Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Weirdest Laws Around the World 2017. Most citizens of the world obey the laws that governments have set in place for us. After all, such laws are there to protect us right? Not all. There are some laws that seem so outrageous, it would seem impossible for us to actually follow them. There have been many laws throughout the centuries that have been repealed, however there seem to be a few that have been overlooked and are still in effect. There are even strange ordinances that have come into law over the last fifty years! Perhaps you are a criminal and you don’t even know it. Here is a list of the top 10 weirdest laws around the world 2017.
List of Top 10 Weirdest Laws Around the World 2017
10. It is Illegal to Mispronounce ‘Arkansas’.
In Title 1, Chapter 4, Section 105 of the Arkansas code, you will find the terms of pronouncing Arkansas (Ar-kan-saw) correctly. It was first enacted in 1881 due to a dispute over the pronunciation between two senators from the state. The name comes from the French pronunciation of a Siouan word that means “land of the downriver people.” While the state cannot charge anyone nor give out penalties for the mispronunciation because of the First Amendment, it is still discouraged and frowned upon.
9. It is Illegal to Take a Bath.
In Wyoming as well as Indiana it is illegal to take a bath in the winter months. This law has been dated back to settler days when in order to take a bath you had to heat up buckets. Also, most bathtubs were outside. Seems stricter than the more lax bathing law in Kentucky where it is required to take at least one bath or shower a year. (I hope that the citizens of these states break the law on a regular basis.)
8. Only Licensed Electricians may Change a Light Bulb.
How many Australians does it take to change a light bulb? According to law in Victoria, only one, but he has to be a licensed electrician. This law probably comes from a time when electricity was new and only those properly trained and licensed could change a light bulb. Nowadays many people in Victoria do it themselves, though it is still technically illegal. What’s the penalty for changing a light bulb? One will have to pay a fine of ten to twenty dollars per light bulb, leading Australians to wonder if breaking the law is cheaper than a bill from an electrician. This is one of the world’s top 10 most Weirdest Laws 2017.
7. It is Legal to Urinate in Public.
A one hundred year old law in the United Kingdom states that it is legal for a man to urinate in public as long as it’s on the right wheel of his vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle. Another law states that pregnant women can urinate anywhere! An addition to this law was made in 1986 under the Public Order Act making it okay to urinate in public as long as you’re not lewd or destroying public property. So, if you gotta’ go, go to the UK where you can go pretty much go anywhere.
6. One MUST have a License to Own a TV.
In places like the UK, Norway, Sweden and even South Africa you must have a license in order to own a TV. In Finland you even have to pay a TV tax whether or not you own a TV. Is this a way to prevent people from becoming couch potatoes? Actually, it’s because major stations in these countries are paid for by the government and have no commercials. The licenses help pay for the shows as well as the broadcasting. Believe it or not there are TV taxes in the United States as well, but with such a high population, they are just a few cents.
5. It is Illegal to Jump off a Building.
It is illegal to jump of a building in New York City that is more than 50ft high. Known as the ‘Jumper’ Law, it was written to prevent people from attempting to jump off buildings into the crowded streets below according to journalist Carl Petit. What is the penalty for disobeying? Death. No Seriously. Anyone that jumps off a building more than 50ft high will receive the death penalty. Of course, jumping off a building that high would probably cause death anyway.
4. It is Illegal not to Carry Money.
In the state of Illinois it is illegal not to have money. You can actually be arrested on the streets of Chicago for vagrancy if you cannot produce at least a dollar bill. The state put this into law to help clean up the streets of vagrants. Perhaps other major cities will be looking into this law as well. So, if you plan on visiting the ‘Windy City’ make sure to have at least a dollar in your pocket.
3. It is Illegal to Die in Falciano del Massico, Italy.
In March of 2012, Mayor Giulio Cesare Fava of the small village of Falciano del Massico, Italy brought into law that it was illegal to die in the village. The reason the law came into effect was because the village has no cemetery. A nearby town that had a cemetery where the people of Falciano del Massico were buried began feuding with the small village and refused to bury the dead. The village did not know what to do, so the Mayor came up with the no death law. According to the Toronto Star, Mayor Fava had stated, “The ordinance has brought happiness. Unfortunately, two elderly citizens disobeyed.”
2. It is Illegal to Mess with Sasquatch.
Thanks to the Undiscovered Species Protection Act of 1969 it is illegal to harass Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other undiscovered subspecies. This felony is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. Though the law passed on April 1st, the government of Washington State said it was not a joke. In fact, there have been two amendments to this law; one in 1984 that if Bigfoot were some kind of humanoid and was killed it could be considered a form of murder and another in 1991 declaring Whatcom County a Sasquatch Protection and Refuge Area. What’s more is that many Bigfoot fans are drafting a bill to Congress trying to make the Undiscovered Species Protection Act a Federal Law. So watch out Jack Link’s commercials; there may be a fine in your near future for messin’ with Sasquatch.
1. It is Legal to Marry the Dead
Marriage is usually ‘til death do us part, but in France marriage goes beyond the grave. The law came into light after WWI. Many men had been killed during the war leaving fiancés mourning their lost loves. Some were allowed to marry their deceased loves by proxy. After the Frejus Dam tragedy in the 1950s, the law was drafted into Parliament. A woman named Irene Jodart petitioned President Charles De Gaulle, to allow her to marry her deceased fiancé, Andre Capra. Within months, her request was granted and the law known as posthumous marriage came into effect in December of 1959. Today people still file requests for posthumous marriage including other countries such as the United States, Germany, and South Korea.
Whether they are new or old, one thing is for certain; our governments sure have a weird sense of what should be made into law. Check out your local, state and federal laws to see all the Weirdest Laws still in effect today 2017. So, how many laws have you broken today?