New Zealand: High Schools Entitled to Atomic Bomb Ingredients

Under the Atomic Energy Act, every high school in New Zealand  is entitled to 1 pound of uranium and 1 pound of thorium, for experimentation.

However, under the Nuclear Test Ban Act, there is a fine of $1 million for creating nuclear explosions.

Thailand: It's About Respect

Throwing bubblegum onto the sidewalk is illegal. If you are caught doing it, you will be fined $600. Failure to pay the fine will result in jail time. The purpose for this law, cleanliness and reduction of litter, seems straightforward. Additionally, the steep fine and jail time is most likely based on the inability to consistently enforce the prohibition. Meaning that those who are caught are punished more severely. This is evident in the incredibly steep fines for littering in the U.S., sometimes in the thousands of dollars. The theory is that the harsher punishment will serve itself as a deterrent for the unwanted behavior.

Additionally, it is illegal to step on any of the nation’s currency. This could be either about the preservation of the currency, or the desire to encourage the respect of it, or it could be directly related to whomever or whatever is picture on the currency. Such as respect for the government or royal families, etc.

France: No Pictures of Police

In France, it is illegal to take photographs of the police or police cars, whether as the primary subject, or in the background. In other areas, such as the U.K. it is also illegal to photograph police if the reason is to aid in the efforts of terrorists, otherwise it is legal. Viewed with terrorist motives, or similar proliferation or advancement of criminal activity in mind, such a prohibition doesn't seem as random or bizarre.