Last Updated on August 13, 2018
Every country has its own laws, allowing specific things and banning others. But some of the bans around the world are just very weird and quite hilarious.
When you’re traveling, it’s always a great idea to do some research on the laws and local customs at your destinations. This will keep you out of trouble and help you get the most out of your vacation. However, these 13 weird rules are certainly not easy to follow.
– People are forbidden from going out in public places dressed in pink pants after 12 pm on Sundays.
– In Australia’s second most populated state, people are not allowed to change a light bulb. Only a licensed electrician can do it. Anyone who’d defy this law could be fined.
– It’s illegal to wash carpets in public areas. (If you want to finish cleaning quickly, you should be done by 8 am.)
– It’s illegal to drive cattle from 7 in the morning till 10 in the evening unless you got permission from the police.
– Kissing is illegal at railway stations. “No kissing” signs can be spotted everywhere. The reason behind this ban is that the government worries that long embraces can result in delays.
– When visiting the popular tourist attraction St. Mark’s Square in Venice, you’re not allowed to feed pigeons because they ruin buildings and historical monuments. Moreover, the birds may be carrying numerous dangerous diseases.
– In a town near Venice, Eraclea, it is illegal to build sandcastles on the beaches because it prevents people from walking properly along the shore.
– It is illegal for to kiss in cars in Eboli.
– People are not allowed to wear wooden clogs or other noisy shoes on the island of Capri.
Guess what surprising item is illegal to be imported into Singapore! It’s chewing gum! So, you could be fined if they caught you with a gum. This law was established in 1992. Locals now believe that gum is harmful to both human health and the environment.
If you’re going on a trip to Singapore, you should better leave your watermelon-flavored gum at home and enjoy a breath mint instead. This rule was enforced to keep public areas clean. However, dental or nicotine gum is legal.
In Canada, 1 out of 5 songs broadcasted on the radio from 6 am till 6 pm, from Monday to Friday, must be performed by a Canadian, according to the Canadian Radio and Television Commission. Well, it’s a good move to support the local art.
(Justin Bieber fans must be thrilled!)
About a decade ago, the Japanese government decided to establish an annual waist size rule among citizens aged between 40 and 74. The lawmakers insist that a man’s waistline shouldn’t measure more than 33.5 in, while a woman’s waistline shouldn’t exceed 35.5 in.
In 2015, those who got overweight were fined. The reason behind this law is to fight obesity and its associated diseases.
In the Indian state, Kerala, a fat tax was established a couple of years ago. Restaurants taxed 14.5 percent for donuts, pizza, hamburgers, tacos, and other fatty fast foods.
The country’s Finance Minister claimed that this fat tax is a preventive action due to the radical change in food habits in Kerala and the fact that locals are now consuming plenty of junk food while neglecting traditional dishes.