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Strange Laws

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction! Below are some real laws from real places around the world. I hope the police in these places don't take all of the laws too seriously! I hope you will laugh and learn English while reading about these laws:

  • In the State of Mississippi, in the southern United States, a man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her. (The penalty is up to five years in prison!)
  • In the State of New Hampshire, in the northeastern United States, it is illegal to collect seaweed from the sea. (The penalty is not specified.)
  • In the State of Wisconsin, which is famous for its dairy products, it is against the law to serve margarine instead of butter at a restaurant, unless a customer orders it specifically.
  • In England, it is against the law to wrestle with an untrained bull in public. I guess it's allright in private, though. Naturally, trained bulls are welcome anywhere.
  • In York, England, it is still legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow, except on Sundays. I suppose nobody has tried this in the past 100 years or so. Maybe if somebody really did this today, the law would be changed rather quickly.
  • In Sweden, parents are not permitted to insult or shame their children. Though strange, this sounds like a good law to me!
  • In France, it is illegal to kiss on trains. How about on bicycles?
  • In Singapore, person convicted of littering (throwing garbage in public) three times, will have to clean the streets on Sundays wearing a sign saying "I am a litter lout."

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