10 of the World’s Strangest Laws (Slideshow)
Chances are, you’ve heard the one about how chewing gum is illegal in Singapore. But there are plenty of other strange & ridiculous laws around the world! Though, unlike the gum ban, not all of these laws are necessarily enforced. Click through to check out some of the world’s most outrageous laws. Have you broken any of these laws? Share your story in the comments section!
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Husband Knows Best
To the ladies of Vermont in need of false teeth — better ask your husband’s permission first! Yep, in Vermont, a husband has to sign off in the event his wife needs dentures. Another dentures-related law? In Louisiana, using false teeth to bite someone bumps up the charge to aggravated assault.
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With the exception of funerals and hospital visits, people in Milan, Italy are legally required to smile at all times. I wonder if teeth-whitening kits are exceptionally popular in the fashion capital?!
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Speaking Ill of the Dead
North Carolina has a ban on potty mouths at funerals. Hold your tongue until after the burial. In Massachusetts, be sure to limit your sandwich consumption to 3 or fewer — any more and you’re a criminal!
Thinking about committing a crime in the state of Texas? Be sure to give the police 24-hour’s notice — otherwise, you’re breaking the law.
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Dropping the Bomb
In Chico, Calif., it’s illegal to set off a nuclear bomb within city limits. Can’t help but wonder how many weekends that law has ruined!
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Who Wears Short Shorts?
Want to break out your pink hotpants on Sunday afternoon? Well, if you’re in Victoria, Australia, you’d be at risk of breaking the law!
All the moustachioed men of Eureka, Nevada are banned from kissing women. Good thing they’re not so in style anymore!
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Those Londoners afflicted with the plague need to find an alternate form of transportation — it’s illegal for Bubonic plague victims to ride in taxis! Another interesting law affecting London’s taxis? It’s illegal to transport corpses. Well, now that that’s cleared up…
God Save the Queen
Putting a stamp of the queen upside down could get you on the hook for treason in the United Kingdom. This one is so outrageous that it was actually voted the U.K.’s most ludicrous law in a 2007 survey!
One For the Money
Just in case any Washingtonians wanted to fib about their rich parents, be careful! It’s illegal in the Evergreen state to pretend you have wealthy parents.