Sunday, June 7, 2015

100 Weird Laws From Around the World

100 Weird Laws From Around the World

Posted by By flapjack at 1 October, at 08 : 22 AMPrint

People do strange things, therefore weird laws are written to help straighten them out. Some of these bizarre laws almost seem like urban myths or too ridiculous to be real, yet odd as they are, they were created for a reason. Some of these laws date back several hundred years and were never changed or eliminated and make very little sense in today’s world, but nonetheless these weird laws found all around world do exist.
1. In Oklahoma, you can be arrested for making ugly faces at a dog.
2. In Salt Lake County, Utah, it’s illegal to walk down the street carrying a violin in a paper bag.
3. In San Francisco, it’s illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.
4. In Devon, Texas, it is against the law to make furniture while you are nude.
5. In Bozeman, Montana, a law prohibits all sexual activity from the front yard of a home after sundown.
6. In California it is illegal for a vehicle without a driver to exceed 60 miles per hour. (that would be one clever trick)
7. In Florida men seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown can be fined.
8. In South Carolina it is legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.
9. In Tennessee, you are breaking the law if you drive while sleeping. (perhaps they could benefit from one of these strange gadgets)

10. In New York, the penalty for jumping off a building is: Death.
11. In Danville, Pennsylvania, all fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.
12. In Connersville, Wisconsin, during sexual intercourse, it is against the law for a man to fire his gun whilst the woman in having an orgasm.
13. In Pennsylvania, it’s against the law to tie a dollar bill on a string on the ground and pull it away when someone tries to pick it up.
14. In New York City, it’s illegal for a restaurant to call a sandwich a “corned beef sandwich” if it’s made with white bread and mayonnaise.
15. In San Francisco, California it is unlawful to use used underwear to wipe off cars in a car wash.
16. In France, it is against the law to sell an “E.T” doll. They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not have human faces.

17. In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered “simple assault,” but biting someone with your dentures is “aggravated assault.”
18. In the state of Washington, it is illegal to have sex with a virgin under any circumstances. (Including the wedding night.)
19. In Switzerland, it is illegal for a man to relieve himself while standing up after 10pm.
20. In Florida, it is illegal to fart in a public place after 6 P.M. on Thursdays.
21. In Massachusetts, it is illegal to go to bed without first having a bath. (However, another law prohibits bathing on Sunday)
22. In Jidda, Saudi Arabia, women were banned from using hotel swimming pools in 1979.
23. In Samoa, it’s a crime to forget your own wife’s birthday.
24. In Alabama, prison guards are forbidden from referring to their spouses as “the old ball-n-chain.”
25. In London, England it is illegal for a City cab to carry rabid dogs or corpses.
26. In England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
27. In England, it is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the Queen upside down.
28. In Los Angeles, CA it’s illegal for a waiter to tell a customer “I’m really an actor.”
29. In Indiana, it’s against the law to dress ‘Barbie’ in ‘Ken’s’ clothes.

30. In Sedona, Ariz., it’s illegal to lie about your astrological sign.
31. In Texas, it’s illegal to threaten somebody with an UNLOADED gun.
32. In Australia, it’s illegal to name any animal you plan to eat.
33. In Cannes, France, it’s illegal to wear a Jerry Lewis mask.
34. In New Jersey, answering a traffic cop who asks “Do you know why I pulled you over?” by saying,“If you don’t know, I’m not going to tell you” is an automatic $300 fine.
35. In York, it is legal to kill a Scotsman within the ancient city boundary, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.
36. In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.
37. In Kentucky, it’s illegal to paint your lawn red.
38. In Portugal, it’s against the law to pee in the ocean.

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39. In South Carolina unmarried women are not allowed to buy edible panties.
40. In Italy, anyone considered “obese” is forbidden from wearing polyester.
41. In Montana, it’s illegal to tear a phone book in half.
42. In California, anyone caught selling a “smoothie” that has lumps is breaking the law.
43. In Michigan, it is illegal to chain an alligator to a fire hydrant.
44. In Arkansas, it’s illegal for a woman getting married for the second time to wear a white wedding gown.
45. In Victoria. Australia after mid day on Sunday, it’s illegal to wear pink hot pants.
46. In Connecticut, night watchmen are forbidden from drinking decaf coffee while working.
47. In Kentucky, carrying ice cream cones in your pocket is illegal.
48. In International Falls, Minnesota, you can be fined if you let your dog chase a cat up a telegraph pole.
49. In Iowa, after 5 minutes of kissing you’re breaking the law.
50. In Illinois, giving a lighted cigar to a pet is illegal.

