Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mad Legality

Had to share this (and btw I updated my last paragraph below with thoughts on a homeless man).

Ten stupidest laws are named!!! These are the stupidest laws, according to percentage share of public vote as per an article in

Most ridiculous British laws:
  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 monarch upside-down (7%)

  3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6%)

  4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day (5%)

  5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must 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 in a suit of armour

  10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (2%)

Most ridiculous foreign laws :
*foreign if you're in Britain
  1. In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk (9%)

  2. In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation (8%)

  3. In Bahrain, a male doctor 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. In Alabama, it is illegal to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle (6%)

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

  7. In Vermont, women 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 funerals or hospital visits (5%)

  9. In Japan, there is no age of consent (5%)

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

Go figure!!! And Here's Even More Dumb Laws.


Jay said...

"In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation"

YIKES! Scratch Indonesia off the list of places to visit! LOL

"In Japan, there is no age of consent"

But add Japan! LOL ;-)

/kidding. I already wanted to go to Japan.

R.E.H. said...

If ever I move to Liverpool, England I am getting myself a tropical fish tank...

her indoors said...

In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet - wish i knew this 21 years ago!
i love these,
have a great weekend AJ

ZigZagMan said... how big a problem did getting fish drunk...before this was made a law?? :)