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The number of laws just in your local town or city are numerous, not to mention all the laws of your country.  It is no surprise, then, that some laws, both in force and not, are quite ludicrous.  Mind boggling, even.  Here are some of them.

  • In Wisconsin, while having sexual intercourse, it is unlawful for a man to fire his gun while his wife is experiencing an orgasm.
  • In Milan, Italy, unless going to a hospital or a funeral, you have to smile or be fined.
  • In Singapore chewing gum is illegal.
  • 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 Shepherd dog was arrested for stealing a woman’s handbag.
  • In Turkey, it was illegal to drink coffee during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was punishable by death.
  • In Rome 2000 years ago, Julius Caesar banned chariots from Rome city center to ease congestion.
  • In Switzerland, it used 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 two pounds of meat a day.
  • In London, it is illegal for a city cab to carry rabid dogs or corpses.
  • In England, it is illegal to die in the House of Parliament.
  • Again in England, it is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the Queen’s picture upside down.
  • Navy ships that enter London Port must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.
  • Continuing with England, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, even in a policeman’s helmet.
  • In England, all males over age 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice.
  • In England, 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.  The bones in the tail are used for corsets.
  • In London, city cabs by law must carry a bale of hay at all times.
  • In Birmingham, after sundown it is illegal for a man and woman to partake in sexual intercourse on church steps.
  • In London, it is illegal to throw a stick for your dog or use a camera tripod in any park.
  • In London, domestic violence is legal as long as it’s before 9 p.m. and does not disturb the neighbors.
  • In Alexandria, Minnesota, USA, it is illegal for a man to have sexual intercourse with a woman if his breath smells of sardines.
  • 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 five year drought.  Five years later 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 more than ten years.
  • In Arizona, hunting camels is against the law.
  • In India in the 1950’s, they made anything based on Robin Hood illegal, because they thought he was a Communist.
  • In Minnesota, it is illegal to hang male and female undergarments out to dry on the same line.
  • North Carolina passed a law that makes it illegal to curse in the presence of dead people.
  • In Iowa, horses are breaking the law if they eat a fire hydrant.
  • In Florida, it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a porcupine.
  • In Kingsville, Texas, it is illegal for pigs to have sexual intercourse on airport property.
  • In Willowdale, Oregon, it is illegal for a man to curse while having sexual intercourse with a woman.
  • In Ames, Iowa, men lying in bed with their wives must not have more than three 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 allowed to have sexual intercourse with a man in an ambulance.
  • In Chico, California, you can be fined $500 for setting off a nuclear bomb in the city limits.
  • In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.
  • In Iowa, if you kiss for more than five minutes, you are breaking the law.
  • In 24 states in the United States, a woman can divorce her husband if he is impotent.
  • In Miami, Florida, it is illegal to imitate animals.
  • In Oxford, Ohio, it is illegal for a woman to undress in front of a picture of a man.
  • In Baltimore, Maryland, it is illegal to take a lion to the movies.
  • In Texas, if you are going to commit a crime, you must legally give the police 24 hours advance notice.
  • In Oklahoma, you could go to prison if you make faces at a dog.
  • In St. Louis, Missouri, it is illegal for a fireman to rescue a woman if she is in her night clothes.
  • In Providence, Rhode Island, it is illegal to sell a toothbrush and toothpaste to the same customer on a Sunday.
  • In Logan County, Colorado, kissing a woman while she is asleep is illegal.
  • In Eureka, Nevada, it is against the law to kiss a woman if you have a mustache.
  • In Vermont, a woman must get written permission from her husband to wear false teeth.
  • In Kentucky, it is illegal if you carry a concealed weapon more than six feet in length.
  • In Florida, an unmarried woman can go to jail for parachuting on Sundays.
  • In Ohio, getting a fish drunk is illegal.
  • In Victoria, Australia, you need a licensed electrician to change a light bulb.
  • Also in Victoria, Australia, it is illegal to wear pink hot pants after midday on Sundays.
  • In France, it is 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 can only legally examine a woman’s genitals by using 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, but if caught with a male animal the sentence is death.
  • Hundreds of years ago, anyone trying to leave Japan was executed.
  • In Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, in 1917, it was illegal to tie a male horse next to a female horse.

So, there you go folks.  Some of the strangest laws in the world.

Absolutely Mind Boggling!