50 Bizarre Laws Around the World that Will Leave You Confused
Please put on some clothes when hiking in Switzerland
Have you ever dreamt of going on a hike in Switzerland? You are not alone. What about hiking while naked? If you answered yes, then you are not alone either. Going up Switzerland’s snow-covered peaks buck-naked is an activity people used to do. Imagine going up the Swiss Alps to admire the gorgeous view, only to get an eyeful of another hiker’s backside instead!
This strange activity got so popular that officials had to remind everyone that a public indecency law is still in effect. If you are caught wandering around in your birthday suit, you will be fined for it. In 2011, a Swiss native looking for a degree of thrill and adventure hiked without clothes and was fined $100!
Wearing a suit of armor is illegal in the British Parliament
When visiting the British Parliament, either the House of Lords or in the House of Commons, please don’t come in your suit of armor. Why? Because there’s a law against it. Hold your laughter because there is a good reason why this was set in place.
This seriously medieval law dates all the way back to 1313, during the reign of Edward II of England. It might seem strange now, but back then it was implemented following a period of political turmoil. As the law states, any visiting individual should come without force and armor in order to avoid further trouble. Unless you’ve been keeping one of these suits at home and plan on causing some degree of mischief, you need not worry about this law today.
Wearing camouflage is illegal in the Caribbean
Are you military personnel in Barbados? Then make sure you don’t wear camouflage clothing in any of the island nations in the Caribbean. Otherwise, you could face prison time and you’ll need a lawyer to help you.
Sure, you may think that your cute camo tank top, or bikini, will make you look like a combination of tough, sexy, and stylish—but it can also get you jail time. This is because it’s a serious crime for civilians to wear any military-style garb on these islands. It doesn’t matter what type of garment, just leave it at home to avoid catching the ire of local authorities. While fashion is about making a statement, it’s always best to respect another country’s law instead.
Busted with the help of DNA testing.
DNA testing is a great tool to find out all sorts of information on any life-form. Whether it be humans, plants, or animals, this DNA is specific to us and identifies us from the rest. Interestingly enough, the island of Capri in Italy and its leaders are using state-of-the-art DNA technology in an unusual manner. To find out the culprit behind all the dog poop littering their gorgeous coastline.
Using this technology and with the aid of the law, local officials will be able to determine who is behind the “crime”. It is also meant to encourage dog owners to be responsible when cleaning after their pets. The fine if they get caught? €2,000 or close to $2,300 and that’s in cash, not credit.
Winnie the Pooh is banned in Poland
For many of us, Winnie the Pooh is a symbol of childhood and wonder. Sure, he’s not wearing any pants—but that’s nothing new for animated characters, right? Besides, he’s cute! Sadly, many Polish people think otherwise. They view Christopher Robin’s best friend as an “inappropriate hermaphrodite” and a mark of “dubious sexuality” for only wearing a cropped shirt and nothing else.
This is why the world’s beloved animated bear, created by A.A. Milne, is banned around playgrounds and schools in Poland. For tourists, this means that you can’t wear or bring any merchandise that has a picture of Pooh into these places. To avoid eliciting a degree of discomfort, it’s best to simply follow local customs especially if it causes you no personal harm.
Don’t bring gum to Singapore
To avoid chewing gum or bringing one in your pocket when traveling to Singapore. Otherwise, you might want to have an attorney ready because this act has been illegal in the island city-state since 1992. You can be fined if you break this law or in some cases, even receive a degree of jail time.
Why is it illegal? This isn’t because authorities hate the sound of gum-chewing. The law was created after some troublemakers messed with the Mass Rapid System using the gum. As a result, a total amount of $150,000 was spent by the House and Development Board just to fix the problem and erase all traces of it. The exceptions to the rule? Medical or therapeutic gums like nicotine and dental gums.
High heels are forbidden in The Acropolis
Above the city of Athens sits an ancient citadel called the Acropolis in Athens, or simply The Acropolis. Acropolis in Greek means, “highest point or extremity.” It is the favorite spot for tourists who want to take beautiful souvenir photos. Unfortunately for fashionistas, though, high heels are not allowed anywhere in The Acropolis.
One has to wonder why any person would wear stilettos to trek around the ancient ruins, but apparently, some folks used to. This is why a law was made in 2009 that prohibits high-heeled shoes in the famous ancient citadel. Sharp heels can damage the ruins, which said to be over 2,500 years old. So when packing for a trip to the Hellenic Republic, get travel insurance and pack comfortable shoes.
