10 Stupid Laws Around the World

Being a lawful citizen isn’t always easy – especially when it inconveniences you. Let’s be honest: we’ve all had our fair share of run-ins with laws we didn’t agree with.

This top 10 looks at some of the most preposterous, antiquated laws on the planet. We can, indeed, declare them to be downright stupid.

10. In the English city of Liverpool, home of The Beatles, a woman is prohibited by law to walk around topless, unless she is selling exotic fish at the market.

So if you plan a trip to Liverpool and for any reason want to take off your top, the fish market is the place to go. The smell might not be easy to handle but at lest you’ll be able to walk around topless legally.

9. In San Salvador drunk-driving is punishable by death. The sentence is carried out immediately by a hastily-assembled firing squad.

I guess tourists that pick San Salvador as a holiday destination should use taxis as much as possible to avoid some potentially fatal accident. Drunk-driving is stupid and irresponsible but perhaps this is a bit too much?

8. In Indonesia masturbation is strictly forbidden. Anyone who breaks the law and gets caught risks getting beheaded.

All single men traveling to this Asian paradise should pay real close attention to this one, if you can’t find any female companionship just control yourself, don’t lose your head…

7. In Scotland the law obliges citizens to allow whoever knocks on their door to use their toilet.

So when in Scotland don’t bother looking for public toilets, just knock on the first door that you can find and ask to use the facilities. If they have a firm handle on the law, they’ll welcome you right in. This law may be stupid but it does keep the city streets clean; who would want to go in a dark alley when they can use any toilet they want?

6. In Bahrain, the law prohibits a gynecologist to look directly at a patient’s organs. He must use mirror reflections to do his job.

If you’re vacationing in Bahrain and a medical emergency necessitates a visit to the local OB/GYN specialist, just go back home. Call me crazy but I wouldn’t let any physician treat me by using mirrors to find his way around – I’m pretty sure he’d do more harm than good.

5. In the state of Alabama people are not allowed to drive while blindfolded.

This is one of those laws that raise questions like “can they get any more pointless?” and “what heinous event brought this law on in the first place?”. If you want to fulfill a dream of driving thorough Alabama wearing a blindfold, you’ll just have to let it go.

4. In London people are not allowed to catch a cab if they are infested with the plague.

It’s understandable I guess. London suffered a lot during the time of the “Black Death” so perhaps they just figured if the disease struck again, this time they’d be prepared. Still, it really doesn’t get much dumber than this.

3. Throughout Great Britain, pregnant women are allowed to deliver their babies in any public place and even use a policeman’s helmet if necessary.

This would be one unforgettable experience wouldn’t it? Some people travel to England just to get a photo with the famous royal guardsmen, but actually using a helmet to facilitate baby delivery…priceless.

2. In the state of Florida if a single woman parachutes out of an airplane on a Saturday she risks doing jail-time.

Single women traveling to sunny Florida should stay away from airplanes and parachutes on Saturdays. Skydiving may be fun, but not when there’s a police car waiting for you on the ground.

1. In Kentucky people are prohibited from withholding firearms if they are longer than 6 feet.

So if you’re a tourist/serial-killer traveling through Kentucky, you’re perfectly okay unless your weapon of choice is longer than 1.8 meters. If it is, you’re in trouble. The Kentucky police force won’t rest until they bring you down.

31 Comments for "10 Stupid Laws Around the World"

bai says on August 19th, 2008 at 4:48 am:

In the Philippines, there is the Republic Act 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act which was authored by former Philippine senator Jose “Joey” D. Lina, Jr.
Trespassers who disregard property rights cannot be made to move out and their illegal structures cannot be demolished without the landowner finding a relocation site for them and paying them first!!! How stupid is that???

cory says on August 26th, 2008 at 1:47 am:

i dont know what the punishment is but it is illegal to spit on the sidewalk in Missouri

Kyeran says on September 19th, 2008 at 9:31 am:

I read up once before about a silly law, It is illegal to wear odd socks, if you were found to have socks that didn’t match you could be forced to take them off and throw them away. I can’t remember where this was tho..? Anyone know?

Steve says on November 1st, 2008 at 8:29 pm:

Why is number 4 stupid? Because you’re (probably) a yank you shortsightedly believe a cab to be the modern day taxi. There have been cabs for hundreds of years – either pulled by horses or carried by footmen.

Hotel Discount Expert says on November 21st, 2008 at 8:03 pm:

oppsss guess we can’t travel alone in indonesia then..maybe just stay for a night. That’s probably not too bad.

sam says on December 7th, 2008 at 11:15 am:

i heard of one once, I’m not sure where it is, but its illegal to wear hot pink hot pants after midday on a Sunday

jonjon69 says on February 26th, 2009 at 6:02 pm:

number 1 is the most interesting … If ur a serial killer kentucky is the place too go as long as ur gun is under 6 feet long

Bill Bartmann says on September 1st, 2009 at 8:15 pm:

Cool site, love the info.

gemma says on September 3rd, 2009 at 7:41 am:

you think those are stupid did you no this<
in minasoda is illegal for a maleto have sex with i fish
but ia woman cannn

how weird

jallu rantanen says on September 7th, 2009 at 5:03 pm:

About the third one: I thought the law was that a pregnant woman can use even a police man’s hat as a TOILET. This is the first site I’ve heard delivering a baby to a helmet is legal (wtf is that about?).

lawless says on January 26th, 2010 at 1:14 am:

There’s a law down south that its unlawful to wash your son and daughter in the same bathtub at the same time.

