Weird Laws

We’ve all heard about outdated, even ancient laws that are inexplicably kept on the books in various countries. For example, many people have heard that it’s legal to marry a dead person in France. Of course, you must have already been engaged and you will need the approval of the president of France. However, there are many more that may be surprising to our readers.

In England, it is illegal for someone to die in the Houses of Parliament

In 2007, this law was voted as the UK’s most ludicrous law. A House of Commons spokesman said, “The people who know about these things here say there is no basis for such a law, not to say it does not exist somewhere in writing.”

One out of every five songs played on Canadian radio must be sung by a Canadian

Justin Bieber fans will be ecstatic over this law, although the rest of the country may be turning to their iPods. According to the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, both types of programming have to be at least one-fifth by Canadian performers.

Even though sumo wrestling is legal, it is illegal to be fat in Japan

In 2009, Japanese lawmakers set maximum waistlines for citizens. Women cannot have a waistline measuring over 35 inches. Men over the age of 40 must not have a waistline over 31 inches.

No toilets can be flushed after 10 p.m. in Switzerland

For all the sound that can be considered noise, the Swiss government considers flushing the toilet to be noise pollution after 10 p.m. This law applies only to apartment buildings.

You are not allowed to use binoculars near an airport

Forget trying to see through those tiny airplane windows. You can be detained or arrested if you use binoculars near an airport in Egypt.

Chicago won’t let you eat pizza somewhere that is on fire

While we’re not sure why this law had to be passed in the first place, you cannot eat in a restaurant that is on fire. Apparently, you’ll need to ask for your food to go.

Even if your donkey is not clean, it has to be out of your Oklahoma bathtub by 7 p.m.

While every donkey should be entitled to a bubble bath now and then, make sure you set the alarm. According to Oklahoma law, you have to have your donkey out of the tub by 7 p.m.

There you have it. Some of the strangest laws from around the world. No doubt there are dozens more to learn about that are even stranger than these.