22 Crazy and Unusual Laws Around the World. #7 Is Unbelievable!

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It’s illegal to honk your horn in New York City. And if you frowned while visiting Milan, you probably weren’t aware you were breaking the law. Tons of wacky laws are still in place around the world. And although some of them aren’t as enforced as others, it’s always important to be aware of the laws of the country you plan to visit, whether they’re completely absurd or not.

#1. It is illegal to wear high heelsĀ at important archaeological sites in Greece.

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High heeled shoes are said to cause damage to Greece’s highly-trafficked monuments and historic sights.

#2. It’s illegal to run out of fuel when driving on the German autobahn.

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Photo credit: Tekke

Stopping on the autobahn for any non-emergency is forbidden, and running out of gas isn’t considered an emergency, so plan ahead and save yourself from paying a hefty fine.

#3. It is illegal to step on any Thai currency.

510304853 Feet are considered the dirtiest part of the body in Thailand, and since the currency is printed with an image of the king, it is highly disrespectful and even illegal to allow the two to make contact.

#4. It is illegal to chew gum in Singapore.

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Singapore is known for having an abundance of unusual laws, but most of them aim to keep the city clean. Selling and chewing gum in public are both illegal.

#5. In England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

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Any person who dies in the House of Parliament is entitled to a state funeral, and this law was created to prevent that situation from happening.

#6. In Turkey, it is illegal to become a pilot if you’re older than 80.

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This law is in place to prevent people with poor eyesight and reflexes from piloting a plane. The absurdity comes from the distinct age limit, because many people lose their eyesight, reflexes and other necessary skills for flying before or after the 80-year mark.

#7. Urinating in the ocean is against the law in Portugal.

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#8. In Canada, thirty-five percent of the popular music played on the radio must be Canadian content.

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Commercial, campus, community and native radio stations playing Popular Music are required to play at least 35-percent Canadian content.

#9. It is illegal to spit in Barcelona.

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To refrain from spitting in public is a common courtesy in many areas of the world, but you’ll face a fine and possibly even jail time if you spit on a public street in Barcelona, Spain.

#10. Driving without your headlights on is illegal in Denmark, even during daytime.

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#11. It is illegal to eat during the time of Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates.

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Planning a visit to Dubai during Ramadan? Keep in mind that you must observe the holiday, and eating during daytime is forbidden. Smoking, eating or drinking in the day might land you in jail after one warning.

#12. It’s illegal to frown in Milan.

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Frowning is prohibited in Milan unless you’re visiting a hospital or attending a funeral, so don’t forget to keep a smile on your face while you’re out touring.

#13. The durian fruit is so smelly, it is banned from subways, buses, taxis, hotels and airports in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

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If you’ve ever smelled the durian fruit, you probably understand why it’s banned from many public places in Southeast Asia. The fruit’s stench alone is guilty for making the public gag.

#14. It is illegal to feed the pigeons in San Francisco.

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San Franciscans believe that pigeons damage property and spread disease, and citizens are expected to report anyone who feeds them. A hefty fine awaits those who are caught in the act.

#15. Dog owners must walk their dogs at least three times a day in Turin, Italy.

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Turin, Italy’s animal protection law book spans 20 pages, and one of the many laws states that your dog must be walked at least three times a day.

#16. In British Columbia, Canada, it is illegal to kill Bigfoot (or Sasquatch) if found.

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We’re not sure if this one is to protect people in Bigfoot costumes or to preserve the species (if it exists), but it’s definitely one of Canada’s strangest laws.

#17. It is illegal to eat in any place that is on fire in Chicago.

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#18. As of July 2013, it is illegal for Chinese adult children not to visit their parents “often.”

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China enacted this law in 2013 to help care for its aging population. The law requires adults to visit their elderly parents to avoid being at risk of a lawsuit.

#19. It is illegal to flush a toilet after 10 p.m. in Switzerland.

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The Swiss Homeowners’ Society allows landlords to make their own rules for tenants, but the Swiss renters’ law does state that tenants must be mindful of their neighbors and other tenants. In many areas, this means flushing the toilet or running a bath after 10 p.m. is prohibited.

#20. It is illegal to wear camouflage in St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Wearing military or camouflage clothing is illegal in St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, and while customs officials will most likely just ask you to change, your clothing might be camo clothing might be confiscated at the airport.

#21. It is illegal to operate a cow while intoxicate in Britain.

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This law isn’t just limited to cows, it’s actually forbidden to be “in charge of” cows, horses, carriages, and steam engines while intoxicated in public places in Britain.

#22. It’s illegal to honk your car horn in New York City.

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It may seem hard to believe if you’ve visited the city, but according to New York City law, it’s illegal to honk your horn unless it’s an emergency. Road rage is not considered an emergency, and the unlawful honking can be punished with a $350 fine.

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

Comments:

  • very good and exelent.it was very useful for me.thanks a lot and good job.if you add more strange laws please sent them to my email.THANKS

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