20 Goofy Laws From Around The Globe

crazy laws from around the world

As we saunter through the realm of legal jurisdictions, we often encounter rules and regulations that can confound the most enlightened among us. I invite you on a tour of 20 of the world’s most bizarre laws, in all their confounding glory, with the oddities ranging from the quirkiness of daily life to downright eccentricities of regional customs.

1. Wyoming, USA: The art rule

Every building worth over $100,000 must have a piece of art, with 1% of the owner’s income to be spent on artwork.

2. Sarpourenx, France: Please don’t die here

You cannot die within city limits unless you have already purchased a burial plot. This unusual rule tries to address an extremely serious issue of burial space.

Sarpourenx France
The afterlife’s most exclusive hot spot. France64160 via Wikimedia Commons

3. South Asia: A stinky fruit ban

Due to its distinctively potent smell, durian, a beloved fruit in South Asia, is banned from being eaten in enclosed public spaces like buses, trains, and schools.

Kalai via Wikimedia Commons

4. Alaska, USA: Where the hell am I supposed to drink?!

If you’re drunk in Alaska, don’t go to a bar. And if you get drunk at a bar, you’ll need to leave.

Alaska Salty Dawg Saloon
A popular Alaskan bar. Photo by and (c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man), GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons

5. Arkansas, USA: Say it right!

The name of the state must “…be pronounced in three (3) syllables, with the final “s” silent, the “a” in each syllable with the Italian sound, and the accent on the first and last syllables. The pronunciation with the accent on the second syllable with the sound of “a” in “man” and the sounding of the terminal “s” is an innovation to be discouraged.”

Brandonrush via Wikimedia Commons

6. Italy: No sand castles

If you go to the beach in Eraclea (near Venice), please find another way to pass the time.

sand castle

7. Germany: Here’s what you can name your baby

The Standesamt, or “the book of first names”, provides strict guidelines for naming a child. The name should unequivocally identify the baby’s gender.

crying baby

8. Florida, USA: You can skydive another day

In Florida, a married woman is not allowed to go skydiving on Sundays.


9. Michigan, USA: No seduction!

No man can “seduce [or] debauch” an unmarried woman. Doing so is a felony, and can land that man in prison for up to 5 years.

seductive man

10. England, Wales and Scotland: What are you doing with that salmon, sir?

Under the Salmon Act of 1986, no “Handling salmon in suspicious circumstances.” It’s all here.

11. Switzerland: Naked hiking

While naked hiking isn’t illegal throughout the entire country, Swiss courts ruled in 2011 that individual authorities can impose fines for the practice. If you’re wondering how this even came up, it’s because people really like to hike naked in Switzerland.

12. Greece: This is no place for heels

Food, drinks and high heels are banned from archaeological sites because of the damage they’ve caused.

high heels

13. Denmark: Show me your face

In 2018, Danish lawmakers banned the wearing of full face coverings in public, though they claimed this ban had nothing to do with religion.

halloween mask

14. Colorado, USA: No catapulting

More specifically, you may not use catapults to launch items at buildings in Aspen.


15. Florida, USA: You can’t sell children

Can’t really disagree with this one. Details here.

hands up

16. Thailand: No freeballing

Yep. You can’t leave the house without your undies.

boxers underwear

17. Madagascar: Take your hat off, ma’am

Pregnant women are not allowed to wear hats.

woman wearing hat

18. England: No suits of armor

In 1313, a law was enacted banning suits of armor in parliament buildings.

suit of armor

19. Barbados: No camo

The Barbados Police Service issued a reminder in 2020, stating “The Royal Barbados Police Force is reminding the public, that it is AN OFFEN[S]E in Barbados to wear disruptive patterns better known as camouflage. These patterns need not be green, but can also include colours such as blue, black and grey or any style used by any military or paramilitary organization in the world.”


20. Russia: no lacy underwear

Belarus and Kazakhstan issued the ban, too.

lacy underwear

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