Weird Laws

England has been in the news a lot lately, in large part because of the vote to leave the European Union -- known as the Brexit. While that event is sure to impact the country in many ways, it's time to take a more lighthearted look at England's legal situation, starting with some of the strangest laws that are still on the books.

Kings, Queens and Beached Whales

As a country surrounded by the sea, you may expect England would have laws about beached whales, and you're in luck: It does. If a whale is discovered on a beach, and it's already dead, the queen can have its tail. If there's also a king, he can have the head. That's certainly one way to get your royal dinner.

Staying Alive in the Houses of Parliament

We've all heard the expression "bored to death." For those in the Houses of Parliament, no matter how boring it gets, dying is illegal -- for any reason. If you feel you're going to die, you must first leave the Houses of Parliament and do it somewhere else.

Rabid Dogs, Dead Bodies, and Cab Drivers

Cab drivers have to transport people all over London, and they can't discriminate -- unless the person is dead, that is. It's actually illegal for a cab to carry a deceased person. For good measure, they also can't legally carry rabid dogs.

Upright Stamps

If you get a stamp to mail out a letter or a postcard, and it has a picture of a British monarch on it, be very careful when you put it on the envelope. If the monarch is upside down, it's not just illegal, it's treason. Make sure you get it on, right way up, or you need to tear it off and start over before you mail that letter.

International Laws and Rights

This is a small sampling of some of the stranger laws from England, but it does show just how important it is to do your research before traveling and visiting foreign countries. Even in places that you may think are quite similar to home, you must know your legal rights.

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