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The Weirdest Laws in the World

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Most of the time, laws and regulations set by the government and other authorities are generally restricted to things people can easily abide by, as normal law-abiding citizens. However, a range of customs and incidents can influence the decisions made by authorities, and that means regulations can sometimes get overly detailed, meandering, or just plain confusing. Here’s a list of just a few of the weirdest things people aren’t allowed to do:

 

Give a child a weird name in Denmark

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If a Danish parent wants to give their child a name outside of the 7,000 pre-approved names, they have to seek permission at the local parish church, and they may not always be successful – around 15 to 20 percent of 1,100 annual applications are rejected.

 

Hike naked in Switzerland

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In 2011, Switzerland’s highest court made it possible for local authorities to fine anyone who, despite the freezing temperatures, thought it would be a good idea to hike naked in Alps. It cites it as public indecency, although Switzerland doesn’t have a law against public nudity.

 

Die in Sarpourenx, France

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Due to a lack of space in the local cemetery, Mayor Gerard Lalanne published a 2008 ordinance to let residents know that ‘all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish,’ adding that ‘offenders will be severely punished.’

 

Look suspicious with a fish in the UK

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The UK Parliament’s Salmon Act of 1986 decrees that ‘a person shall be guilty of an offence if, at a time when he believes or it would be reasonable for him to suspect that a relevant offence has at any time been committed in relation to any fish…’

 

Annoy another person in the Phillipines

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In the Phillipines, ‘unjust vexation’ is punishable by a fine of PHP5 ($0.12AUD) to PHP200 ($4.97AUD), citing the act of annoying someone as ‘a form of light coercion’.  However, be reassured, as ‘having an annoying face or annoying demeanour is not a crime by itself. There must be a positive act on the part of the perpetrator.’

 

Challenge someone to a duel in Canada

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Canada’s Criminal Code states that it’s illegal to indicate in any way that you wish to engage another person in a duel. It’s seen as a serious offense on account of it being closely tied to the crime of assault, and will be ‘liable for imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.’

 

Carry a ladder in public in London

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According to the 1839 Metropolitan Police Act, being a nuisance in public can result in a penalty, and one way of doing so is by carrying ‘any cask, tub, hoop, or wheel, or any ladder, plank, pole, showboard, or placard’ on any footpaths, unless you’re unloading or loading them or crossing the footpath. However, since the law was stated such a long time ago, there’s a chance that it’s not still being enforced today.

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