51. In the USA- 24 states say that if your husband is impotent its grounds for a divorce. (Go Viagra!)
52. In Miami, Florida, imitating animals is illegal.
53. In Oxford, Ohio, a woman undressing in front of a picture of a man is breaking the law.
54. In Baltimore, Maryland, taking a lion to the cinema is illegal.
55. In Washington, pretending to have wealthy parents is illegal.
56. In Texas, if you are going to commit a crime, you legally have to give 24 hours notice to the police.
57. In South Dakota, It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.
58. In Maryland, Randy Newman’s song ‘Short people’ is still banned on the radio.
59. In St. Louis, Missouri, if a woman is in her night clothes, it is illegal for a fireman to rescue her.
60. In Victoria, Australia, you need a licensed electrician to change a light bulb.
61. In France, it’s illegal to name a pig Napoleon.

62. In Indonesia, the punishment for masturbation is death by decapitation.
63. In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be sentenced to death by firing squad.
64. In Bahrain, male doctors only legally examine a woman’s genitals through a mirror.
65. In Providence, Rhode Island, selling tooth paste and a tooth brush to the same customer on a Sunday is illegal.
66. In Alexandria, Minneapolis, it is illegal for a man to have sexual intercourse with a woman with sardines on his breath.
67. In Singapore chewing gum is illegal.
68. In Arizona, hunting camels is against the law.
69. In North Carolina, it is illegal to swear in front of dead people.
70. In Florida having sexual intercourse with a porcupine is illegal. (ouch… wtf)

71. In Burma it is against the law to access the Internet. Anyone doing so faces prison.
72. In Iowa, it is illegal for horses to eat fire hydrant.
73. In Vermont, a woman must get written permission from her husband to wear false teeth.
75. In Los Angeles, it is illegal to bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.
76. In Oklahoma, it is against the law to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7 PM.
77. In Israel, you could be prosecuted for picking your nose on Sunday.
78. In Sweden it is illegal to use the services of a prostitute. Prostitution is legal though.
79. In Thailand, it is illegal to leave your house without your underwear on.
80. In California, it is illegal to keep a child from playing in puddles of water.
81. In Oklahoma, it is illegal to molest an automobile.

82. In Germany, it is illegal to stop on an autobahn (expressway). It is also illegal to run out of gas on an autobahn.
83. In Turkey, it is illegal for a man above 80 yrs to become a pilot.
84. In Chicago, it is illegal for anyone to eat in a place that is on fire.
85. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
86. In Eureka, Nevada, it is illegal for men with mustaches to kiss women.
87. In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk.
88. In Miami, Florida, it is illegal to skateboard in a police station.
89. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on Sundays can be jailed.
90. In Texas, it is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
91. In Boulder, Colorado, it is illegal to kill a bird within the city limit.
92. In Alabama, it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle.

93. In Ames, Iowa, it is illegal for men to have three sips of beer while they are in bed with their wives.
94. In Chico, California, the law states that anybody who detonates a nuclear device within the city limits is liable to a fine of $500.
95. In Tremonton, Utah, it is illegal for a woman to have sex with a man while riding in an ambulance.
96. In British Columbia, it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch or Bigfoot if one is ever found.
97. In Lebanon, If a man is caught having sex with a male animal then the penalty is death- sex with a female animal is ok (o_O)
98. In Minnesota, it is against the law to hang male and female underwear together on the same washing line.
99. In Texas, It is illegal to sell one’s own eye.
100. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six-feet long.
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Weird sex laws from around the world

