Did you ever stop and think that laws are made for people to follow, but most of us haven't actually read them? What is more, there is a whole profession dedicated to explaining laws and in order to become a lawyer, a judge, or a specialist in that field, you have to study it for several years. So it's no wonder that there are laws in our home country law systems that would surprise us.

Maybe Reddit user Krallorddark had a similar thought, because they asked, "What is illegal but most people don't even know it?" In less than 24 hours, the thread got over 50k upvotes and over 20k comments. People shared some really weird laws and some laws that actually make sense, but somehow people don't know about them.

What would you answer to Krallorddark's question? Leave it in the comments and don't forget to upvote the laws shared by people that surprised you the most!

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#1

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know In Nevada there's an old law still on the books where a property owner may hang an individual who shoots a dog on their property.

Also you can't take your camel out on state highways.

rowrin , Ronoli Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

YOU CANT TAKE YOUR CAMEL OUT ON STATE HIGHWAYS?! I bet that gives a lot of people the hump!

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#2

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Tickling someone without their consent is a form of assault. But yeah

tundrabuddies , Erik Przekop Report

Requiem
Community Member
1 month ago

You shouldnt be doing it to strangers, Id hit someone for doing that to me

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#3

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Yesterday I learned that riding a bike while drunk is just as illegal as drunk driving, just not regularly enforced

berna102 , Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious Report

sturmwesen
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1 month ago

And you can lose your driving license.

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#4

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know In my country suicide is considered a felony.

Its to allow first responders more ways to act. Like so a policeofficer can kick down a door or hospitals can force a short period of observation on a sucidal person, never any jailtime involved.

justalittleprickly , 28704869 Report

Emma Byrne
Community Member
1 month ago

If you consider involuntary section "not jail time" you are wrong. In the UK, at least, you are held in a police cell for up to 72 hours depending on the availability of a psychiatrist.

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#5

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Under a 1940s anti-poaching law, not only is possessing or selling a bald eagle illegal ... possessing any part of a bald eagle, including their feathers, is illegal.

Find a bald eagle feather while hiking? Technically, picking that thing up and sticking it in your pocket means a $250,000 fine.

Edit: As has been pointed out to me repeatedly, if you belong to a native American tribe that is enrolled in a federal program that exempts you from the above.

badass_panda , USFWS Midwest Region Report

Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

But there is aviaries where bald eagles are kept.

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#6

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know In Alaska it's illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they deer hunt.

FestusPowerLoL , U.S. Geological Survey Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

This law is an ass! How does anyone know if someone is whispering in some ones ear? And if so, what is wrong with that?

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#7

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Washing oil paint down the sink. It can contaminate drinking water.

graypumpkins , Lia Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

As a painting and decorating tutor this is true. It has to be properly exposed of by taking it to the recycling center or passing it on as donations. This is also the same with white spirits/terps. If you are disposing spirits/terps always put it in a tightly sealed container and write the contents on the out side of it.

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#8

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Scottish here, it's a legal requirement to let a stranger use your toilet if he or she asks.

So if some random drunk comes to your door at stupid o'clock in the morning choking for a s***e, you better be letting them in

spudllet , Nate Vack Report

TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago

This sounds about right for Scotland 😂

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#9

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know One of my friends studied abroad in the UK (from the US) and didn't realize pepper spray is illegal there until a British student told her. Most female students at our university in the US carry it everywhere so it didn't even occur to her it would be illegal. No clue how she got through the airport with it in the first place but luckily she was able to dispose of it without getting in trouble

Basic_Leek_9086 , Tony Webster Report

sturmwesen
Community Member
1 month ago

I have been told to declare it is an animal repellent and not for muggers/rapists and you are fine. (Germany)

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#10

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Walking down the street with an ice cream cone in your back pocket in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Apparently, there was a law that if a horse was on your property, you could claim it as your own. In comes the ice cream cone as a lure for the horse as you lead them to your property.....

twoshoesframpton , Aasim Ahmed Report

-Loki's_favorite_kid-
Community Member
1 month ago

I heard about this one!

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#11

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Also, no joke, it is illegal to kill to Bigfoot, if spotted, in America

wuau_zhang , Bob Doran Report

Henry Kuchner
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow. I’m gonna find Bigfoot. Not kill it, but not give it to the authorities. Is that illegal?

