Crazy Laws That Still Exist Around The World


Thinking about taking a bath with a donkey? Fancy getting drunk in a British pub? Well think again as these potentially harmless
activities and many more could well land you in trouble with the long arm of the law. Laws of the land that may have made sense
when first brought about, have a habit of sticking around, even if they have no real
place in today’s society. Add to those antiquated laws a few newer bizarre
rules of the land that have found their way into the law books, and we have a truly bizarre
set of world legislation. So what are some of the strangest laws that
still remain on the books around the world? That’s what we’ll find out, in this episode
of the Infographics Show, Strange Laws that Still Exist. Great Britain has some of the strangest laws
in the world, some of which are broken every day. It is illegal, for example, to be drunk in
a pub in the UK. How many thousands of Brits break that law
every single day? It is also illegal to carry a plank of wood
along the pavement, especially, one would imagine, after getting drunk in the pub. Not quite so bizarre is the stipulation that
members of parliament in jolly old England are not allowed to wear a suit of armour in
Parliament. But surely this law should have been updated
by the lawmakers themselves while in Parliament, no? It is also highly illegal to handle a salmon
in suspicious circumstances in England and Wales – and if there is an unsuspicious
way to handle freshwater fish out of water, we’d love to see it. It is also an offence to beat or shake a carpet
or rug, except if it’s a doormat, before 8am, in the UK. And if you’re an Englander, forget about
dining on exotic waterfowl. Unless you happen to be the queen of England,
it is illegal to eat a swan. Should you be pregnant in Britain, it is perfectly
legal to spend a penny in a policeman’s hat – or in fact, anywhere else, should
it be an emergency. And on a similar note, and on the subject
of toilets, up in Scotland, if somebody knocks on your door asking to use the bog, you must,
by law, let them inside and offer your bathroom. Also in Scotland – that bizarrely colorful
land of haggis and bagpipes, there may be more to that folk tale about Scotsmen and
their kilts. Ever wondered what exactly is beneath the
famous tartan kilt? Well according to ancient legend – nothing! No underwear can be worn under the kilt, and
according to an old law (or perhaps, to be fair, urban legend), if a Scotsman is found
to be wearing underwear beneath his kilt, then he is routinely charged two beers by
whoever discovered his non-commando status. Although we can’t confirm the exact legal
standing of this law, it is too difficult to resist sharing. The USA also has its fair share of quirky
laws. In Arizona, allowing your pet donkey to sleep
in the bathtub is against the law. Placing salt on a railway track is an offence
punishable by the death penalty in Birmingham. At first glance, this seems a tad harsh. But the reason is that the train could either
derail or attract cattle onto the track, which could also result in a major derailment or
at least a delay. So don’t go putting salt on the rails, kids. It’s also against the law to play a game
of Frisbee without first acquiring the permission of a lifeguard in Los Angeles – although responsible
frisbee throwing is, we are told, permitted. Who can blame the city with all those lawsuits
flying around? And what happened to the chicken who crossed
the road in Georgia? Its owner got arrested. It is against the law to let your chickens
roam around unattended in this state. In Hawaii, it is illegal to work at the same
company as your twin brother or sister. We guess this law is in place to avoid workplace
confusion as to who is doing what and who has taken the day off. And dog lovers, beware. Unless you have four legs and a tail that
wags, it’s illegal to live in a dog kennel in Idaho, bringing a whole new meaning to
sleeping in the doghouse. Perhaps stranger than all these laws though,
is the law in Vermont whereby women who want false teeth are required by law to first obtain
permission from their husband. Quite why this law still exists is totally
baffling to us here at the Infographics Show. Perhaps someone can explain this one to us? And then there’s the strange legal world
of mainland Europe. In Greece, it is illegal to go sightseeing
around the ancient ruins wearing high heels, and in France it is illegal to name your pet
pig Napoleon. In Rome, Italy, keeping a lone goldfish in
a fish bowl is considered animal cruelty and is against the law. But if you have more than one in the bowl,
that is considered acceptable, because, as we all know, fish are sociable creatures. Kids in parts of Poland are not allowed to
travel outside the house with any Winnie the Pooh memorabilia, including T-shirts, backpacks,
or lunch boxes. The cartoon character is considered a ‘non-gender
specific inappropriate hermaphrodite’ without having the decency to wear a pair of pants,
and the Poles for some reason find Winnie’s lack of genitalia offensive. This one isn’t exactly an ancient law but
was simply too brilliant to leave out of our study of quirky laws. In the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, the
sale and importation of water pistols is prohibited during new year festivities. The reason being that a popular way to enjoy
the New Year in this part of the world is to take part in a huge water fight, and that,
governor Chea Sophara reckons, may lead to social unrest. In Thailand, it is illegal to step on money,
and it is also illegal to leave home without wearing underwear. It is also illegal to hold your hand out in
tribute to The Hunger Games, or to publicly criticize a fellow countryman. In parts of India, if a man is in debt, he
can legally offer his wife as a down-payment until the debt is settled. In Japan, it is illegal to be fat, with the
government setting a maximum waistline of 33.5 inches (85 cm) for men and 35.5 inches
(90 cm) for women. In China, Buddhist monks are banned from reincarnating
unless they have specific government permission. Yes, Asia is a wacky place. In Samoa, it is illegal to forget your wife’s
birthday. In Australia it is against the law to disrupt
a wedding – an act that is punishable by a fine of $10,000. .
All in all, across the world, while laws are there to help protect us and keep society
functioning as a moral and ethical place, some of the decisions made by lawmakers will
keep on baffling us as long as old laws remain and new bizarre rules come into being. So, what’s the strangest law you’ve ever
heard of? How does it stack up with our list of ridiculous
laws? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to watch our other video called
The Cost of the World Cup. Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!




