All around the world you can find examples of truly weird laws that are in place, and we’ve gathered together for you ten of the most bizarre laws around. Just be careful in your international travels, and you might be able to avoid falling afoul of any of these truly weird cases of justice.
1. Post-Mortem Nuptials in France
While laws against necrophilia seem like common sense, in France it is allowed to marry anyone who is dead.
How and why this law came into existence is just about anyone’s guess, but if you’re planning on finding a sweetie for pure love in the morgue, you’re not out of luck if you are in France.
2. In Hong Kong Jilted Wives Can Kill Their Husbands
In Hong Kong if a woman finds her husband cheating on her. There’s a catch to this law, however, and it’s a doozy.
She has to do it with her bare hands. It’s not specified whether it needs to be a beating or a strangling, but it’s probably enough to make most men think twice about having affairs in the open when they’re in the country.
3. Owning a Dog is a High Maintenance Affair in Turin, Italy
In Turin, located in Italy, you have to take your canine companion on three walks a day in order to be a law abiding citizen. The exact length of the walk isn’t specified, but both you and your pet will be getting some serious exercise if you’re looking to stay within the letter of the law.
4. No Cheating on Exams in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh any child over the age of fifteen needs to be extra sneaky to get away with cheating in their exams. The penalty is much more than the suspension and public mockery they’d face in most countries.
In fact, they can be thrown in jail. Hopefully they can keep their crib notes stashed carefully or actually learn the material.
5. In Britain? You May Not Operate a Cow While Drunk
In the great country of Britain, it is illegal to operate a cow while you’re drunk. What exactly this entails isn’t explicitly defined, but one can only imagine that the unfortunate series of events which led to the law being passed was amazing.
6. No Chewing Gum in Singapore
The only gum allowed in the nation of Singapore is medicinal. The fine is equivalent to $1000 US for a first offense, and repeat offenders will find that the fine doubles and they’ll be forced to clean a public area for a day.
After a third offense, an individual will be forced to wear a bib that says “I’m a Litterer.” It seems that public humiliation comes after monetary punishment over there.
7. Don’t Run Out of Gas on the Autobahn
One of the most iconic roads in the world, the Autobahn in Germany, has some special laws. These include the usual for highways, such as not walking along the shoulder, but you can actually be punished for running out of gas on the Autobahn.
This likely has to do with interrupting the flow of traffic on such a fast-paced road, but a fine on top of running out of gas just feels like kicking someone when they’re down.
8. Do Not Spit in Barcelona
In the Spanish city of Barcelona any kind of public spitting can be punished with a fine. Probably safe to put away your dip while you’re in the country and be polite, in that case.
In actuality a lot of local municipalities have laws against this, but Barcelona is notorious for actually enforcing it.
9. Stepping on Money in Thailand? That’s a Fine
Stepping on Thai currency while in the country is considered a criminal offence. This is because the King of Thailand’s face is on all the money, and it’s a sign of extreme disrespect.
Who steps on money anyways? You’re best off snatching it up and sticking it in your pocket but you definitely want to steer clear of this seemingly benign act on your next trip to Bangkok.
10. No Eating of Durians in Public in Malaysia
You can be fined for eating Durian in public in Malaysia, as well as several other countries in the region. While widely regarded as the “King of Fruit” it gives off a horrendous stench which many find quite offensive. If you’ve ever perceived one you’ll wonder why everyone hasn’t banned the act of popping open a Durian outside of the home or even at home for that matter.