The Strangest Laws in the World


JF-Expert Member
Apr 11, 2008
The law is an a** – No matter what you want to do there will have been a time and place when it was legal and another time and place where it was illegal. The following are some of the strangest laws that have existed. Be careful some are still in force.

It is illegal to be possession of a cow while under the influence of drink.
If someone comes to your house and asks to use of your commode, you must let them enter.

It is an offence to impersonate a Chelsea Pensioner.
A Member of Parliament must not enter the House of Commons wearing a full suit of armour.
Committing suicide is classified as a capital crime – punishable by death.
Sticking a postage stamp, bearing the Queens portrait, upside down on an envelope is an act of treason.
In Chester you are allowed to shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow provided it is done inside the city walls and after midnight.

Between the hours of 8AM and 8PM, the music played by radio stations must be a minimum of 70% by French artists.
It is illegal to kiss on railways.
Pigs must not be called Napoleon.
Kissing on French railways is illegal.

It is illegal to practice the profession of charlantry.
A man may be imprisoned for wearing a skirt.

It is illegal to perform oral sex unless it is part of foreplay leading to full sex.
Anyone not flushing a public toilet may receive a large fine.
A person convicted of littering three times, will have to clean the streets on Sundays wearing a sign saying "I am a litter lout."
Relieving yourself in an elevator is particularly forbidden.

Prostitution is legal but using the services of a prostitute is illegal. – Must make trade rather difficult!

South Korea
Traffic police are required to report all bribes that they receive from motorists.

After 10 P.M. a man may not relieve himself while standing up.
It is perfectly legal to drink absinth (a type of alcohol), but it is illegal to produce, store or sell it.

All taxi cabs must carry a bale of hay in the trunk.

In Victoria only licensed electricians may change a light bulb.
In Victoria it is illegal to wear pink pants after midday on a Sunday.

In Toronto it is illegal to drag a dead horse down Yonge Street on a Sunday.
Teenagers must not walk down main street in Fort Qu'Appelle with their shoes untied.
Swear in French has been outlawed in Montréal.
The owner of a can be fined if he cannot provide "proper accommodation" for any guest with a horse.

It is illegal to go to college unless you are intelligent.
Rescuing a drowning person is not allowed as it would be interfering with their fate.

Attempting to escape from prison is not illegal, however, if caught, the person must serve out the remainder of his term.
Middle East
In most Middle Eastern countries following Islamic law is enforced: "After having sexual relations with a lamb, it is a mortal sin to eat its flesh."
In Lebanon, it is legal for men to have sex with female animals. However, having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death.
In Indonesia the penalty for masturbation is decapitation.
In Hong Kong a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, provided she does so with her bare hands. The husband's lover, quite rightfully, may be killed in any desired way.
In Singapore, it is against the law to not flush the toilet after using it. Special police randomly check on public restrooms and violators are publicly caned.
Only blood donors are allowed to duel in Uruguay.

Driving a vehicle while blindfolded is prohibited.

The Little Rock parliament passed a law forbidding the Arkansas River to rise higher than the level of the Main Street Bridge.
In Mobile, pigeons are prohibited from eating the pebbles on composite roofs.
Anyone caught causing "unseemly laughter" by wearing a false moustache in church will be arrested.
It is forbidden for a man may beat his wife more than once a month
It is illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas.

In Fairbanks, moose are forbidden from having sex on the city streets.
By law no child is allowed to build a snowman taller than himself within school grounds.

In California it is illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license.
In Berkeley, before 7 A.M., it's against the law to whistle in an attempt to find your lost canary.
It is illegal to peel an orange in a hotel room.
It is forbidden for anyone to ride a bicycle in a Baldwin Park swimming pool
In Glendale horror films may only be shown on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday
It is against the law to drive more than 2000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at a time.
Hunting moths under streetlights has been banned in Los Angeles.
Washing two babies in the same tub is forbidden in Los Angeles.

In the state of Denver, it is against the law to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbour.
In Logan County a man must not kiss a woman while she is asleep.
Growing dandelions is illegal in Pueblo.

Nobody in Devon is allowed to walk backwards after sunset.
In Delaware it is illegal for a person to pawn his wooden leg.
In Hartford, it is illegal to kiss your wife on Sunday.

A local law, in Lowes Crossroads, forbids any pilot or passenger from carrying an ice cream cone in their pocket while flying or waiting to board a plane.

District of Columbia
Sex is illegal unless performed in the missionary position.

Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as well as the salon owner.
Sexual relations with a porcupine is quite illegal.
It is illegal to sing in a public place while wearing a swimsuit.
Imitating animals is against the law in Miami.
Have sexual relations with a porcupine is a bad ideal – for legal as well as other obvious reasons.
It is illegal to fart in a public place after 6 P.M. on Thursdays.
No divorced woman may parachute on Sunday afternoons.
In Atlanta, you are not permitted to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
It is illegal to say "Oh, Boy" in Jonesboro.
In Quitman a chicken may not cross the road – no jokes please!
It is a misdemeanour for anyone to attend church worship on Sunday, unless equipped with a loaded rifle.
Women, in Pocataligo, weighing over 200 pounds and wearing shorts must not pilot an aeroplane.

Inserting pennies into your ear is forbidden.

It is against the law to make faces at dogs.
Talking English has been banned because the state language is "American."
Barber in Elkhart are not permitted threaten to cut off a child’s ear.
Bees must not fly over through its streets of Kirkland.
A monster is not allowed within the Urbana city limits – okay – so you tell it.
A law in Oblong, Illinois, forbids love making while hunting or fishing on your wedding day.
Wearing pyjamas while fishing is prohibited in Chicago.

For a four hours period, after eating garlic, citizens are not permitted to attend a cinema or theatre.
On Fridays the 13th all black cats in French Lick Springs must wear belts.
It is illegal to carry fish tackle into a cemetery in Muncie.

A kiss must not last for more than five minutes.
Transvestites are prohibited from wearing shoes with heels measuring more than 2 and one-quarter inches high.
Horses in Marshalltown are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.

Everyone must bathe at least once a year.
Walk down a street in Lawrence while carrying bees in his hat is a crime.
A wife may successfully file for divorcé on the grounds that her husband mistreated her mother.

Any female wishing to bathe on any highway within this state must escorted by at least two officers or be armed with a club However, this statute shall not apply to any female weighing more than 200 pounds.
Legally, regardless of how much a person has had to drink he is considered sober until he "cannot hold onto the ground."
In Frankfurt: shoot off a police man's tie is considered unlawfull.
In Kentucky it is illegal to marry the same man more than 3 times. ( and probably pretty dumb too )

Catching lizards is fine by day but is prohibited at night.
It is illegal to shoot at the a bank teller with a water pistol while robbing a bank.
Biting someone with your natural teeth is assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is aggravated assault
It is an offence to wear an alligator costume
In Baltimore, it's illegal to take a lion to the movies.
A woman is prohibited from going through her husband's pockets while he is sleeping.
Oysters are protected by law from being mistreated.

Tomatoes must not be put in clam chowder.
It is illegal to go to bed without first having a bath. Yet another law prohibits the taking of baths on Sunday.
Mourners at a wake in Boston must not eat more than three sandwiches each.
In 1659 Christmas was made illegal - humbug.
A license is required before a goatee beard can be grown.
Only after all bedroom windows are closed and locked is it legal to snore.
Diapers must not be delivered on a Sunday.
The only place in Winchester where tightrope walking is permitted is outside a church.
Taking a bath in Boston is illegal unless one has been ordered to do so by a physician.

A woman is not allowed to cut her hair without her husband's consent, because he legally owns her hair.
In Clawson City, it is perfectly legal for a farmer to sleep with his horses, goats, pigs, cows and chickens. ( makes for a rather crowded bed )
In Minnesota it is illegal to cross a state line with a duck on your head.
In Detroit it is illegal to wilfully destroy your radio.
A man in Detroit must not scowl at his wife on Sunday – oh well at least that leaves six other days a week.
The rather unromantic governors of Kalamazoo dictate that men are not allowed to serenade girls.
In Minnesota, it's illegal to tease skunks.
In Minnesota women may face up to 30 days in jail if they impersonate Santa Claus.

No person shall shave in the middle of the street in Tylertown
In Bourbon there is a law prohibiting turtle races being held at the airport
It is forbidden to shoot squirrels in a courtroom in Canton.

In Bozeman, a law prohibits sexual activity between members of the opposite sex in the front yard of a home after sundown - but only if they're nude. ( You must practice safe sex and wear socks – well you're safe from the law at least!)
It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail

New Hampshire
By law you are forbidden to tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or café.
New York
In New York City women can ride the city subways topless.
In Carmel, is not allowed to be seen in public wearing a jacket and pants that do not match. (well that’s understandable)
A man greeting another by “placing the end of his thumb against the tip of his nose and wiggling the extended fingers of that hand." Will be arrested for disorderly conduct.
Playing golf in the streets of Albany is forbidden.
Brooklyn donkeys are not allowed to sleep in bathtubs.
On Staten Island a man is not permitted tocall his son a faggot or queer in the hope that it will cure his ‘girlish’ behaviour.
North Carolina
Having sex in a churchyard is strictly prohibited.
Elephant must not be used plough fields.
A law has been passed which bans hurricanes from entering Topsail Beach city limits.