It is mandatory for Canadian radio stations to play Canadian music
In Canada, there’s a law that states each and every radio station should play songs from Canadian artists. It is a very patriotic law and shows just how supportive they are towards their own. Each radio station should, in the hours between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., give credit to Canadian artists. This should also be done every single weekday.
So if you are a fan of Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette, and Celine Dion, expect to hear over 20 minutes of tracks from them for every hour. It’s a great thing that Canada has plenty of amazing, songwriters, and musicians who call the country their home. We certainly wouldn’t mind listening to the artists mentioned above either!
You are not allowed to stop while driving on the Autobahn
This federal-controlled access highway in Germany called the Autobahn is infamous for the degree of danger it poses. Primarily, this is because those driving on it can reach speeds of 100 miles per hour. For this reason, simply stopping because you’ve run out of gas is actually illegal. Unlike other highways, you cannot park your car on the side and walk to a station to fill up.
The reason? The German government believes that there is no excuse for a person to not make sure their vehicle has enough fuel prior to getting on the Autobahn. It is each and every car owner’s responsibility, especially given the highway’s reputation and knowing the risks involved. This law covers both nationals and tourists alike.
Only ride Scottish cows sober
In Scotland, you can ride a cow, sure—but do not ride a cow while drunk. Actually, it’s not just riding cows under the influence that is illegal in Scotland, this law also covers riding horses, along with operating a steam engine or a carriage with alcohol in your bloodstream.
This law dates back to 1872 and should be followed strictly— if you don’t want to get a ticket for bovine drunk-riding. Also, you cannot in any way or manner be found in possession of a loaded firearm after you just had that Scottish whiskey. You’ve got to give credit to the lawmakers, they really gave these laws plenty of thought.
Stop annoying the Aussies with your kite-flying
Part of the Summary Offenses Act of 1966 in Australia is the prohibition of public activities such as kite-flying or playing Frisbee if someone else finds it annoying. Surprised? This law is implemented specifically in Victoria, the country’s southeastern tip, where Melbourne is located. The maximum punishment for breaking this law is $777.30—a hefty amount if you’re only after a bit of outdoor fun.
Save yourself the trouble, along with other people, and practice a degree of discipline when you’re in the city. There are plenty of other activities to enjoy, after all. The law was approved back in 1966 if you’re wondering just how “old” it is. As there have been no reports of this legislation undergoing change, it’s best to just follow it.
In Cambodia, playing with water pistols is a no-no
To be more accurate, playing with water pistols is illegal in Cambodia during New Year’s Eve celebrations. This degree of prohibition only applies to said festivities but, on other days, you can go crazy playing with your water gun to your heart’s desire.
The reason for this law is that during New Year’s celebrations—including the weeks leading up to it— things can get pretty wild, especially in the Cambodian capital of Seam Reap. Water guns are not allowed to be used or sold during this time, in order to avoid issues such as traffic accidents. So if you are planning to welcome the New Year in Cambodia, prepare yourself for how chaotic it can get and make sure that you stick to legal merrymaking.
No street parties after midnight in Japan.
Partying at night is a common practice nowadays and it is pretty hard to imagine bigger cities prohibiting people from doing so. However, a lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that once upon a time in Japan, this type of rule was implemented. No street parties after midnight!
Back in the 1940s, many US soldiers roamed the major cities of Japan. In an effort to preserve the rich Japanese culture, the local government implemented rules that banned everyone from going out into the streets and partying all night long. This rule remained for many decades but was eventually dissolved in 2015. These days, party-goers are free to do whatever they pleased even after midnight—as long as their credit allows it, anyway.
Public artwork and public buildings in Wyoming.
Art is more than just mere decoration, and this is exactly what the state of Wyoming wanted to teach its people. Back in 1991, the state of Wyoming passed a bill that mandated all public buildings and state-owned structures to display art pieces. What’s interesting about the bill is that it required for the artwork to have a monetary value equal to 1% of the structure’s total value. However, it should not go beyond the $100,000 mark.
Every masterpiece displayed for the public must be approved by the council. If you have a degree in arts, this state might be the best for you since you’ll likely get plenty of support for your work and receive the recognition that many artists seek.
