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10 Crazy Laws

Updated on October 31, 2017

Laws are meant to protect us, keep society civilized and running smoothly but sometimes they just seem so ridiculous you have to wonder who came up with them and why. Whether we abide by our countries laws or not isn’t always obvious as you think.

We know breaking into someone’s house would be cause for arrest, driving while intoxicated is definitely a no-no and harming another person or animal simply isn’t acceptable but have you ever wondered if you’d get a fine for having the wrong time or putting your donkey?

Around the world states, provinces and countries have archaic laws that don’t seem suitable for daily living but haven’t been updated to be relevant. Here are just 10 of them from around the world:

Labrador Time

There are plenty of different time zones and all but one throughout Canada differ by a full hour while Labrador / Newfoundland is the exception, differing by 30 minutes. For over 80 years it has been determined that the most Eastern province of Canada operates on its own time zone – Newfoundland Standard Time (3.5 hours later than GST). Their law states that this is the time residents are required to follow yet it is unclear if those who disobey will suffer any more than a grumble.

Don’t Let Your Donkey Sleep In Your Tub

At least don’t put your donkey to bed in your home’s bathtub if you reside in Arizona. If you even own a donkey let him sleep outside with the other animals or you may suffer some consequences. This was put in place after a rancher upset the community by having his donkey sleep in what would seem a very uncomfortable place – a tub.

Don’t Ride a Horse While Drinking

In Colorado, but maybe this one should be everywhere for the sake of people and horses, it’s written that you cannot legally ride a horse while intoxicated. Though it’s not clear on the actual legal limit is it ever a good idea to consume alcohol and get on the back of a large animal? As some say, common sense isn’t so common anymore but some states still have a law about it.

Taxi Drivers Must Wear Long Sleeves

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada if you see your cab driver wearing anything but a blouse with a collar and sleeves you might want to call the cops. In the fine print of a legal binding contract it is said that taxi drivers cannot wear tee shirts – even East Coast Lifestyle ones!

Hold The Silly String

In Mobile, Alabama if you’re caught celebrating with confetti or spraying silly string you are breaking the local law. If this is the case – do the local stores even sell it?

A Wife Without Teeth

In Vermont, USA a wife needing false teeth first has to ask her husband’s permission to wear them so I have to wonder what women do who aren’t married.

Don’t Marry the Dead

Don’t fall in love with a zombie in France as it is written that it’s illegal to marry a dead person but maybe zombies are not considered people at all. Would it be legal then?

Kill But Only With Bare Hands

Infidelity is taken extremely seriously in Hong Kong, allowing wives of cheating husbands to kill them without consequence but only if they do so with their bare hands.

Dog Walker For Hire

In Turin, Italy taking your dog for a walk a day isn’t enough according to the law. Taking a puppy for a walk three times a day is the required minimum so hiring two or three dog walkers to help you out. And hopefully your dog isn’t lazy!

Stay In the Dark

How many people does it take to replace a lightbulb in down under Victoria, Australia? One but only if that one is a hired licensed electrician.

Following the law should be easy for most of us as we live our lives to the best of our abilities and treat others as we wish to be treated. It’s difficult to imagine being in a jail cell for forgetting your wife’s birthday in Samoa while your neighbour is serving time for burglary but it appears it’s possible.

There are certainly some laws we would all love to be put into place but first it may be more important to clean up the ridiculously archaic laws we are now expected to know and abide by.

Guest Writer

Sarah Butland was born in Ontario, the year was 1982. She now resides in Nova Scotia, Canada with her high school sweetheart and son.

The creator of BananaBoy and author of the Adventures Of Sammy series beginning with Sending You Sammy, her first published children's book, Butland dreams big and starts small. Brain Tales – Volume One and Arm Farm added to her in print collection of books among her blog (, articles for magazines and many other forms of writing.


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      There are certainly many archaic laws on the books in many places. I wonder who wrote some of them in the first place?

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      Kari Poulsen 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      LOL, I wonder why no one ever goes through these laws to change them. :)


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