The People's Republic of China prohibits reincarnation without prior permission of the government. The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the revered monk without approval from Beijing. source
Scotland is known for its passionate football (American soccer) fans, and it is recognized as the birthplace of golf and home to the most famous golf courses in the world. Did you know that both sports were once illegal throughout the land? King James I outlawed football with the Football Act of 1424. It was... Continue Reading →
In Utah it is illegal to swear in front of a dead person.
In Eureka, California, it is against the law to sleep on a public street. In addition to the possibility of getting tire treads on your face, you could be fined up to $1,000 and imprisoned for up to six months. At least in jail you could sleep without fear of being run over by a... Continue Reading →
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 →
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.
While you are not required to have a windshield on your car in Luxembourg, the law does mandate that you have windshield wipers. source
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
Switchblades are illegal to make, sell, distribute, or possess under U.S. federal law, except for members of the armed forces and by individuals with only one arm. 15 U.S.C. §§ 1242-1244
Choosing a baby's name is exciting. If you live in Denmark, it is also complicated. Danish law requires that parents choose a child's name from an approved government list. Any exceptions must be approved by appropriate authorities. The list of pre-approved names of 7,000 mostly West European and English names -- 3,000 for boys, 4,000 for... Continue Reading →
No matter how much those squirrels may be bothering you, you're going to have to resort to means other than heavy explosives if you want to get rid of them. That's the case, at least, if you live in Connecticut. Sec. 26-88 of the Connecticut Code states, "No person shall take or attempt to take... Continue Reading →
In 2005 Tennessee began requiring drug dealers to anonymously pay taxes on any illegal substances they sold. Commonly known as "The Crack Tax," it allowed the state to collect revenue from any drug dealer who was arrested without proof of having paid the tax. In 2009 the state's supreme court found the law unconstitutional. 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 →
In Milan, Italy the law requires everyone to smile at all times, unless attending a funeral or visiting the hospital. source