Don’t feed the birds in St. Mark’s Square
In St. Mark’s Square, in Venice, friendly pigeons would often swoop down and put on “shows” for tourists. Truth be told, this is their way of getting visitors to feed them. At least these birds work hard for their meals, right? However tempting it might be to give them some of your snacks, don’t do it. Why? Because it’s illegal.
Since 2008, feeding pigeons in la Piazza has been banned. So think twice before you use bird feed just to get a flock of them in your photo. It will get you credit on social media, but you’ll also get slapped with a fine amounting to €700. Many places in Italy have this rule because the tourists who feed the pigeons often leave quite a mess.
Pet dogs have a right to daily walks in Rome.
Dogs have their needs, like all living things. They need to get enough food, proper care, and warm shelter. On top of these things, they also need attention from their owners. In Rome, they took taking care of pets to the next level and even made it into a local ordinance to make sure people would follow. Judging from the way they protect animals, the city can truly be called animal-friendly.
In essence, this ordinance states that dog owners must walk their four-legged partners at least once a day or pay a fine of $625. That’s a huge amount of money, considering both owner and pet are better off going on daily walks. It might even help keep them from needing to use their health insurance!
Goldfish should not be in fish bowls.
We have to give Rome credit for their care even toward small creatures. If you happen to own a goldfish and live within the locale, you should be aware that you are required by law to provide them with a proper aquarium. This means getting them a full-sized tank rather than the tiny fishbowl that we often see these poor creatures living in.
Do note that including them as prices for carnival games is also punishable by law, according to the 59-point statute. This is a huge win for all animal lovers out there, along with enthusiasts who are aware that these fishes thrive better when given the right living conditions. Besides, would anyone really want to pay that $625 fine?
In South Australia, it is illegal to stop a wedding.
We’ve all seen the rom-com and the drama flicks where someone runs up to a wedding in order to put a stop to it. In the name of true love, sure, but even if that’s the case that’s something you should never do in South Australia. Don’t expect any happy endings if you ever make this mistake. You’ll sooner land jail time instead of the man or the woman of your dreams.
As per the Summary Offences Act 7A, the law states that anyone who disrupts the flow of any religious service, such as weddings, may face up to two years behind bars and/or pay a fine of up to $10,000. Any objections? You might want to think twice and consult with your lawyer before answering that.
Blow your car horn when passing other vehicles.
For the most part, people only use car horns when needed. After all, the noise it makes can be annoying for some. However, the state of New Jersey has one traffic regulation that some might strange: You have to “toot” your car horn each time you pass another vehicle on the road for safety purposes.
According to the rule, drivers must do this when they’re on the highway or overtaking other vehicles that are not within the designated business or residential areas. If they choose to ignore this traffic regulation, they will have to face the state troopers and the consequences that follow. Do be mindful of how much you use your car horn, however. Otherwise, you could get booked for public disturbance.
Sandcastles aren’t allowed in some parts of Spain.
We cannot deny the beauty of this country, but did you know that there are places in Spain where building sandcastles isn’t allowed? This law also applies to tourists so it’s important you’re aware before you even visit. One such place is the coast of Magaluf on the island of Majorca, which is a famous Mediterranean stop for many cruise ships.
Once caught, be ready to shell out around $120 or €100 using either cash or credit card. Another place to be mindful of is Galicia. They have the same rules, with the only difference being you’d have to pay a much higher fine. If you want to know the figure, well, brace yourself. Fines from doing sandcastles could reach €1,500!
Married women in Bolivia are only allowed a single glass of wine.
We can already hear the collective sigh of wine lovers around the world. So, what’s the reason behind this law? Let’s just say there have been one too many incidents of people getting drunk and disorderly. Now, we’re not sure why married women are singled out, however. We wonder how much lawyers make for cases such as this one.
Public officials in Bolivia drew up this decree and prohibits married women to drink more than one glass of wine in public places such as restaurants and bars. Their other half can even use this as an argument when filing for legal separation so better watch out! The rule only applies to married women, so those who are still single can indulge themselves. Savor the moment while it lasts right?
Men in strapless gowns are not allowed in Florida.
Some states in the US have their fair share of weird and unusual laws. Of course, we can’t discount Florida. Did you know that it is considered illegal for men in Florida to wear anything that resembles a strapless gown? You’d think this wouldn’t even be necessary, but local folks are a creative bunch and lawyers even found a way to wear gowns without breaking any provisions set by the lawmakers in Florida. The solution? Well, they added straps to it!
