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Did you know that it is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses? Or that it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament? Or that it is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down? Or, in France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon? You can read more odd laws here!

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6 thoughts on “STRANGE LAWS

  1. In Ireland, it is still illegal for a student to walk through Trinity College without a sword.

    Anybody reading or believing in horoscopes can be locked in the stocks outside Dublin Castle.

  2. Welshmen can be shot with an arrow after dark in Chester.

    Whoops, just remembered this is about strange laws.

  3. re: the second law – isnt it "illegal" for anyone to die in any Royal Palace? I read something about how when Royals kick the bucket its always said to be in hospital even if they had died in bed…

    Noel, Trinity College Cambridge also has some odd laws. Wearing of a sword is I think one of them. I also understand that Parliament had to pass legislation to allow the contract between the college and its students to be enforceable – otherwise one of its aspects would have contravened anti-slavery laws (I must admit this last thing was never explained to me fully – could be me being incredibly gullible)

  4. Andy –

    It’s not illegal to die in a Royal Palace, just bad form.

    Anyone popping their clogs in the Palace of Westminster (i.e. Parliament) is said to have died in St Thomas’ Hospital just over the river.

  5. A few more:

    It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle

    A bed may not be hung out of a window

    Taxi drivers are required to ask all passengers if they have smallpox or the plague

    Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks (enacted by Edward VI)

    Any boy under the age of 10 may not see a naked mannequin

    Throughout the whole of England it is illegal to eat mince pies on the 25th of December

    It is illegal to be drunk on licensed premises

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