Have you ever seen someone get busted for something and think, ‘that’s the weirdest rule ever’?
Believe it or not, it gets weirder.
Wherever you live in the world, it’s likely that you’re subject to some pretty strange laws that you may not be aware of. Some countries have it illegal to stay out past a certain time, while others go as far as to say it’s illegal to wear a certain type of undergarment. Though these laws may not feel like they’re strictly enforced, they exist all over the world without many people even knowing about it.
We searched the internet far and wide to find some of the weirdest laws that countries have in place, and couldn’t resist sharing them with you. Check them out:
1. Mandatory Italian Dog Walks
If you’re a dog owner in Turin, Italy, you better make sure you’re walking your dog multiple times a day. If you don’t, you’re subject to being fined 500 Euros ($650 USD). Who knows how these things can be tracked, but if you live in this area, you should seriously consider becoming a dog walker. You’ll be rich in no time.
2. Restrict Your Gum Chewing in Singapore
Planning on a trip to Singapore? Leave the Orbit at home. In an effort to keep Singapore clean and gum off of sidewalks, the gum ban was introduced by their Prime Minister in the 80s and poses a hefty fine of $1000 USD if caught littering with it. No one will probably know if you’re secretly chewing, but I’d heed caution when blowing a bubble.
3. Keep Your Coins in Canada
A blessing and a curse. Thanks to a little something called the Currency Act of 1985, it’s officially illegal to use too many coins when paying for something in Canada. You can still use coins, just not excessively—for example, don’t use 25 pennies instead of a quarter. Better start turning those coins in for cash!
4. When In Africa, Hold It In
Over in the country of Malawi in East Africa, if you’ve got flatulence, you might be seen as a criminal. The Local Courts Bill states that ‘any person who vitiates the atmosphere in any place’ making it ‘noxious to the public and to the health of persons in general’ are found guilty of a misdemeanor. Yes, this means farting. Yes, this is very real.
5. Hike Decently In Switzerland
In case you felt like hiking naked in Switzerland, you’re out of luck. The rule only came about (believe it or not) after a man was fined 100 Swiss Francs, or $109 USD for walking past a family with small children. I’m not sure who would want to hike naked, in the freezing cold, up a mountain but if you do, don’t do it in Switzerland.
6. Get Comfy Shoes For Greece
A law that actually makes sense. If you’re visiting any part of Ancient Greece, be sure you ditch the high heels. Along with food and drink, high heels have been banned due to their ability to cause damage to their surroundings. Wearing them doesn’t seem to earn you a fine, but would you want to be the jerk who ruins the ruins? Me either.
7. Stay Away From Pigeons In San Francisco
If you’ve either been to or live in a busy city, you know that they are usually filled with pigeons. Though it may seem tempting, feeding the pigeons isn’t really a great idea—but in San Francisco, it’s actually illegal, and violators are subject to a fine if caught. Not only is it bad for their health, it also increases the amount of bird poop…and no one wants that.
8. No Pooh In Poland
Winnie the Pooh isn’t very well received in Poland. He was in the running for becoming a ‘Patron’ of the play area, but was quickly removed from consideration and labeled as ‘inappropriately dressed’ and having ‘dubious sexuality.’ I’m not sure if they’ve ever seen Winnie the Pooh, but I can’t quite say they’re spot on.
9. Beware of Suspicious British Fish
I’m not entirely sure what constitutes handling seafood as ‘suspicious’, but if you’re in the United Kingdom, you better be careful. The Brits take this so seriously that they created the Salmon Act of 1986, which protects salmon, trout, eels, lampreys, smelt and freshwater fish from being handled suspiciously—and if broken, is subject to punishment. Intimidating, huh?
10. Denmark baby names
Some of us grow up dreaming of the perfect name for our first born, but in Denmark, your choices may be a little limited. That’s right, there’s a rule to what you can name your child in this country—parents must choose from a list of 7,000 names provided by the government. Chances are your name of choice will be on the list, unless it’s Apple. Then you’re out of luck.