This is one of those cases where the law is so absurd, the people have taken it upon themselves to show those in charge exactly that. Besides, Florida is known for its easy-going and fun-loving citizens, so we’re not too surprised about the plot twist here.
No tree climbing in Toronto.
“Keep off the grass,” or “don’t pick flowers” are just some of the usual signs we see when it comes to protecting nature. In Toronto, however, they have a new set of rules that many people might not readily agree with. This is especially the case if they’re the type that’s fond of climbing trees. The city has made it illegal for people to do so.
In the first place, even if you have good insurance, you really shouldn’t be testing your luck in this manner. Fortunately, the governing authority of Ontario has its people’s best interests in mind. This hasn’t stopped locals from trying, though. In fact, in 2013, a man was fined more than $300 after he dared to climb a tree.
The elderly should be given proper respect.
China is known for doing a great job when it comes to protecting their elderly. They further strengthened this character among people by making it an official law. Back in 2013, around 200 million Chinese citizens passed the age of 60. While some were still able to perform everyday tasks without worry, there were those that needed help. Of course, it was also important that they maintain their dignity, despite their advanced age.
This new rule seeks to provide various aid to the country’s elderly, including mental and financial support. It required children with elderly parents to care for them properly. From insurance policies, making sure their daily needs are met, to showing utmost respect—they are bound by law to provide for these.
No stray chickens allowed in Quitman, Georgia.
In the small city of Quitman in the state of Georgia, there is a local ordinance that gets credit for potentially ending the question: why did the chicken cross the road? That’s because, in this locale, any chicken caught crossing the road means their owners would have to pay a hefty fine. After all, it is illegal for them to be out and about in the first place.
Chapter 8 of the city’s code, clearly states that a person who owns and raises chickens, ducks, and other domesticated fowls should do everything in their power to not let their fowls run around the city. This includes both public places and private land, especially without the owner’s consent.
Paying with one too many coins is not allowed in Canada.
Does anyone have spare change? Most people do, but paying for products and services with just coins can be problematic. This is why according to Canada’s Currency Act of 1985, there is a limit on how many coins people are allowed to use in their transactions. This is an ingenious way to properly manage coins in circulation. However, many people find it odd, since it is a pretty uncommon law to have.
What if you only have coins on you? Well, you can either get it changed at the bank or just use your credit card to purchase. That sleek plastic card is practically weightless, which makes it preferable for those able to afford it. Coins can be inconvenient to carry around, after all.
Fortune-telling has no place in Maryland.
Getting your fortune read is always one of the most intriguing activities you can do ever so often. It can provide valuable insight and advice, even if you’re not the type to believe in it. However, if you’re in Maryland, you might have trouble finding fortune tellers since they’re not as accessible. Why? This is because the services they provide are illegal in the state. You can end up in jail or paying a fine of $500 if you’re caught soliciting fortune-telling services!
It doesn’t matter what kind of form it comes in. From palm reading and tarot to the use of crystal balls—divination is strictly prohibited by Article 4 of Maryland’s Public Local Laws. Lawyer up if you insist on going through with it.
Selfies with Buddha is illegal in Sri Lanka
Selfie-enthusiasts, beware. If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka, please be aware of local customs and rules when you’re around statues of the Buddha. You are not allowed to take a selfie with them, because this means you would have to turn your back on the deity—and that is plain disrespectful for Sri Lankans who believe him to be their god Vishnu’s avatar.
Always show a degree of respect by not taking photos of Buddha altogether, lest you risk getting locked up in jail. Pointing a finger at a statue of the Buddha and sporting inappropriate tattoos of Buddha can also mean jail time. Dress appropriately, pocket your cellphone and cameras before going near a statue of their revered prophet.
French beaches demand male visitors to wear Speedos
When going for a swim or a stroll along the beaches of France, men are required to wear Speedos or more accurately, tight-fitting swimming trunks. The teeny weeny kind. And this law applies not just to beaches, but also to public pools. Why? It’s because of hygiene. The authorities in France deem this as an effective way of preserving the water’s purity.
Basically, trunks are not worn anywhere else other than in the pool or the beach. This means they weren’t polluted by potentially harmful substances that can be found in other public areas of the country. Also referred to as “slip de bain”, remember to bring one with you if you ever want to try swimming in France’s popular beaches.
