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10 of the World’s Most Bizarre Laws

10 of the World’s

Most Bizarre Laws

Tibetan monks need permission to reincarnate

In one of history’s most absurd acts of totalitarianism, China bannedBuddhist monks

in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement

issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs in 2007, the law, which strictly

stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is “an important move to

institutionalize management of reincarnation.” (Link)

Yellow margarine is illegal in Missouri, US.

Did you know that if you buy yellow margarine in Missouri you’re committing a crime?

A 19th century state law banned the sale of yellowmargarine, though “it’s been years

since any violator was ordered to spread them.” Most of Missouri’s restrictions on

imitation butter date to 1895, and they were last amended in 1939. Although the state

no longer enforces them, the penalties could still make dealers in contraband dairy

product toast: up to a month in jail and a $100 fine for first-time offenders and six

months in jail and a $500 fine for repeat offenders.

Enforcement of the law falls to the state Agriculture Department, and officials there

didn’t know when someone was last prosecuted under it. Case records from the late

19th and early

20th century show that Missouri courts upheld the constitutionality of the restrictions

in several appeals.Agriculture Department spokeswoman Misti Preston said it’s likely

that the Legislature restricted margarine and other imitation butter products

to protect Missouri’s dairy industry, which was a key business for the state in the

early 20th century. (LinkPhoto)

It’s illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament in England

The reason people are banned from dying in parliament is that it is a Royal palace.

Anyone who dies there is technically entitled to a state funeral. So if they see you

looking a bit sick they carry you out quickly. However, a spokesman for the House

of Commons said: “The people who know about these things here say there is no basis

for such a law, not to say it does not exist somewhere in writing.” (Link)

Brazilian men allowed to return non-virgin brides

You could expect it in a Muslim country, but actually in Brazil, the country famous

for its hot carnivals, from 1916 until 2002, men were able to obtain an annulment up

to ten days after the wedding if they discovered that their wife was not a virgin before

marriage. I bet Brazillian men probably expected that these fine ladies stamped in Rio’s

postcard were all virgins. (By the way, a recently law in Brazil has for

bidden Brazilian postcards featuring women in bikini, shame on them) . (Link)

It’s illegal to sell sex toys in the state of Alabama

In Alabama, the justice is not only blind but sexually frustrated. Alabama’s

anti-obscenity law, enacted in 1998, bans the distribution of “any device

designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human

genital organs for anything of pecuniary value.” The law does not ban the

possession of sex toys; residents may legally purchase sex toys out of state

for use in Alabama. Be aware, five minutes of pleasure can cost you a lot,

since the law has strong penalties: Up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine

for a first offense. A second offense carries a prison sentence of one to 10 years.(Link)

In the Netherlands, you are allowed to smoke cannabis

but not tobacco (in public places)

The bizarre Dutch policy of allowing smokers to puff away on pure cannabis

but not tobacco has perplexed police in the Netherlands, who have fined a man

for mixing the two substances. Zero tolerance to tobacco smoking in Dutch

cafes and restaurants is being exercised since a ban came into force in 2008.

The man was not fined for smoking a cannabis joint but for smoking. You

can smoke cannabis but not tobacco in coffee shops. The unnamed

27-year-old man was caught lighting a hand rolled cannabis joint during a

routine police check, and fined because officers found tobacco mixed with

the soft drug. (Link)

Carpooling is not allowed if you live in Canada

PickupPal is a Google Maps-based networking site, with about 15,000 registered

users in Ontario, that helps people find carpool buddies. Sounds pretty useful,

right? Only problem is… most of the carpooling going on at PickupPal is illegal.

You see, in Ontario it is illegal to carpool or rideshare with someone unless you

meet ALL of the following criteria:

– You can only travel from home to work (no rides to schools, hospitals, daycare, etc.)
– You cannot cross municipal boundaries (nor driving to the adjacent municipality

for a GO station, TTC subway, airport, etc.)
– You must ride with the same driver each day (no exceptions, sorry).
– You must pay the driver weekly only (bring a calculator).
Ergo, if you arrange to have your boyfriend pick up your cousin Louis at the

airport — you have broken the law. If you travel with a friend and give her $5

for gas money — you have broken the law.

Here’s an excerpt of the current law, off the “Save PickupPal” blog: “No person

shall arrange or offer to arrange transportation of passengers by means of a

public vehicle operated by another person unless that other person is the

holder of an operating licence authorizing that other person to perform the

transportation.”

NOTE: some readers wrote to us to tell that this is not accuratte. u are totally

allowed to carpool, those criteria must be met ONLY when you want to drive

in the Carpool Lane on major highways, such as the Don Valley Parkway in

southern Ontario. If you do not meet the criteria you mentioned, you cannot

drive in the designated carpooling lanes. You are allowed to carpool anywhere

anytime. (thanks Officer Ryan and Katie!) (Link)

The head of any dead whale found on the British coast

automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail

of the Queen

The Royal Prerogative 1324 decrees that any whale or sturgeon found on

the British coast belongs to the monarch. The law is very much still in place,

as fisherman Robert Davies found out in 2004 when he was investigated by

police in Plymouth. He had faxed the Royal Household to tell them he had

caught a sturgeon, and was told to keep it, but did not realize it was still

illegal to try and sell it. (Link 1Link 2)

In Finland, traffic fines are calculated as a percentage of

the offender’s income

In Finland, traffic fines are calculated as a percentage of the offender’s

most-recently-reported income. In January 2002, Anssi Vanjoki, 44,

a director of the Finnish telecommunications giant, Nokia, received

what is believed to be the most expensive speeding ticket ever

— $12.5 million — for driving his Harley at 75 km/h (47 mph) in a

50km/h (31 mph) zone. Mr Vanjoki appealed the fine because his

reported income dropped significantly about five days after the

incident; because of the new data, the fine was dropped to $103,600,

still the most expensive speeding fine in history. (Link 1Link 2)

In Swaziland, teenager girls were forbidden to have sex

for 5 years to prevent AIDS

On June 28, 2002, King Mswati III of Swaziland, in an attempt to protect his
people from the spread of AIDS and return them to more traditional values,
passed a number of edicts. Young women were to put off sex for 5 years and
to wear traditional chastity tassels as an outward display of their sexualstatus.
According to Swazi tradition girls under 18 should wear blue and yellow tassels
to discourage sexual advances, while older women who are still virgins should
wear red and black tassels. Also, women were warned that any woman wearing
pants could face the possible punishment of having the pants publicly torn off
by soldiers and torn to pieces.
In 2001, the king fined himself a cow for breaking the ban by marrying
again (a 17 year-old girl). (Link 1Link 2Photo)
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