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#12

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Insulting the king of Thailand

that_one_guy714 , The Public Relations Department Report

nunya bussiness
Community Member
1 month ago

in thailand, i presume?

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#13

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know In a few states in the US there are laws on the books barring atheists from holding public office.

Granted these fit into the "exist but don't really get enforced" category, but they exist nonetheless.

TehAsianator , Gloria Manna Report

Emma Byrne
Community Member
1 month ago

What happened to separation of church and state?

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#14

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Just because you have your turn signals on dosen't mean that the you have the right to merge. If the lane isn't clear you are the one breaking the law.

goju8019 , dennis crowley Report

Karen Langley
Community Member
1 month ago

And if you close up and don't let people merge, you may be legally right but you're an asshole.

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#15

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Driving consistently slower than the speed limit, without legitimate reason to do so (like road conditions or a vehicle problem). In fact, in some states, it is more points on your license than speeding.

dodexahedron , zolakoma Report

Requiem
Community Member
1 month ago

If you cant drive normal than you have to stay home or take the bus

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#16

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Stepping into a public fountain. Yes, Joey, Chandler, Ross, Pheobe, Rachel and Monica, I’m talking to you. Guess I’ll be there for you … in jail.

eve_naive , NH53 Report

Kiki
Community Member
1 month ago

lol

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#17

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know In Florida its illegal to tie an alligator to a parking meter unless you pay for parking

Edit- Apparently it was passed for elephants because of discrimination against circus workers according to u/Carrotcake1988 and u/DaveTheNotecard

JrBeelzebub , Storyful Rights Management Report

Chillace
Community Member
1 month ago

well this is florida so...

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#18

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know In the US giving any federal employee, especially postal workers, any gift in an amount over $20 each and no greater than $50 in a year. I believe the government wanted to try to ban any gifts, but people were so attached to their postal workers and wanted to give them something so they did relent, with those strict guidelines above.

llcucf80 , George Redgrave Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

YOU GO POSTAL WORKERS. Thumbs up!

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#19

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know License plate covers. I saw one yesterday that was tinted and you literally couldn’t read the plate even in broad daylight. But even clear ones are illegal (in Ohio anyway)

spider-borg , abc7 News Report

nunya bussiness
Community Member
1 month ago

i'm not suprised by this one

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#20

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know It’s illegal to die in the House of Parliament

_____wanker_____ , Michael D Beckwith Report

leia's emotional cupcake
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay! Then i guess I will die later...

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#21

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know The Salmon Act 1986 is an act of Parliament which outlines the difference between legal and illegal salmon fishery, among other things. The Act also makes it illegal to "handle salmon in suspicious circumstances"

Kusteron3 , Peber the Swede Report

Emma Byrne
Community Member
1 month ago

My Dad was a poacher (we grew up really poor) rabbit and pheasant were treats when I was growing up. He never went after salmon, trout yes, salmon no.

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#22

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Carrying a permanent marker or other permanent-staining stationary is illegal in many countries under graffiti laws.

DoAFlip22 , Ben Chun Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW! Understandable though but would spray paints apply to the same law?

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#23

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Apparently hunting whales with a harpoon from your airplane in arkansas (this is legit)

AKSchmitler , Navin75 Report

Jessica Nametz
Community Member
1 month ago

Why does a land-locked state have a law about hunting whales??

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#24

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know The failure to spend 2 hours a week practicing with a longbow.

This law was setup in the middle ages and it required ever male over the age of 14 to practice with a longbow every week.

The laws still in place but has been massively overlooked and forgotten.

WildWolfman378 , Hans Splinter Report

TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago

Enforce the law I say 😂

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#25

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Profiting from the photographs of Eiffel Tower taken at night.

your-playboy , Pedro Szekely Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

NO WAY! Is it some kind of copy writing or something? How are they going to know if it is taken at night, printed on canvas and sold in other countries?

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#26

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know In my home state of Tennessee, it's illegal to use a lasso to catch fish.

TwiceInEveryMoment , M&R Glasgow Report

Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Awwww, now I have no plans for the weekend!

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#27

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Happy hours are illegal in Massachusetts

personofinterest18 , Steven Miller Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

killjoys! Thats not a happy thing to do

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#28

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know You can give a friend or family member a lift for free, but if they have paid you, even fuel costs, then you are now an unlicensed taxi.

reditm8 , Alper Çuğun Report

Channon Doughty
Community Member
1 month ago

Ridiculous!

