Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Most Ridiculous British Law

The subject of Law has always been an interest to me. It has been a strong passion of mine. This article which was published in the Yahoo! News column reminded me of my first year in law school. In first year, one of the areas of the British Constitution that we study about is the topic of Common Law. The study of Common Law interested me quite a bit. Some of the laws in the list below are part of the Common Law. Funny, but interesting at the same time. One may wonder why did some of the laws come into being in the first place. Enjoy!


It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down.
In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store.
Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day.
In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter.
A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet.
The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen.
It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing.
It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour.
In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.

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