Governments enact laws to regulate how citizens behave and interact with one another. Some of these regulations are commonplace, while others are absurd. Here is a collection of strange laws from across the globe.
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1. Mexico City prohibits careless bicycling
In Mexico City, cycling carelessly is prohibited. Bicyclists are not allowed to take their feet off the pedals or their hands off the handlebars for fear of losing control of the vehicle.
However, it is not illegal to ride a bicycle without a helmet since the city removed its helmet-requirement ordinance in 2010 to promote the use of bicycle ride-sharing companies there.
2. South Africa: No Photos of the Presidential Mansion
South Africa reminded the media in 2013 that it was forbidden to take and publish images of the president’s mansion.
The National Key Points Act of 1980 established restrictions on publicizing strategically significant sites, including, in this instance, the White House.
Due to the issue surrounding the use of public monies to repair the property, the media sought to snap images of the president’s freshly rebuilt mansion.
3. Western Australia: No More Than 50 Kg of Potatoes
You are only allowed to own up to 50 kg of potatoes at a time in Western Australia. The goal of this legislation is to restrict the importation of the goods.
As a result, the Potato Marketing Corporation, the appropriate authority, may stop you at any moment for inspection. The legislation was first passed during and after World War II.
4. Singapore prohibits chewing gum.
There are many things to eat in Singapore, but gum is not one of them. In 1992, chewing gum was outlawed. However, there is one exemption to this rule: if you can demonstrate that chewing gum is therapeutic, you are permitted to have it.
5. San Francisco’s No Feeding The Pigeons sign
Any feeding of pigeons within the city is forbidden in San Francisco. San Francisco has made it illegal to feed pigeons on sidewalks or public streets to keep the city tidy and the pigeon population under control. Lawbreakers may get a citation and a fine.
6. Tasmania’s No-Questions-Asked Rewards
Most owners include the “no questions asked” clause in the advertisement when offering a reward for retrieving a stolen or lost item. This is likely being done to speed up the healing process. In Tasmania, it’s against the law to offer a reward and use the words “no questions asked.” A $500 fine is the maximum penalty.
7. France’s No Dying
In three French cities, it is illegal to die within municipal borders. Le Lavandou established the legislation in 2000, Cugnaux in 2007, and most recently Sarpourenx in 2008. Despite their absurdity, the rules drew attention to the problem of overcrowded cemeteries in urban areas.
8. Rome’s No Fish Bowls
Rome forbids keeping fish in a dish for personal pleasure. This is seen as cruelty to animals. The fish must be maintained in actual fish tanks with oxygenated water and space to swim for their welfare.
9. Barcelona’s “No Spitting” policy
Spitting in public places may get ugly stares, but it is against the law in Barcelona, and violators may face fines.
10. Greece’s No High Heels
High heels were prohibited at numerous Greek monuments in 2009. Ancient ruins make up a large portion of Greece’s national heritage, and the sharp-heeled shoes were causing more damage to the locations.