Most Ludicrous Laws in the UK

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  1. jason_els

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    Scotsmen beware!! Never carry a bow and arrow within the ancient walls of the city of York because if you do, it is perfectly legal for someone to murder you!

    Eating mince pies on Christmas day? Better not! It's illegal.

    Pregnant and need a place to pee? Not a problem in the UK! Simply relieve yourself anyplace you like-- including a policeman's helmet.

    Never, ever, afix a postage stamp on an envelope with the monarch's image upside down. It's treason.

    Here's the list of most ridiculous laws still on the books in the UK according to the BBC:

    1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27%)

    2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen's image upside-down (7%)

    3. It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6%)

    4. Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned(5%)

    5. If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter (4%)

    6. In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet (4%)

    7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen (3.5%)

    8. It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing (3%)


    9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour
    10. It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (2%)
    Don't feel alone there. The rest of the world has some pretty serious consequences as well:

    1. In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk (9%)

    2. In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation (8%)

    3. A male doctor in Bahrain can only examine the genitals of a woman in the reflection of a mirror (7%)

    4. In Switzerland, a man may not relieve himself standing up after 10pm (6%)

    5. It is illegal to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle in Alabama (6%)

    6. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on a Sunday could be jailed (6%)

    7. Women in Vermont must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth (6%)

    8. In Milan, it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits (5%)

    9. There is no age of consent in Japan (5%)

    10. In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon (4%)
    --BBC
     
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    Illegal to die in Parliament? That makes sense.

    I like the US law that states the penalty for attempted suicide is death by hanging. That'll teach 'em!!

    Also, there is an age of consent in Japan. It used to be 12. Currently it is 13 by federal law. However, like the USA, there are both federal and state (or in this case prefecture) laws governing age of consent. In the US, the federal law is only applied for US citizens traveling abroad or traveling across state lines for the purpose of having sex with someone under the age of 18. As long as you are in your own state, it is often legal to have sex with someone younger than that. In Japan, prefecture law trumps federal law on this issue. Age of consent varies from prefecture to prefecture, but in many places it is as high as 18.

    The only places in the world that I'm aware of where there is no age of consent are some African countries, where there simply are no laws written on the subject, and also most Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar and Yemen. In the latter, you can fuck whomever you want provided you are married to them. Sex outside of marriage is still illegal, though, and often punishable by death.
     
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    This one got me. Why the fuck would you be driving blindfolded anyway?!?
     
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    In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon that is more than 6 feet long. :biggrin1:

    And in Indiana, it is illegal to take a bath in the winter. (I'm a repeat offender there...)
     
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    I think there's one where it is illegal to have a dog as mayor...my son had a book with all these rediculous laws but moved away with it...guess he wants to be a law-abiding citizen!
     
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    Each ridiculous law listed is followed by a percentage.
    I wonder what that means?
     
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    I wonder what made them enact some of these laws in the first place. Some of them you can see the reasoning behind them but who were all these people getting fish drunk that made it necessary to have a law about it.
     
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    They were my neighbors!:eek:
     
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    It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

    Your point being? :biggrin1:
     
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    Well, I guess you'd care about the fish, then.:cool:
     
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    Yes, they were creating quite a raucus and I was getting concerned when their parties always seemed to result in unplanned pregnancies!
     
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    Fraternity hazing, stupid, drunken bet, trying to win a Darwin Award :biggrin1:
     
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    Dumb Laws in Georgia

    The term "sadomasochistic abuse" is defined so broadly, that it could possibly be applied to a person handcuffing another in a clown suit.


    All sex toys are banned.
    Why does this law exist?

    In 1968 a Fulton-county resident was convicted under this law. This is despite the fact that the Fulton-County jury publicly stated that the law was "archaic" and noted such gadgets can have therapeutic value.

    It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office.

    Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.

    Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs.

    Signs are required to be written in English.

    No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.

    City Laws in Georgia
    Acworth
    All citizens must own a rake.
    Explanation

    Athens-Clarke County
    Adult bookstores may not sell alcohol.
    Full Text

    Massage businesses may not sell alcohol on the side.
    Full Text

    Selling two beers at once for the same price is not allowed.
    Full Text

    Though being forced to close your business is bad enough, Athens-Clarke County forces one to obtain a license before holding a Going-Out-Of-Business sale.
    Full Text



    On Mondays, it is illegal for one to whistle very loud after 11:00 PM.


    You may not get drunk on “The Bus”
    Full Text

    Alabama slingshots may not be used in the city limits.
    Full Text

    No one may bath in Sandy Creek Lake.
    Full Text

    Atlanta
    Against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
    One man may not be on another man's back.

    Cobb County

    At Nickajack Elementary School, all peanut products are banned, even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
    Full Text

    Columbus
    No one may practice the business of tattooing on Sunday.
    Full Text

    It is illegal to carve your initials on a tree, even if it is on your own property.
    Full Text

    Model airplanes may be flown so long as they stay on either private property or city property adjacent to the county morgue.
    Full Text

    Blow guns are not allowed to be used within the city limits.
    Full Text

    Cussing over the telephone is against the law.
    Full Text



    No one may tease an idiot.
    Full Text

    It is illegal to wear a hat in a movie theater.
    Full Text

    Crosses may be burned on someone else’s property, so long as you have their permission.
    Full Text

    To swim in any pond in the city, one must wear a ‘suitable bathing suit’.
    Full Text

    Barber shops may not open on Sundays.
    Full Text

    Stink bombs are not allowed in the city limits.
    Full Text

    Picnics are prohibited in graveyards.
    Full Text

    No person may be buried under a sidewalk of a cemetery.
    Full Text

    It is illegal to set one price for two beers.
    Full Text
     
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    They were rated in a public poll.
     
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    Where do they come up with the specifics for these things?

    Yeah, ok, Sorry Officer. If I promise not to do it again can you let me off this time with just a warning?



    [FONT=Lucida Handwriting, Cursive]Dumb Canadian Laws[/FONT]​

    National Laws
    You may not pay for a 50 cent item with only pennies.
    Citizens may not publicly remove bandages.​

    British Columbia
    It's illegal to kill a sasquatch.​

    Alberta
    If you are released from prison, it is required that they give you a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town.
    Businesses must provide rails for tying up horses.
    Wooden logs may not be painted.​

    New Brunswick
    Driving on the roads is not allowed.​

    Nova Scotia
    When raining, a person may not water his/her lawn.​


    My personal favorite is from the village of Chateauneuf du Pape. During the height of UFO sightings they passed a law in the mid-1950s that &#8220;flying saucers&#8221; or &#8220;flying cigars&#8221; are prohibited from flying over or landing in the vineyards (as this would damage the grapes). Should such vehicles actually land, they would be impounded.​

    Chuckle all you will, it's been effective. Not a single UFO has landed there.​
     
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