Each country makes some laws, rules, and regulations to maintain peace and order in the state and for various other reasons. These laws are required to be followed by each citizen living in that particular country but there are some bizarre and weird laws around the world, and those laws are so outlandish that one cannot even believe that the rules are real and are made keeping in views some contexts. So, before planning a trip to go to these places, you need to know about their laws. If you can’t believe it, then check it out by yourself.
1. If you are not a licensed electrician, you cannot change a bulb in Victoria, Australia
The second most populated city of Australia, Victoria has this law that says that one cannot change a light bulb and do so will lead to a fine of 10 Australian dollars. In 1998, under Electricity Safety Act, the law was updated which said that “While the Electricity Safety Act makes it illegal to do your electrical work if you are not licensed, changing a light bulb and removing a plug from a socket were specifically exempted from this requirement under Order in Council G17.”
2. You cannot hold a salmon in the United Kingdom under suspicious conditions
In 1986, the Salmon Act was passed in the United Kingdom, which says that it is illegal to catch a salmon. It’s covered under Section 32, which means that doing so is an offense. The government has also made a provision wherein people who commit this offense were given strict punishment. The maximum penalty for such a funny and weird offense is two years of imprisonment. There is no context behind the enactment of this law. Anyway, a person caught while suspiciously holding salmon sounds funny and exciting.
3. In Samoa, you cannot forget your wife’s birthday
We all know that wives often complain that their husband forgets their wives’ birth dates and wedding anniversary dates. Husbands apologize for it, but Samoa has made a law which says that it is illegal to forget your wife’s birthday. The wife can complain against her husband if he fails to remember her birthday.
The wife gives her husband a silent treatment for obvious reasons. It is uncertain how stretched your punishment would be, but this law could help in making strong relationships between a husband and a wife.
4. In Milan, Italy it is mandatory to smile except at funerals and hospitals
Smile is the most prominent solution to any problem. We know, but smiling all the time does not make sense because sometimes it is difficult for it. It is a legal requirement to smile; otherwise, you get charged with a fine. The law has been prescribed by a city regulation from Austro-Hungarian times that was never revoked surprisingly. The only people who are exempted are funeral goers and hospital workers or people sitting with the patient. So, be ready to smile all the time if you plan to go to Milan in the future.
5. In Arizona, you cannot allow your donkey to sleep in your bathtub after 7 pm.
This law has a history behind it. It was enacted due to a public menace case in 1924. There used to be a merchant who used to allow his donkey to sleep in his bathtub. But a dam broke in Arizona due to which the whole state was flooded. The donkey was washed a mile down the valley. Fortunately, the donkey survived. But it was noticed that the local people of the state spent a lot of time and human resources to rescue the donkey and that is why the government passed this law. It sounds strange.
6. If you own a pet in Turin, Italy- you have to walk him for at least three times in a day
Italy is a loving animal nation. A new law has been passed by the city’s council which says that it is illegal to not walk your pet for a minimum three times in a day; otherwise, you are fined up to 500 Euros. Turin truly believes in the protection of animals and has the most rigorous animal safety regulations in the nation-state. The police rely on tipsters who spot cruel people misbehaving and giving improper treatment to animals.
7. You cannot chew gum in Singapore
If you are a person who likes chewing gum then, it’s bad news for you. It is illegal to eat the juicy fruit in Singapore, and if you are caught you have to pay the fine. Chewing gum does not get imported into the country. The government has banned it in the country. The law has been enforced to keep all the public places neat and clean. However, you can chew dental or nicotine gums. That’s an exemption thankfully. Beware chewing gum lovers.
8. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter
This law has both positive as well as negative points. There can be genuine emergencies when people can need them, but there have been many debates over this law because it has negative aspects also. You cannot trust a person whom you don’t even know and have not met earlier. So, this can be one of the weirdest laws ever because a person may not feel comfortable to do it. That means forcing a code which has no context behind it.
9. You cannot let your chickens cross the road in Quitman, Georgia
That again sounds funny. This law states that those who own chickens have to control them all the time and cannot let them cross the roads. So, the bill has an appealing logic behind it. There is a lot of security and sacredness attached with chickens in Quitman because, in Gainesville, Georgia, people eat fried chickens without forks. They eat it with their bare hands. The chicken has been depicted as a “culinary delicacy sacred to its municipality.” That is why Georgia came up with this law because chickens too need some transport safety laws.
10. In Sarpourenx, French it is compulsory to buy a burial plot before a person dies
It is a legal requirement in Sarpourenx. This law is peculiar. The mayor of the French town came up with a law that forbids the people from dying if they have not purchased a plot in a local cemetery. The person will be punished if he/she dies without doing it. However, the thing which is not clear is that How can be person be punished if he/she is dead already.