Top 10 most bizarre laws from around the globe…
If you’re soon jetting off on a late summer break or planning on catching the travel bug and heading off in search of exotic lands far and wide, we’d always advise you to do your research first. It’s worth looking into local laws and traditions, as you could save yourself embarrassment, fines or much worse!
Culture clashes can occur anytime you travel, but every once in a while they happen in some truly unexpected ways. From sleeping donkeys in bath tubs to kissing in public, join us as we count down some of the more obscure laws from around the world, including the UK.
- In France, it was illegal for women to wear trousers (seriously) – in 1799, a Paris law made it illegal for women to wear trousers in public without special approval from the police. Perhaps quite unbelievably this only changed recently in 2013 when the French government revoked the 214-year-old law
- Be nice to Fido – in Oklahoma, America it is illegal to make funny faces at a dog. You can actually be fined, arrested or even jailed if you do so
- No overindulging – in Japan, the nation that brought us sumo wrestling, it is illegal to be fat. According to the “metabo law”, every man and woman aged 40 and over must not have a waist measuring over than 32 inches and 36 inches respectively
- Not happy? Don’t pay – under Danish law, if you finish a meal in a restaurant and deem yourself not to be full, you can choose not to pay a penny
- No dying in parliament – in the UK anyone who dies in parliament is technically allowed a state funeral. As a result it’s illegal to die there and if they see you looking a bit off they have been known to quickly usher people out
- No smooching – public displays of affection should be avoided while traveling in the United Arab Emirates, tourists have been arrested and thrown in jail for kissing in public
- No chewing – since 1992 it’s been illegal to use chewing gum (except for Nicotine gum) in Singapore
- ‘til death do us part – in the Philippines and Vatican divorce is still illegal meaning it really is a case of together forever
- No horse play – in Oklahoma, it is against the law to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7pm (yes, really)
- Leave it to the professionals – in Victoria, Australia it’s illegal to change a light bulb unless you’re a licensed electrician. Apparently, rebels who defy this law could receive a fine of up to AU$10 (£5.50)
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Date: 5 September 2017