Thursday, 8 November 2007

Rules Britannia!

The most ridiculous British laws:

1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.

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

4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day.

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

6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet.

7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail belongs to the queen.

8. It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing.

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.


  1. Wow..I never knew this! What a privilege for pregnant women..

  2. well i guess that means i'm not taking my armor to london in the spring...dang! i just polished it too.

  3. here are a few from Massachusetts:

    At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.

    All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday. (an old blue law)

    Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.

    Bullets may not be used as currency.


    No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car.

  4. I enjoyed this list, along with Pauline's very funny ones, also.

  5. ahhh, great fun. I'll have to search out some local silliness.

  6. hhahahh....I enjoyed reading those..including pauline's...
    r that godness...

  7. that's hillarious! are they all true? have you tested them out?

  8. My father used to be a policeman and quoted a few Victoria laws that were still on the books then but I believe have been taken off since:

    It was illegal to allow water to drip from your eaves onto a footpath.

    It was illegal to roll a barrel across a footpath.

  9. I know it's funny but is it true?
    Crickey, how many times I have caught myself putting a stamp on with out really looking and it sits up side down.

  10. if i am pregnant, i will fly to

  11. I was that topless tropical fish store clerk.
    Until I got pregnant and had to pee in a policeman's helmet...

  12. Re No. 10 on the list - can it still be legal (please!) if he is playing the bagpipes?


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