Do not pretend to be married when getting a hotel room in North Carolina
So you and your beaux want to get a hotel room in the state of North Carolina. You can do so, just don’t register yourselves as a married couple unless you actually are. The authorities don’t take this kind of deception lightly.
Carry yourself with a degree of integrity and honesty, and avoid doing this just to get better accommodation packages. In NC, only legally married couples have a right to say that they are husband and wife. You wouldn’t want to risk potential jail time because of this slip-up. Should you end up behind bars, however, know that you wouldn’t be the first one to make the mistake. Needless to say, just follow local laws or end up needing an attorney to bail you out.
Hanging clothes to dry is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago.
With the existence of machine dryers, it almost seems as if hanging clothes out to dry is a dying ritual. However, for many, it remains one of the most efficient and environmentally-friendly ways of getting things done. It’s free and you get to enjoy the fresh air while you’re at it. However, this is one method that authorities in Trinidad and Tobago disagree with to a degree—enough to make it illegal in the country.
As stated under section 64 of their Summary Offences Act, anything that may obstruct the streets such as clothesline, cords, or anything similar may result in the offender paying a fine of $200. On top of that, they may also face jail time for up to one month.
It is only polite to close the gate.
When we think about Nevada, we picture the glittering Las Vegas strip. However, there are plenty more places of interest outside of this one area. Before you go exploring, however, it’s important that you’re aware of local customs. In particular, the fact that by law, you have to close every gate you exit out of. Nevada wants to make sure everyone gets the memo.
The reason? In some places, livestock is highly valued and in order to protect them, the state passed a law that will ensure everyone’s safety. According to NRS 207.220 gates enclosing fields must be kept close to keep the livestock secure. If you forget to do it, call your lawyer and prepare yourself for a $1,000 fine, or the possibility of spending 6 months behind bars.
Cannibalism is not allowed in Idaho (or anywhere else for that matter).
Laws are implemented to ensure our safety and that of others. Some are pretty straightforward, while others seem to be pulled straight out of fiction. Such is the case with this bizarre law in Idaho that shouldn’t be needed in the first place. We’re sure everybody knows that it’s illegal to eat another human, but we guess Idahoans want to really emphasize this fact.
There is a gray area when it comes to the law. While cannibalism is strictly forbidden, if done to survive life-threatening situations—you might get a pass. If you’re doing it for kicks, because you’re inherently a cannibal, or out of curiosity then you’re going straight to jail. We wonder, is there an insurance policy that covers this kind of situation?
How to deal with locust in India.
A lone locust doesn’t pose that big of a threat. However, a swarm of them is a completely different story—one that many people in some places in India have plenty to say about. Due to the destruction brought on by these pests, the government regularly calls for aid from its citizens. For those unwilling, they don’t really have much choice because they are bound by law.
All 14-year-olds and above must assist in the efforts to control and prevent the locust invasion. There are no loud sirens or special announcements to assemble the “troops”, however. Instead, they use thundering drums. It effectively wards off the insects and moves people into action. These communities really deserve credit for their creativity.
Plastic Confetti Is Not Allowed In Mobile, Alabama
Celebrations and parties aren’t complete without confetti. It brings color, joy, and excitement to the crowd. However, for the council in Mobile, Alabama, confetti offers more than that. Since 2018, plastic confetti has been banned in the city because of its effects on the environment.
As we all know, plastic takes centuries before it even disintegrates. It can affect waterways and even local wildlife. While plastic is out, people do still have the option of using paper or natural confetti. Both are great alternatives and are a degree safer when compared to the other option. When it comes to strange laws around the world, this is one that we fully support. In fact, we hope other places begin to follow suit!
Dying is not allowed in this town.
Here’s the thing, many of us want to live forever. Some are afraid to pass on because of the unknown, while others are simply not ready to do so. However, in a small town in South-Western France, the municipal council took “avoiding the inevitable” to a relatively strange degree. Needless to say, you are not allowed to die in this town.
It began in 2008 when the then-mayor of Sarpourenx, Gérard Lalanne, mandated that citizens were not allowed to be buried in the town cemetery if they do not own a private plot on the grounds. Shocking, right? But there is a good reason for it: their local cemetery was already overcrowded. It sounds drastic, but we can see why it’s necessary, too.