Weird sex laws from around the world
  • No man is allowed to make love to his wife with the smell of garlic, onions, or sardines on his breath in Alexandria, Minnesota. If his wife so requests, law mandates that he must brush his teeth.
  • Clinton, Oklahoma has a law against masturbating while watching two people having sex in a car.
  • In Connorsville, Wisconsin no man shall shoot off a gun while his female partner is having a sexual orgasm. (What about his male partner?)
  • A law in Fairbanks, Alaska does not allow moose to have sex on city streets.
  • In Florida it is illegal for single, divorced, or widowed women to parachute on Sunday afternoons.
  • The owner of every hotel in Hastings, Nebraska, is required to provide each guest with a clean and pressed nightshirt. No couple, even if they are married, may sleep together in the nude. Nor may they have sex unless they are wearing one of these clean, white cotton nightshirts.
  • Any couple making out inside a vehicle, and accidentally sounding the horn during their lustful act, may be taken to jail according to a Liberty Corner, New Jersey law.
  • In Los Angeles, California, a man is legally entitled to beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, but the belt can't be wider than 2 inches, unless he has his wife's consent to beat her with a wider strap. Consent should be given prior to the event, as is carefully stipulated.
  • In Michigan, a woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.
  • In Nevada sex without a condom is considered illegal.
  • An ordinance in Newcastle, Wyoming, specifically bans couples from having sex while standing inside a store's walk-in meat freezer!
  • In Oxford, Ohio, it's illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man's picture.
  • The only legal sexual position in Washington D.C. is missionary.
  • In Willowdale, Oregon no man may curse while having sex with his wife.
  • In the state of Washington there is a law against having sex with a virgin under any circumstances. (Including the wedding night).
  • In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the animals must be female. Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death. (Like THAT makes sense.)
  • In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman's genitals, but is prohibited from looking directly at them during examination. He may only see their reflection in a mirror.
  • The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.
  • Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England - but only in tropical fish stores. (But of course!)
  • In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens, her mother must be in the room to witness the act.

