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Back in November, a Funny Friday feature we wrote about was “Dumb Laws from Around the U.S.” It included a list of some crazy and funny laws from each state in the United States that made you say to yourself “hmm…. what were they thinking when they came up with this one!” One of the commenter’s asked that we do an encore with stupid laws from outside of the United States because other countries have crazy laws too! We thought it was a good idea so we went to look at our site statistics to find out where a majority of you are coming from.  Next to the United States, we receive the most visitors from the United Kingdom and Canada. So today we thought we’d take a look at dumb, crazy, not to mention funny laws from those two countries.

Canada – laws found in all or some of the country

  • Citizens may not publicly remove bandages
  • You may never use dice to play craps
  • When raining, a person may not water his/her lawn
  • It’s illegal to climb trees
  • It is illegal to right turn on a red light at any time
  • You may not park a car in such a way that it is blocking your own driveway
  • Citizens may not relieve themselves or spit on the street
  • It is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft
  • Comic books which depict any illegal acts are banned
  • Businesses must provide rails for tying up horses
  • You may not work on your car in the street
  • Wooden logs may not be painted
  • In Hartland New Brunswick, you are not allowed to make jokes about people with mustaches unless that person or persons first name begins with the letter “A” and last name begins with the letter “N.”

Crazy Canadian Laws

Sources: Here and here

United Kingdom – laws deemed the “Most Ridiculous”

  • It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament
  • It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down
  • In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store
  • Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day
  • In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter
  • A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet
  • The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen
  • It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing
  • It is illegal to enter the houses of Parliament in a suit of armour
  • In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

While it’s not the best quality, the video below goes through some of the laws listed above, but includes a few additional funny ones as well:

Source: BBC