I’m all for a good, no-nonsense law. No peeing in public and marriage equality, for example, make perfect sense to me. Not all laws are up to par on the making sense thing though, and all over the world there are some laws still in practice that make you just go, “really – that’s illegal?”
The next time you book a ticket, make sure to read up on the state / international laws pertaining to where you’re going — you wouldn’t want to end up in trouble because you were chewing gum.
Here’s a few to help you in the meantime.
Bingo games cannot last more than five hours in North Carolina:
If you’re itching for a 12-hour binge of bingo playing, avoid North Carolina – unless you’re at the fair, then play on, you bingo players, play on.
It’s illegal to sell your eyeballs in Texas:
Good thing everyone in the room got to see this law come into effect.
If found stealing soap in Arizona, you must wash yourself with the entire bar:
I’m not going to lie, I’ve had the same bar of soap for about two or three weeks – and I’m a (pretty) regular shower-taker. Washing yourself with the entire bar if caught stealing – I hope you’re dirty, thief.
Every five songs on the radio must be sung by a Canadian in Canada:
My inner middle-schooler would be jumping with joy at this one – cue Avril Lavigne every fifth song. This law was put into effect as a requirement from the Canadian Radio and Television Commission.
You don’t have to pay for your meal in Denmark unless you’re full:
I hope that not too many people take advantage of this one, but if you’re feeling a little stingy that day – order the salad, sans dressing.
It is illegal to wear a disguise without a lawful excuse in Australia:
Dwight Schrute would have been screwed if the Scranton Branch was transferred to Victoria.
You must turn that frown upside down in Milan:
Those with resting unpleasant face would be in hot water in the Italian city of Milan, where it is illegal to frown – unless you are at a hospital or funeral.