67 Ridiculous Laws From Around The World That Still Actually Exist

67 Ridiculous Laws From Around The World That Still Actually Exist

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Mercury in retrograde? How about laws in retrograde. For reasons unknown, these laws are still in place.
1. In seven U.S. states, according to their constitutions, atheists are barred from holding public office.
2. Sodomy is illegal, in general, in Idaho, Utah, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. In these states, sodomy is only illegal for homosexuals: Montana, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Oral sex is often considered sodomy by many states, according to the Hebrew Bible. Except strangely, you don’t see people as equally outraged about this as they are about gay sex.
3. Interracial marriage was still illegal in Alabama in 2000.
4. Not until 2008 did the UN Security Council pass UN Security Council Resolution No. 1820 which declared rape and other forms of sexual violence a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a constitutive act with respect to genocide, arising from the conflict in the Balkans, in which violating women became an conspicuous weapon in the war.
5. Since 1986, US authorities have had the legal right to access any 180-day old email, without a warrant.
6. In Mobile, Alabama, it is against the law to throw confetti or spray silly string.
7. In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal for any woman to drive a car. Right now, it’s illegal for them to vote too. Apparently it will become legal in 2015 (how sweet).
8. In Dubai, extramarital sex is against the law and could result in jail sentences for over a year. Which means that in rape cases, both the victim and the perpetrator could end up being charged with the same crime.
9. In Saudi Arabia, there is no minimum age for marriage. In 2008, a Saudi court refused an 8-year-old girl, who asked for a divorce from her 58-year-old husband.
10. In 29 states in the US it is legal to fire someone for being gay.
11. In Greece, police are allowed to arrest anyone suspected of having HIV. Police are also allowed to force HIV testing, to publicize the names of HIV-positive people and to have them evicted from their homes.
12. In the Philippines you can be charged with the crime of “unjust vexation” for doing just that, vexing someone. And yes, it is as vague and arbitrary as it sounds.
13. The only two states where divorce is illegal are the Philippines and The Vatican.
14. In Thailand it is illegal to step on money.
15. In Singapore, selling non-medical chewing gum or chewing normal gum is a fine of $1000. A second offense costs $2000 and being forced to clean a public area of the city for a day. If a person litters three times, they must clean the streets wearing a bib that reads “I’m a litterer.” Even pharmacists who sell the medical gum and forget to ID get two years in jail. Spitting is also illegal and can result in arrest.
16. In July 2013 a law was passed in China that states it is illegal for adult children to not visit their parents “often” in China. They are also required to attend to their parent’s spiritual needs.
17. There is a law in South Carolina called the no “mock proposal” law, which states that anybody above the age of 16-years-old is not allowed to perform a proposal if they do not mean it.
18. In Montana, “proxy weddings” are allowed for those serving in the military, which means a friend can pretend to be the groom or the bride and the union will still be considered valid. In some cases both the bride and the groom are absent.
19. In Arkansas there still exists a law that was instated in the 1800s that states a husband is allowed to beat his wife, but only once a month.
20. In Rhode Island, a union can be considered invalid under the grounds that the party is deemed to be, collectively, an idiot or a lunatic.
21. In Arizona, having more than two vibrators in your home is illegal. If you own more than two in your house, you can be subject to criminal possession.
22. In Iowa, it is illegal for a man with a mustache to kiss a woman in public.
23. In Massachusetts it is deemed illegal for a woman to be on top during sex.
24. It is also apparently illegal in Massachusetts for a man and a woman who rent a room for the night to sleep in the nude.
25. In Virginia, it is illegal for a man to kick a woman out of bed.
26. In Britain it is illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances.
27. In Vermont, a wife needs the husband’s permission to wear false teeth.
28. In North Carolina couples must have sex in the missionary position and with the curtains pulled.
29. In Britain, it is illegal to import potatoes into England or Wales if you have reasonable cause to believe that they are Polish.
30. In Oregon, talking dirty while having sex is illegal. Even though they don’t really specify what qualifies as dirty talk.
31. In Utah you can marry your cousin, but only if you are both over the age of 65. Because, you know, when you turn 65 you’re known to have impeccable judgment.
32. In Britain you are not allowed to let your pet mate with any pet form the royal house.
33. In Utah, a husband is responsible for his wife’s actions as long as he is with her at the time of her “actions.”
34. In Kentucky, a woman cannot remarry the same man more than three times.
35. In parts of India, a man who is in debt can offer up his wife until the debt is paid.
36. In Greece, if anyone wants to get married, the law requires those to publish their wedding notice in a newspaper (written in Greek) or on the City Hall notice board.
37. In France, it is stated as illegal to marry a dead person.
38. In Britain, it is illegal to carry a plank along the pavement.
39. In Hong Kong, there’s a law that allows a wife to kill her husband if she finds him cheating. However, she must kill him with her bare hands.
40. In Britain it is illegal to operate a cow while intoxicated.
41. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to tie a dollar bill to a string on the ground and pull it away when someone tries to pick it up.
42. In New York City it is illegal to honk your horn. If you do, you’re at risk of paying $350 fine.
43. In Florida, it’s illegal to fart in a public place after 6pm on a Thursday.
44. In England it is illegal to die in the House Of Parliament, but something tells me that if someone did do this, they wouldn’t face many repercussions?
45. By law, any whale or great Sturgeon caught in the UK is the property of the Queen.
46. In Samoa it is illegal to forget your wife’s birthday.
47. In Britain, oddly enough it is illegal to be drunk in the pub.
48. In Missouri it is illegal to drive with an uncaged bear
49. In Turin, Italy, dog owners must take their dogs on a walk at least three times a day.
50. In Honolulu, Hawaii it is illegal to sing loudly after sunset.
51. In Sweden it is illegal to be found buying the services of a prostitute, even though prostitution is legal. Which means the prostitutes themselves would not be breaking the law. In the past few years Iceland and Norway have also adopted this law.
52. In Victoria, Australia, it is illegal to change a light bulb unless you’re a licensed electrician.
53. In the UK, a law still exists from the Middle Ages that requires all males over the age of 14 to be trained in shooting a long bow.
54. Bangladeshi children of 15 and older can be sent to jail for cheating on their final exams.
55. In Australia, men are free to cross-dress, just as long as their dresses are not strapless.
56. In Florida it is illegal for a divorced or a widowed woman to skydive on a Sunday afternoon.
57. In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush a toilet after 10pm. This one confounds me.
58. In Canada, any comic book that portrays illegal activity is banned.
59. In Argentina, there is a law that states that Argentine nightclubs must play the same amount of tango music as all other forms of music combined.
60. In China, it is a law that a person must be intelligent to go to college.
61. Married New Yorkers cannot get divorced on grounds of irreconcilable differences unless both marriage partners agree on those grounds.
62. In Tennessee it is legal to carry a loaded firearm into a bar. Seems safe.
63. In Norway, there is a law that protects all female dogs and cats from being spayed. Only male dogs and cats can be neutered. Also, an ancient Norwegian law still still exists that obliges all Norwegians to go out on expeditions to rape and plunder at least once every five years.
64. In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon. Apparently this is a slight to the great French general and emperor.
65. In Britain it is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the monarch’s head upside down on an envelope.
66. In Russia, Vladimir Putin just recently made it illegal to tell kids that gay people exist.
67. In Colorado it is illegal to collect rainwater. Apparently farmers and landowners are being punished for this.

