All across the world, there are laws put in place to protect people’s rights, ensure acceptable conduct is followed, and create a more peaceful environment. However, once in a while, you may come across some bizarre rules that will make you stop and scratch your head. Some laws like these date back centuries, and simply have not been updated to reflect modern times, but certainly give us perspective on the past. Others are oddly specific, and the reasoning is considerably confusing, albeit interesting. To see what we mean, here are six of the most unusual laws in the world that still exist today.
Strictest Laws on the Island of Singapore
Singapore has some of the most stringent rules in the world. These include not being allowed to chew gum, not having a group gathering after 10 p.m., and even not being allowed to walk around naked in your own home. The list of unique laws goes on, and it truly sets the country apart as one with plenty of offbeat restrictions. One of the most unusual is being fined up to $500 for not flushing the toilet. In fact, officials conduct random checks in public bathrooms after people exit to ensure this law is followed. So, if you are planning a trip to Singapore anytime soon, ensure you read up on the culture and laws to avoid hefty fines!
Restrictions in the Highlands
Planning a trip to the isle of Scots soon? Believe it or not, Scotland has some unique laws that are oddly specific, including being unable to import potatoes from America. That’s not the most peculiar one we found, though. A law passed in 1872 mandates that you cannot be in charge of a cow or horse while intoxicated. Not sure how you would end up in these circumstances, but best to avoid a shot of whisky while holding a bridle just in case.
Lawn Care in North America
Across the U.S. and Canada, plenty of rules and regulations have governed the green grass growing in your yard. While some enforce the concept of a lush pasture with a maximum height requirement, others have progressively seen watering and routine upkeep become a thing of the past. As droughts become the norm in many southwestern states we recommend moving to California, which passed a law prohibiting homeowner’s associations from imposing fines on residents who stop watering lawns during a drought.
Pack Plenty of Clothes for Thailand Travel
In Thailand, the laws really do care what you put on your back and pull on before your pants. It is illegal to drive in this country without a shirt and even more peculiar, you’re not allowed to go out in public without wearing underwear. Though we’re not exactly sure how they would check on this one, but interestingly enough this law still stands, so ensure you pack enough undies for your whole trip.
International Dog Walking Rules and Regulations
Many laws around the world outline exactly how you are expected to care for your four-legged friend. For instance, in Turin, Italy you’re required to walk your pet at least three times a day. Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh, it’s illegal to walk a dog, and most pets of this kind are completely banned except service, guard, and hunting dogs.. If you think that’s strange, in Estevan, Saskatchewan you’re not allowed to walk your female dog if she’s in heat.
Removing a Bandage in Canada
Believe it or not, it’s illegal to remove a band-aid in public in Canada. Removing it on the sidewalk, in a park, or even on the street, you can count yourself as some kind of criminal. Although it’s rarely enforced, laws are laws and we recommend that you refrain from doing it, just in case.
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever need legal help to deal with any of these strange laws from around the world. But, learning about and understanding as many regulations as possible close to home is an ideal way to ensure you stay out of trouble with the law.
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