As good people we automatically follow most laws as they are there to keep us and others safe whether we are aware of it or not. We consider our duty to obey the rules and for the most part we avoid breaking the ones that would get us in serious trouble.

But the book of law is very long and every country or state or even region can have different things written in it so we may break the law only because we didn’t read about it. But ignorance doesn’t exempt us from responsibility so let’s find out some.

Reddit user EvilPilotFish asked people “What is surprisingly illegal?” after finding out that credit card fees are illegal in many states but gas stations still do that and others shared what’s a funny or weird law they know about in the place they live in.

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#1

You're Not Allowed To Own Just One Guinea Pig Or Parrot Because It Is Considered Abuse As They Get Lonely

You're Not Allowed To Own Just One Guinea Pig Or Parrot Because It Is Considered Abuse As They Get Lonely It is forbidden to own a single Guinea pig in Switzerland. You must have two.

math-yoo , David Report

String cheese muppet
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s such an adorable law. But imagine politicians sitting around a table and discussing this.

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#2

Among Other Countries, In Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden And Austria It Is Thought That It Is Human Nature To Want To Escape So Prison Break Is Legal

Among Other Countries, In Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden And Austria It Is Thought That It Is Human Nature To Want To Escape So Prison Break Is Legal In Germany it's legal to break out of prison - but not in your prison uniform, because that would be stealing.

Limp-Sundae5177 , Molly Haggerty Report

Gremlan jonnson
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All this means is that you don't get time added on your original sentence if youescape, you will still be put back in prison when caught

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#3

Unauthorized Reincarnations Are Illegal In China

Unauthorized Reincarnations Are Illegal In China In China, it's illegal to reincarnate without the government's permission.

JalenNico , Julie Markee Report

#4

It’s Illegal To Hunt Whales In The Us Including Landlocked States Like Nebraska

It’s Illegal To Hunt Whales In The Us Including Landlocked States Like Nebraska In the landlocked state of Nebraska, it is illegal to go whaling.

SonOfSkinDealer , David Stanley Report

#5

It’s Illegal To Keep Donkeys In A Bathtub In Georgia, USA, It’s Illegal To Have A Sleeping Donkey In A Bathtub In Arizona And In Oklahoma They Can’t Sleep In A Bathtub After 7pm

It’s Illegal To Keep Donkeys In A Bathtub In Georgia, USA, It’s Illegal To Have A Sleeping Donkey In A Bathtub In Arizona And In Oklahoma They Can’t Sleep In A Bathtub After 7pm You can't put a donkey Ina bathtub in my state

obi-juan-kenobi_66 , Tim Green Report

$cagsy
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry officer, I was just washing my a$$.

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#6

Pennsylvania Has A Few Surprising Laws Such As Not Being Allowed To Sing In A Bathtub

Pennsylvania Has A Few Surprising Laws Such As Not Being Allowed To Sing In A Bathtub here’s some odd laws from my state of Pennsylvania:

• in Ridley Park, You are not allowed to walk backwards while eating peanuts in front of Barnstormers Auditorium while a performance is taking place

• It’s illegal to sing while in a bathtub

• If you live in Morrisville and you’re a woman, you’ve got to have a permit to wear makeup

• It’s illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outside

• if you have a d**k and you’re in Allentown, don’t even think about getting aroused in public. tell your little buddy to stay down until y’all get home

• Fortune Telling is illegal

• If you’ve been in a duel, I hope you don’t have plans to run for Governor, because you won’t be able to.

• Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish

here’s a fun one..

• Ex-felons aren’t allowed to operate a Bingo game

insomniacakess , Jennifer C. Report

#7

In Trinidad And Tobago You Can Be Fined For Any Insulting, Annoying Ott Violent Language, Including Cursing

In Trinidad And Tobago You Can Be Fined For Any Insulting, Annoying Ott Violent Language, Including Cursing In the most southern island of the Caribbean, Trinidad, and Tobago, it's illegal to curse publicly

15Blins , Didier BIGAND Report

The Doom Song
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, you guys would make so much money out of us Australians!!! We can barely string a sentence together without dropping the f bomb or the c bomb

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#8

You Can Get A Fine Up To $5k For Having More Than 50kg (110 Pounds) Of Potatoes In Your Possession In West Australia

You Can Get A Fine Up To $5k For Having More Than 50kg (110 Pounds) Of Potatoes In Your Possession In West Australia If in Western Australia, possessing more than 50kg of potatoes.