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15 Weird Actions That Are Prosecuted in the Modern World

15 Weird Actions That Are Prosecuted in the Modern World

Crimes all around the worldAll around the world, our actions and behaviors are taken in different contexts. What is considered offensive in one country may not be in another. Something as simple as chewing gum, littering, or other offenses can result in a variety of punishments. These punishments can include caning, fines, physical labor, jail time, or even death. How you are treated can depend upon the country you are in and the crime you committed. What can seem stupid or meaningless to you can be of vast importance in another country. Some cultures are harder on certain citizens just for their place of origin. Others may treat men in one way, while women are treated in a different manner. A variety of factors can be used to determine your punishment. However some cultures can have standard punishments no matter how severe the crime.

1)  Suicide is a Crime in North Korea
Suicide is a crimeOver the years many countries such as Canada, India, or many others have considered suicide a criminal act. However most of these countries have decriminalized this act. North Korea still considers suicide a criminal act. According to the North Korea government, punishment is dependent upon the individual, their status, as well as the crime committed. Although suicide is not illegal in many countries, assisting people in committing suicide is.
North Korea is aware that victims of suicide cannot be punished. Therefore the North Korean government punishes the relatives and family members of the victim for the crime of suicide. This law criminalizing suicide is suppose to help make the individual think about their family and loved ones. It is used to remind people to think about what their plans might mean for others around them. Generally all relatives are punished, not just specific ones. Punishments can range from a wide mixture of consequences. Common penalties can include working in a concentration or labor camp, prison, or even death.

2)  Women Are Not Allowed to Wear Pants
Women banned for wearing pantsThe right for women to wear pants has been in legislation in a multitude of countries. During February 2013, France removed a 200 year old ban. This ban denied women the right to wear pants. Over the years before dissolution of the legislation for banning women from wearing pants, it had minor amendments made to the existing law. The first amendment allowed women to wear pants while riding horses. The second change was to allow women the right to wear pants while riding a bicycle.
Another country that is known to instill this ban is Swaziland. However if a woman is caught in Swaziland with pants on, they are forcibly removed. Generally ripped off by soldiers and humiliated in multiple ways. Swaziland is also known for their bans used to try to help prevent and reduce the HIV and AIDS viruses. The sex ban requires young females to abstain from sex for 5 years. During this time, female individuals are not even allowed to shake hands with a male. They are also required to wear specific garments to symbolize they are not allowed to have sex. This country also blames rape on women for wearing inappropriate clothing. Swaziland has banned midriff shirts and skirts are required to be knee length, starting at age 10.

3)  Chinese Citizens Are Allowed to Have One Child
China one child policyChina is known for their vast population. The country has over 1 billion people living there. To help reduce the population in China, the government created a one child policy. Couples who choose to have more than one child are punished with heavy taxes. Although this can be seen as a method for overpopulation control, it has created many issues as well. Some areas will even avoid ultrasounds to prevent the couple from finding out the baby's gender. This is due to the likelihood of couples choosing to have abortions if it is female. Choosing to abort a child due to being female is known as female infanticide.
Occasionally there are situations where a second child is allowed. Generally these are only for couples who have a girl firstborn child. In some places in China, punishments for the illegal birth of a second child can be severe and affect multiple members of the family. To help enforce the one child policy, government officials have been known to take family members. These individuals can be jailed until the woman agrees to sterilization. Other times punishment for violating these crimes can also be placed upon the child. The Chinese government does this by not allowing the child to be registered. If a child is not registered in China, they are prevented state healthcare and education.

