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25. It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.


24. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

(that is just too much…) 

23. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.

(yes! how dare they! those… upside down monarch putting… er, people!)  

22. In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon.



(that is absolutely brilliant!

what i’m wondering, though, is why pigs?)

21. Under the UK’s Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006, it is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you don’t want him to know, though you don’t have to tell him anything you don’t mind him knowing.

(yeees… )

20. In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle.

(very important law, that. sensible people, the alabamans)

19. In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk.

(about time! poor fish… they were probably suffering.

“hey buddy, wanna drink?”

“well, i shouldn’t really, i’m driving tonight…”

“aw, c’mon…”

“no really, my wife will be angry”

“c’mon! just one.”

“just one?”


“… oh… all right”

and little jonny goldfish never saw his wife again…)

18. Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.

17. In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet.

(“please sir, may i borrow your helmet?”

“well, certainly madame!”

“why thank you! …now, don’t peek!”)

16. In Lancashire, no person is permitted after being asked to stop by a constable on the seashore to incite a dog to bark.

(yeah, that was getting out of hand…! good thing they invented a law for that one, otherwise it’d be chaos, pandamonium, anarchy on the beaches of lancashire…!)

15. In Miami, Florida, it is illegal to skateboard in a police station.

14. In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation.


13. In England, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day.

(oh, i’m in trouble…!)

12. In London, Freemen are allowed to take a flock of sheep across London Bridge without being charged a toll; they are also allowed to drive geese down Cheapside.

11. In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.

10. In the UK, a man who feels compelled to urinate in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel and keeps his right hand on his vehicle.

(i’m still trying to work this one out…)

9. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.

(those hussies!)

8. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long.

7. In Chester, Welshmen are banned from entering the city before sunrise and from staying after sunset.

haha! 😀

6. In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.


5. In Boulder, Colorado, it is illegal to kill a bird within the city limits and also to “own” a pet – the town’s citizens, legally speaking, are merely “pet minders”.

(why am i thinking that the senator of colorado has whiskers or fur?)

4. In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.


3. In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.

(pesky plague sufferers!)

2. In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman’s genitals but is forbidden from looking directly at them during the examination; he may only see their reflection in a mirror.

1. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast is legally the property of the King; the tail, on the other hand, belongs to the Queen – in case she needs the bones for her corset.

from times online.

Categories: general
  1. September 19, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Well, so much for my planned visit to London! If my corpse cannot come, I won’t be coming!

    These are great! Remind me never to go to Indonesia! 😉

  2. September 19, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    I often wonder if any of these could be argues in court. I mean, they ARE laws. And we all know that the law is the law. So, any Scotsman want to carry a bow and arrow in York, just so I can carry out a few experiments

  3. September 19, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    “In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon.”

    But is it okay to name pigs after foreign head of states?
    Off tangent:

    This reminds me of that Italian lady (I think she’s Italian) who had to go to court for the right to name her son ‘Godot’. The judge ruled against her because they thought it would be too much a burden for the baby to bear.

    What’s wrong with people? Anne Rice’s dad named her ‘Howard’ — look how well she turned out?

    “In Chester, Welshmen are banned from entering the city before sunrise and from staying after sunset.”

    Why? Are Welshmen prone to vampirism?

    “In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long.”

    Okay, my interest’s piqued: where do they actually conceal these longer than 6-feet weapons?

  4. September 19, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    OH my!! Those were hilarious!! I’m especially partial to a pregnant woman being able to relieve herself, especially the part about the policeman’s helmet!!

    Now I will have a smile on my face, at least for awhile!! Thanks!

  5. September 19, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    These are great! I would love to know the origins of these laws that necessitated them. It had to either be something major that happened or something that became a repetitive problem to necessitate a law, right?

    Whenever we decide to have a baby, I’ll have to take Megan to the UK so that she can relieve herself in a policeman’s helmet! Ha!

  6. jean pierre
    September 20, 2007 at 8:25 am

    i’m glad everyone liked them! they made me laugh so much when i saw them that i had to share. 🙂


    “corpses”?? they’re called “friends” thank you. they really don’t think when they make these laws, do they?

    and yeah, indonesia sounds a daaangerous place!


    it would be hilarious, wouldn’t it? if someone actually tested one of those laws. one suspects that in the end the laws would probably not hold, but still, they would have a really hard time arguing their way around them 🙂


    i wish i knew what you meant with that pig comment, but i don’t… ‘doh!

    that godot story is very funny!

    …which makes you think… that perhaps there is a case for children being able to sue their parents for their names…?

    vampires!! haha! i never thought of it that way! thats hilarious! and also… potentially very cool. hmmm welsh vampires…

    i thought the same thing about the kentucky law. when i saw it i became like a cat and looked at sideways, then the other side, then upside down… and i still couldn’t see it.

    all i can say, is that if the police see some guy walking down the corridor in a black trenchcoat and dark glasses, carrying a six-foot long box of roses and they don’t realise what he’s actually carrying then they deserve to be shot.


    yeah, WHERE did that law come from…? really… how?

    glad you liked them 🙂


    you know chris, as an aside, every time i type your name my finger involuntarily adds a “t” on the end… hmmm….!

    yeah, i’d also like to know how and why they came about! and yeah, you’d imagine that it’d be a major problem or something recurring… but, from looking at these laws, they seem very whimsical to me.

    obviously the older ones make sense, but the newer ones… the pregnant woman one, for instance… ??? hilarious! oh chris, i’d love it if you and megan came over and she peed in a policeman’s helmet! 🙂

  7. September 20, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Are you saying corpses make for bad friends? Hey, they always are willing to go along with whatever you want to do and they never talk back, hog the conversation, or leave you with the tab!

  8. jean pierre
    September 20, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    well, i, personally, wouldn’t know what friends corpses make – but it seems that you appreciate them at any rate. i was actually commenting very seriously on the inequality of the law and how inconsiderate they are not to allow you to bring your corpse buddy. 🙂

  9. September 20, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    These are great, JP. Actually, I remember when I was about 10, a woman police officer came to visit school. One of the things she told us was #6:
    “In York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.”

    Love the blog!

  10. September 20, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    It looks like you figured me out JP…I am indeed the second coming..I had a friend in high school who insisted on calling me Christ all the time, and I went to a Catholic high school! I was just waiting for “blasphemy” to be yelled at me and a suspension to be thrown at me. There’s something just wrong about that. Hey, I had no part in it, it was all him! lol…

  11. jean pierre
    September 20, 2007 at 8:27 pm


    ah! i’m glad you’ve stopped by. that scotsman one is very funny – i like how it specifies the city walls, that specific little detail lends it a beguiling sense as if its actually quite a sensible law…


    it all makes sense now! i’m not the only one that has realised that you are the messiah!

  12. September 21, 2007 at 3:12 am

    JESUS! Everyone go be nice to Chris(t)! I certainly need the brownie points for Heaven. ;p

  13. September 21, 2007 at 10:40 am

    heee hee!! I do love that pig one.

    Now that I’m studying law I’ll have to get to the bottom of these! I did read that a lot of these old laws exist because there isn’t any time to go back over them and either cancel them or change them. So I wonder if they would hold up in court! Worth a try?

    Now! Back to my law books!

  14. September 21, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Charlotte, that’s very interesting! I say we try them out. Now if only we could find a flock of sheep….

  15. jean pierre
    September 21, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    and three wise men…

    i’d say, with carl and his forked beard we already have one! 🙂

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