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I’ve taken these 25 strange laws from the Times Online. If you can find out why any of them was/were created, send us a comment, please.

25. It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.

24. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

23. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.

22. In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon.

21. Under the UK’s Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006, it is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you don’t want him to know, though you don’t have to tell him anything you don’t mind him knowing.

20. In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle.

19. In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk.

18. Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.

17. In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet.

16. In Lancashire, no person is permitted after being asked to stop by a constable on the seashore to incite a dog to bark.

15. In Miami, Florida, it is illegal to skateboard in a police station.

14. In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation.

13. In England, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day.

12. In London, Freemen are allowed to take a flock of sheep across London Bridge without being charged a toll; they are also allowed to drive geese down Cheapside.

11. In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.

10. In the UK, a man who feels compelled to urinate in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel and keeps his right hand on his vehicle.

9. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.

8. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long.

7. In Chester, Welshmen are banned from entering the city before sunrise and from staying after sunset.

6. 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.

5. In Boulder, Colorado, it is illegal to kill a bird within the city limits and also to “own” a pet – the town’s citizens, legally speaking, are merely “pet minders”.

4. In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

3. In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.

2. In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman’s genitals but is forbidden from looking directly at them during the examination; he may only see their reflection in a mirror.

1. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast is legally the property of the King; the tail, on the other hand, belongs to the Queen – in case she needs the bones for her corset.



February 10, 2011 - Posted by | MISCELLANEOUS


  1. This laws are the evidence that all countries have to revise theirs, because in some cases they are funnier than necessary.
    Especially, the 24th law is so ridiculous. What were they thinking when they wrote it? They are better humorists than politicians.
    It is truth that in some cases countries have very strong habits or different religions, and they see life in a different way.
    To sum up, that kind of laws are funny, although they are very difficult to obey.

    Comment by Diego Iglesias | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hi Elena
    How are things?
    i wonder why anyone would like to get a fish drunk , in Ohio or anywhere else in the world. Anyway, some of them are good laugh!
    Take care!

    Comment by Cristina.cabal@gmail.com | February 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Good to hear from you Cristina!
      I agree these laws sound pretty ridiculous. What about the one that prohibits unmarried women to parachute on Sundays? Nonsense! How could it make any difference to be in possession of a husband and to choose a weekday when you are just longing for a good rush of adrenalin? Crazy, isn’t it?
      Hope to see you around soon!

      Comment by elenec | February 18, 2011 | Reply

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