4)  Punished for Sexuality
Punished for SexualitySexual preference is not only debated in the United States, and it is a worldwide controversial issue. Although the United States has come a long way in gay, lesbian, and bisexual preferences, the rights of these individuals are still discriminated against every day. In some countries, homosexuality is even punishable by death. These can include entire countries such as Yemen, Saudi Arabia, or Iran. Other times it can only be specific regions of a country such as Nigeria or Malaysia. Countries around the world are both adding and removing this as a crime.
Death for these unfortunate victims does not generally come very easily either. Many times death methods include a variety of means. These can include hanging, flogging, or even decapitation. Countries such as Nigeria or Sudan also use stoning as a form of punishment for homosexual behavior. Some cultures, such as Dubai, are very conservative. The laws can affect not only homosexuals but heterosexuals as well. Two members of the opposite sex cannot share a hotel room unless the individuals are closely related or married.

5)  Time-Sensitive Laws and Regulations
There are many laws and regulations all over the world that prohibit people from committing certain acts after a certain time of day or even on particular days of the week. The exact reasoning behind many of these laws in unknown, but a great many of them stem from archaic town charters that were never rectified. For example, in many parts of Switzerland, after 10 p.m., it is against the law for a man to urinate while standing up. In the city of Bozeman, Montana, you are not allowed to perform any sexual acts, including kissing, in the front yard of any residence. It doesn't matter if you own the property or not. While this might seem like one of the oddest laws in existence, the state of Florida has one that's even odder when it comes to laws that are bound by time. According to a state regulation, people may not pass gas in a public building after six p.m.; however, what makes this law even stranger is that it only observed on one day of the week—Thursday.
In Bozeman, Montana, you are not allowed to perform any sexual acts, including kissing, in the front yard:No Kissing in the front yard

6)  Laws About Animals
Dog smoking a cigaretteThere are regulations and laws all over the U.S. and throughout the world that protect animals from harm. Laws that prohibit the intentional harm of pets and other animals are well known, as are other laws that make the owner financially and personally responsible if the animal should harm people or property. There are lesser-known laws that prohibit actions with pets that go far beyond your typical leash laws. An Illinois law prohibits people from forcing their dog or cat to smoke. This law includes both putting lit cigars and cigarettes in your pet's mouth. The smoking implement must be lit in order for the law to be broken. In other parts of the world, laws are in place to protect animals from being sexually molested or penetrated, but in others, the laws are gender specific.
In some places, men are allowed to have sex with female animals only. In Lebanon, if a man is caught having sex with a male animal, he can be put to death. This is because in Lebanon, sodomy is considered a worse crime than bestiality. While this might seem bizarre, the U.S. isn't exempt from having laws like this in place. For instance, there is a law in Florida that specifically prohibits people from having sex with a porcupine. The reasons for banning sex with this particular animal are unclear, but one can imagine it's to prevent serious injury to both man and beast. While bestiality is highly taboo in most parts of the world, it still takes place behind closed doors, and there are not as many laws in place to prevent it as you might believe.

7)  Laws About Dolls
Crime for having dolls with non human facesDolls are beloved all around the world by both children and collectors. There are dolls of all shapes and sizes, and different countries all over the world have their own traditions when it comes to creating them. Each year, millions of dollars are spent on dolls and doll clothing, but even the most obsessive collector might not know that there are laws in place in different parts of the world about how they are made and dressed. Yes there are laws about the manner in which you dress your doll! Some of these laws stem from superstition and others from moral codes, and some are ignored while others are still enforced. France, which is a country that is known for creating some of the most lovely porcelain dolls in the world, has a strict law involving the creation and sale of dolls. All over the country, it is illegal to sell dolls that do not have human faces. This means that if dolls have human bodies, their faces must also be easily recognized as humans. As a result, you will never see a doll in France that looks like an alien or other kind of non-human creature. No matter the shop, any dolls that are sold must have faces that are human.
However, Europe isn't the only place that has specific laws about how their dolls should be treated. In the U.S., there are laws in place that concern the Barbie doll, one of the most popular and best-selling dolls in the country. Millions of these dolls are sold each year, along with cars, clothes, and even doll-sized homes that even have room for Barbie's pets. In the state of Indiana, there is a law in place that has to do with Barbie's boyfriend Ken. While the Ken doll isn't as popular with little girls as Barbie, there is a law in place in the state that prohibits anyone from dressing or displaying a Ken doll in Barbie's clothes. This law probably stems from some old-fashioned moral aesthetic, but it has never been removed from the state's rules and regulations.

