WEIRDEST LAWS AROUND THE WORLD
Wherever you live in this world, you’re guaranteed to find some inexplicably weird laws that you can’t imagine any police officer enforcing them with a straight face. And I’m not just talking about France, where it’s illegal to fly UFOs—I’m talking about everywhere. In Chicago, for instance, it’s against the law to take a nap on a dance floor, give a dog whiskey, or eat in a building that’s on fire. And that’s just the
Public displays of affection in the United Arab Emirates.
A couple were convicted to a month in prison for kissing in a gas station restroom. In 2013, a couple went to jail for a year after being spotted kissing on a beach at night.
Failing to beat on drums in India to warn your fellow citizens about locusts.
The East Punjab Agricultural Pests, Diseases and Noxious Weeds Act of 1949 requires anyone over 14 to sound the locust alarm with “a proclamation by beat of drum”. If you fail, you could end up with a steep fine or ten days in jail.
Holding a fish suspiciously in the U.K.
Thanks to the vague Salmon Act of 1986, you can’t just go around manhandling
seafood while acting in a suspicious matter. Acting shifty with a shrimp cocktail is
apparently still acceptable, since according to the fine print, the list of seafood
includes “salmon, trout, eels, lampreys, smelt and freshwater fish.” This weird law just means that to enjoy your dinner with one of the 10 Best Foods for Your Heart as the main course without breaking any laws, be cool and stay calm.
Chewing gum in Singapore
Gum has been banned in this Southeast Asian sovereign state since 1992, because Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew thought it would lead to “mischief-making”, like “
putting chewing gum on our subway train doors, so that they don’t open.” A single piece of gum could land you a fine of $1000.
Being drunk on a cow in Scotland
Driving drunk is no laughing matter. But riding a cow while drunk? Still dangerous, but undeniably weird (and funny). Sadly, thanks to the Licensing Act 1872, it’s also illegal, and could land you a £200 fine and almost a year in jail. Remember: having a criminal record is definitely not cool, if you’re a man over 40.
Naming your baby something stupid in Denmark
It might seem a little oppressive that parents are only legally allowed to pick between 33,000 government-approved names for their new-borns. But then again, if it means living in a world where we never have to read about celebrity kids named Blue Ivy,
Pilot Inspector, or Apple, maybe it’s not the worst idea. For more on parenting, here are 11 Leading Men Who Embraced Fatherhood Later in Life.
Hiking naked in Switzerland
Hiking naked through Switzerland used to be in vogue, apparently. “Hiking in clothes is too constrictive,” one nude hiking enthusiast once told the magazine Time. But since 2011, thanks to some inconsiderate nude hiker whose unsolicited naked ass was witnessed by a family, hiking in the buff could get you fined 100 Swiss francs (around $103). Pro tip: Keep the nakedness in the bedroom, and make sure you know “The Five Things Smart Men Never Say to a Naked Woman”.
Kissing someone in Indiana while having a moustache
Any law that contains the sentence “Moustaches are illegal if the bearer has a
tendency to habitually kiss other humans”, is a legal document you probably don’t want to mess with. Beards, on the other hand, don’t seem to be a problem. If you’re still not sure whether to go full-on beard, though, Let These 10 Goddesses Decide for You.