

      some of these are so funny it even made my parents laugh and stupid and it also makes me wonder why people would make these laws like seriously if you told the cops 24 hours before you commit a crime and that brings me to thax for the entertainment :)

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      John 6 years ago

      APPARENTLY it is illegal in Alabama to ave sex with a chicken, but it is not illegal for the chicken to have sex with you hahahahaha

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      Junie 6 years ago

      lol. In Arab Countries, it is illegal for men to stroll alone when you don't have a beard.

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      Houston Personal Injury Lawyers 6 years ago

      THis one went into my bosses inbox ! Hope i'll get the day off !!!

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      Katie 6 years ago

      In Oxford OH it is also illegal to wear patent leather shoes.

      Apparently, the fear was that the reflective leater would allow people to look up a woman's skirt.

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      TomB 6 years ago

      In Texas it is still illegal to carry a pair of wire cutters in your saddlebags or trunk of your car.

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      Jake 6 years ago

      As funny as these are someone had to much time on there hands

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      Don Johnson 6 years ago

      In Wisconson it was illegal to hunt whales in the Milwaukee River, or to operate a moter veicle after dark unless it was preceeded by a man carrying a lantern. In New England, if a woman refused a proposal of marriage, she had to do the man's laundry for aa year. I believe some of these are still on the books.

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      mystery 6 years ago

      i believe i heard it was illegal in L.A. california, for women to drive their car w/curlers in their hair or in their house coat and slippers.

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      Kathie 6 years ago

      In Oklahoma it is illegal for women to do their own hair.

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      Tammie 6 years ago

      In Rensselaer,NY if a man is caught flirting with a woman he must wear horse blinders on his face and walk up and down main street. Old but still on the books. How boring if you couldn't flirt with anyone.

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      sherri 6 years ago

      In jonesboro GA it is against the law to walk a duck on a lesh at 2 in the afterniin

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      patricia 6 years ago

      i want to know if anyone has every known if these laws have been enforced????? also i wonder if Chuck Norris has ever gone to Iraq???? No karate movies????? what idiot thought up that one??? probably because they know we can disarm them with the right moves and using no weapons at all!!!!!! never go where they tell you what to watch or what to wear

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      confidential 6 years ago

      hey....really great collection...they are hillarious! I got one more: It is illegal to be overweight/obese in Japan.

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      obama 6 years ago

      in afghanistan talibans enforced law to use only these words as names of all new born babies born on idd week (islamic festival).

      because these are the name of allah.

      words are -- lun,fudhi,tatti,lindi,bund,chut,gand,tatte

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      Angeliq 6 years ago

      -In Singapore, it's illegal to leave a public toilet unflushed. Penalty is a $100 fine!

      -In France, it's illegal to name your dog, Napoleon

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      Paul 6 years ago

      it is eillegal to ride your horse after dark in highmore S.Dak unless equiped with lights,

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      Gman 6 years ago

      nNeedless to say there are many antiquated laws still on the books, it doesn't mean the District Attorney is going to prosecute you under a ridiculously outdated law. Besides, many of these are clearly unconstitutional.

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      California'sDreaming 6 years ago

      In Carmel, California it is unlawful to wear high-heels without a high-heel license. You get one at the City Clerk's office. To apply, you have to agree not to sue the city if you break your neck on the uneven sidewalks they want to keep that way, because you are wearing high-heels. It is a great Christmas gift for the lady of your choice who has a good sense of humor, and it is suitable for framing.

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      mike 6 years ago

      in arab countries, it is NOT illegal to walk alone without a beard.

      and there is all sorts of karate movies in iraq.

      i have been in iraq for 25 months on the last 4 years, and i still got more time to go.

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      Nikki 6 years ago

      In Indiana, it is illegal to sell cars on Sundays! That law is still in effect, and you won't find one dealership open on Sundays!

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      Beverly Gayle 6 years ago

      Alabama-horseless carriages can only proceed on the roadway if 2 men carrying lanterns walk in front swinging the lanterns back and forth.

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      phil 6 years ago

      In South-africa it is illegal for any person to kiss if they are under the age of 14 , they are scared it could cause rape

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      bhavyaa 6 years ago

      You know it is illegal to muder while wearing a bulletproof in California, USA.

      I mean any way it is illegal to muder.Funny huh !

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      Kiray 6 years ago

      Haha. Well in Philippines it is illegal to get a divorce, also to cheat on your wife/husband.

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      Hansen 6 years ago

      "In the state of Tenasee, it is illegal to catch fish with a lasso."

      Can't rember the state: "It is illegal to whistle under water"

      In new york: "In the state of New York, it is illegal to kick more than 3 times to a can."

      "In Denmark, it is illegal to mix honey with water"

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      Kofi 6 years ago

      In Japan if a man betrays his wife than she can kill him with her bare hands legally. She can kill his other girlfriend/wife however she wants!

