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    Most ridiculous British laws:

    1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27%)

    2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down (7%)

    3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6%)

    4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day (5%)

    5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter (4%)

    6. In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet (4%)

    7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen (3.5%)

    8. It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing (3%)

    9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour

    10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (2%)

    Most ridiculous foreign laws:

    1. In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk (9%)

    2. In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation (8%)

    3. In Bahrain, a male doctor can only examine the genitals of a woman in the reflection of a mirror (7%)

    4. In Switzerland, a man may not relieve himself standing up after 10pm (6%)

    5. In Alabama, it is illegal to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle (6%)

    6. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on a Sunday could be jailed (6%)

    7. In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth (6%)

    8. In Milan, it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except funerals or hospital visits (5%)

    9. In Japan, there is no age of consent (5%)

    10. In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon (4%)

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    Oh the silly laws that get kept. Hopefully there was a good reason for them at one time.

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    In the link at the bottom of the list, it says:

    The poll's most ridiculous laws and the percentage who voted for them
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    Thanks. I shoulda checked the article.

    So I wonder what's the penalty for dying in Parliament anyway? I like the reasoning for outlawing it. I suppose it could also deter physical altercations in the chamber, because one might kill a foe and earn him or her a nice pomp-laden funeral.
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