We’ve all complained at some point about our disdain for certain laws in our home country. We never really understand the basis behind the making of some of these laws and we often deem the fines associated with them just as ridiculous as the laws themselves. Of course we do realize that some were created for our own good; so we can have some semblance of order in society. However, in some countries there is simply no rhyme or reason for some laws, while some seem to be simply urban legends. Here are 20 Wacky laws that will leave you scratching your head.
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Only An Electrician Can Change A Light Bulb In Victoria, Australia
In Australia’s second most populated state, Victoria, there is a law that makes it illegal to change a light bulb unless you’re a licensed electrician. Breaking this law can cost you a fine of AU $10.
Smile Or Face A Fine In Milan
In Milan, Italy, it is a legal requirement that you smile at all times or face a hefty fine. The only exception is at funerals or during hospital visits.
Flushing The Toilet After 10 P.M. Is Illegal In Switzerland
Sure you can use a toilet after 10 p.m. in Switzerland, you just can’t flush it! At least not if you live in an apartment building; this act is considered noise pollution. How loud are these Swiss toilets? Wow!
In Chicago, It Is Illegal To Eat In A Place That’s On Fire
I’m not sure why you would even want to eat while in a burning building, but in Chicago it’s illegal to eat in a place that’s on fire.
So if you’re in the middle of a delicious meal and the place starts to burn, just drop the food and run! If not you could be fined or arrested.
It Is illegal To Throw Confetti In Alabama
In Mobile, Alabama, it is against to law to throw confetti or spray silly string. So if you want to celebrate we suggest you opt for balloons.
This restriction is reportedly a safety measure as confetti can be inhaled through the nose and mouth and can result in difficulty breathing.
In Thailand It Is Illegal To Step On Money
If you ever see money on the streets of Thailand, you better not step on it. This act is illegal in that country and you can fined or even sent to jail for the act.
The people of Thailand respect their king and since his image is on Thai currency, stepping on it is similar to stepping on the king. Defacing Thai money is also considered illegal.
In Iowa, A Man With A Mustache Cannot Kiss A Woman In Public.
Reportedly it is considered illegal for a man with a mustache to kiss a woman in public in the state of Iowa. This act can get you fined or arrested although there is no explanation why.
In France, It Is Illegal To Marry A Dead Person
In France marrying a dead person is considered illegal. However in some cases permission can be granted to marry the dead, if the living person gets the approval from the Nation’s President and Justice Minister to do so.
The living spouse must provide compelling evidence that the decease intended to marry them. Without approval, the posthumous act is against the law.