Comments
  1. How is Asia a wakky place, the whole world has such weird and crazy laws. That is not something you should be saying like that.

  2. 5:02 this is not true you cannot just hand your wife to someone because you can't pay your debts in India this must have been an old law in the medieval times

  3. I was taking this video seriously until the Indian part came. Though being an Indian never even heard of loan against wife. Nonsense 😀

  4. Wait what winnie the pooh illegal in Onionland but in like 23 grade he had to read the book in school, never heard of it to be honest.

  5. I am from India and there is no such law about such debt repayments 5:02
    This is highly irresponsible of The Infographics Show to include inaccurate and inappropriate facts without any fact checking or evidence.

  6. In thailand the there is a picture of the king on money and people think it is disrespectful to the king to step on it

  7. Thank you japan bc my waits is 34 inches I made 😅😅😂😂😂 but luckly live in America where I can be 600 pounds and not go to jail

  8. Is there a rule that it is not allowed to put A dollar in a bag and then put the bag in the fridge? I need to know!

  9. The one about stepping on money is cause money has the portrait of the countries leader on it and it's seen as disrespectful to them if you step on the money since you're also stepping on their leaders face.

  10. Japan wants women to have bigger hips, 33 inches for men 35 inches for woman………

    I can tell Japenese Government wants to have a women with thick hips.

  11. loved the video…but the law u mentioned about India… isn't true actually.. i guess there must me some mistake in interpretation…

  12. Please in india there is no such law … Hehehe… how could you belive this one… no man in India can keep his wife as collateral or security against loan. .
    🤣🤣 may be it's due to the Mahabharta(where Draupati was offered in a game of satranj. But it's a mythology) you put this 1 in your video. But it's not true bhai yr…..

  13. My country singapore ? It is illegal to chew chewing gum in Singapore , in prohibited by law to purchase any alcohol in shops and supermarket at 10.30pm . I am surprise this is not up on this video .

  14. The no underwear while wearing a kilt is true because I live in Scotland

    (PS) I said underwear so Americans didn't get confused 🙂

  15. 4:08 bruh that's such a lie, i live in poland and study the constitution daily.
    In addition my childhood friends weared these type of shirts and haven't been punished by law.

  16. 1:05 all laws are give to the queen for final judgement and to be passed or not. So it’s not really up to the and since the queen doesn’t go into parliament well you get my jist

  17. As Indian I can confirm There is no bankruptcy law to offer wife until loan is setteled first check your facts and then speak illogical things about any country

  18. Well I can confirm that there is no such law allowing you to give your wife as a down payment for debt in any Part of India.

  19. I'm from Cambodia. And the rules in Cambodia does makes sense. But during new years eves kids can't buy water pistol. But in other provinces like seimreap kompung cham is also illegal.

  20. Wow you completely miss-informed people about the Japanese Law about weight. It only requires people above the age of 45 and below 74 to undergo physical exams and have their waistline examined once a year and if it exceeds the limit then they seek medical attention. There is no punishment like imprisonment or being fined for being over weight,Hopefully you guys can explain that better next time .

  21. The law about someone knocking on your door and you have to let them into your house is ABSOLUTELY UNEQUIVOCALLY MOST DECIDEDLY INCORRECT AND WRONG! Indoor plumbing changed that….

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