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Strange laws

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Which Laws do you think is the strangest?

I think the strangest law is _______________________________________________ because _________________________________________________.

 

 

10 Crazy Laws That Could Get You In Trouble Abroad

 

The Huffington Post  |  By Lisa_Miller Posted: 06/20/2013 6:50 am EDT

 

 

You know the basics when it comes to staying safe and out of trouble while traveling.

But there are some pretty crazy ways to break the law abroad that probably have never crossed your mind.

1) Chewing gum in Singapore

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Singapore likes to keep its street clean. Chewing bubble gum has been banned in Singapore for over two decades. While the only penalty is a fine, it's probably best to respect the city's wishes and keep your gum at home.

2) Dying in Sarpourenx

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We're not exactly sure how this one is enforced... In the village of Sarpourenx, in southwest France, Mayor Gerard Lalanne has forbidden residents to die. In 2008, he issued an ordinance stating that "all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish" and if they do, "offenders will be severely punished."

3) Feeding the birds in Venice

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While it was once a tradition for tourists to turn themselves into human bird perches by holding out a handful of birdseed, the practice is sadly illegal. According to Europe Up Close, those who violate the rule can be fined up to $700.

4) Getting comfy in Buenos Aires

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The Argentine government doesn't want you to get too comfy. Featherbeds were officially made illegal because lawmakers believed "such an indulgence induces and encourages lascivious feelings," according to the Argentina Independent. Apparently all other beds are safe.

5) Lighting up in Bhutan

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If you're a smoker, don't plan on buying cigarettes in Bhutan -- or bringing them in either. The small Himalayan country is notoriously harsh when it come to the nation's smoking ban. There is a 100% tax on tobacco products at customs and smoking in public will cost you a hefty fine. Selling tobacco products is grounds for imprisonment.

6) Running out of gas in Germany

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The autobahn highway famously has large stretches with no posted speed limit, allowing drivers to go as fast as their hearts desire. But don't use all your gas up and get caught with an empty tank. While it's not technically illegal to run out of fuel, it is unlawful to stop for any reason other than an emergency. Running out of gas is not considered an emergency.

7) Wearing heels in Greece

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If you show up to an ancient Greek site in high heels, you'll have to tour barefoot. In order to preserve the sites, the government has banned shoes that could injure the monuments.

8) Eating during Ramadan in Dubai

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It's a given that you should respect the local customs while traveling abroad. But if you plan on being in the United Arab Emirates during the period of Ramadan, you should plan on observing the holiday, which forbids eating during the day. Travelers who do not honor the tradition and choose to eat, drink or smoke in public will be issued a warning, and if the offense is repeated they could land themselves in jail.

9) Frowning in Milan

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There's not much to be sad about in Milan -- there's prime shopping and plenty of pizza. However, should you feel down while touring the city, be warned, you should keep a smile on your face. It is a legal requirement in Milan to smile at all times, with funerals and hospital visits being the exception. 

10) Going commando in Thailand

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Thailand has a bunch of eyebrow-raising rules, but perhaps the strangest is the one that prohibits leaving the house without underwear on, so make sure you pack enough undies to last your whole trip. It's unclear how they enforce this, but we don't recommend finding out. 

 

Comments (32)

Ochan said

at 8:22 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the Getting comfy one is stupid one because is your house and u can do anything you want.

Leonardo said

at 8:23 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strange law is Chewing Gum in Singapore because chewing gum is not like chewing drugs that if someone caught you, can be arrested or pay money.

Meh said

at 8:34 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is Frowning in Milan because some people don't have a good mood to smile or can't smile everytime.

lumeh said

at 8:34 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is Wearing heels in Greece because if you don't know how to wear you might fall.

Odonga said

at 8:40 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest laws is smoking in the Bhutan.Because if you smoke there maybe you will be arrested by the police.

Eduardo said

at 8:42 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strange law is Chewing bubble gum in Singapore because you can chew your gum wherever you want.

