When we think of laws, automatically a tone of serious descends upon those involved. The consequences of a potential breach and ultimately how to resolve the issue legally and fairly . But we often forget about the lighter side of the legal system. Here at Tracey Solicitors we wanted to break away, if only for a minute, from our day to day operations and take a look at some unbelievable laws from around the world. We’ve put together our Top 10 Unbelievable Laws. We hope you find it as entertaining as we did.
1. Knights in Shining Armour
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Bad luck for David Cameron and Ed Milliband as they prepare for battle in the next election: MPs are forbidden from wearing suits of Armour in London’s Houses of Parliament. The law was passed back in 1313 (unlucky for some) and has never been changed. Shame, really; the shiny suits would add a certain pizazz to Prime Minister’s Question Time.
2. Holy Cow
An 1872 Scottish law states that it is illegal to be drunk and in charge of a cow. Offenders face being fined a hefty sum, on top of having to pay for the care of the cow while they’re in custody. Next time you’re going out on a big night in Scotland, whatever you do, leave your cow at home. Either that or allocate a designated herder.
3. Chick Chic
In Rhode Island, America, it’s illegal to dye a chick. Sounds weird? A quick Google reveals that dyed chicks are actually a thing. Chick-dyeing was original a means of farmers identifying which baby birds came from which egg, but morphed into a way to create real-life colourful Easter chicks. Animal rights campaigners believe it encourages irresponsible ownership, which is why the bill was passed.
4. Feeling Flush
As an overnight guest in someone else’s house, have you ever faced the agonising decision of whether or not to flush the toilet? Should you do the usual, polite thing and leave the loo looking lovely, or keep the peace but risk looking like you don’t care? Move to Switzerland, where the decision is taken out of your hands by a law that bans the flushing of toilets in apartment buildings after 10pm.
5. ‘Tache Distraction
In Alabama, USA, it’s illegal to enter church wearing a fake moustache that might cause the congregation to laugh. Presumably, that means clown shoes, plastic comedy noses and silly wigs are still allowed.
7. Fishy Business
If you’re in Ohio, whatever you do, however tempted, do not get a fish drunk. Yep – there really is a law that says that’s not allowed.
8. Posh Pork
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In France, it is against the law to name your pet pig (or anyone else’s pig, for that matter) ‘Napoléon’.
9. I need a PC
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In the UK, a pregnant woman may relieve herself wherever she wishes, even if that’s in a police officer’s helmet.
10. Calm Down, Pet
In the UK, it’s illegal to let your pet mate with any that live in the royal house.