In Cleveland it is illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
In Paulding, a policeman is allowed to bite a dog in order to stop it barking.
Selling corn flakes on a Sunday, in Columbus, is forbidden.
You can be arrested in Youngstown, if you run out of petrol.
People wearing a Santa Claus outfit must not advertise beer.
If you must through a snake at someone avoid Toledo.
Causing a fish to become intoxicated is against the law.
In Shawnee three or more dogs are not permitted to meet on private property without the consent of the owner.

In Willowdale cursing while having sex with his wife is totally taboo.
Also in Willowdale a husband may not whisper sweat nothings into his wife's ear during sex if the sweet nothings are in any way ‘dirty'

It is an offence for a housewife to sweep dust, out of sight, under a rug.
A man must obtain written consent from his wife if he wishes to purchase alcohol.
Have sex with a truck driver in a Harrisburg toll booth should be avoided for you are likely to be arrested.
In Morrisville, woman must gain a permit to put on make-up.

Rhode Island
In Providence a tooth brush and toothpaste must not be sold to the same person on a Sunday.

It is illegal lasso to catch fish with a lasso.
A Dyersburg woman must not call a man and ask for a date.

San Francisco
Tripping horses for entertainment has now been made illegal.
Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
In Cupertino, it is illegal to count backwards audibly in hexadecimal.

South Carolina
Eating watermelons in the Magnolia Cemetery is strictly forbidden

It is against the law to shoot deer from a moving automobile but whales may be.
In Memphis, it is illegal to sell teddy bears on a Sunday.
It is illegal to put graffiti on another person's cow.
Pigs, in Kingsville, are prohibited from having sex on the city's airport property.
A stoke of genius saw the creation of a law which dictates that criminal must give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime the intend committing.
In Clarendon, it is against the law to dust any public building with a feather duster.
It is an offence to carry a sword or a spear to a polling place
In Clarendon lawyers must accept eggs, chickens, and other produce as payment of legal fees.

It is forbidden to deny the existence of God
If a women wishes to wear false teeth she must first obtain written permission from her husband.
Whistle under water is against the law.

Hens are not permitted to lay eggs before 8 am or after 4 pm
In Lebenon it is a crime for a man to kick his wife out of bed
In Richmond flipping a coin to decide who pays the bill in a café is illegal.
In Norfolk, a woman must not go out unless wearing a corset. Corset inspector were introduced to enforce the law – some people have all the lousy jobs.)

West Virginia
Huntington firemen must not whistle at or flirt with any woman who is passing the firehouse.
In Nicholas County clergyman are not permitted to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a service.

In a cunning plan to reduce crime a law was passed which requires all motorists with criminal intents to telephone the Chief of Police before crossing the city limits.
Lollipops are illegal. ( this has created a sub-culture of lollipop dealers )
By law having sex with a virgin under any circumstances is illegal – even on the wedding night!
In Bellingham, it is illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
Citizens of Seattle must not carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length.

In a rather prudish move the Governors of Connorsville have made it illegal for a man to shoot off a gun when his partner has an orgasm.
In Milwaukee, parking a car for over two hours is not allowed unless a horse is tied onto it.
Homosexuals MUST DIE!!!
The killing of homosexuals is condoned and encouraged in the wonderful laws of Leviticus. Leviticus 20:13 clearly states "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." Well there you have it, Homosexuality is wrong, and they must pay the ultimate price... IN THE NAME OF GOD!!!

Halafu soma hapa:
Do we have any strange laws in Tanzania? Please put/post them here.
In Pakistan, it is rude to show the soles of your feet or point a foot when you are sitting on the floor.
In Somalia, Africa, it's been decreed illegal to carry old chewing gum stuck on the tip of your nose.
In Milan, Italy there is a law on the books that requires a smile on the face of all citizens at all times. Exemptions include time spent visiting patients in hospitals or attending funerals. Otherwise the fine is $100 if they are seen in public without a smile on their face.
In South Africa, A license is required to purchase a television set. It is a dumb law.
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