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      Lethbridge SEO 6 years ago

      This was so dang funny that I had to read through all the comments to get all the laws that other people added as well. Made for several minutes of sheer fun. Thanks.

      Angela Lethbridge

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      6 years ago

      In,Toronto Canada it is illegal to drag a deid horse on Yound street but only on Sundays

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      Rachel 6 years ago

      in Georgia, it is illegal to throw a banana on the sidewalk. I saw that on 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?'

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      AliceNikki 6 years ago

      The reason for Kentucky's law about ice cream was because it was done to steal horses. Also, I was surprised not to see Alaska's laws concerning moose on here. In Alaska, you cannot push a moose offf of a plane or look out of the window of a plane and see a moose.

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      sherry  6 years ago

      In Shanghai,China it is illegal to own a red color car.

      by the way very nice topic........

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      john wall 6 years ago

      this is the gayest thing ever!!!

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      Karlie 6 years ago

      That's funny :)

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      natalie9804 6 years ago

      these were hilarious! thanks for sharing them:)

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      gavin 6 years ago

      the chester 1 it is still legel to kill a welsh man after sun set and before sun rise only with a long bow!!!

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      Jebadiah 6 years ago

      In Kentucky its the law that you must take a bath at least once a year. LOL!!!

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      Natasha 6 years ago

      wow this was very useful!!! I choose this as a speech topic and it worked out great!!

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      marie 6 years ago

      It is illegal for any member of the Nevada Legislature to conduct official business wearing a penis costume while the legislature is in session.

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      ebony 6 years ago

      Very funny.

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      taffy jones 6 years ago

      i'd like to see you try

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      Ed71070 5 years ago

      "In Chico, California, you'll receive a $500 fine for letting off a nuclear bomb in the city limits."

      Wow, this literally made me laughing for hours!!!

      Thanks for the posts!!

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      Hanita 5 years ago

      In England it is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises.

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      disobedientmember 5 years ago

      In England: A bed may not be hung out of a window.

      It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.

      Throughout the whole of England it is illegal to eat mince pies on the 25th of December.

      Any boy under the age of 10 may not see a naked manequin.

      It is still an offence to beat or shake any carpet rug or mat in any street in the Metropolitan Police District, although you are allowed to shake a doormat before 8am.

      It is illegal to leave baggage unattended, and picking up abandoned baggage is an act of terrorism.

      Those wishing to use a television must apply for a license.

      Londoners are not allowed to keep a pigsty in the front of their homes.

      It is illegal for a Member of Parliament to enter the House of Commons wearing a full suit of armour.

      It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle.

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      More_information 5 years ago

      I would like to give the reason for having to buy a t.v license in South Africa. It is because there is "free tv", which is accessible to all who own a tv. In order to continue with this service, which is actually rather worthwhile for those of us without dstv or foxtv etc, you pay per tv you own. It also helps to control crime as each person who wants a tv must pay a license which requires proof of address :)

      This is similar to the law that to own a sim card or cellphone, you need to give proof of residence. This is called "RICA". Its aim is to combat crime.

      Another stupid law of South Africa is "under sixteens may not engage in public displays of affection" :) also known as the "kissing law" by us in S.A. It was created to try and prevent young people from being sexually active very young or being sexually molested by older people but sadly, it kinda backfired. Now the younger teens just do it behind closed doors which leads further to more serious incidents of rape than kissing in public ever did...

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      Kerri K 5 years ago

      in washington state, it is illegal to have sex with a virgin, even on their wedding night.

      in leesburg, virginia, it is legal for a man to beat his wife on the court-house steps on sunday.

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      kay 5 years ago

      Lmao theses are mad

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      Donice 5 years ago

      In Liverpool England ( where I live) it's legal for woman to be topless but only in tropical fish stores I thought it was a joke but it's true I researched it!

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      me 5 years ago

      In Fiji, it is legal to commit a crime. However it is illegal to rely on that as a defence, as I clearly just made it up. Like a lot of those listed above...

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      jimmy 5 years ago

      In my town of calmar Alberta Canada, if you get banished from town they legally have to give you a horse and 3 days of water

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      a man who know some stuff 5 years ago

      lol did you know in north baltimore, maryland after a certain time you can still be aressted for being black and your slaveowner can come take you back to they world lol did you know that in new york city on sunday if your wearing jeans in central park you can still be aressted lol these haven't been revoked or change due to the state not really having any money to bring them up to a legislature to get em out of there and for new york so many ridicuolus rules were made during the creation of central park and graft the lawman up there don't know they own self

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      blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

      Haha these are great! I loved reading this hub.

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      Derp 5 years ago

      In iceland it used to be legal to kill turkish people

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      david 5 years ago

      what the hell it's so facinating

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      Ryan 5 years ago

      I think you should point out that the law in singapore against chewing gum is not just an old law that is still on the books. I had a roommate last year who was from singapore, and he told me about it. The law is relatively recent and there literally is NO gum in the entire country, because that law is strictly enforced.