KATHLEEN says on February 22nd, 2010 at 7:21 pm:

Chicago is home to so many great doctors, my personal OBGYN is John Weitzner

me says on March 25th, 2010 at 1:31 pm:

fuck you

grace says on March 25th, 2010 at 3:13 pm:

In the English city of Liverpool, home of The Beatles, a woman is prohibited by law to walk around topless, unless she is selling exotic fish at the market.
haha love it! gotta be the best law ever seen as tho i sell exotic fish in a markit i love to walkround toppless! :P

hayleiqh says on April 12th, 2010 at 10:56 pm:

LOL. it illegal to die in the houses of parliment =]

meg says on April 14th, 2010 at 4:25 pm:

omg these are fake

james says on May 15th, 2010 at 3:59 pm:

there not fake… look them up if you want

KenSmith says on May 29th, 2010 at 11:26 pm:

In Texas, it’s against the law for anyone to have a pair of pliers in his or her possession.

In Philadelphia, you can’t put pretzels in bags based on an Act of 1760.

Alaska law says that you can’t look at a moose from an airplane.

In Corpus Christie, Texas, it is illegal to raise alligators in your home.

In Miami, it is forbidden to imitate an animal.

It is against the law to mispronounce the name of the State of Arkansas in that State.

In Illinois, the law is that a car must be driven with the 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.

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

In West Virginia, only babies can ride in a baby carriage.

In Georgia, it is against the law to slap a man on the back or front.

A barber is not to advertise prices in the State of Georgia.

In Louisiana, a bill was introduced years ago in the State House of Representatives that fixed a ceiling on haircuts for bald men of 25 cents.

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

In Rochester, Michigan, the law is that anyone bathing in public must have the bathing suit inspected by a police officer !

In Kentucky, it’s the law that a person must take a bath once a year.

In Utah, birds have the right of way on any public highway.

In Ohio, one must have a license to keep a bear.

In Tennessee, a law exists which prohibits the sale of bologna (sandwich meat) on Sunday.

In Virginia, the Code of 1930 has a statute which prohibits corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than political candidates.

In Providence, Rhode Island, it is against the law to jump off a bridge.

In the State of Kansas, you’re not allowed to drive a buffalo through a street.

In Florida, it is against the law to put livestock on a school bus.

In New Jersey, cabbage can’t be sold on Sunday.

In Galveston, Texas, it is illegal to have a camel run loose in the street!

In North Carolina, it is against the law for dogs and cats to fight.

In Cleveland, Ohio, it is unlawful to leave chewing gum in public places.

In Virginia, chickens cannot lay eggs before 8:00 a.m., and must be done before 4:00 p.m.

In New York, it is against the law for children to pick up or collect cigarette and cigar butts.

In Massachusetts, it is against the law to put tomatos in clam chowder.

In Washington State, you can’t carry a concealed weapon that is over 6 feet in length.

In San Francisco, there is an ordinance, which bans the picking up and throwing of used confetti.

In Kentucky, it is illegal for a merchant to force a person into his place of business for the purpose of making a sale.

It is against the law in Connecticut for a man to write love letters to a girl whose mother or father has forbidden the relationship.

In Michigan, married couples must live together or be imprisoned.

In the state of Colorado, a pet cat, if loose, must have a tail-light !

In Phoenix, Arizona, you can’t walk through a hotel lobby with spurs on.

In California, a law created in 1925 makes it illegal to wiggle while dancing.

In Utah, daylight must be visible between dancing couples.

In Michigan, it is against the law for a lady to lift her skirt more than 6 inches while walking through a mud puddle.

In North Carolina, it is against the law for a rabbit to race down the street.

In Georgia, it’s against the law to spread a false rumor.

In West Virginia, one can’t cook sauerkraut or cabbage due to the odors and the offence is subject to imprisonment.

In Missouri, a man must have a permit to shave.

The law states that more than 3000 sheep cannot be herded down Hollywood Blvd. at any one time.

In Texas, it is still a “hanging offense” to steal cattle.

eve natalya says on September 5th, 2010 at 1:39 pm:

loliggggg these rulz r amazing id lyk to see every single stupid rule put to work in one country just to test and wow it woundnt surprise me if the country was no more and if all the people went coo cooo crazy lol

dont u agreee lol

mii says on November 2nd, 2010 at 5:48 pm:


nicole says on December 30th, 2010 at 1:19 am:

in regards to kensmith, you cannot look at a moose from an airplane in the state of alaska because hunters in the bush will try and use an airplane to spot their next kill. alaska fish and game came up with this law to protect the moose population. moose meat is a tasty treat here!

Meeeeeeee!!! says on January 21st, 2011 at 9:42 pm:

haha wow a lot of these are completely ridiculous. I wonder what the stories are behind them…

Susie says on August 24th, 2011 at 2:10 pm:

In Toronto Ontario Canada, it is illegal to drag a dead horse up Yonge street on a Sunday.

Joey says on October 1st, 2011 at 1:07 am:

Number 3 is incorrect slightly, you wouldn’t want to have your new born baby in a greasey policemen hat would you? The law is actually that a pregnant woman can urinate in a policeman’s hat.

Tukau says on June 7th, 2012 at 5:47 pm:

I think number 5 should be number 1, I couldn’t stop laughing at number 5…


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