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The UK's top 10 most ridiculous British laws were listed as:


# 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 (3%)


# 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%)


Other bizarre foreign laws voted by those polled included:


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


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


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


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


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


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


# In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon (4%)

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I had heard of the Florida one and unmarried women in parachute before... found it quite amusing, you wonder how on earth these laws came to exist...


Another one from the US which I heard of but can't remember exact wording or location went something like this : it is illegal to walk your pet crocodile down the main street on a sunday.

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I like number 6 the best!! :lol:


Do any of you expetees want to try it out! Go on you know you want to.

Excuse, me officer I really need to go, come hand over the helmet you know the rules!


Kev. :lol::lol:


All tghe policemen around here were hats, rather than helmets - not sure that'd do the job quite as well.... :lol:


My brother was once told that it was an old Edinburgh bylaw that you could wee in the street, as long as you shouted "I'm in pain" three times whilst erm....relieving yourself. Sadly the policeman who found him down a close hadn't heard of it...

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Not sure if it's true, but I was once told that a pregnant woman can still ask to use the bathroom anywhere and it is illegal to refuse... (well, when i say anywhere, I mean in a bathroom anywhere)... for instance if a pregnant lady walks into a restaurant just to use the bathroom, she can't be turned away...


After having had four babies taking my insides for a trampoline, I must admit I find that law rather wonderful, but I never dared to put it to the test!

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Trouble is, we can't wait long enough to discuss the point! If one person says no, we have to hurry off to find somewhere else! :roll:


I haven't been pregnant for 9 years, but needing a toilet frequently doesn't seem to have changed much! :roll:

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