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#29

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Importing Kinder Surprise eggs to the US from your trip abroad. You won't go to jail, but if you are unlucky and the customs agent is not very lenient you can face a fine for every egg you tried to smuggle in.

According to some sources the fine per egg could go up to $2500, but I couldn't find a case where someone was actually fined that much. The most I could find in my 5 minute research was a Canadian woman who got fined $300 (Canadian) for trying to bring in one egg. I guess in most cases the customs agents will just confiscate the eggs and give you a warning.

TheBassMeister , Derek Key Report

Requiem
Community Member
1 month ago

Americans cant handle NOT eating the yellow capsule inside the chocolate.

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#30

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know having stuff hanging from your rear view mirror.

shuttermayfire , Tony Alter Report

Jessica Nametz
Community Member
1 month ago

This one I actually knew. It's a distraction and obstructs the field of view...

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#31

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know There is a long list of over the counter medication you can legally purchase, but cannot take it into another country.

cisco54 , Free photo on UkrMedia Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

In supermarkets you are limited to 3 boxes of painkillers per person per transaction in the UK. There is nothing stopping you buying 20 boxes but in separate transactions.

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#32

In my state (CT) it's illegal to sell pickles that don't bounce.

MattyRixz Report

Henry Kuchner
Community Member
1 month ago

I don’t want your rubber pickles, my friend

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#33

Changing your own light bulbs; in Australia, the law says you must hire a licensed electrician to do it.

AussieSkittles81 Report

TheReader19
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1 month ago

This is the most broken law ever

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#34

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know You have to know how to play an accordion in North Korea to be able to teach.

Deadshot37 , Michael Neel Report

sturmwesen
Community Member
1 month ago

to teach...anything?

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#35

Chico, CA, it's a $500 fine to make or have a nuclear weapon within city limits

"No person shall produce, test, maintain, or store within the city a nuclear weapon, component of a nuclear weapon, nuclear weapon delivery system, or component of a nuclear weapon delivery system under penalty of Chapter 9.60.030 of the Chico Municipal Code."

breals Report

Octavia Hansen
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1 month ago

Hard Rock Cafe has the same policy . . .

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#36

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Lemonade stands

personofinterest18 , amy gizienski Report

Requiem
Community Member
1 month ago

You cant sell food to other people with out safe food handling, need a permit. Typhoid Mary caused a lot of death and damage from being immune to what she had and was a carrier not washing her hands.

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#37

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know In Texas, there is still a law on the books that it is a crime to carry bolt cutters around. It is a leftover from the days of cattle rustlers, when the bad guys would use bolt cutters to take down barbed wire fencing. Pretty sure it hasn't been prosecuted in a hundred years.

ComicLawyer , Lenore Edman Report

Requiem
Community Member
1 month ago

If you see someone riding around with bolt cutters its automatically for theft. You dont need those unless your in a Trade on a job site

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#38

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know You can go to Lowes and buy weed-killer off the shelf and use it on your property. You can use it on your parent's property. If you use it on your neighbor's property and he gives you $20, that's a felony.

Edit: Treating according to label instructions for friends and family without compensation does not qualify as a business activity most places. If you do this and receive compensation, then you're conducting business and under the law you should have a commercial applicator's licence. This is mostly an example of a badly- written law that is too open- ended. I don't know anyone who has got in any real legal trouble over an unlicensed jug of roundup, but they could.

I3uckethead , Mike Mozart Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

I can understand that law when it comes to chemicals.

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#39

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know Having a lobster of a certain size in your possession.

carlesswhifperer , Rex Sorgatz Report

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

or you get pinched!

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#40

Illegal-Things-People-Not-Know California Law stating that it is illegal to wash your neighbor’s car without their permission.

Also, in San Francisco and Long Beach here you cannot store anything other than an automobile in your garage.

Edit: This is no longer a law/ordinance in Long Beach anymore.

The SF one is for commercial structures only, but at one point it definitely was illegal to use your garage as anything other than a parking spot for your car. People could do stuff like rent out their garage, tax free.

OzonePass , SYA Extreme Report

RandomBeing
Community Member
1 month ago

Makes sense that u shouldn't mess with peoples stuff without their permission.

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