Although I’ve taken them from many different sources (both various books and internet sites), I cannot testify to their accuracy or whether they are merely one of those urban myths we hear about. However, as this is just a bit of fun I’m assuming the TRUE answers are correct or at least applied at some time in the past, even if they have since been repealed. The FALSE ones were made up by me or are common misconceptions and might (or might not) contain an explanation. Run your cursor over the quote box (holding down the left click) to reveal the answer.
Have a go and post how many you got right, and please let me know if you want more.
1: For the debaters on the ‘Capital Punishment Thread’, according to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offence, punishable by hanging.
2: It is legal to kill a Scotsman in York if he is carrying a bow and arrow.
3: In England, it is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.
4: In England, the police must obtain a search warrant before entering your house or car.
5: In England, a pregnant woman may relieve herself anywhere she likes, including (if she requests) in a policeman’s helmet.
6: In Denmark, attempting to escape from prison is illegal.
FALSE (it’s not illegal, but if caught you must serve out the remainder of the term)
7: In the Netherlands, it is illegal to impersonate a blind person after dark.
8: In Britain, sticking a postage stamp (showing the Queens head) on an envelope upside down is considered treason.
9: It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (England)
10: It is illegal to mispronounce Arkansas while in the State of Arkansas
11: Prostitution is illegal in Sweden
FALSE (prostitution is legal, but using the services of a prostitute is illegal)
12: In Florida, a woman can be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer as can the salon owner.
13: Still in Florida; if an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee still has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
14: Absinthe is classed as an illegal substance in Switzerland.
FALSE (It is illegal to produce, store, sell, and trade absinthe, but ok to consume it)
15: In Australia, it is illegal to force a kangaroo to drink bottles of beer.
FALSE (it only becomes illegal if it’s more than six bottles)
16: It is illegal for any commoner’s pet to have carnal knowledge of an animal belonging to the monarch.
17: The tail of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the head of the Queen’s.
FALSE (it’s the other way around)
18: In Queensland, Australia it is against the law to ask someone if their father was a criminal.
19: London Hackney Carriages (taxis/cabs) must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats.
20: In Switzerland, you are not allowed to wash your car on a Saturday.
FALSE (you’re not allowed to do it on Sunday)