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      Gary 5 years ago

      awesome hub..!

      deffinitely a great laugh and thumbs up creator..!

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      sum1 5 years ago

      In Switzerland it is illegal to flush your toilet after 10:00pm

      In Texas, if two trains meet at a railway crossing "neither of them can move until the other has gone

      In Singapore J-walking can cost a 50000$ fine

      In Thailand it is illegal to lick a post stamp with the king's face on it. This law is strongly enforced

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      Hop 5 years ago

      To this date it is illegal to defend yourself with a concealed firearm in Illinois.

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      darktenno 5 years ago

      In the State of Texas, stealing another mans horse is punishable by hanging

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      ghad alsada 5 years ago

      Funny, enjoyed reading'em .. About the law in bahrain am bahraini and that's not true :)

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      hashaflama 5 years ago

      in singapore, its illegal to speak chinese to a donkey.

      in georgia, its illegal to keep a donkey in a bathtub.

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      Seiter 5 years ago

      It used to be a capital offence in england to commit suicide.

      To clear up the houses of parliament one, there is a contrary law that states that a person who dies in the Houses of Parliament is entitled to a state funeral. Hence if you did, the death certificate would probably read the opposite side of the road.

      It is also illegal in England to 'appear on a public highway, wearing upon your head a tall structure having a shining lustre and calculated to frighten timid people' - only enforced once in 1797 for a fine of £50.

      Also, 'one may not drive a cow while drunk'.

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      John 5 years ago

      An ordinance in Newcastle, Wyoming, specifically bans couples from having sex while standing inside a store's walk-in-meat freezer!

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      Blake auburn 5 years ago

      It is illegal in the state of California to spit gum on the sidewalks and in the state if Tennessee it is illegal to buy or sell a lighter to anyone under the age of 18 cause kids are known to set each other on fire here in tennessee

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      Dan 5 years ago

      In Kansas you must purchase tax stamps and affix them to your illegal drugs.

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      yollypop97 5 years ago

      I couldn't stop laughing when I read this!

      In (an area of...) Pennsylvania, it is illegal for women to wear make-up without a licence issued by the police.

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      yollypop97 5 years ago

      I couldn't stop laughing when I read this!

      In (an area of...) Pennsylvania, it is illegal for women to wear make-up without a licence issued by the police.

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      Aysem 5 years ago

      I found it very interesting and so funny x but that one about it's illegal for a fireman to rescue a women in her night clothes is just stupid what she going to do if she's unconscious is she going to get up oh wait a minute better get dressed so the fireman can rescue me lol x

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      some of those UK ones are complete rubbish! not once have i got into a taxi in london with a bale of hay in it, we're not all farmers! and not all males over the age of 14 must carry out two hours a day of long bow practice! i think some of these are a bit out dated...

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      Patrick Burgess 5 years ago

      In Toronto, Canada it is against the law to drag a dead

      horse down Young Street on a Sunday.

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      Tim 5 years ago

      Hmm... The English Longbow acts have been repealed.

      Ther is some doubt as to when but 1863 under the reign of Queen Victoria, the statutes that gover most of the longbow laws were repealed, although there is som uncertainty as to whether the requirement to practice was removed. However this was deffinitly covered by the gaming Act of 1960 .... so we definitely are not required to parctice for two hours a week an more !

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      Romersa's Protege 5 years ago

      Okay, here's one from me (just a joke):

      Child: Mum, is it illegal to lick the back of the Queen's head?

      Mother: Yes, dear. It's high treason.

      Child: Oh, well it's a good thing they invented self-adhesive stamps, then!

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      kat 5 years ago

      its not illegal to own a pet in bolder, co..i use to live there :/

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      donotbelieveit 5 years ago

      Electricians are NOT required to change lightbulbs in Australia and certainly never have been in my lifetime, I am 66. However you are not allowed to kill a snake, possum or any wild animal, no matter how threatening. Spiders are exempt I think (hope).

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      Wen Akeem 5 years ago

      In Japan an old law from the 9th century says, "It is illegal for women to THINK."

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      edwardculllen@luvlane 5 years ago

      this is so fuuny.i hope you can post more

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      Ayon 5 years ago

      In Japan if a man asks for a date you can't say no.

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      Nath 5 years ago

      completely ridiculous hahaha, they are all wrong.

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      In the state of Georgia, if you are caught with even less than an ounce of marijuana near a school zone. You can be charged with Sale of Marijuana, Intent to distribute, and Possession and will be sent to prison for 15-30 years with parole {if first offense)

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      alexandra 5 years ago

      From Romania : people need to pay taxes for using their horns. At the cars.....

