The funny side of the law

I have no idea where my source for these lists got the information from, but it’s irresistible. Percentages in brackets refer to votes cast for the ten most daft laws in the UK, and nine laws from other countries –

Recently the UK’s top 10 most ridiculous British laws were listed as:

  1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27%)
  2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen’s image upside-down (7%)
  3. It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6%)
  4. Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned (5%)
  5. If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter (4%)
  6. In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet (4%)
  7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen (3.5%)
  8. 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 (3%)
  9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour (3%)
  10. It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (2%)

[…] Other bizarre foreign laws voted by those polled included:

  • In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk (9%)
  • In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation (8%)
  • A male doctor in Bahrain can only examine the genitals of a woman in the reflection of a mirror (7%)
  • In Switzerland, a man may not relieve himself standing up after 10pm (6%)
  • It is illegal to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle in Alabama (6%)
  • In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on a Sunday could be jailed (6%)
  • Women in Vermont must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth (6%)
  • In Milan, it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits (5%)
  • In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon (4%)

Update (7.11)

Aah – the original source for the info is old Auntie herself, the BBC.

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3 Responses to “The funny side of the law”

  1. jonolan Says:

    “The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen “

    Despite what the feminists will tell you, the Queen’s tail is always the propery of the King. LOL!

  2. rav Says:

    lol… thats wierd…

  3. archana raghuram Says:

    Hilarious. I can’t believe they are real :lo:

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