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Top 10 strangest laws (UK)

Top 10 strangest laws (UK)Nine out of the 10 laws below are genuine UK laws. They’re all quite bizarre, but can you guess which one is made up?

There are many laws in the UK which are out of date, and often they are extremely odd. Many are left over from problems in the past, where laws had to be passed quickly, for example, to prevent the spread of plague.

Others show an unusual moral standpoint that may have been held years ago but is no longer accepted.

All of the laws below were passed at some point in British history. Except one.

  • In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.
  • Perhaps because of the first strange law, cab drivers are legally required to ask each and every passenger if they have small pox or the plague.
  • All English men over 14 are meant to carry out two hours of longbow practice each week, supervised by the local clergy.
  • It is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you don’t want him to know, though you don’t have to tell him anything you don’t mind him knowing.
  • Throughout the whole of England it is illegal to eat mince pies on the 25th of December.
  • Passing wind in front of the reigning monarch can lead to a charge of treason.
  • It is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises (e.g. in the pub).
  • It is illegal to leave baggage unattended, and picking up abandoned baggage is an act of terrorism.
  • In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet.
  • It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

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I think the 3rd law is the incorrect one because boys over 14 nowadays don't practice that sport anymore.

Rute 16-10-10

I think I'm going to die in the Houses of Parliament... just to see how they'll 'punish' me...!

Simone 16-10-10

I think that the fake law would have to be "Throughout the whole of England it is illegal to eat mince pies on the 25th of December."

Tsegab 16-10-10

I think the fake one is: "It is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises (e.g. in the pub)." That's where most people get drunk!

Abdul 18-10-10

how can eating food be illegal??? :/

Amy 5-11-10

The Passing Wind law is my guess. Ridiculous.

mMar 28-11-10

Funnily enough I remember reading something about the mince pie law last Christmas, so ridiculous as it is I don't think that's it. I would say it would have to be the "Passing wind in front of the reigning monarch can lead to a charge of treason." I don't see how passing wind can be seen as any sort of betrayal. Unless they'd specifically asked you not to. :P

Asli Champion 8-12-10

The laws are all stupid. How are they going to arrest a guy if he is acidentally killed whilst he's touring the house of parliament.

Renee 9-3-11

As a UK lawyer, I can attest that the fake one is the one regarding leaving baggage unattended.
You would not believe how many men I have had to defend in court for being suspected of flatulence in front of Her Majesty The Queen. None have I yet saved from the rather archaic manner of beheading still employed in such cases.

InternationalPeoplesFace 19-5-11

My wild guess is eatingmince pies on Xmas

Yuri A. Stoma 12-1-13

i would say the odd law out is cab drivers asking about plague/smallpox because i would assume that to be an invasion of privacy?

oliver northover 17-2-13