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The 5 Most Absurd and Unusual Laws That Still Exist in the World

While the world advances and modernizes by leaps and bounds, legislation is not always in tune, as some of the most absurd laws still flood the legislation of some countries. Some temporary and adaptation “gaps” that, although sometimes they leave completely aberrant regulatory gaps (for example, the fact that in some States gender equality is not contemplated), in others they allow us to delve into the idiosyncrasy (past or current) from other cultures and, in the process, make us smile.

That is the case of these 5 rules that we offer you below, difficult to defend, but of an extravagant nature, to say the least. Among the most striking, the one that prohibits throwing octopuses or the one that makes it illegal to die in the United Kingdom Parliament. Myth or Reality?

1. Chewing gum is prohibited, much less manufacturing it. It is a fairly recent legislation, appearing in 1992 in Singapore, and still in force more than two decades later. The regulations not only affect the consumption of chewing gum, but also its manufacture, import, and sale. Singapore is a gum-free country with a fine for those who consume it that can reach 7,000 dollars and jail for those who sell it. The objective behind the approval of the law is to keep the country’s streets clean. Very clean.

2. If you are an adult, it is prohibited to go trick-or-treating on Halloween Let us be thankful that this regulation only affects Chesapeake, a city in eastern Virginia (United States). People over 12 years of age, including those who have already reached the age of majority, have It is prohibited by law to go out alone to ask for sweets and candy on Halloween night, as dictated by the American tradition of “trick or treat.” They can only enjoy this festivity if they are accompanied by at least one child.

3. It is forbidden to throw octopuses Also in the United States, but, this time, in Michigan there is legislation that strictly prohibits throwing octopuses under penalty of fine and even prison. The unusual legislation dates back to 1952 when the Detroit Red Wings ice hockey team won the national Stanley Cup trophy after a fan threw an octopus onto the ice in each of the team’s eight games. The practice became customary until the relevant authorities agreed to make it illegal. It should be noted that, despite current legislation, the Red Wings fans continue throwing octopuses to the field of play despite the penalty that such an act may entail on them.

4. It is illegal to take a dead whale The monarchy in the United Kingdom has been a constant for centuries and one of the institutions that conveys the most respect and reliability to the citizens of that country today. It is not strange, therefore, that much of the legislation that has been maintained since time immemorial has to the British royal house in the center despite disuse and eccentricity thereof. For example, there is a rule that all dead whales found on the coasts of British territory belong to the monarch’s family. In other words, no citizen who comes across one can keep it or appropriate it. Once the animal has been dismantled, the head will pass into the hands of the king in power, in this case, to Carlos III, and the tail to his wife, the current Queen Camilla. This in case the aristocrat needs to make herself a nice corset.

5. The danger of ending up decapitated if you are caught masturbating Indonesia is one of the countries that has stricter legislation regarding sex and intimate relationships. While it is true that, in most states, at least democratic ones, anyone who masturbates in a public space is severely penalized (logically, on the other hand), in the Southeast Asian country they have taken the standard to another level. Not only because the punishment includes the beheading of the offender if found guilty, but because the regulations transcend the public sphere and are applicable to the private sphere.

The great myth about the strict prohibition of dying within the United Kingdom Parliament For years this myth spread, which has turned out to be exactly that: a myth, which still resonates strongly in the list of absurd laws that are collected from time to time in the media. However, it is completely false. According to established belief, if a death occurs in one of the two chambers that make up the Parliament of England (the House of Lords and the House of Commons), the deceased must be organized a funeral with all state honors (and assume the expenses that arise from such pomposity), hence the prohibition. Since records began, at least four people have died inside the Palace of Westminster and none have received a state funeral. What has been illegal since the time of King Edward I is enter the UK Parliament dressed in armor or hail a taxi on the street if you are infected with the plague.


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