Weird Laws Around The World

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Every country is different, and every country’s laws are different. Sometimes these laws border on the seriously ridiculous, and other times they point to important cultural values that might be different than your own.

1. Banned Chewing gum in Singapore

Singapore’s ban on the sale of chewing gum is possibly the most internationally well-known law in the world. Since the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement was signed in 2004, chewing gum with health benefits (such as dental gum or nicotine gum and other sugar-free options) are available from pharmacies. In 1992, the ban was introduced by the President, Goh Chok Tong, and there were strong opinions for and against the ban. Proponents of the ban were pleased to see an end to the unsightly nuisance, especially those whose jobs involved scraping gum off various surfaces. Opponents, on the other hand, felt that the sudden ban was too harsh and restrictive on people’s individual freedoms. The chewing gum ban is just one of several laws to improve the cleanliness of the island, which includes laws against littering, graffiti and spitting.

2. Banned Hiking naked in Switzerland

Switzerland’s highest court has ruled that local authorities can impose fines on people hiking nude in the Alps. The federal court threw out an appeal by a man who was fined after hiking past a family picnic area with no clothes on. Naked hiking has become popular in countries like France and Germany, with supporters praising the liberating feeling of being able to roam freed from clothes in nature. The man had been fined 100 Swiss francs (£69; $109) after he walked naked past a family with small children at a picnic area and a Christian rehabilitation centre for drug users in Appenzell. “It is not overly high-handed to qualify naked hiking as a breach of decency customs,” the court said in a statement. Appenzell is a deeply devout and conservative canton – it only granted women the right to vote in 1990 – and the influx of naked hikers has offended many local people, she adds. The new ruling applies to the entire country. Naked hikers may now have to look for another country which offers them a warmer welcome, our correspondent says.

3.illegal to change a light bulb in Australia

Under Victorian law changing a light bulb without a valid license to do so was against the law. Did you know touching wires that cause instant death used to attract a fine of $200. We’re still confused about how a policing authority would claim that $200 from the deceased party, but good luck to them. Need to upgrade your lights using a qualified electrician? In Victoria, Australia, only a qualified electrician is allowed to change a light bulb. It’s illegal to change it yourself unless you are a qualified electrician!

4. Illegal to Feed Pigeons in Venice

All it takes is a handful of birdseed to transform any tourist visiting Venice’s historic St. Mark’s Square into a human perch for a fluttering mass of pushy pigeons. But a Venetian pigeon’s life may now be for the birds: A municipal ordinance banning people from feeding them in the square went into effect May 1. Authorities say pigeons are eating away at the city’s marble statues and buildings by pecking at small gaps in the facades to reach for scraps of food that were blown inside. Cleaning up monuments and repairing the damage caused by pigeons cost each Venetian taxpayer 275 euros a year, one study estimated. When Venetian officials first voted to outlaw pigeon feeding 11 years ago, the area of St. Mark’s was exempted because of the iconic status of the birds and their feeders. But it ultimately became clear that for any real reduction in the bird population, an important food supply – St. Mark’s official birdseed hawkers – had to be cut off. More tourists equals more birdseed sold and more garbage produced. That equals more pigeons and more damage to the historic buildings in the square, including the delicate mosaics on the façade of St. Mark’s Basilica.

5. Illegal to Wear High Heels to the Acropolis

Some of the country’s most famous ancient monuments do not allow visitors to wear hogh heels. Authorities put the ban in place in 2009, since sharp-soled shoes were adding to the wear and tear of national treasures. The “no heels” rule is not the only one tourists will run into while sightseeing in Greece, either. If you’re planning on going to some ancient sites, don’t bring in any food or drink. High heels create a lot of pressure on the feet and some stilettos can punch holes in softwood and stone. The Greeks want their ancient monuments to last a few more centuries. Greek archaeologists are concerned that key sites such as the Roman-era Odeon of Herod Atticus in Athens and the Classical-era Epidaurus Theatre in the Peloponnese region are showing the strain of continuous use, both in terms of wear caused by show equipment and the passage of thousands of spectators.

6. Men Must Wear Speedos on French Beaches

Men are not allowed to wear baggy swimming trunks or board shorts at most swimming pools and water parks, especially on campsites. You can wear Speedos or the slightly more flattering “Daniel Craig Speedos” and longer leg shorts if they are skin-tight. They may get all dusty and then go in the pool. Because community pools are sports facilities, so you are required to wear adequate sportswear. The swimming pool is for exercising, not for spring break and barbecue parties fun. Hygiene is also a concern. Please keep in mind the French had a tradition with the “bidet”, and that the shower was invented by a French psychiatrist to wash mentally ill patients not able to attend to their personal hygiene.

7. No Selfies With Buddha in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, you should be very aware when taking photos of yourself. In Sri Lanka it’s considered very disrespectful to take a photo of yourself when turning your back to a Buddha statue. Sri Lanka, you should be very aware when taking photos of yourself. In Sri Lanka it’s considered very disrespectful to take a photo of yourself when turning your back to a Buddha statue. Sri Lankans are extremely friendly and hospitable people. So it would be such a shame both for you and them, if you end up upsetting them. All because you were turning your back to Buddha when you took a selfie.

8. Illegal to Fly a Kite in Victoria, Australia

Any person who flies a kite or plays a game in a public place to the annoyance of any person will be guilty of an offence. The maximum penalty for flying a kite to the annoyance of any person is 5 penalty units. One penalty unit is currently $165.22. This means that the maximum fine for this offence would be $826.10. This value is steep enough to act as a deterrent and make people think twice about breaking this law.

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