7 Weird Laws from Around the World

Laws all over the world range from the bizarre to the downright bizarre. I’m going to make a list of some of the most bizarre laws in the world, and I’ll share it with you here.

The Salmon Act of 1986, enacted by Parliament, makes it illegal to keep salmon in an undisclosed location

It is illegal to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances, according to Section 32 of the Salmon Act of 1986.

In England and Wales, anyone who receives or disposes of illegally fished salmon is guilty of a crime. Two years in prison is the most serious punishment that can be given.

Even if the context makes the law less strange, being arrested for holding a suspicious amount of salmon is still a pretty amusing offence.

It is an offence in Quitman, Georgia, to allow your chickens to cross the road

In a nutshell, the law mandates that chicken owners maintain strict control over their flocks at all times. When you consider the dangers of allowing farm animals to roam free, this makes sense. However, the specificity of the law prohibiting chickens from crossing the road is true to the joke and makes for an amusing read.

In Gainesville, Georgia, you must eat fried chicken with your bare hands because Georgia is concerned about the safety and sacredness of their chicken.

Keep your forks out of their way. “Culinary delicacy sacred to its municipality” is how the law describes chicken. Perhaps this is why a specific transportation safety law for chickens is warranted.

It is illegal to change a light bulb in Australia’s second most populous state unless you are a licensed electrician

Changing a light bulb without a valid licence was against the law in Victorian times. A fine of ten Australian dollars was imposed for using your own light source.

The 1998 Electricity Safety Act was revised, however, and this law has been brought up to date. Changing a light bulb and removing a plug were specifically exempted from this requirement under Order in Council G17, a spokeswoman for Energy Safe Victoria said. “While the Electricity Safety Act makes it illegal to do your own electrical work if you are not licenced, changing a light bulb and removing a plug were specifically exempted.”

All but funerals and hospitals are exempt from this rule in the city of Milan, Italy

What’s up with the stoic expression on his face?

The law in Milan requires you to smile at all times. An old city rule from the Austro-Hungarian era that has never been repealed mandates it.

Funeral attendees, hospital employees, and family members at a sick loved one’s bedside were all exempted. Everyone else has no justification for being downcast, since the alternative is to pay a fine. Perhaps the most perplexing statute ever enacted, this one!

After 6 p.m. on Thursdays in Florida, it is against the law to relieve oneself in a public place

There’s a lot of disagreement about this one. The state of Florida has never bothered to enforce this long-forgotten statute.

It is likely that it was written in the 1800s and has since been forgotten. We don’t know how or why this came to be a law or a rumour.

After seven o’clock in the evening, it is illegal to have a sleeping donkey in your bathroom

In Arizona, this law was put into effect in 1924 as a result of a case involving a public menace. A businessman once let his donkey sleep in the bathtub with him. Flooded the town and washed the donkey a mile down the valley away from it. Locals spent a lot of time and effort trying to save the donkey. Shortly after, this law was enacted.

In Turin, Italy, it is against the law to not take your dog for a walk at least three times per day

Those who fail to walk their dogs three times a day in Turin, Italy, will face a fine of up to 500 euros under a new law passed by the city council. In many Italian cities, stray cats are legally protected because the country views itself as an animal-loving nation.

Turin police would rely heavily on the assistance of tippers who observed cruel treatment by neighbours in order to enforce the law. Most animal protection laws in Italy are in Turin. Even the distribution of free goldfish in bags at fairs is prohibited.

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