A follow on from last article:


“Long may the difference between private short-term lets and hotel stays continue”


Where I talked about Thailand and it’s laws and how they effect foreigners especially relating to property and the recent issues with Airbnb.



For a bit of fun (it’s a slow day) I decided to look up a few weird and not-so-wonderful laws. Several of them pre-date those mentioned in the main article. Some will worry males more than females.

In the UK:

It seems that on numerous occasions I have broken UK laws. Part of the 1872 Licensing Act states that it is “illegal to be drunk in a pub”.

Lord knows what the outcome would be were that fully enforced. Still with drink, it is also illegal to be drunk in charge of cattle in England or Wales.

Notice my preoccupation with drink?





In the USA:

In Arizona, to be more exact, since 1924 it has been illegal to let your donkey sleep in a bathtub.

In Alabama, it is against the law to wear a false mustache that causes laughter in a church.

In Maine, it is outlawed to keep Christmas decorations up after January 14 (Pattaya City Hall please note).

I could probably fill a whole column with crazy laws from the States.



In Hong Kong:

A law allows a wife to kill her husband if she finds him cheating.

The good-ish news for strong men is that she has to do it with her bare hands.



In Samoa:

It is illegal for a husband to forget his wife’s birthday.



In Italy:

Turin-based dog owners must walk their mutt at least three times a day.



In Australia:

Men can cross-dress provided their dresses are not strapless.

In Victoria, it is illegal to change a light bulb if you are not a licensed electrician.



In Switzerland:

You can’t flush the toilet after 10pm.

Surely, this one is made up?



In France:

It is frowned upon to call a pig Napoleon.

No mention of the Bona-part(e).



In China:

To go to college, you have to be intelligent. It’s the law!




By Dave Buckley


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