10 most outrageous laws from around the world

Published: September 30, 2015


Just like every family has its own rules, a country does too, and in case you think your country has the most absurd laws; you have to take a look at these laws from across the globe and think again.

Let’s start by pleasing the women:

1. It is a crime to forget your wife’s birthday in Samoa

Ladies, ladies, if your man cannot remember your birthday, you might as well send him to prison.

2. In Turkey, it is illegal for a man above 80 years to become a pilot

For obvious reasons we suppose.

3. Being overweight in Japan is illegal

The land that gave the world sumo wrestling has made it illegal to be fat there. According to Japan’s “Metabo Law”, every man and woman, 40 and above must not have a waist measuring over 32 and 36 inches, respectively.

4. Only a qualified electrician is allowed to change a light bulb in Victoria, Australia

Want to change a light bulb to impress your girlfriend’s father? Show us your degree first.

5. In New York, the penalty for jumping off a building is death

So basically…you die either way.

6. In Britain you are not allowed to let your pet mate with a pet from the royal house

Oh dear British, why must you separate two lovers?

7. In France, it is legal to marry a dead person

However, in order to marry your dead fiance, one must provide compelling evidence that the deceased intended to marry them while alive.

8. In Switzerland, flushing the toilet after 10 pm is illegal 

The government considers it noise pollution. Have only one toilet in the house and everyone wants to use it after dinner? May God help you.

9. In Oklahoma, it is against the law to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7 pm 

Yes, because having a wide awake donkey in your bathtub, enjoying a bubble bath is completely normal.

10. According to the Canadian law, one out of every five songs on the radio must be sung by a Canadian

Great for Justin Bieber fans, not so great for the sane.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • awais
    Sep 30, 2015 - 7:41PM

    good readRecommend

  • Sep 30, 2015 - 9:24PM

    According to the Canadian law, one out of every five songs on the radio must be sung by a Canadian. There does not need any necessity to make so hard and fast rule over the songs as it is area of entertainment.To please any one by musical soirée is very needful here, the language, caste and creed is very illogical here to consume. That is why, the authority in Canada must revise the rule keeping in mind that it is universal and there have everybody to enjoy it freely without any interference. As cultural soirée is as educative, informative and reflexive as it is so decent to appease both mind and eyes as well. Recommend

  • Meheryar Sheikh
    Sep 30, 2015 - 10:40PM

    Just offhand, the Swiss toilet flushing law is an urban myth for the unwise and New York made the death penalty illegal in 2007.

    If you want outrageous law, Pakistan’s Penal Code has plenty. Recommend

  • reader
    Oct 1, 2015 - 6:49AM

    It is not illegal to be overweight in Japan as described, however corporate employers are fined if their employees surpass the above waist line measurements.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Oct 1, 2015 - 10:40AM

    Anyone speaks against any Army personnel or state policy is an enemy of Pakistan.

  • fareeha
    Oct 1, 2015 - 1:25PM

    In Pakistan penal code 298-B ‘posing’ as a Muslim is punishable and a person can be jailed ofr 3 years. Recommend

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