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      Jelenichko 5 years ago

      love themmmmmmmm

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      Matt 5 years ago

      A man in Australia was arrested and fined for riding a cow while having a blood alcohol level above 0.05

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      Kanake kenya 5 years ago

      It is illegal to consume alcohol beer before 5pm on weekdays and 2pm on weekends and puplic holidays

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      Kanake kenya 5 years ago

      It is illegal to consume alcohol beer before 5pm on weekdays and 2pm on weekends and puplic holidays in kenya holidays

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      lady c 5 years ago

      England -

      it is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day.

      Santa clause must deliver presents to all English households before midnight.

      ladies may not enjoy eating chocolate while on public transport

      It is illegal to be drunk on licensed premises

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      jb 5 years ago

      A few corrections about Denmark:

      In Denmark, prostitutes are not prosecuted, nor their customers (yet), but being a pimp is still a crime and it is a crime to pay for sex if the prostitute is under 18 (unpaid sex is legal from 15). In Sweden, it is illegal to purchase sex, but not to be a prostitute.

      First names still have to be chosen from one of two government lists (one for girls, one for boys), or you can apply to have another name added to the lists. Transsexuals can get permission to use a name from the "wrong" list.

      A child must be named within 6 months of birth or the parents will be fined (in the past a default name would also be assigned when missing the deadline).

      The law about mixing honey and water (if real) is about fraud, there are also limits on how much (if any) water can be added in other kinds of food. These laws are mostly about selling the watered down product.

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      George 5 years ago

      Still on the books: In Maine, all churchgoers are required to carry shotguns to church on Sunday; in the event of attacks by Indians.

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      savvy 5 years ago

      in texas it is illegal to throw a bottle at a tree

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      yen 5 years ago

      victoria australia: it is illegal to be involved in a rain dance


      you cannot use a donkey to pull a cart but you may use a goat

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      VicChik 5 years ago

      I'm from Victoria and I can tell you that the Victorian laws are either a complete myth,are so old no body cares, have forgotten them or the just really don't care. Because I know plenty of people who have changed light bulbs who aren't qualified electricians(including my family) and have definitively seen people wearing pink pants at all times of the day.

      Any way the rest are absolutely hilarious!!

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      Daniel Mitchell 5 years ago

      In Toronto, Canada it is illegal to park on your own driveway.

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      colleen 5 years ago

      In the UK Homosexuality between males was made illegal by Queen Victoria. Lesbianism howeve, was not, as the Queen did not believe it could possibly exist!

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      Brian 5 years ago

      It would add to the appeal and readability if you would learn the difference between "your" (possession) and "you're" (contraction of "you are"

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      JustSmile. 5 years ago

      Are these real .?

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      Moo Hart 5 years ago

      In France, it's illegal to land a flying saucer in a vinyard.

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      Jak 5 years ago

      On Christmas Island, Australia, it is illegal to drive over a red crab on the road intentionally, with up to a $5000 fine given to offenders.

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      shan 5 years ago

      the Australian law about the hot pants is fake

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      factsntips 5 years ago

      It was indeed a good research about various funny interesting laws around the world, you can get such funny facts even at

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      rayan 5 years ago

      in uganda,it is treason to protest against the government

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      rayan 5 years ago

      in uganda,it is treason to protest against the government

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      Sanjna Patyal 5 years ago

      very interesting :O)

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      Ben 5 years ago

      It's not legal for pregnant women to relieve themselves in a policemans helmet in the UK. This law keeps popping up and it's a popular myth.

      The law states that a pregnant woman may relieve themselves in a public place which is otherwise illegal. Why would a policemans helmet be any more effective than the ground beneath it?

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      mike 5 years ago

      the thing you had about lebanon law that you could have sex with an animal in general is not true what so ever ......

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      dancergirl303 5 years ago

      I have to wonder about the legitimacy of this site... I was born and raised in Colorado and lived in Boulder for quite a few years. I know for a fact it's not illegal to own any pets there.

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      billy the hillbilly 5 years ago

      In kentucky it is illegal to ride a hourse at night without brake light and in jellico tenn. Its against the law to window shop.

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      Jo le taxi 5 years ago

      Its a popular missconception that a London cab should always carry a bale of hay, this has never been law not even when hackney carriages were horse drawn, at that time all that was required was some hand feed for the horse.

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      Skimbo 5 years ago

      It is illegal to read House Of Fun if you're more than 300 yards outside of Bermondsey

      It's illegal to rant and whoop in churchyards unless you've had a Barnstormer Black Six and Millwall have just been relegated

      It is illegal to synonymize degenerate old woman on council estates with any form of Crystal Palace victory

      It is illegal to be sitting here at 3 in the morning doing this nonsense

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      frankie 5 years ago

      skimbo what's that law about bermondsey all about im from there

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      khalil tarabein 5 years ago

      sorry but about the : - In Lebanon men are allowed to engage in sexual intercourse with female animals. If caught with a male animal the punishment is death.

      id love to tell u that im lebanese and thats not mentioned or heard in lebanon , we are more class than any europian country ;)

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      Chris 5 years ago

      In maine, shotguns are allowed to be taken to church in the event of an indian attack

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      Nothing 5 years ago

      Churches, hotels, halls of assembly, stores, markets, banking rooms, railroad depots, and saloons are required to provide spittoons "of a kind and number to efficiently contain expectorations into them."

