Monday, April 27th, 2015

Laws are a collection of rules adopted by society to regulate the state’s affairs and the actions of the people within it. They are a reflection of that society’s principles and ideals. Laws illustrate what a culture believes in as being right or wrong and what is acceptable social and personal conduct. Moreover, they echo […]

OK.  The law, as a gazillion different places on the internet states, is that “it is illegal to stab yourself to gain someone’s pity.”  As it turns out, this is an inaccurate rewording of the actual law.  It makes it funnier.  Did you laugh? The real law is Section 13A-14-1 which says, “Maiming one’s self […]

The boardwalk is always such a nice place to relax on a sunny day, but don’t get caught sleeping on a bench there, especially in Delaware. Not only is it illegal to sleep on the benches, it’s also illegal to pretend that you’re sleeping. The full text says “No person shall sleep, lie or occupy […]

Planning on packing up your car and going for a drive to Canada? Before you hit the road, you’re going to need to do a little advance planning to make sure your border crossing is easy. With 1,200 Canadian service checkpoints, your first new northern friend will probably be a Canadian Border Services Agent. Yes, […]

Believe it or not, it is illegal to pick flowers from trees and plants in the city parks in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Someone needs to tell the people in Iowa that the world is not dealing with a shortage of flowers. Until all the bees die out, I think they’re still a renewable resource. Sometimes […]

Perhaps one of the most futile laws, if not the most, is that you can’t die in the house of Parliament. There is now a ban making it illegal for your life to end in the building. I’m just curious and this is the most interesting this to me, who exactly will be tried in […]

Some laws are just laws.  Don’t kill people.  Don’t steal cars.  Or police cars.  Don’t deface property.  Don’t not pay your taxes.  But, with the Halloween season fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to find some laws that are specifically related to Halloween. Some are kind of boring, like in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware […]

Just in case you were planning one, it is illegal to cause a catastrophe in Utah.  Just in case you don’t believe me, here is the full text of the law, courtesy of 76-6-105 Causing a catastrophe.  (1) Any person who by explosion, fire, flood, avalanche, collapse of a building, release of a poison […]

Selling sex is legal in Sweden.  However, Sweden has a generally low rate of prostitution as opposed to other European nations.   But before all you prospective new prostitutes pack your bags and book your one-way ticket to Stockholm, I should inform you that it is still illegal to purchase sexual services in Sweden.  This strange […]