Yep, you read that correctly. Potatoes.

Eldaas , Renoir Gaither Report

#9

In Italy At Least One Bathroom Must Have A Sink, A Bathtub Or A Shower A Toilet And A Bidet

In Italy At Least One Bathroom Must Have A Sink, A Bathtub Or A Shower A Toilet And A Bidet In my country, not having at least one bidet installed per home.

EDIT since many keep asking: the country is Italy.

maseioavessiprevisto , Phil Kates Report

#10

Since 2021 New York Businesses Are Banned From Selling Whipped Cream Chargers To People Under 21

Since 2021 New York Businesses Are Banned From Selling Whipped Cream Chargers To People Under 21 It’s now illegal to buy canned whipped cream under 21 years of age here in my state.

18- fight for your country and possibly die? Yes!
Under 21- want whipped cream on your ice cream, pie? Oh well bye rocko.

Intelligent-Jelly419 , dogs & music Report

CalicoKitty
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's to stop you huffing the aerosol. Not that it makes the age comparison any better...

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#11

Salma Al-Shehab Was Sentenced To 34 Years In Jail For Political Tweets And Following Activists And Disidents

Salma Al-Shehab Was Sentenced To 34 Years In Jail For Political Tweets And Following Activists And Disidents Umm…a woman in Saudi Arabia just got sentenced to 34 years prison because of a mild tweet statement about current political situation in her country. So, political opinion is hugely illegal there.

anon , World's Direction Report

$cagsy
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why does it appear that the world doesn't care about the plight of women in Arab nations? Ukraine gets invaded by Russia and the world (rightly) sends weapons and aid. A woman leaves the house in Saudi and her hijab isn't on straight, 10 years in prison. It's absolutely scandalous the way the world just keeps on looking the other way. This must stop. There is no place for it in a civilised world.

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#12

Most Cities In The Us Have Their Own Laws Criminalizing Being Homeless

Most Cities In The Us Have Their Own Laws Criminalizing Being Homeless Being homeless.

C1ashRkr , James Abbott Report

Federico Guerrero-Isaza
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"How should we fix homelessness?" "hmmm... I know! make it illegal!" "But sir-" "Make. It. Illegal."

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#13

In Canada It Is Illegal To “Do An Act With Intent To Alarm Her Majesty Or To Break The Public Peace”

In Canada It Is Illegal To “Do An Act With Intent To Alarm Her Majesty Or To Break The Public Peace” Alarming the Queen.

Section 49 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Sentence of up to 14 years in prison.

ScamboOfDoom , Governor-General of New Zealand Report

CalicoKitty
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pity the person who sets her clock to go off in the morning /j

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#14

It’s Illegal In Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine And Massachusetts To Charge Credit Card Fees

It’s Illegal In Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine And Massachusetts To Charge Credit Card Fees I ask this because I read today that credit card fees are illegal in many states, including mine, but that doesn’t stop many gas stations around me.

EvilPilotFish , 401(K) 2012 Report

Toby
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not usually illegal, but they do breach the merchant's contract with the credit card company which says they're not allowed to differentiate between payment methods.

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#15

1313 Statute Forbidding Bearing Of Armour Says "Every Man Shall Come Without All Force And Armour"

1313 Statute Forbidding Bearing Of Armour Says "Every Man Shall Come Without All Force And Armour" Entering the English parliament with a suit of armor for some reason

__-d-__ , UK Parliament Report

Vix Spiderthrust
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same reason the front benches are more than two sword lengths apart.

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#16

In Colorado, Utah, And Washington, D.C., Fishing From Horseback Is Illegal

In Colorado, Utah, And Washington, D.C., Fishing From Horseback Is Illegal In several states, it's illegal to fish from horseback

Just google stupid fishing laws....there are lots of them.

SnootchieBootichies , k.steudel Report

Jyri Hakola
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's nice to hear about strange laws. BUT because most likely there are always some curious story behind most of these laws, it would be way more merrier to hear those stories...

