Government makes laws to keep public in order and every citizen of the country is supposed to follow it without asking for a factual reason, for their betterment. But on the same line, we believe that laws are made to be broken. You may not know the story behind formation of laws but you will get to know the reason for its disrespect after reading this.
I am here listing out some of the absurdly ridiculous laws around the world that makes no sense but a matter to be laughed at.
1. It is illegal to die in the houses of parliament
(England, United Kingdom)
You are not allowed to die here at the royal palace since anyone who dies there is technically entitled to a state funeral. If they see you looking a bit sick the paramedics would first move you outside before operating. Good part is, it is no longer in affect now.
2. Being overweight is illegal
A land that brought us sumo wrestling has set a maximum waistline limit for men and women aged 40 and over, to be 32 inches and 36 inches respectively. Good thing here is, there is no penalty for individuals here but aimed at putting pressure on local governments and companies.
3. Only a qualified electrician is allowed to change a light bulb
The second most populated state of Australia doesn’t allow you change a light bulb unless you are a licensed electrician. Its high temperature might be a reason since there is no mechanics involved in changing a bulb. Whatever be the reason, you could receive a fine up to AU$10 if you defy this law.
4. Women are not allowed to drive a car
(Saudi Arabia, Asia)
The only country to ban driving for women that last year, detained two of its female advocates when caught driving in an effort to lift the ban. Right now, it’s illegal for them to vote too but is expected become legal this year.
5. Flushing the toilet after 10pm is illegal
It is illegal in block flats and apartment areas to flush a toilet after 10pm since government consider it a source of noise pollution. So if you are feeling a need of being there, you don’t have any option but to wait till morning.
6. No chewing gums, please!
Yes, a chewing gum there is powerful enough to land you in jail. There is a ban on importing chewing gum into Singapore, reason being that people dispose chewing gums incorrectly by sticking them under places like tables and chairs. No gum is allowed to be bought or sold inside Singapore and there is a $500 fine for spitting out gum on the streets.
7. It is illegal to fart in a public place after 6pm
(Florida, United States)
5:59pm is okay, but if it is 6, you would be deemed to have been causing a public nuisance, so you best run home first to do it in a little bit of privacy. By the way, it’s only applicable on Thursday evenings.
8. Divorce is illegal
(Philippines, Asia; Vatican City, Europe)
These are the only two countries in the world where divorce is illegal, even if one wishes for it. There is no divorce for anybody living in the country except for the Muslims living there, under some circumstances.
9. Don’t pay unless full
In Danish restaurants, one doesn’t have to pay for food unless, by one’s own opinion, he/she is ‘full’ at the end of meal. If not, one can proceed without paying the bill at all. It is there unique way of showing hospitality.
10. No nose picking during Sabbath
An ultra-orthodox, politically powerful rabbi has banned nose picking on the Jewish Sabbath in Israel, since that can pull out the tiny hairs inside the nostrils that is against their law “no hair-cutting on Sabbath”.
11. It’s illegal for chickens to cross the road
Yes, chickens here are not allowed to cross the road. But it’s hard to guess the penalty or punishment of crossing road for them.
12. Make ugly faces at dogs, go straight to jail!
(Oklahoma, United States)
In Oklahoma, people who make ugly faces at dogs can be fined or jailed. Apparently, it’s okay for bulldogs to make ugly faces at people because they can’t help it.
13. The penalty of jumping off a building is death
(New York city, United States)
So basically, if you are attempting suicide, you need not check the height of building to get that right. If you are not dead somehow, they will do the honor!
14. A law against selling non-human faced dolls
It is illegal to sell an ET doll. They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not have human faces. As a result, you will never see a doll in France that looks like an alien or other kind of non-human creature.
15. To go to college, you must be intelligent
According to a law in China, one must be intelligent enough to go for higher studies. Now they will decide their criteria of intelligence in a person and the best part is, the guy who made this dumb law did NOT go to college.
I tried building the repository of the most stupid laws one can find on this puny planet and realized that whether they’re republicans or democrats, Bush or Obama, congress or some other party, no government has a monopoly when it comes to creating such senseless laws.
If you find more such funny weird laws, please do write in.