Masks are prohibited in Denmark
We’re not talking about face masks that are needed to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus. In fact, just this August of 2020, face masks became mandatory on all public transport in Denmark to battle Covid-19. So what kind of masks are illegal in this Nordic country? Clown masks, burkas, ski masks, and the like. Basically, it includes anything that hides your face to the point where it renders you unrecognizable.
This law was implemented two years ago and was enacted so that authorities would be able to properly identify people in the event that something bad happens. Although now in the pandemic era, everyone is required to wear masks. You wouldn’t want to risk using your insurance policy during this time, right?
Is farting really illegal in Malawi?
In 2011, there was a viral report that circulated in the media and even reached international broadcasts. The subject? The controversial Malawian Air Fouling Legislation. There were a bunch of international media coverages about the bill, but many interpreted it wrongly. Initially, they all thought that Malawi was banning people farting in public because “it fouled the air.”
After gaining attention, officials of the country were pressured into acknowledging the strange questions thrown their way. In the process, they also provided better insight into the new bill and cleared any lingering speculation—NO, they were not banning people from farting in public. Instead, the bill was meant to promote greener lifestyles to lower air pollution in the country. You know, your usual fossil-fuel produced emissions.
Catcalling not allowed in Oklahoma.
Catcalling is not only a harrowing experience for both men and women; it can also lead to particularly dangerous situations. It is a form of harassment, no matter which way you look at it. So we give much credit to Oklahoma for this initiative. The city made the act of catcalling illegal. It doesn’t matter what age or gender the person doing it is.
Anyone found guilty will have to pay fines ranging from $25 to $500. Do you think doing it on the internet is fine? Wrong. This law encompasses cyberspace so people need to be mindful of how they handle themselves online. Hiding behind n username can only do so much—there are ways of finding out the real person behind online identities.
Being overweight is considered an offense in Japan.
Obesity is a global problem and is the leading cause of death in many countries. Perhaps this is the reason why Japan implemented what is known as the Metabo Law. While we’re sure people appreciate the concern the government has for its people, some might find this law offensive to a degree. After all, some people have diseases that make it difficult for them to lose weight.
In 2008, The Ministry of Health of Japan implemented the Metabo Law that mandates all citizens aged 40 to 74 to get their waistline measured yearly. Interestingly enough, this law also requires insurance companies to give weight loss classes to their policyholders. Fortunately, people will not be fined or jailed for being overweight.
The salmon act of the United Kingdom.
Fishing is a pastime and many people enjoy it. They would agree that activity is relaxing, though it comes with a degree of challenge. With patience and practice, you can catch all sorts of fish. However, if you happen to catch salmon while you’re in the United Kingdom, then you better pause and think about putting it back in the water.
The Salmon Act of 1986 was drafted by the Parliament of the UK and regulates everything related to the fishing and handling of salmon. What’s interesting is that among its provisions under section 32, there’s a line that goes: “Handling Salmon in Suspicious Circumstances.” It certainly is mysterious and just a little bit hilarious. Just how suspicious can a salmon be? Only the authorities know.
No billboards in Hawaii.
Hawaii is known for its majestic beauty and breathtaking sceneries. There are plenty of postcard-perfect vistas, which is also the reason why tourists regularly flock to it. With that said, there are a few things that can end up tainting its beauty. Among those things are terrible-looking billboards. This is the reason why they were banned in the first place.
It has been implemented for over a century now and it seems like they aren’t ready to lift it just yet. To preserve nature’s beauty, this isn’t a bad idea at all. You won’t find fast food, fashion, and insurance billboards in the state. The only ones allowed are directional landmarks and road signs are typically present within the state border.
Shirtless is not the way to go in Barcelona.
Beaches are a great place to show off those sculpted bodies that people worked on for months. It is also a great spot to relax in, where people can enjoy the sand and water. However, if you’re planning to go on a trip to the beautiful beaches of Barcelona, it is advisable to never go outside the beach with your shirt off or else, be ready to face the consequences.
You’re only allowed to go “topless” within the beach premises. However, this all changes when you go beyond the beach line. Making this mistake is costly—expect a fine of cost €260 or roughly $300 charged to your credit card. There’s nothing wrong with body confidence, but don’t go overboard with it!
Don’t swear in the United Arab Emirates. Ever!
