Crazy Laws That Still Exist Around The World
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Crazy Laws That Still Exist Around The World

Thinking about taking a bath with a donkey? Fancy getting drunk in a British pub? Well think again as these potentially harmless
activities and many more could well land you in trouble with the long arm of the law. Laws of the land that may have made sense
when first brought about, have a habit of sticking around, even if they have no real
place in today’s society. Add to those antiquated laws a few newer bizarre
rules of the land that have found their way into the law books, and we have a truly bizarre
set of world legislation. So what are some of the strangest laws that
still remain on the books around the world? That’s what we’ll find out, in this episode
of the Infographics Show, Strange Laws that Still Exist. Great Britain has some of the strangest laws
in the world, some of which are broken every day. It is illegal, for example, to be drunk in
a pub in the UK. How many thousands of Brits break that law
every single day? It is also illegal to carry a plank of wood
along the pavement, especially, one would imagine, after getting drunk in the pub. Not quite so bizarre is the stipulation that
members of parliament in jolly old England are not allowed to wear a suit of armour in
Parliament. But surely this law should have been updated
by the lawmakers themselves while in Parliament, no? It is also highly illegal to handle a salmon
in suspicious circumstances in England and Wales – and if there is an unsuspicious
way to handle freshwater fish out of water, we’d love to see it. It is also an offence to beat or shake a carpet
or rug, except if it’s a doormat, before 8am, in the UK. And if you’re an Englander, forget about
dining on exotic waterfowl. Unless you happen to be the queen of England,
it is illegal to eat a swan. Should you be pregnant in Britain, it is perfectly
legal to spend a penny in a policeman’s hat – or in fact, anywhere else, should
it be an emergency. And on a similar note, and on the subject
of toilets, up in Scotland, if somebody knocks on your door asking to use the bog, you must,
by law, let them inside and offer your bathroom. Also in Scotland – that bizarrely colorful
land of haggis and bagpipes, there may be more to that folk tale about Scotsmen and
their kilts. Ever wondered what exactly is beneath the
famous tartan kilt? Well according to ancient legend – nothing! No underwear can be worn under the kilt, and
according to an old law (or perhaps, to be fair, urban legend), if a Scotsman is found
to be wearing underwear beneath his kilt, then he is routinely charged two beers by
whoever discovered his non-commando status. Although we can’t confirm the exact legal
standing of this law, it is too difficult to resist sharing. The USA also has its fair share of quirky
laws. In Arizona, allowing your pet donkey to sleep
in the bathtub is against the law. Placing salt on a railway track is an offence
punishable by the death penalty in Birmingham. At first glance, this seems a tad harsh. But the reason is that the train could either
derail or attract cattle onto the track, which could also result in a major derailment or
at least a delay. So don’t go putting salt on the rails, kids. It’s also against the law to play a game
of Frisbee without first acquiring the permission of a lifeguard in Los Angeles – although responsible
frisbee throwing is, we are told, permitted. Who can blame the city with all those lawsuits
flying around? And what happened to the chicken who crossed
the road in Georgia? Its owner got arrested. It is against the law to let your chickens
roam around unattended in this state. In Hawaii, it is illegal to work at the same
company as your twin brother or sister. We guess this law is in place to avoid workplace
confusion as to who is doing what and who has taken the day off. And dog lovers, beware. Unless you have four legs and a tail that
wags, it’s illegal to live in a dog kennel in Idaho, bringing a whole new meaning to
sleeping in the doghouse. Perhaps stranger than all these laws though,
is the law in Vermont whereby women who want false teeth are required by law to first obtain
permission from their husband. Quite why this law still exists is totally
baffling to us here at the Infographics Show. Perhaps someone can explain this one to us? And then there’s the strange legal world
of mainland Europe. In Greece, it is illegal to go sightseeing
around the ancient ruins wearing high heels, and in France it is illegal to name your pet
pig Napoleon. In Rome, Italy, keeping a lone goldfish in
a fish bowl is considered animal cruelty and is against the law. But if you have more than one in the bowl,
that is considered acceptable, because, as we all know, fish are sociable creatures. Kids in parts of Poland are not allowed to
travel outside the house with any Winnie the Pooh memorabilia, including T-shirts, backpacks,
or lunch boxes. The cartoon character is considered a ‘non-gender
specific inappropriate hermaphrodite’ without having the decency to wear a pair of pants,
and the Poles for some reason find Winnie’s lack of genitalia offensive. This one isn’t exactly an ancient law but
was simply too brilliant to leave out of our study of quirky laws. In the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, the
sale and importation of water pistols is prohibited during new year festivities. The reason being that a popular way to enjoy
the New Year in this part of the world is to take part in a huge water fight, and that,
governor Chea Sophara reckons, may lead to social unrest. In Thailand, it is illegal to step on money,
and it is also illegal to leave home without wearing underwear. It is also illegal to hold your hand out in
tribute to The Hunger Games, or to publicly criticize a fellow countryman. In parts of India, if a man is in debt, he
can legally offer his wife as a down-payment until the debt is settled. In Japan, it is illegal to be fat, with the
government setting a maximum waistline of 33.5 inches (85 cm) for men and 35.5 inches
(90 cm) for women. In China, Buddhist monks are banned from reincarnating
unless they have specific government permission. Yes, Asia is a wacky place. In Samoa, it is illegal to forget your wife’s
birthday. In Australia it is against the law to disrupt
a wedding – an act that is punishable by a fine of $10,000. .
All in all, across the world, while laws are there to help protect us and keep society
functioning as a moral and ethical place, some of the decisions made by lawmakers will
keep on baffling us as long as old laws remain and new bizarre rules come into being. So, what’s the strangest law you’ve ever
heard of? How does it stack up with our list of ridiculous
laws? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to watch our other video called
The Cost of the World Cup. Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
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