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!