The United Arab Emirates is one of the richest countries in the Middle East, thanks to its rich gas and oil industries. Now if you’re going to take your family on a vacation to this beautiful country or perhaps planning a trip with your closest buddies, be mindful of what comes out of our mouth. What do we mean by that? While you’re in the UAE, do not use the F-word under any circumstances.
Swearing, cursing, or even doing indecent things like flashing your middle fingers while in public can spell trouble. According to Article 373 of the UAE Penal Code, these acts can get you to put behind bars for a year and/or pay a fine of up to 10,000 Dirham or around $2,700.
Russia and lacy undergarments don’t mix well.
If your partner is planning a romantic honeymoon in Russia, make sure that lacy underwear is not part of your luggage. Why do you ask? This type of lingerie is not allowed by the law. However, it wasn’t made for modesty’s sake, but primarily for safety reasons.
This is because of a safety regulation that requires all clothing that’s in contact with the skin directly to have at least 6% cotton and that means the lace is a no-go in Russia. Better save that credit card balance for an alternative or face the consequences. The same rule applies to other countries such as Kazakhstan and Belarus so do keep that in mind. Now we’re sure you’re wondering the same thing: how will the authorities know that people have them on?
You now need to get a permit before reincarnating.
China’s State Administration for Religious Affair, for those unfamiliar, is basically a governing body that’s in charge of all religious aspects in the country. They are also the people implementing State Religious Affairs Bureau Order No. 5, which is basically an ordinance that prohibits people from reincarnating unless they have the right permit for it. Yes, you saw that right, they are in charge of giving people the permission to reincarnate.
How does it work? An individual must submit a request through a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Only the registered monasteries can participate, however, and are only able to nominate one of their own. Officially registered monks count. They’ll get approved only if their reincarnation will provide great impact. We wonder if they need lawyers for this process.
No killing of Bigfoot in Canada.
Nature has always been full of different wonders and there will always be things about it that are beyond the realms of logic and understanding. Perhaps the biggest mystery in North America’s history would be the continuous sightings of the rare Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch.
Whether real or mere myth, the country seeks to protect this yet unknown lifeform. For this, the leaders of British Columbia passed a law that would keep hunters from preying on Bigfoot. Insurance? Canada has something better and it applies to every creature, too. The rule states that it is illegal to hunt or kill any form of wildlife without the necessary license. Now, should anyone find and take Bigfoot’s life, regardless of the circumstances, they’ll need to pay a $250,000 fine.
Washington wants to protect its Bigfoot, too.
In a way, given Canada and Washington’s proximity, it makes sense that Washington follows suit and seeks to protect Bigfoot as well. Sure, no one knows if his existence is fact or fiction, but isn’t it better to be safe than sorry? This is why we’re glad that they followed their neighbor’s footsteps when it comes to dealing with the creature.
In Skamania County, Washington, a place considered to be a safe haven, they established an ordinance that would protect the legendary Bigfoot. It states that killing an animal that resembles an ape-like figure would get you a year behind bars and would be fined $1,000. This ordinance was established in 1984 and those that pushed for it deserve much credit.
Peeing is not allowed in the oceans of Portugal.
We all know the unwritten rule of not peeing in the pool. It is both unpleasant and unsanitary for everyone else using it. However, the country of Portugal took this approach and scaled it up to a pretty extreme degree. It’s an actively implemented law and they constantly remind both locals and tourists not to take it lightly.
What is it? Simple. You are not allowed to in the ocean because doing so counts as a criminal offense. We totally understand why they would go to such lengths. Portugal is a beautiful country with stunning oceans—of course, they would want to protect it. If the law can be used for this purpose, why not? So mischievous and unruly holiday-goers beware! Just act with decency and pee where appropriate.
No bear wrestling in South Africa.
You have to ask yourself—who would dare go up against one of nature’s most fearsome predators? No insurance would cover this and it will likely result in a victory—that of the bear’s. So why does South Africa even need this rule? Well, it wasn’t made to protect humans. It’s been put in place to keep the wildlife safe. Humans can be full of hubris, after all, and in the process end up harming nature.
So if you’re planning on visiting South Africa, keep this rule in mind. If it’s an action that you want, there are plenty of other places in the world that can provide that. Boxing in Thailand? Sumo wrestling in Japan? Leave Mother Nature and her creatures as they are.