LAW FUN FACTS
It's Illegal to Chew Gum in Singapore.
Sometimes we all suffer when fools break the rules. After vandals used chewing gum to mess with the Mass Rapid Transit system and the Housing and Development Board spent $150,000 a year to clean gum liter, Singapore banned all gum substances in 1992.
Canadian Radio Stations Must Play Canadian Artists. The Canadians are a patriotic bunch. So much so that all Canadian radio stations are required, by law, to play Canadian artists on the airwaves at least 35 percent of the time, especially during the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
It's Illegal to Run Out of Gas on the German Autobhan. Notorious for having dynamic speed limits that give drivers a chance to travel more than 100 miles per hour, car enthusiasts and speed demons love trips along the German Autobhan. But, if you run out of gas, you could face a big fine. And don't even think of walking to a gas station; you'll get another fine for that!
It's Illegal to Wear High Heels to the Acropolis. The ruins are nearly 2,500 years old, so be respectful and wear some soft-soled shoes when you visit.
Poland issued a ban on Winnie the Pooh around playgrounds and schools, finding the A.A. Milne character a bit too risqué for the likes of impressionable children.
Men Must Wear Speedos on French Beaches. The law wasn't for safety, but rather that men wouldn't dare walk around town in a Speedo, so if he wears a Speedo in the water, it surely would be cleaner than something he may have been wearing all day long.
It's Illegal to Ride a Cow Drunk in Scotland. Before you get any crazy ideas — and have too much Scottish whisky — you should know you could get a ticket for drunk cow riding. Technically, the full 1872 law mandates people not be drunk when in charge of a cow, horse, carriage or steam engine.
It's Illegal to Wear Camouflage in (Much of) the Caribbean. Camouflage is only allowed to be worn by the country's military personnel.
No Selfies With Buddha in Sri Lanka. When you take a selfie with Buddha, you are turning your back on him. Tsk, tsk. This sign of disrespect is punishable by imprisonment in Sri Lanka. It is also considered disrespectful to point your finger at Buddha, and sometimes there are bans on taking photos with the statues.
It's Illegal to Wear a Mask in Public in Denmark. Not only masks, the Danish government wants to stop anyone from covering their faces in any way in public spaces. This includes masks, helmets, scarves, hats, fake beards and even burkas.
Registering as Married at a Hotel Makes It So in North Carolina. Let's say a man and a woman walk into a hotel in North Carolina, request to share a room, and claim they are married. By common law marriage rules in the state, that man and woman would legally be married. As the couple "outwardly present themselves as husband and wife to the public," they are deemed a common law marriage, that is honored and valid in North Carolina.
It's Illegal to Fly a Kite in Victoria, Australia. In Australia's southeastern tip of Victoria, home to Melbourne, it is illegal to fly a kite in a public space if it bothers another person. In fact, you cannot even play a game in a public place if it annoys someone else. Listed as part of Summary Offences Act of 1966, the Aussies probably won't mind if you do decide to fly a kite while you visit.
It's Illegal to Be Shirtless in Barcelona. In an effort to keep the streets of Barcelona free of beachgoers in bikinis and men going shirtless, lawmakers in the Spanish town on the Mediterranean banned anyone from being topless or in a swimsuit in public anywhere but the beach or a pool.
It's Illegal to Swear in the U.A.E.
It's Illegal to Wear Lacy Undies in Russia. Sorry ladies (and gents), but Russia doesn't want you wearing anything lacy underneath your clothing. A 2014 law in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan states undergarments must be made with a minimum of 6 percent of cotton. Why? They claim it is for health and safety.
You Must Hang Artwork in Wyoming Buildings. In the great state of Wyoming, any public building erected must have art displayed valued at 1 percent of the building's costs (although not to exceed $100,000). The artwork has to be approved as art, so hanging a picture sketched on a Post-It won't do.
You Must Walk Your Dog Daily in Rome. The law extends to goldfish as well. While they cannot be walked, they must have room to swim. Goldfish are not allowed to be kept in bowls and must, instead, have a full-sized aquarium.
It's Illegal to Build a Sandcastle in Spain.
It's Illegal to Reincarnate Without Permission in China. Tibetan Buddist monks are not allowed to reincarnate after they die unless they have been granted permission from the government.
It's Illegal to Kill Bigfoot in British Columbia, Canada. When people first began sighting Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, in the 1800s, British Columbia made it illegal to kill him/her/it.
It's Illegal to Pee in the Ocean in Portugal.
Married Women Can Only Have One Glass of Wine in Bolivia. If you're a single woman in La Paz, Bolivia, drink up! But if you are married, it's just one glass of wine for you. This sexist law is due to the belief that alcohol may make a woman more immoral. A husband could actually divorce her if she is drinking in public!
It's Illegal to Disrupt a Wedding in Australia.
Men Cannot Wear Strapless Gowns in Florida. it is actually illegal for a man to wear a strapless gown in Florida. However, the law doesn't say they cannot wear dresses with spaghetti straps, capped sleeves or long sleeves.
It's Illegal to Climb a Tree in Toronto.
You Must Provide for Your Elderly Parents in China. The Protection of the Rights and Interests of Elderly People (over the age of 60) includes a number of requirements for children when it comes to their elderly parents. You may not forsake or insult your parents, you must take care of their farm for them, and you must provide for them, among other laws. If not, parents can request alimony!
You Must Walk Your Dog 3 Times Daily in Turin, Italy. If you do not walk your dog at least three times per day in Turin, Italy, be prepared to face a fine up to 500 euros. It's also a crime to dye a dog's hair for aesthetics, so no pink poodles here.
It's Illegal to Pay With Too Many Coins in Canada. When making a payment that is more than $10, it is illegal to pay with more than a single coin under the Currency Act in Canada.
It's Illegal to Call a Woman an Unchaste Name in Oklahoma. If any person calls a woman a name that suggests she isn't chaste, whether she is married or single, that person can be found guilty of slander.
You Cannot Be Overweight in Japan. Save for Sumo wrestlers, in an effort to prevent obesity in its citizens, Japan created the Metabo Law. This requires people between the ages of 40 to 74 to have an annual waist measurement performed at the doctor. Fines will be incurred if men have waists over 33.5 inches or 35.4 inches for women.
It's Illegal to Tell Fortunes in Maryland.
At least in Arizona, because it is illegal to do so. Offenders can be sentenced to 25-year long prison time. Ain't no poking fun at this one.
Offensive Gestures and Swearing. Kenya and UAE have stringent rules when it comes to offensive gestures and swearing. It is considered illegal to use swear words and make insulting/ rude gestures in public. Hold your tongue when angry or be ready for some prison time or deportation.
A game of Bingo cannot last more than five hours in the USA.
Men from Nevada who have grown a moustache are legally prohibited from kissing women.
Although polygamy is not uncommon in many regions, some parts of Africa have mandated men to have two wives.
Possessing ashtrays while driving is considered illegal in France. They are infamously known as lethal weapons in the country.