You Won’t Believe These 20 Crazy International Laws

Have you ever been carrying out your day as normal, minding your own business when suddenly, out of nowhere, a stranger says that you must immediately stop what you’re doing? Getting told off for doing something entirely innocuous might be a mere irritation in your day — but have you ever stopped to think that, sometimes, you might actually be in the wrong?

All around the world there are obscure laws which, miraculously, still exist today. Whilst they are rarely enforced, many have actually not yet been taken off the books and still stand. Be careful where you tread, my friend, for the laws ahead might be a little muddy.

It’s Illegal To Handle A Salmon – UK

Under the Salmon Act of 1986 (yes, it really does exist), it was declared to be illegal to handle a salmon under suspicious circumstances. What constitutes as suspicious, though? Apparently, if a person has been involved in a relevant offence in relation to salmon, their handling of the fish can earn them a prison sentence. Fishy behavior will really cost you.

It’s Illegal To Kill Or Eat A Swan – UK

Across Britain, swans are admired as majestic birds, spanning the skies like angels from heaven, swooping into rivers and reservoirs with elegance and grace. It’s no wonder, then, that The Queen proclaimed all unmarked swans around the Thames area her personal property and if anyone should kill or eat the birds, they face some serious consequences.


It’s Illegal To Be Drunk In A Pub – Ireland

Are you planning a trip to the Emerald Island any time soon? Do you have plans to visit Dublin’s Guinness Factory, or spend your evenings listening to local music in a quaint pub? It’s all well and good, as long as you don’t get drunk doing it. In an obscure part of the 1872 Licensing Act, it is said to be illegal to to be drunk in any public place. Abusing the law is no laughing matter, either; police are licensed to give on the spot fines for anyone seen abusing this law and if you don’t pay up, you could face going to court. Now that would be the worst hangover ever.

In Wisconsin, It Is Illegal To Serve Butter Substitutes in State Prisons – US

In Wisconsin, if it’s not real butter, it’s not worth talking about. In a particularly obscure state law, it was declared to be illegal to serve prisoners anything other than genuine butter whilst they served in state prisons. If you’re found breaking this law, charges run from $100 fines, to $1,000 fines to, ironically, prison sentences. Here’s hoping they like butter.

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