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Dumb Laws

August 26, 2006

I saw this site, http://www.dumblaws.com, from merryshannon. Check here for US entries. Here are some collections from countries outside US that seem dumb to me:

Australia
It is illegal to walk on the right hand side of a footpath. (for safty I presume)
Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb.Canada
Comic books which depict any illegal acts are banned. (well many Japanese ones should be banned)
It is illegal for clear or non-dark sodas to contain caffeine.

Finland
Taxi drivers must pay royalties if they play music in their cars for paying customers.

France
Between the hours of 8AM and 8PM, 70% of music on the radio must be by French artists.
It is illegal to kiss on railways in France.
No pig may be addressed as Napoleon by its owner.

Germany
It is illegal to wear a mask.

Irland
Any person who shall pretend or exercise to use any type of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment, or pretend knowledge in any occult or or craft or science shall for any such offense suffer imprisonment at the time of one whole year and also shall be obliged to obscursion for his/her good behavior. (Be aware! Harry Potter.)

Israel
Bicycles may not ridden without a license.

Italy
A man may be arrested for wearing a skirt.

Japan
There is no age of consent.

Mexico
It is illegal to shout offensive words in any public place.

Singapore
The sale of gum is prohibited.
As it is considered pornographic, you may not walk around your home nude.

South Africa
Young people wearing bathing suits are prohibited from sitting less than 12 inches apart.

Swaziland
Any woman who wears pants faces a possible punishment of having the pants ripped off her and torn to pieces by soldiers.

Sweden
While prostitution is legal, it is illegal to use the services of a prostitute.

Switzerland
It is illegal to flush the toilet after 10 P.
If you forget you car-keys inside the car and you leave the car open, you will be punished. (Same in Australia)

Thailand
You must wear a shirt while driving a car.

United Kingdom
Divorces are outlawed.
Those wishing to purchase a television must also buy a license. (Same in Norway, which includes VCR; Same in South Africa)*

*PS: In Japan, you need to pay some fees to support NHK, a public TV station, every month. If two people in a household are not related, they both should pay separately. Also in Japan, to own a telephone landline you’ll need to buy a telephone right with list price of 75,000 yen from NTT. Of course, nowadays with so many cellular phones (doesn’t need this right) this price is much lower in the used market, about 10,000 yen in the mid 2004.

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