      (El Paso, Texas)

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      Ben Wilson 5 years ago

      In the State of Indiana. No male under the age of 21 may own sheep and over the age of 21 only married men may own sheep. No restrictions on females owning sheep.

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      hiba 5 years ago

      do you have the legal to write this fake laws u wrote a harmfull law about lebanon but be sure u wll be punished legally ;)

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      Christian hunt 5 years ago

      So this post is the best thing tO read when your up at 2 and have nOthin to do

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      Dp beaTz 5 years ago

      Lol this is funny to read at 2am.. Its illegal to spit on the ground in cail. ( hometown)

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      mashamasha 5 years ago

      @ Hiba..very nice. its one thing to make things up and have a laugh, but some things are insulting.. especially to the people who are proud of their roots, which im guessing is something new to you:)

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      Read_the_Law 5 years ago

      @more_information about the "Kissing Law" of South Africa - it seems pretty effective to me. Especially in communities where rape and molestation are prevalent.

      And TV licenses should have been phased out by now. It was only meant to be a "levy" to aid in raising capital to build infrastructure for free tv. How does Etv do it?

      But lol, for Washington. If we didn't pretend to have wealthy parents, many a movie wouldn't have been made.

      "In Eureka, Nevada, if you have a moustache it's against the law for you to kiss a woman." i should take my boyfriend there, maybe it will force him to shave his off!

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      Theo 5 years ago

      Most of them are fake, sorry guys but they are...

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      Bruce 5 years ago

      Wow. Some of those have to be made up. I find it hard to believe that any policeman would willingly hand over his helmet so that a pregnant lady could relieve herself in it. Or maybe I'm just not that chivalrous. But I guess it just shows how important it is to know the law, wherever you are. Just in case you're ever in Utah, check out

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      matt fordham 5 years ago

      I don't think any of these laws are enforced apart from the tv licence here in the uk but that's because tv is free apart from if you want to be robbed of your hard earned cash by sky tv. TBH at the moment I don't think the English police are enforcing any laws, they've all f£$%ed off and you can do whatever you want it seems.

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      Abir 5 years ago

      Please check well your information before posting it.. What you said about Lebanon is totally wrong.. as Lebanese I confirm that we don't have such law for such act

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      Jad 5 years ago

      Well it seems you don't like mistakes.

      By removing my post on your facebook, you wont stop me.

      I will only stop if this info is removed.

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      Azmi 5 years ago

      A lot of this is bullshit.Like the one about Lebanon.

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      Elmeromero1395 5 years ago

      This was hilarious....some people should learn to take a joke now & again! And if it's a real w/ it, lmao!

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      avaaustralia 5 years ago

      The laws about Australia aren't true.

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      Finnish 5 years ago

      The law about Donald Duck in Finland is not true. It's an urban legend spread abroad in 1970'ies. Donald Duck magazine is the most popular magazine in Finland.

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      Timmy 5 years ago

      In Adelaide you can drive while drinking a beer,as long as you are under the limit

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      Barbara Vigar 5 years ago

      In Adelaide South Australia public urination is illegal unless performed by a male on the left side of his tethered horse in Hutt st.

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      Ginny 5 years ago

      Okay- so I'm from Australia and i hate to break it to you but you don't have to be an electrician to change a light bulb- that's ridiculous! Hahahahaha but they do make a lot of money here!

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      Laura 5 years ago

      Mickey Mouse was NEVER banned in Romania !!! Television transmissions started in 1955 in Romania !!!

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      some_bloke 5 years ago

      @Timmy, "In Adelaide you can drive while drinking a beer,as long as you are under the limit" is pigs ass. If it does happen to be true it would be contradicted by the law that no one may have an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, even the passanger. Although a law in Adelaide, South Australia that still exists today is that it is illegal to allow chickens to run loose in Rundle Mall. And to all who are unsure of what Rundle Mall is, it is a stretch of street closed off to traffic and used as a shopping hot spot. This law refers to back in olden days the mall was used as markets for trading livestock and various other items so to allow chickens to run loose was illegal. This law is clearly out of date and has not been withdrawn, as I would suspect many of the laws mentioned here would be, either that or started as rumours and are so far gone now no one can tell the difference, so lads, don't get fired up so easily, it could quite easily be a mistake or an uncommon law forgotten by all.

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      Alex 5 years ago

      In north carolina, if a man and a woman share a hotel room they are legally married.

      The punishment in new york for jumping off a building more than five stories high is execution.