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#17

In Riverbank, California, It Is Illegal To Spit On Any Place Open To The Public

In Riverbank, California, It Is Illegal To Spit On Any Place Open To The Public In my small home town spitting on the ground. (Was originally used when men chewed tobacco and the spit would stain the sidewalks), not enforced anymore.

squirebythefire , Hitchster Report

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#18

It’s Illegal To Sell Lemonade Without Applying For A Permit Or License In Most States In The Us

It’s Illegal To Sell Lemonade Without Applying For A Permit Or License In Most States In The Us Children selling lemonade without a license.

SuvenPan , David Russo Report

BluEyedSeoulite
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This blew up several years ago when a sweet girl was trying to sell water on the sidewalk. A Karen made a big deal about it. The girl was selling water to earn money for a trip to Disney world. She got her trip!

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#19

Utah Bans Homeowners From Collecting And Using Rainwater That Falls On Their Property

Utah Bans Homeowners From Collecting And Using Rainwater That Falls On Their Property You can’t legally collect rainwater in some states, even though it falls on your private property

bellagoat , Jan Tik Report

BluEyedSeoulite
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had to look it up. According to a Washington Post article "In the West, water belongs to someone The principle at stake is called prior appropriation, which is legalese for “first come, first served.” This doctrine forms the bedrock of water law in the Western states, where long ago settlers raced to gobble up all the water rights. Prior appropriation helps explain why water-intensive agriculture is still a major industry in a place as arid as the West: Many of the early claimants were farmers seeking to irrigate their crops. Story continues below advertisement These days, with drought parching the region, there’s hardly enough water to go around. According to the law, the people who get first dibs are the ones who called it first, which tend to be the agricultural users and not the city dwellers. In Colorado, other people’s water rights even extend to the raindrops that fall onto your roof. Why? Because those raindrops might tumble into the gutter; they might seep into the ground; might, in some other eventual, serpentine fashion, find their way to a river where somebody’s great-great-grandfather once established a claim. Legal experts have long criticized the Wild West principle of prior appropriation. They say that the tradition of dibsies is incongruent with the way that people demand water in the 21st century"

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#20

Some States Prohibits Car Manufacturers To Sell Cars Directly To Consumers

Some States Prohibits Car Manufacturers To Sell Cars Directly To Consumers Selling cars directly to consumers. The government, working for the people as always, made it illegal to not use a car dealership.

scottevil110 , Manoj Prasad Report

#21

A Collection Of Weird Laws Thenecromancress Found When They Were Interested In The Topic

A Collection Of Weird Laws Thenecromancress Found When They Were Interested In The Topic A few of my favorites from when I used to look this s**t up years ago:

* In Boise, Idaho you may not fish from a camel or giraffe's back
* Hunting camels is illegal in Arizona
* Also in Logan, Utah, if a married woman commits a crime in her husband's presence, he is legally responsible.
* Once again in Utah, it is illegal to cause a catastrophe.

TheNecromancress , Neptunecloud Report

Keller Worthen
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in Utah, and oh boy have I broken that last one

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#22

In Most Parts Of Australia You Can’t Use The Phone To Pay For Services In Drive-Thrus Unless You Apply The Handbrake And Switch Off The Engine

In Most Parts Of Australia You Can’t Use The Phone To Pay For Services In Drive-Thrus Unless You Apply The Handbrake And Switch Off The Engine In Australia (edit: except for New South Wales), it is illegal to use your mobile phone to pay at a drive-thru of a fast-food venue (KFC, McDonalds, Red Rooster, etc.); unless you apply the handbrake and switch the engine off BEFORE you touch your phone. If caught, the penalties are fines worth hundreds of dolars, plus a few demerit points on your licence; which the amount of both varies from state to state.

A lot of Aussie drivers only found out about this in 2019, after Victoria Police responded to a Facebook poll that they had put up asking the following question “When using a fast-food outlet’s drive-thru service, can I use my phone to pay?” in which out of the 51,000 people that voted, 65% said "Yes".

CodyTheHouso , Mike Mozart Report

James016
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I suppose it comes under the not using the phone while driving law

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