In Utah it is illegal to swear in front of a dead person.
US President Theodore Roosevelt considered outlawing American football because it was too violent. Roman Emperor Julius Caesar banned a game similar to football because it was too gentle.
As of 1991, U.S. citizens are free to pursue contact with extraterrestrial beings or their vehicles without legal repercussions. On July 16, 1969 -- the same day Apollo 11 departed for the moon -- the "Extraterrestrial Exposure Law" (C.F.R. Title 14, Section 1211) was adopted. This law was in response to concerns about contamination that... Continue Reading →
When the town of Lanjaron, Spain found itself running out of space at its cemetery, the mayor came up with a creative solution: he made dying illegal. Mayor Jose Rubio issued an edict in October 1999 ordering people "to take utmost care of their health so they do not die until town hall takes the... Continue Reading →
Under Illinois law (410 ILCS 650/9) it is illegal to take a nap in a cheese factory.
If you feel the urge to be a daredevil, you might want to steer clear of Glendale, California. City ordinances there make it illegal to jump from a motor vehicle that is moving in excess of 65 miles per hour.
The law in Denmark requires all drivers to look under the car prior to starting the engine to make sure there isn't anyone there. source
In Denmark the law prohibits a person from being charged for a meal unless, in the sole opinion of the person who has eaten, he or she is "full." As long as you are in Denmark, you might find it helpful to know that it is not against the law there to escape from prison.... Continue Reading →
Drinking coffee in Turkey was against the law in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Those caught breaking the law were put to death. source
In Vermont, a wife must obtain written permission from her husband before wearing false teeth. source
Draco (650 BC - 600 BC), an Athenian lawgiver, was smothered to death in 620 BC by gifts of cloaks and hats showered upon him by appreciative citizens. source
In Switzerland, it is illegal to keep just one guinea pig. If you have one, you must have a second to go with it.
New Zealand law permits each high school to possess up to one pound of uranium and one pound of thorium for conducting nuclear experiments. Don't worry.... The law provides for a fine of $1,000,000 for every nuclear explosion. Read the law here.