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      Alexh 5 years ago

      Lol in Oshawa Ontario Canada it's illegal to climb trees and its illegal to kill bigfoot in Canada

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      FLIP 5 years ago

      When you're at the airport, is is illegal to say the word "BOMB" or "BOMBA".


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      chris114 5 years ago

      In missouri usa its illegal to drink beer from a bucket while sitting on a street curb.

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      Amy 5 years ago

      ALl the above are funny, but the spelling errors and the lack of or misplaced comma's make some hard to understand.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Relax people, no one was trying to say one country is better or worse than anywhere else, it was just funny to see the different laws for each country, wether they are still in use or were from 1000s of years ago wasn't really the main point, alot of them were probably made up by someone years ago and they stuck, just admit it, you wouldn't have read it if you didn't find it interesting/funny so just take it as it was intended and laugh. i did :)

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      Tony 5 years ago

      Ok some people need a humour exchange especially the guy from Lebanon. These laws mostly do exist. Some may have been repealed or they don't enter public consciousness because no one enforces then now. For example in one place in America (Philadelphia I think) it's illegal to sleep in a fridge. No one gets punished for it though even though it was a safety concern back when fridges could lock. They just never bothered taking it off the books. So those people who are getting shirty give it a rest and just because you have not heard of it out see blatant disregard of the law does not mean it does not exist.

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      Tony 5 years ago

      One small amendment a lot of these laws are POSSIBLY true. Just because you don't know it didn't mean it is not and vice versa.

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      kinaa 5 years ago

      this laws arent that funny tbh i iked the poice one that was funny but some of these laws are really stupisss

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      Aperson 5 years ago

      Some are these are fake. In Burma you're allowed to access the internet, but the government just banned a lot of websites. It's not illegal!

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      Aurora 5 years ago

      Hey! This is supposed to be HUMOROUS, not informational, to all you idiots ranting about them being fake! Although, you all should see someone about those dysfunctional funnybones...

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      Graham 5 years ago

      In Thailand it's illegal to leave the house without wearing underwear.True to this day.

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      Graham 5 years ago

      In the UK there are over 2000 things it's illegal to buy on a Sunday.Bible's and garden gnomes are among them.A lot of these laws are outdated of course but are still on the books.

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      Simon Perkins 5 years ago

      I am assured by the various contributors that these are real standing laws from around the United States of America. I suspect some have been repealed, and a few may even be fictional, but I have no direct knowledge, so please don't take them too seriously - this is not a law manual! This is not in any way an attack on USA - other countries, including my own, have their share of stupid laws - you can see some of them on this page. Hope you enjoy these and remember, Law Enforcement is no joke!


      1. It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle. [Thanks to Tiffany Dozier]

      2. It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church. [Thanks to Tiffany Dozier]

      3. Putting salt on a railway track may be punishable by death. [Thanks to Tiffany Dozier]

      4. Boogers may not be flicked into the wind. [Thanks to Tiffany Dozier]

      5. You cannot chain your alligator to a fire hydrant. [Thanks to Ben Chastain]

      6. Peanuts are not allowed to be sold in Lee County, Alabama after sunset on Wednesdays. [Thanks to an anonymous contributor]

      7. You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time. [Thanks to an anonymous contributor]

      8. It is legal to drive the wrong way on a one way street if you have a lantern on the front of your car. [Thanks to an anonymous contributor]


      1. You can't look at a moose from an aeroplane. [Thanks to Dave Knott]

      2. Kangaroos are not allowed in barber shops at any time. [Thanks to an anonymous contributor]

      3. Even though it is legal to hunt a bear, it is illegal to wake a bear and take a picture for photo opportunities. [Thanks to Kyle Brown]

      4. It is an offence to push a live moose out of a moving aeroplane. [Thanks to Susan Goodgine]

      5. It is State Policy that all emergencies are held to a minimum. [Thanks to Susan Goodgine]


      1. It is illegal to mispronounce Arkansas while in Arkansas [Thanks to Aaron Parmet for that one]


      1. Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.

      2. It is illegal to eat an orange in your bathtub [Thanks to Meagin Caza for that one]

      3. Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses. [Thanks to Caleb Hicks]

      4. A city ordinance states that a $500 fine will be given to anyone who detonates a nuclear device within city limits. [Thanks to Caleb Hicks]


      1. It is illegal for a woman wearing a red dress to be out on the streets after 7 p.m. [Thanks to Molly Lane]

      2. It is illegal to let your cat run loose in Denver unless it has a taillight. [Thanks to Krystal Stephens]

      3. A dogcatcher must notify the dog, three days before they capture them, of their intentions. (I think that's also Denver) [Thanks to Krystal Stephens]

      4. It is illegal to drive a black car on Sunday in Denver. [Thanks to Krystal Stephens]


      1. You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.

      2. You are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.

      3. A pickle is not officially a pickle unless it bounces [Thanks to an anonymous sender at for that one]


      1. Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.

      2. A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.

      3. If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

      4. (SARASOTA) It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.

