“There are some totally bizarre and ‘out there’ laws and customs still in place around the world,” says Fabio Passalacqua, director of Jetcost.co.uk. That being said, it’s surely worth knowing some of them to avoid jail time during your vacation.
Though most tourist knows it’s an absolute must to be sensitive to local customs, some laws are just too odd that even the most diligent of travelers can suffer from dire consequences. From food and flowers to colors to hairstyles, you won’t believe the things governments forbid these days.
Here are some of the forbidden stuff that could get an unknowing holidaymaker behind bars:
Suspiciously holding a salmon in the UK
The UK Parliament’s famous Salmon Act of 1986 states that it’s illegal to hold a salmon under suspicious circumstances. Whatever suspicious circumstance, that is.
Chewing gum in Singapore
When heading to Singapore, leave the Juicy Fruit at home. It may save you a trip to the detention center at the very least.
Naming your baby something weird in Denmark
Did you know that some countries have official child naming guidelines? Denmark has so if you want to name your baby something other than the 7,000 approved names, government approval is required.
Recklessly biking in Mexico
Bikers are not allowed to lift their feet off from the pedals since 1892 as a way to protect riders. However, no hands is still fair game.
Hiking naked in Switzerland
The Swiss kindly ask you not to hike in the nude after a naked German man walked past a family picnicking in the Alps in 2009.
Being a bird perch in Venice
A fine of up to $700 is set in place for anyone who feeds the pigeons in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square. The city banned the feeding of the birds, citing it as a health hazard.
Whistling in Canada
The city of Petrolia in Ontario has a law that limits excessive noise which includes yelling, shouting, whistling, and singing at any time.
Having your chickens cross the road in Georgia
If you own any chickens in Quitman, Georgia, it’s illegal to let them cross the road or even let them loose.
Wearing high heels in Greece
If you’re planning on sightseeing around Greece’s historic cities, make sure you leave your high heels at home. They are, after all, a threat at certain ancient monuments.
Naming a pig Napoleon in France
The law used to state Napoleon specifically, but it’s changed. Now, it’s only illegal to offend the heads of state by naming your pig after them.
Running out of gas on the autobahn in Germany
Going as fast as you can on the road is thrilling, but running out of gas isn’t. In fact, it only leads to fines — as any self-respecting German should know.
Peeing in the ocean in Portugal
It’s unclear whether someone has actually been caught, but come on, pay a little respect to other life forms.
Getting someone too drunk in Australian pubs
It’s a bit counter intuitive, but in the land Down Under getting patrons too drunk at a pub is heavily fined.
Using water guns in Cambodia on New Year’s Eve
The practice started in 2001, when Phnom Penh governor Chea Sophara banned the sale and import of all water guns for fear of social unrest during Khmer New Year celebrations.
Father Complains About Son Being Threatened For Wearing Hitler Costume
The boy was reportedly harassed by “grown adults” who were “screaming obscenities.”
It's never a good thing when a child is being threatened. A father recently complained about his son being harassed while they were out getting treats for Halloween. However, the man may have overlooked the fact that he had dressed the boy as Hitler. In addition to that, he himself was wearing a Nazi soldier costume.
Bryant Goldbach took to Facebook to complain about his 5-year-old son being threatened as they went trick-or-treating. He stated that the boy was harassed by "grown adults" who "threatened to rip his outfit off of him screaming obscenities, scareing [sic] a small child." However, Goldbach barely got sympathy for his post considering that their costumes offended several people.
These costumes certainly raised several eyebrows.
Kindergarten Class Surprises Deaf Custodian By Learning To Sign ‘Happy Birthday’
His reaction will warm even the coldest of hearts.
This might be the cutest birthday greeting you'll see today. The adorable kindergarten students at a Tennessee elementary decided to surprise their hearing-impaired custodian by singing "Happy Birthday" for him. However, the surprise got better as they began to sign their greeting along with their song.
James Anthony has worked for Hickerson Elementary for several years. The hard-working custodian is partially deaf but can read lips. Although he didn't have anything grand planned for his 60th birthday, the teachers of two kindergarten classes decided to give him an awesome treat. They taught the children how to sign "Happy Birthday" to surprise Anthony.
These kindergarteners are giving Anthony one of the best surprises of his life.
School Bans Bags So Student Carries Books In A Microwave
Well, they left him no choice.
U.K. teenager Jacob Ford thought his school’s new policy banning backpacks in the hallways was “ridiculous.” So instead of following the rule, he decided to do something he thought was equally ridiculous - taking his books and supplies to class in a microwave.
Ford disagreed with the new policy at Spalding Grammar School and staged a silent protest. Not only did he carry his books in a microwave oven, but the schoolboy also outlined his thoughts in a 3,000 word “document of defense” titled: “Bags in Sixth Form - My Thoughts and A Potential Solution” that he gave to headteacher Steven Wilkinson and other members of faculty.