Thursday, November 08, 2007

Strange Laws

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:

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

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