Law is a set of rules that are designed to maintain order and protect people from harm. But some laws do nothing other than fooling the people around. Below is a list of ten such ridiculous laws.
1. Death in the House of Parliament
Law: It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament, London
Too late to take any legal action against the criminal in this case. Easily the most stupid law ever to be passed.
2. Flushing in Switzerland
Law: Flushing the toilet after 10 pm where the person lives in an apartment is illegal in Switzerland
Instead of doing something about the plumbing the government took an easy way out by inventing this law that restricts people living in apartments from flushing their toilets after 10 pm. So whether you relieve yourself and leave the house stinking or you just wait till morning, the choice is completely yours.
3. Freedom to urinate
Law: In United Kingdom, a pregnant woman can legally urinate anywhere she wants, including if she requests, in a policeman’s hat
Such a thing would be a definite treat for the tourists who come all over the world to see the Royal Guards. Being pregnant isn’t such a bad thing after all.
4. Blindfolded driving
Law: In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle
The stupid thing about this law is the fact that it even exists, I mean isn’t it obvious that you have to keep your eyes open while you drive, or the people of Alabama are so dumb that the state actually had to pass such a law.
5. Matrimonial false teeth
Law: Women in Vermont, USA must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth
Unbelievable, but true, women living in Vermont will be breaking the law if they get false teeth without a proper written permission from their husbands. Where did this law originate from is still a mystery, but I’m assuming that a group of middle aged men invented it to torture their wives. I wonder where all the women’s rights workers were when this law was being legalized.
6. Medical piety in Bahrain
Law: A male doctor in Bahrain can only examine the genital of a woman in the reflection of a mirror
This law was probably passed for religious purposes, but this is plain stupid, because whether looking directly, or through a mirror, you are, in any case peeking into a woman’s private organs. A law that prohibited male doctors to examine female genital organs in any way would have been a more sensible one.
7. Internet access not allowed
Law: It was illegal to get internet access in Burma
Even though the ban on this infamous law has been partly lifted, I had to include it in my list because this is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever come across. In 2001, the Burmese government allowed limited internet access of some website, but the internet traffic still has to pass through government servers. The Burmese sure do take their internet censorship seriously.
8. Chewing gum in Singapore
Law: Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore
Ever thought that chewing a gum could land you in jail? Well in Singapore it can! This law was passed in 1992 because people used to stick gum under places like chairs and tables instead of disposing them off properly. An irritating habit no doubt, but this is too harsh a punishment. This law was revised in 2004, allowing gum to only those who need help in quitting their smoking habits. Hence gum is available at pharmacies only and you can’t purchase it without a proper medical prescription.
9. Visitors’ toilet
Law: In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter
Although this law must have been passed to benefit those who need to use the loo and can’t find any public toilets, but still it is very dangerous. What if a crook entered your house with the excuse of using the toilet and then robs you off. Installing more public toilets in the country would be a better solution if you ask me, I would rather break the law by refusing a stranger to use my toilet than getting robbed!
10. Single parachuting
Law: Single women can’t parachute on Sundays in Florida
If you’re a single woman and parachuting in the ‘sunshine state’ on a Sunday, the only place that you’ll be landing on is the police station thanks to this senseless law. Women who break this law are usually fined, but an arrest can also be made.