Thursday, September 2, 2010

Today's Trivia - Crazy Laws

For today’s trivia, how about some crazy laws? What the heck...

- It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament. (What do they do to you once you’re dead?)

- It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British King or Queen's image upside-down.

- It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store.

- Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned in Britain.

- The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen.

- If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and needs the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter.

- In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet.

- 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.

- It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour.

- In Trinity College students can demand a glass of wine at any time during an exam, provided they are wearing their sword.

- It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.

- In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk.

- In England, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day.

- In England it is illegal to be drunk on licensed premises such as pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants.

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

- It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.

- In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.

- In Scotland it is illegal to be a drunk in possession of a cow.

- In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon. (What about if you call Napoleon a pig?)

- Also in France it is illegal to kiss on railways in France.

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

- In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad. (Hmmm...not a bad idea....)

- In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

- In Massachusetts Christmas was outlawed in 1659.

- In New Hampshire it is against the law to tap your feet, nod your head or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant or café.

- In Oklahoma criminals can be fined, arrested or jailed for making faces at a dog.

- In Germany it is illegal to wear a mask.

- It is illegal for a student to walk through Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, without a sword.

- In Antwerp, Belgium, it is illegal to wear a red hat and walk down the main street.

- In Israel picking your nose on Saturday is forbidden.

- In Singapore failure to flush a public toilet after use may result in a very large fine.

- In Australia it is illegal to dress up as batman. (I wonder if this includes Halloween.)


  1. All of these are quirky and awesome, but lead to a troubling thought that laws are only added to the books, and hardly ever taken off. Hmmm...

  2. I agree, Tatiana. Makes you wonder about that. I think there are already too many laws; some of them shoudl be removed.