Lucia said

at 8:54 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think strange law is frowning in Milan, because you have to smile all the time even if people are mad or sad.

Ulises said

at 8:58 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the getting law is stupid because you can do anything want your family is and your hose.

Jackie said

at 9:45 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is chewing gum in Singapore because other people really like to chew gum when they are walking and it's not everyone
that is dirty.

mauricio said

at 9:52 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think that #2 law is stupid because everyone has the rights to be in a cemetery

Serious said

at 9:58 am on Jun 18, 2014

i think Dying in Sarpourenx is the strangest law because if you die unexpectedly its not fair that you need to plan your death, like if a newborn dies, they get punished for not planning his funeral, that's dumb.

MehMoh said

at 10:02 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is chewing gum because while a person travel he/she might need gum to chew to make them teeth clean or make their mouth smell good. In case they don't have time to brush their teeth.

Sue said

at 10:03 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is that Dying in Sarpourenx because u need to buried a better place.

Arik Andersen said

at 10:06 am on Jun 18, 2014

Why?

Angie said

at 10:03 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think people would know if they werent wearing underware. this is just a stupid law.

Edmer said

at 10:04 am on Jun 18, 2014

i think the strangest is law #10 and 2

Paw said

at 10:06 am on Jun 18, 2014

i think the funny law is number 9 and 10 it funny you can't frown only smile what if your boyfriend broke up with you in the middle of the street you will have heart broken but still pretend to be smile it's funny law ever and stupic

Arik Andersen said

at 10:09 am on Jun 18, 2014

Paw Lee, just keep smiling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angie said

at 10:06 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is the one that you have to wear underwear. i cant think of someone that dosent wear underwear..

Serious said

at 10:08 am on Jun 18, 2014

i think the strangest law is fobiden to die because what if a new born baby die from brith they are not going to have a place to be buried in because you did not buy a plot.

mary said

at 10:10 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangers thing is that you have to keep small on your face even went your mom is dead and your just sitting there smiling

Rosa said

at 10:12 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is dying in Sarpourenx because what if a baby was born dead were would the family buried the baby or a family really poor and didn't have money to buy a plot.that crazy law...:/

Abang said

at 10:21 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is not frowning in Milan, its nice to know that they care about people and not wanting everybody to be sad. but not everybody in the world is going to be happy everyday of their life plus we all have different emotions that need to be expressed and having a law that tells you when u can smile and not frown its a stupid law that needs to be changed. God gave us all this feeling so that they can be expressed weather its happy or sad they need to be expressed. we all don't have a Disney life were everything is sweet, flowery, and happy . frowning is a part of life and we have it for a reason. their should be no law for your face expression.

miguelf said

at 11:33 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is hewing gum in Singapore it would be provide to used the gun

Siloi said

at 11:34 am on Jun 18, 2014

#2 I think it's stupid that you can not when you're already in terrarium also died for you do not know where you're going to die and say that you are forbidden to die in the parish !!!!!!!!!

Eliver said

at 11:43 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the weirdest law is not chewing gum in singapore

plehreh said

at 11:49 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the strangest law is Eating during Ramadan in Dubai is crazy because people are hungry all time.

Jesus said

at 11:49 am on Jun 18, 2014

i think the strangest law is the Argentine because the government doesn't want you to get too comfy.

Carlota said

at 11:51 am on Jun 18, 2014

i think is 2# Dying in Sarpourenx it'i is stupid if you do not pay that will not die..!!

Brenda said

at 11:51 am on Jun 18, 2014

i think the number 10 is a stupid law because no one wanna check if you have underwear.

Gilberto said

at 11:59 am on Jun 18, 2014

I think the law is the more strange because both the Governor of Argentina makes laws that people liked

Serious said

at 12:07 pm on Jun 18, 2014

I think you have to keep small evertime with your Family and friend.

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