      5. Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.

      6. In Miami, it is forbidden to imitate an animal. [Thanks to Dave Knott]

      7. It is illegal to fart in a public place after 6:00pm on a Thursday. [Thanks to John Andrews]

      8. It is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a porcupine. [Thanks to Allison Neely]

      9. It is illegal for a woman to bungie jump naked on Sunday before midday. [Thanks to Danny Giffen]

      10. In Miami it is illegal to park your elephant on 8th Street on Sundays after 1pm. [Thanks to Diana E. Lopez]

      11. It's illegal to purchase alcohol before 1pm on Sundays in the city of Coral Gables. [Thanks to Diana E. Lopez]


      1. It is illegal to tie a giraffe to a lamp post.[Thanks to Saz for that]

      2. It is illegal to take a bath of orange peel.[Thanks to Saz for that]

      3. In Peachtree City, it is illegal to be homeless. [Thanks to Kathy Doan]


      1. In Hawaii you will be fined if you do not own a boat. [Thanks to Renee for that]


      Except for the first two, the following Illinois laws were kindly supplied to me by Angelique N. Morris, who also helpfully provided sources. I have simply copy/pasted her material below, with insertion of the necessary HTML code and a little different punctuation:

      1. It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets.

      2. It is illegal to eat in a restaurant if it is on fire. [Thanks to Kristofer Swärdståhl]

      3. You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.

      4. You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.

      5. The English language is not to be spoken.

      6. City Laws in Illinois:

      1. Carbondale

      No one may stand on the sidewalk on the 500 block of Illinois Ave.

      2. Champaign

      One may not pee in his neighbor's mouth.

      3. Chicago

      1. All businesses entering into contracts with the city must sift through their records and report any business they had dealing with slaves during the era of slavery. Details Full text of the Law: Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance (Source: Downey, Sarah. Slavery Disclosure Time. Newsweek. January 27, 2003.)

      2. Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.

      3. It is illegal to give a dog whiskey.

      4. It is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe's neck.

      5. Kites may not be flown within the city limits.

      6. In the Pullman area, it is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on the curb.

      7. It is legal to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen years of age and have legal permits.

      4. Cicero

      Humming on public streets is prohibited on Sundays.

      5. Crete

      1. It is considered an offense to attempt to have sex with one's dog.

      2. Cars may not be driven through the town.

      6. Crystal Lake

      If one wishes to plant new sod in his or her yard in the summer months, that person may not use the city's water to water it.

      7. Des Plaines

      Wheelbarrows with For-Sale signs may not be chained to trees.

      8. Evanston

      1. Bowling is forbidden.

      2. It is unlawful to change clothes in an automobile with the curtains drawn, except in case of fire.

      9. Fairfield

      It is unlawful for "negroes" to be within county boundaries from sundown to sunrise.

      10. Galesburg

      1. No person may keep a smelly dog. Details Full text of the Law:

      Sec. 4-6. Noise, odor, etc.

      No person shall keep or maintain any animal, poultry or fowl in such a manner to cause inconvenience or disturbance to other persons by reason of noise, odor or other cause.

      (Ord. No. 84-935, ? .0311, 2-20-84)

      2. It is illegal to burn bird feathers. Details Full text of the Law:

      Sec. 4-23. Burning of animal matter; prohibited.

      No person shall burn any feathers, hides or any other animal matter within the corporate limits of the city.

      (Ord. No. 84-935, ? .10, 2-20-84)

      3. Jostling others is illegal. Details Full text of the Law:

      Sec. 15-108. Jostling and crowding.

      No person shall jostle or willfully crowd any member of the public in any public or private place, or otherwise interfere intentionally with the peaceful pursuit of their affairs.

      (Ord. No. 63-695, ? .013, 1-21-63)

      4. No bicyclist may practice "fancy riding" on any city street. Details Full text of the Law:

      Sec. 28-345. Trick riding.

      No rider of a

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      PAlash Sarkar 5 years ago

      "- Due to lack of pants, Donald Duck cartoons were banned in Finland"

      This is false. In the year 1977, Finland was going through a tough financial crisis. The government took some steps to save money, one of them was to ban the purchasing of Donald Duck comics. Well, here is one of the many links:

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      Melissa 5 years ago

      Actually anyone in Australia can change a light bulb. The law only applies to commercial places such as schools, shops, etc.

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      5 years ago

      In England it is illegal to take a photograph of someone under 18 for "sexual purposes" eg. you fancy them. But you can legally have sex with them at 16. This law was made in 2003 and people can be put on the sex offenders register for it. This is not a joke.

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      Maidhc 5 years ago

      You forgot one of Pennsylvania's (many) strange laws: (homemade) Bake sales are illegal. :)

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      Michael 5 years ago


      It's strictly illigal to grow, own, import or sell any soft- or harddrugs. However the Dutch government tolerates to grow and own under 5 Marihuana plants at home. It is also tolerated to carry 5 grams of soft drugs.

