June 21, 2024 | Eul Basa

Dumb Laws That Exist Around The World

Well isn't that...interesting

There are good laws, there are bad laws, and then there are dumb laws. Many countries around the world have some rules and regulations in place that are so ridiculous, you can't help but scratch your head.

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In Western Australia, it's illegal to possess 50 kilograms of potatoes in one place.

Person Holding potatoes in hands.R Khalil, Pexels


Citizens are not allowed to purchase a fifty-cent product using just pennies.

Person holding coins in hand.cottonbro studio, Pexels


If an inmate escapes a prison alone, it's not considered a chargeable offense. Escape from prison is only a crime if two or more inmates escape together.

Rear View of a Silhouette Man in prison.Donald Tong, Pexels


Naming a pig Napoleon is against the law. Some say this is just a myth...but what fun would that be?

Photograph of Domestic PigEllie Burgin, Pexels


Pillow fights are banned because a pillow is considered a passive weapon that can be used to hurt someone.

Girl Doing Pillow Fight with a ManKampus Production, Pexels


Wearing high heels at archaeological sites is illegal (and probably not a sensible choice anyway).

Woman in Pink Dress in Alley in TownPitt Rom, Pexels


Flying a kite without a permit is against the law.

Silhouette of a Person Flying a KiteAqib Shahid, Pexels


Smiling is mandatory at all times, except when attending funerals or visiting hospitals.

Woman visiting famous di Trevi fountain in Rome.RossHelen, Shutterstock


Individuals aged 45 to 74 must undergo annual waistline measurements.

A Person Measuring Her Waist With a Tape MeasureMikhail Nilov, Pexels


There are 22 different types of words, ranging from animals to cars, which are not legally allowed to name your child.

Shocked mother and son.Gustavo Fring, Pexels


When riding a bike, it's illegal to not have both of your feet on the pedals.

Photo of Woman Riding BicycleAndrea Piacquadio, Pexels


You are not allowed to pee in a canal in Amsterdam unless you are expecting a baby.

Crowded Streets and Boats on the Canal in Amsterdam, NetherlandsAyşenur Şahin, Pexels


 It's illegal to spook a reindeer intentionally.

Man vs Reindeerbengtham, Flickr


Driving a car that is dirty is against the law.

Vintage Black Volga GAZ-24 Car Parked on a City Street - RussiaVitali Adutskevich, Pexels

South Korea 

Traffic police officers are required to report themselves if they commit a traffic violation.

Police Handling Traffic In Kaesongyeowatzup, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons


Building sandcastles in spain is not allowed.

Person Standing Near Sand CastleGerardo Ramones, Pexels


It's illegal to repaint your house without a government permit.

Person painting a wall.Ksenia Chernaya, Pexels


Flushing a toilet in an apartment after 10 p.m. is against the law.

Hand Flushing ToiletMiriam Alonso, Pexels


You can get fined for stepping on money.

Money under your feet.Show_low, Shutterstock


It is illegal to handle a salmon suspiciously.

Photo Of Person Slicing Sashimicottonbro studio, Pexels

United States

In Florida, unmarried women are prohibited from parachuting on Sundays.

People Standing with Parachute on HillMiguel Arcanjo Saddi, Pexels


Feather beds are illegal in Buenos Aires.

Photo of sweet charming young woman nightwear lying duvet sleeping feather flying isolated pastel pink color backgroundRoman Samborskyi, Shutterstock


It's illegal to publically burp or sneeze.

A young woman outside is sneezing into the elbowMilanMarkovic78, Shutterstock


Washing your car on the street is against the law.

Male driver washing car with power washerErik Mclean, Pexels


It's illegal to sell Kinder Eggs.

Kinder Surprise eggs in store.Kim Love, Flickr


You must visit your elderly parents often or face legal consequences.

Man and Woman Walking on the StreetKEON VINES, Pexels


Picking your nose on a Saturday is forbidden.

Man in Blue Top Picking NoseKetut Subiyanto, Pexels


 It's illegal to bring idols of worship into the country.

Prayer beads on table with Buddhist templePam Williams, Pexels


Drinking on the first day of the month is against the law.

An old man drinks fermented milk in Mongolia.World Bank Photo Collection, Flickr


The export donkeys is prohibited.

Boy Leaning on a DonkeyRowlandzy, Pexels


It's illegal to get freaky with a llama or alpaca.

Man with an AlpacaDiogo Brandao, Pexels


Some public establishments are prohibited from serving ketchup to customers unless specifically requested.

Single served bottle of ketchup on the table.Olivia's pics, Flickr


It's illegal to urinate in a body of water that someone may be bathing in.

When The Class Clown Goes Too Farwayhomestudio, Freepik


Selling chewing gum is against the law.

Airwaves gum in store.Jon Rawlinson, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons


Stealing only one apple from a farm is a crime.

Girl sitting on tree and collecting apple.Zen Chung, Pexels

South Africa

It's illegal to play the national anthem in the manner of a jive or jazz and rock arrangement.

Girl in Black and White Crew Neck T-shirt Playing Saxophonecottonbro studio, Pexels

Sri Lanka

It's possible for tourists to be denied entry or face legal consequences for displaying tattoos of Buddha.

Buddha tattoo on arm.art dejavu, Flickr


Men are strictly prohibited from belly dancing.

Woman Doing a Belly DanceVika Glitter, Pexels


It's illegal to ride a cow while intoxicated.

Person Standing on Hill next to a cow.Tom Verdoot, Pexels


Widows can only remarry within 301 days from the date of her husband's death.

Portrait of a Young WidowMustafa Akkoyun, Pexels


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