8)  Marriage and Polygamy in Utah
Polygamy married couplesPolygamy is a marriage which includes more than two partners. There is a long-standing belief that polygamy in Utah is legal. It is in fact a crime, even though many Mormon churches and groups are still very much for it. The federal government has been trying to crack down on multiple marriages within this sect. This is has proven to be difficult, especially when there are so many blockades in place with our nation’s belief of the separation of church and state. What makes this situation bizarre is that there also laws in Utah that are in place that prohibit men and women from living together if they aren't married. There are other groups in the state that are trying to get this law struck down, as many young couples who are not married find it confining and much too strict. Even though this law is in place, there are many churches in the area that still condone polygamy, even though it is illegal throughout the U.S.

9)  Music and Video Piracy
Illegal music is a crimeIllegal music and video downloads are available all over the Internet, and many people make a living under the radar by selling them. However, although most people see this as a scofflaw because "everybody does it," you can face severely heavy fines if you are caught. Just last year, the well-known file sharing site Megaupload was shut down by the FBI after several people uploaded scores of illegal content and urged others to do the same.
Ever since music and movies have been available online, there have been arguments about greedy musicians and studio heads who charge outrageous prices for legal downloads. Despite these moral arguments, uploading music and movies without paying those who own it is still punishable by law. Those who perpetrated the Megaupload scandal now face millions of dollars in fines, and personal property such as homes, cars, and jewelry have been seized. Others face jail time.

10)  Sodomy
Sodomy ProtestersSodomy is sex acts between a person and an animal. While sodomy laws in the U.S. have been legally overturned in federal courts, there are still several states that still count it as a crime, especially if it is a part of any homosexual act. While this violates many personal and civil laws, states such as Texas and Montana make it illegal only if you're homosexual. It is difficult to believe that these laws are still in place in the 21st century and that little is done to strike them down. Since some states are allowed to make and maintain their own laws, in some cases there is little that can be done. Many civil rights groups in these states are working to make people more aware of these laws and how discriminatory they are.

11)  The Solicitation of Prostitution
It is widely believed that prostitution is illegal in every state of the union but Nevada. The actual laws that make prostitution legal in Nevada only apply to a few out-of-the-way rural counties in the state. This is a sharp contrast to other countries in the world. In some countries prostitution is not only legal, but it is actually regulated as a profession by foreign governments. Countries located in South America and Africa have legalized prostitution. In many places where prostitution is seen as a crime, if both the prostitute and the person paying for the sex are caught, it is only the person who is paying that is prosecuted. In places where prostitution is legal, acts such as selling one's self on the streets or organizing personal stables of male or female prostitutes is illegal, since such practices are regulated by local government.
Solicitation of Prostitution

12)  Fraud and Lying
Online FraudIdentity theft and fraud are becoming more common, especially since it has become easier than ever to access people's personal information online. We are more vulnerable than ever to thieves who want to use other people's information and identities to open new lines of credit or steal the money they already have. Laws about Internet fraud are changing and the punishments are becoming more severe. There are lesser-known laws in the U.S. about lying or misrepresenting one's self. For example, if you live in Washington, presenting yourself as being from a wealthy family or telling people that your parents are rich is illegal. In some parts of the south, a divorced woman is forbidden from wearing white for her second marriage. While the latter might stem from old-fashioned moral codes, the former might prevent favoritism or discrimination when it comes to the highly competitive world of government employment or internship.

13)  Driving Incorrectly on the German Autobahn
German Autobahn TrafficWhile you can be fined heavily for driving over the speed limit on any U.S. road, the laws and rules for an autobahn in Germany are just the opposite. Although speeding laws and fines do exist, there are other ways that drivers can be fined that might seem odd to Americans. For example, if you break down or run out of gas on an American highway, it is legal to stop and pull over until help arrives. On the autobahn, running out of gas is illegal as it is seen as something that is completely avoidable. Stopping is highly discouraged on these speedy roadways, no matter the reason, and in some cases, the driver will be fined anywhere from 400 to 700 Euros.

