8 Weird Laws That Are Still in Operation Around the World
Laws are enforced with one purpose in sight: to lend more order into the way things are done. For this purpose, countries across the world have their own law making and enforcing bodies which make sure that the rules are dutifully followed.
And we all know what happens when you do not follow the law.
While law making and enforcing is a pretty serious affair, some laws in some countries really do make us raise our eyebrows. Without wasting time any further let us get right into the 8 weird laws that are still in operation around the world:
To really set the stage for the weird laws to follow, we decided to begin with a weird law that is enforced in Thailand according to which you can land in legal trouble…if you step on money. Thailand’s King’s picture is on the currency Baht, so if you step on it, it is considered extremely offensive.
Who knew selling chewing gum in Singapore can actually have you pay a hefty fine of $1,000? Make the mistake twice and the authorities will have you clean up a public place. If you are a slow learner and repeat the mistake for the third time, you will have to clean a public place while wearing a bib which reads “I am a litterer.”
That is right. The world should know about your diabolical chewing gum selling ways.
3: Hong Kong
Cheating is bad. A wife who has been cheated on is worse. Apparently, Hong Kong allows women to kill their husbands if they caught them cheating. On one condition: the killing must be done with the woman using nothing but her bare hands.
We have a feeling that this is not an impossible feat for any angry woman.
In Britain, if you are caught handling a salmon in “suspicious” circumstances, you will be charged as being involved in illegal activity. We are not sure what “suspicious circumstances” mean, but we assume it has something to do with a man wearing a trench coat with huge quantities of salmon stuffed in the coat’s pockets, running at breakneck speed.
If you are in Switzerland, you can only flush a toilet before 10 pm. Do it after that and you will face consequences.
If you are 15 and above and are in Bangladesh, you better not be cheating on your final exams otherwise you will be thrown in jail. You should have listened to your mom telling you to study all those times.
Unlike Hong Kong, Vermont asks its women to be extremely submissive to their husbands. A wife who wears false teeth or wishes to get herself a pair, needs to get her husband’s seal of approval first.
No false teeth for you if your husband harbors some deranged reason for hating false teeth.
There are way too many weird laws enforced in US, but we had to include this one:
In Quitman, Georgia you cannot ask “why did the chicken cross the road?” because in Quitman, chickens are not allowed to cross the road to begin with.
A Selection of Law Quotes
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” ~ Voltaire
“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein
“It isn’t against the Law to be an idiot.” ~ Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson
“Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law, Miss Granger?” asked Scrimgeour.
“No, I’m not,” retorted Hermione. “I’m hoping to do some good in the world!” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour … If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?” ~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Any fool can make a rule
And any fool will mind it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Journal #14
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