This week, Tim Gregory brings us his top five ridiculous Laws from around the world that still actually exist.
#5 Take Extra© care in Singapore
In Singapore, selling or chewing of gum will instantly land you a fine of $1000. A second offense costs double and being forced to clean a public area of the city for a day. If a person has the kahunas to litter three times, they must clean the streets wearing a bib that reads “I’m a litterer.” True story! Even if pharmacists, who sell the only legal medicinal chewing gum, forget to ID get two years in jail. Talk about Hubba Bugger! Spitting saliva is also condemned and can result in a night in slammer if you get sprung hoiking.
#4 Death do us part
In France, it is stated as illegal to marry a dead person. Yes. Tying the knot with a corpse is not only frowned upon, but banned completely. Personally I can't see too many downsides to having a dead wife. Certainly things would be more peaceful at times. There would be no argument over the Sky remote. The Visa would cop less of a hammering. Although the dishes would inevitably pile up.
#3 Hawaii five-oh too loud
In Honolulu, Hawaii, it is illegal to sing loudly after sunset. Can you imagine if that law applied in New Zealand? There would be hand cuffings at ten paces as bars close and the obligatory sing alongs begin. Thus maybe on reflection, enforcing a similar law wouldn't be all that bad given how many of us have butchered Dave Dobbyns "Loyal" while arm in arm with your fellow work mates who had also only planned to go down the pub for just the one refreshment.
#2 Putin Propaganda
Recently in Russia, President Vladimir Putin made it illegal for adults to tell children that gay people actually exist. This naive approach is only matched by the United States where 29 of its states still have an archaic law which states it is legal to fire someone from their job just for being gay. Perhaps now that the two leaders are buddy buddys, they could put an end to these silly laws. Then again, I'm not holding my non-homophobic breath.
#1 Screw and get screwed
How many people does it take to change a light bulb? Well none legally in Victoria. Unless you are qualified that is. Australia's second most populated state says it's illegal to change a light bulb unless you're a licensed electrician. Apparently any rebel who defies this law could receive a fine of up to AU$10. In the words of the late Steve Irwin, "Crickey!"