Curious Facts : Some Rather Curious Laws

Don’t you just hate being told what to do?  Of course you do, it’s in our curious nature!  Sit like this, walk like this, elbows off the table, don’t speak curious things with your mouth full, is that a hem I see showing below your curiously short skirt?  There are so many rules that it is actually quite impossible to keep track of all of them.

What if it was a law?  What would you do then?

Throughout humanity’s long history of staying on the straight and narrow, there do often come times when we have mishaps.  Do I dare say mistakes within the lines of our most prestigious political and cultural ranks?  Queens who have an issue with a certain color, statesmen who are offended by a certain type of insect, and even stranger people who make laws for situations that could not possibly happen.

I have compiled a small list for the curious little lawbreaker that we all know we are!  However, trying to break some of these laws may be…challenging.

In Thailand, You must wear a shirt while driving a car.

In Singapore,  if you are convicted of littering three times, you will have to clean the streets on Sundays with a bib on saying, “I am a litterer”.  Also, it is illegal to pee in an elevator…but I consider that to be a good law!

In England, those wishing to purchase a television must also buy a license. (I found this out from Ellen!) But wait!  There are more! 

All English males over the age 14 are to carry out 2 or so hours of longbow practice a week supervised by the local  clergy. 

It is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises (in a pub or bar)…doesn’t sound right. 

Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks (enacted by Edward VI).

A bed may not be hung out of a window.  Curious reasons why not.  I find it practical!

Any boy under the age of 10 may not see a naked mannequin.  He may get the wrong impression!

In Australia, it is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burglar…as this will most likely blow your cover!

In Canada, if you are released from prison, it is required that you are given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town… because it’s the right thing to do!

In France, an ashtray is considered to be a deadly weapon.  So it’s not just the cigarettes that can kill you?

In Germany, a pillow can be considered a “passive” weapon.  Yet based on their history, I could believe that!

And these pale in comparison to those curious American laws.  Try some of these legitimate laws out!

In Illinois, it is law that a car must be driven with a steering wheel.

California law prohibits a woman from driving a car while dressed in a housecoat.

In Memphis, Tennessee, a woman is not to drive a car unless a man warns approaching motorists or pedestrians by walking in front of the car that is being driven.

In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping. How and who gave it a go?!

In New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile. I agree.

In West Virginia, only babies can ride in a baby carriage. Who else tried?

In Oklahoma, no baseball team can hit the ball over the fence or out of a ballpark.

In Washington State, you can’t carry a concealed weapon that is over 6 feet in length.  I really can’t see anything 6 feet long as “concealed”, but it must have been done!

Well, no matter what the law…I still hate being told what to do especially if I have to go to jail for it!

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