Laugh, Then Follow: Top 10 Most Ridiculous Laws in the World
Throughout history, people create, implement and follow laws to make their everyday lives easier and more peaceful. Today, every country in the world has its own set of rules that people must live by. Failure to follow or breaking these laws may lead to certain penalties that range from a simple fine to a brutal death.
Laws are highly dependent on the culture of the jurisdiction. Laws in one country can seem absurd to others. Differences in cultures result in differences among national and state laws. History also plays a major part in the reason for the existence of some laws. Something might have happened in the past that led the lawmakers to come up with such policies. However, as times change, some laws fail to evolve and cope with people’s modern way of life. Thus, there are laws that seem absurd and utterly foolish to us.
Often, these absurd laws have obvious explanations. For example, in France, naming your pig “Napoleon” is punishable by law. This is because France is the country of the great historical figure Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon is the hero of France. That’s why for the French, it is really inappropriate to name a pig “Napoleon.” If you really love that name, reserve it for your cow.
For 12 years, chewing gum has been forbidden in Singapore. This may sound ridiculous to many but this law assures the Singaporean government of biodegradable waste reduction.
Yes, there is an explanation behind every absurd law. However, some laws just sound so foolish that when you hear them, there is no way that you won’t smile, snicker or roll on the floor, laughing to death. Here are some of those crazy laws.
10. Drown it!
Just as ridiculous: In Connecticut, a pickle must bounce to be officially declared a pickle. Otherwise, it’s not a pickle.
9. Touch it!b
Just as ridiculous: In San Salvador, El Salvador, the punishment for drunk driving can be death by firing squad. Ooohh, Britney Spears is scared.
8. Beat it!
“Is this the first time this month that you got beaten by your man?” The officer asked.
“Then, you don’t have a case, ma’am.”
In most parts of the world, domestic violence is unacceptable. In Arkansas, however, if you want to beat your wife, you must fix your schedule to avoid being arrested. In this state of America, you can legally beat your wife but only once a month. If you beat her twice, you’re going to jail.
Just as ridiculous: In Vermont, a woman may only wear false teeth if she has written permission from her husband.
7. Shave it!
Just as ridiculous: In Brainerd, Minnesota, the law requires every man to grow a beard (Learn how to grow a beard faster). If you have facial hair fetish, Brainerd is your heaven. Book a flight now.
6. Hold it!
Just as ridiculous: In Florida, you may not fart in public after 6pm on Thursdays. If you want, just release that vicious gas on Friday.
5. Wake it!
Just as ridiculous: From an airplane, moose may not be viewed in Alaska. Polar bears can be viewed though. Just try not to wake them.
4. Kiss it!
Just as ridiculous: In Colorado, it is illegal for men to kiss their wives on a Sunday. Try again tomorrow. (Tips on how to kiss)
3. Hide it!
Just as ridiculous: In Quitman, Georgia, it is illegal for chickens to cross the road. This is not a joke. This is serious. So if you’re a chicken, don’t you ever go shopping and wandering around the city or you will be arrested. The big question is, is it also illegal for chickens to drive a car? What happens if a chicken is arrested? Do they go to jail, too?
2. Kill it!
Just as ridiculous: It Scotland, if a person (even a stranger) knocks on your door and asks to use your toilet, you must let him or her enter.
1. Postpone it!
Just as ridiculous: Nothing can be as ridiculous as this one.
They say that every country has its share of ridiculous laws. Wherever you go, there is at least one law that will make your head spin. Some of these laws are considered “dead.” However, since they are still not officially discarded or at least, amended, their existence will remain as unbreakable laws that, in theory, must be respected and abided in.