Every now and then, we’ve come across some weird rules that make us go, “What the hell!” or some that are so ridiculous they make us laugh out loud. Here are some of the most bizarre rules from around the world. Best to keep your thoughts to yourself and remember the rules if you’re visiting any of these countries
It’s illegal to eat a person in Idaho
So eating someone in Idaho is illegal? Whaaaaat…you mean, not even a tiny piece of them for dessert? Just kidding. Unless you want to spend fourteen years in jail, you better not eat a person. Seriously, when is it ever legal to eat someone anywhere in this universe, let alone Idaho? Someone probably has some explaining to do in Idaho. I’m suspecting Dr Lectar aka Hannibal the Cannibal from The Silence of the Lambs. Who else on earth would it be?
It’s illegal to wear a fake moustache in an Alabama church
Fake moustaches are alright for Halloween or a costume party, but not at church in Alabama. The point is not to make people laugh and therefore disrupt the service. Makes complete sense, because I’m someone who keeps laughing for two hours straight long after the joke is over.
It’s illegal to kill Bigfoot in British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia passed a law stating that it was illegal to kill Bigfoot, after the first sightings in the 1800s. You could be fined up to 250,000 USD if you do not have a proper hunting license. Pretty kind of the law to protect our old legendary pal Bigfoot, but imagine being confronted by a huge Orang-utan like creature, twice our size and sticking around to take him down. No, thank you. Legal or illegal, I’m running for my life. Sorry, Bigfoot, but I can’t stay for tea.
It’s illegal to die without a pre-purchased burial plot in part of France
In a town called Sarpourenx in France, you cannot die unless you have a burial plot purchased in the local cemetery. This law was passed because the local cemetery is full. The mayor, while passing this law in 2008, said that offenders will be punished. So, how does that work? Is the dead person put in prison in their after life?
It’s illegal to fly a kite in Victoria, Australia
It’s against the law to fly a kite in public in Victoria because it might annoy or bother another person. You can’t even play a game in public, owing to the same reason. So, what are kids supposed to do outside? Sit with their phones?
It’s illegal to take selfies with Buddha in Sri Lanka
More than half the country believes Buddha to be a prophet and an avatar of the god, Vishnu. When you take a selfie or a photograph in front of a Buddha statue, you’re turning your back on him, which is highly disrespectful! This could be punished with imprisonment. Other things to be remembered include no pointing fingers at the Buddha. You can’t be seen with any tattoos of Buddha on your body, or you’ll be jailed. So cover yourself up and respect the “No photographs” rule.
You can’t wear a Winnie the Pooh T-Shirt in Poland
Poland had banned Winnie the Pooh because this honey loving, cute bear does not wear pants. So if you have any clothes with pictures of Winnie, you might as well leave them behind while visiting Poland. Sorry, Pooh!
It’s illegal to wear high heels to the Acropolis, Greece
Greece wanted to protect its historic ruins which are 2,500 years old, from the damage caused by the sharp shoes. So the country banned high heels at the Acropolis in 2009. But who would want to walk around such ruins in heels in the first place?
It’s illegal to feed pigeons in Venice
Doesn’t sound so bad because there’s a good reason behind this rule. Visitors would feed the pigeons in Saint Mark's Square and Venice to get some social media worthy photos. The pigeons would leave behind such a mess that it costs the €275 per year for each citizen to clean eat it up. So, feeding the pigeons was banned in 2008 and if you’re caught doing that, you’ll have to pay a hefty fine.