When planning to travel the world, it’s always a good idea to do some research on the local laws and traditions. This not only keeps you out of trouble but also helps you enjoy your holiday to the fullest. Weird laws give travel a unique flavour. They are a way for destinations to look tourists in the face and say, “things are done a little differently around here”. Here are our Top 10 silliest laws from around the world
10 – Marriage between first cousins ban in Utah
Kicking off our Top 10 silliest laws is: In Utah, it is unlawful to wed your first cousin unless you are both over 65 years.
9 – Minnesota’s underwear law
In Minnesota USA, it is illegal for female and male underwear to be hang together on the same washing line
8 – Making ugly faces at a dog is illegal in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, making funny faces at a dog can lead to not only a fine but also jail time.
7 – Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving. Until 2015, it was illegal for them to vote too until King Abdullah declared they could vote and run in the 2015 local elections.
6 – Not smiling is illegal in Milan
Milan in Italy has a law that requires all citizens to smile at all times except during hospital visits and funerals, and failure to adhere can lead to a hefty fine.
5 – Eating and drinking near landmarks is illegal in Rome
Rome is fed up of drippy picnickers and is now enforcing a ban on eating and drinking in areas of historical, architectonic, artistic, and cultural value. That snack may be amazing, but unless you think it’s worth $650, stay away from landmarks.
4 – Being overweight is illegal in Japan
In the country that brought us sumo wrestling, it is illegal to be fat. In 2009, a law was passed setting the maximum waistline for every man and woman aged 40 and above at not more than 32 inches and 36 inches respectively.
3 – Wearing stiletto heels is illegal in Greece
It is an uncomfortable truth that a stiletto heel exerts more pressure on the ground than a walking elephant. For that reason, Greece has a policy that bans high heels that “wound its monuments”. The new guidelines are put in place to preserve ancient sites like Athens for new generations.
2 – Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore
If you thought chewing gum couldn’t land you in prison, well it can in Singapore. Importing chewing gum is completely banned in Singapore since 1992. Only nicotine gum is legal, but even then one must get it from a doctor with a prescription. There is even a $500 fine for spitting gum on the streets.
1 – It is illegal to die in Parliament in England
The top spot in our Top 10 silliest laws is one of the craziest laws in Britain and has recently been removed from the rule book. In 2007, it was voted the most ludicrous law in the UK. The reason for this ban is that the buildings count as a Royal Palace.