10 Weird UK Laws

>> Dec 11, 2009

Doing a little reading yesterday on the legalities of anal sex after a few comments on this post, I stumbled across these weird and wonderful laws supposedly still on the books in the UK.

* A bed may not be hung out of a window

* Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks (enacted by Edward VI).

* Since 1313, MPs are not allowed to don armour in Parliament.

* London Hackney Carriages (taxis/cabs) must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats. The vehicle must also be tethered at a taxi rank, and the council have to supply a water trough at said ranks.

* It is illegal for two adult men to have sex in the same house as a third person.

* It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.

* In Scotland it is illegal to be a drunk in possession of a cow.

* In Chester you can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls after midnight.

* In Hereford you may not shoot a Welsh person on Sunday with a longbow in the Cathedral Close.

* In York, excluding Sundays, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow.

Oh, and in case you were wondering it is perfectly legal for consenting adults to have anal sex in all countries except parts of Africa, parts of Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean Islands, where sodomy remains a serious crime.

As recently as 2003 it was still illegal in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

Homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, parts of Nigeria and Somalia. And punishable by life in prison in Barbados, Bangladesh, Guyana, Maldives, Myanmar/Burma, Pakistan, Qatar. Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

And in Indonesia the penalty for masturbation is decapitation!


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