      It is illigal to sell softdrugs, however the Dutch government tolerates coffeeshops to sell small quantities (5 grams). A coffeeshop can only have a stock up to 500 grams.

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      boo 5 years ago

      to any-one taking offense, lighten up obviously most of these laws are from a different era. The only one i know is that

      -in Australia it is illegal to name animal you intend to eat.

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      Sheogorath 5 years ago

      "In north carolina, if a man and a woman share a hotel room they are legally married."

      What about two guys? The best I can get here in the UK is a civil partnership...

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      kate 5 years ago

      In oklahoma city, it is illegal to walk down the street backward whilst eating a hamburger

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      orey 5 years ago

      In Germany prostitutes are legal and the age of consent is 14..... I know I can't wait to go in to the foreign exchange program next year!

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      Jacob 5 years ago

      This has made my day let alone helped me with a school project there is tons of awesome humor but it is scary to think all those are true

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      Speechless 5 years ago

      Meanwhile in Singapore...

      A gathering of five or more people is considered unlawful assembly punishable by imprisonment or fine, or both.

      Force or violence used by an unlawful assembly (classified as rioting) is punishable by imprisonment, fine and caning.

      Picketing is considered unlawful if it is intimidating, obstructive or if it lead to a breach of the peace.

      Public speeches or demonstrations are only allowed at a designated place known as The Speaker's Corner, which requires a police permit beforehand.

      Authorities have the power to prevent an individual from leaving home or a building if it is deemed that that person intended or intends to be part of a demonstration.

      A man having sex (regardless of consent or not) with his wife (if she happens to be below the age of 13) is considered rape.

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      Bob 5 years ago

      It is illegal to fart in public on Sunday after 7:00 pm in Florida


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      Dian Rosita 5 years ago


      that is not true!! there is not such thing of punishment in INDONESIA.

      you maybe mistaken.

      I know about it well, because I'm indonesian

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      nomadicmicmac 5 years ago

      In Boston Massachusetts it was illegal for native Americans to be in the city up till about ten years ago

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      jayceaden 5 years ago

      Sneakers Slippers

      - We are located in Louisville, Kentucky, which is the 16th largest city in the US. We at Happy Feet take pride in providing the highest quality and most comfortable house slippers in the world.

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      CE 4 years ago

      In Blue Earth, Minnesota, it is illegal for children under 12 years of age to speak on the telephone unless accompanied by one of their parents?

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      Aleister888 4 years ago

      This Hub was truly amazing, i had such a good time reading it, there truly are some crazy laws in this world haha!

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      Luke 3 years ago

      Australia is the only country that it is legal to eat the animals on the Coat of Arms

      and anyone can change a light bulb in a private residence but at schools, government buildings ect. a licenced electritian has to

      Also No one with a criminal record can live in ACT (Austrailias Capitol Teratory)

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England


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      Hein 3 years ago

      In South Africa you have to have a licence to buy a TV

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      How about these examples for strangeness in law-breaking.....

      The first recorded ' animal ' trial was in 864 A.D., when the Diet of Worms decreed that a hive of bees which had stung a man to death should be suffocated.

      Also, another weird animal case was that of the Italian caterpillars which were asked to appear in court in 1659 on charges of trespassing and wilful damage to property. A copy of the summons was nailed to a tree in each of the five districts where the damage had occurred.

      The accused were asked to return to the woodlands and refrain from destroying the crops. The court, in fairness, conceded the caterpillars' right to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, provided that their behaviour did not ' destroy or impair the happiness of man '. ( I'm not pulling your leg either :).


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      Person 3 years ago

      It is Illegal to kill a sasquatch in British columbia, Canada

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      Richard 3 years ago

      In Texas, its illegal to drink wine so you can sleep at night

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      sage 2 years ago

      i didn't know the ones about victoria, and i live there!!!! not sure if they are true though cos i think ive seen people do both

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      zia 2 years ago

      in philippines if you steal coins you face the prison cell. and if you still billions you face hospital arrest.

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      Ken Westmoreland 2 years ago from Taunton, Somerset

      South Africa is not the only country in the world where you have to pay for a licence to have a TV - the UK has always had one, as have many other European countries, as indeed does Japan.

      What is stranger is that South Africa didn't have TV at all until 1976, and there was no advertising on TV until 1978. However, most revenue for the SABC (state broadcaster) comes from advertising on TV and radio. Australia got rid of the licence fee forty years ago and the ABC is funded directly by the government through taxes, although its TV and radio services are commercial free.

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      andrea 2 years ago

      that italian thing never existed -_-

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      Frances Metcalfe 5 months ago from The Limousin, France

      I knew some of the UK ones. Crazy!

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      Gilbert Arevalo 4 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Very amusing laws around the world, I'm sure you had great fun collecting them all together.

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      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Funny ;)

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