14)  Claiming the Dead as Property
Claiming the Dead as PropertyWhile many state laws in the U.S. name the spouse or common-law spouse as next of kin and the person responsible for claiming a dead body, there are laws in place in the U.S. that prevent people from claiming a dead body as property. These laws are in place to protect the rights of the dead and the body itself. Furthermore, if a body is stolen or damaged, a surviving family member may collect for emotional trauma and suffering. They may not claim property damage for the despoiled body, as most U.S. courts do not view a dead body as anyone's property.
Violating graves and grave robbing are acts that are still heavily prosecuted in many counties, especially during war time. The Geneva Convention ruled in 1949 that violating the body or grave of an enemy was a punishable offense, a law that is still upheld today.

15)  You Can Lose Your Home to an HOA for Violating Their Rules
Lost home to HOAAll over the U.S., homeowner's associations (HOA) are responsible for creating and maintaining some of the most beautiful neighborhoods the country has to offer. These close-knit communities of like-minded people pride themselves on owning community areas, playgrounds, and maintaining their homes in ways that have been laid out according to the association's laws. Some of these laws and rules include everything from restricting people from building pools and fences on their properties to regulating what color they are allowed to paint their homes. While many homeowners see these communities as the perfect place to live, others have learned the hard way about what might happen when the rules are violated.
There have been many cases in which people have lost their homes to an HOA; this was not because they failed to pay their dues but because they committed some kind of minor violation. For example, a North Carolina man was threatened with foreclosure and had a lien put on his home by his HOA because he planted some flowers in a common area without permission. The homeowner felt that the common area looked drab and thought that the flowers would help improve things. Instead of being thanked, however, the HOA fined the man for this "unauthorized" planting. In order to keep his home, the man was forced to pay the fine—all because he planted the flowers without informing the HOA or asking permission. He is currently suing the HOA for nearly a hundred thousand dollars, but this is only one instance of how an HOA can damage someone's credit and mess with their livelihood.
While an HOA can improve your quality of life, you should always make sure that you can afford to pay the dues. Many people think that when they join, they can always find some way to get around paying them. However, many HOA's have extremely strict rules and have every right to take your home from you if you try and avoid paying your dues. This is especially true if you purchase a home that is already a part of a community that is run by an HOA. Some people have suffered through foreclosure because they were late on their HOA dues. Even homeowners that were 60 days overdue were foreclosed upon with little to no warning.

No spitting LawWhile some laws and rules are considered archaic and they are not enforced, depending on where you live, others are still in effect, and you can be prosecuted for something that you didn't even know was illegal. Up to a few years ago, Ohio had anti-spitting laws on the books that banned spitting anywhere around the public areas in cities. The legislation dates back to the time of consumption outbreaks. Consumption, or better known today as tuberculosis, was extremely contagious and used to spread from spitting. Some laws, such as the Texas sodomy laws, still target and persecute those who are homosexual. Others fight ancient religious statutes, such as the laws in Utah that fight polygamy, despite the fact that it is still widely practiced by those in the Mormon religion. When it comes to laws that protect copyright and personal identity, those who break these laws believe that the anonymity of the Internet will protect them, but those who have been caught have lost almost everything from having to pay heavy fines.
It is essential to remember that not all laws, regulations, and procedures are the same in every culture or in different regions. Whether you are traveling or plan to move to another country, you should first understand the areas' rules and regulations. These can range from social behavior differences to how you are allowed dress in public. In some countries, women must cover their heads. Other cultures require men and women to be separate while in public. Make sure to brush up on laws and other cultural information for the region you are going to visit.

By learning this information, you can help to avoid unnecessary punishments, embarrassments, or complications. Many cultures do not care if you are a tourist and just visiting. In some countries, officials may even use tourists as an example or a way to show their particular government will not tolerate the behavior. Think of Michael P, Fay, the young American who was caned in Singapore after a discrepancy with theft and vandalism. That they will show no leniency in any way, shape, or form. To avoid having to spend time in a foreign jail or spend your hard-earned vacation money on fines, take the time to understand how the laws of any region or country can affect you, your property, and your family.