Strange Laws

  • It is illegal to die in the Britain Houses of Parliament.
  • In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon.
  • In Miami, Fla., it is illegal to skateboard in a police station.
  • Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.
  • In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.
  • In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman’s genitals but is forbidden from looking directly at them during the examination; he may only see their reflection in a mirror.
  • In Boulder, Colo., it is illegal to kill a bird within the city limits and also to “own” a pet — the town’s citizens, legally speaking, are merely “pet minders.”


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