Tuesday, November 06, 2007

It's the law

BBC NEWS | UK | UK chooses 'most ludicrous laws' reported The UK's top 10 most ridiculous British laws were listed as:

  • It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament
    Is it a capital offense, or do they just put the corpse in jail?
  • 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
    Why would a female clerk in a tropical fish store need to be toppless?
  • Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned
  • If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires 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
    Why not just send her to Scotland?
  • The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen
    What if they don't want it?
  • 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
  • It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

Other bizarre foreign laws voted by those polled included:
  • In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk
  • In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation
    And they just told me it would make me lose my eyesight.
  • A male doctor in Bahrain can only examine the genitals of a woman in the reflection of a mirror
  • In Switzerland, a man may not relieve himself standing up after 10pm
    He may be too drunk to stand, anyway.
  • It is illegal to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle in Alabama
  • In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on a Sunday could be jailed
  • Women in Vermont must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth
  • In Milan, it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits
  • In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon


agentorange said...

It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament
Is it a capital offense, or do they just put the corpse in jail?

Maybe it's a capital offense??

Suicide is ilegal to, but if you get away with it, what can they do? It's the only perfect crime!

Greta said...

the fish store one has me baffled!