Just for Fun!
Perhaps it’s all the talk of Brexit that made me think about the strange laws I have come across recently!
Strange Laws Still Enforceable in the UK
- If a stranger knocks on your door in Scotland and asks to use your toilet, you are obliged to allow them to do so.
- It has been illegal since 1313 to wear a suit of armour in the Houses of Parliament.
- Asking a stranger for change for the car park is technically classed as begging and punishable under the 1824 Vagrancy Act.
- It is illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances.
- As odd as it sounds, it is illegal to be drunk in a pub.
- To play Knock a door run-away is illegal.
- It is illegal to import Polish potatoes without first notifying the authorities.
- Since 1939 it has been illegal to carry a plank or wood or a ladder on the pavement.
- Any whale or sturgeon beached on UK shores must be offered to the reigning monarch.
- It is illegal to beat your carpet, rut or mat outdoors in London.
- Being drunk and in charge of cattle is illegal.
- Before activating your burglar alarm and leaving the home, you must first nominate a ‘key holder’ who can turn it off when you are absent.
Strange Laws From Around the World
- In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush a toilet in an apartment block after 10 pm.
- In Australia, patrons of a bar can expect to have their horses stabled, water and fed by the bar owner.
- Australian law also forbids people to dress up as Batman and Robin.
- It is illegal for chickens to cross the road in Georgia.
- Hawaiian law states that it is illegal to drink alcohol on the beach.
- In Russia, it is illegal to drive a dirty car.
- In Illinois, USA, it is illegal to fall asleep in a cheese shop.
- Unless attending a funeral or visiting at a hospital, it is illegal to frown in Milan, Italy.
- In France, it is illegal to name your pig Napoleon.
- In Japan, it is illegal for a driver to splash mud or water onto a pedestrian.
- If an elephant is tied to a parking meter, money must be placed into the meter by the owner in Florida.
- Urinating in the sea in Portugal is illegal.