We’ve all heard tall tales about bizarre laws from different parts of the world. Some of them sound so completely outlandish that they must be fake or an urban myth, right? Or the law in question comes from a jurisdiction with a different belief system than ours and may be in accordance with a religious tenet or a cultural tradition. Or just plain dumb.
Then you find out the crazy-ass law you’ve heard about comes from the UK, or somewhere else in Europe or even in within the United States. While it’s true that some, like the anti-gay law recently enacted in Russia is designed to restrict personal freedom and equality and some laws in Saudi Arabia are there to control women, many of these strange laws are throw-backs from a different era where maybe the statute did make sense at the time. Or then again maybe not. Here are some of the craziest laws you wouldn’t want to break.
Placing a postage stamp bearing the monarch’s head upside down on an envelope is an act of treason.
Bizarrely, it is also illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
But what can they do if someone breaks that law? Arrest them?
President Vladimir Putin recently made it illegal to tell kids that gay people exist.
Lace panties are illegal, too, because the fabric doesn’t comply with law.
And You can be fined up to 2,000 rubles ($60) for driving a dirty car in the city of Chelyabinsk.
Seen as insulting to to the 19th century emperor, it is against the law in France to name a pig Napoleon.
There’s also A little used law that makes it legal to marry a dead person.
The 1950s law comes from a petition by a woman whose fiancé died in a dam tragedy.
Since 1992, The sale or chewing of gum carries a hefty fine and two years in jail.
But You can still purchase dental or nicotine gums through a doctor or dentist.
Tourists are allowed two packs, any more is gum smuggling, liable to a $5,500 fine and one year in jail.
Watch where you walk on the street as you could be arrested for stepping on money.
It is also illegal to leave your house without underwear.
In 2015, a Thai man was sentenced to 25 years in jail for insulting the king.
In Florida, unmarried women are not allowed to parachute on a Sunday.
Women must get permission from their husbands to wear false teeth in Vermont.
And Bingo games cannot last more than five hours in North Carolina.