the craziest laws in the world

these are the craziest laws in the world

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Judicial systems are a world of their own – did you know that yellow margarine is illegal in the state of Missouri?

A Texas politician made headlines recently because she supported a law that prohibits men in Texas from masturbating. If caught, a $100 penalty awaits any lawbreaker who “acts against an unborn child”.

This is far from the only crazy law, with the US home to many more of them. Here’s six of the strangest from around the world.

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Parisian women forbidden from wearing trousers

If you’ve ever been to Paris, you may not have noticed too many women wearing trousers. In the early 1800s, a law was passed forbidding women from wearing them, with exceptions only made for horse riders and cyclists. Thankfully, this archaic 200-year-old law was abolished in 2013.

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You can’t dye a chicken in Ohio

Have you ever considered taking a bright yellow and fluffy chick and giving it a colourful new turquoise coat? Us neither. This is just as well, as in the state of Ohio, such ideas can prove costly. No individual or company is allowed to dye chickens and ducks or use them for trade, and the same rule applies to rabbits too.

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Canadians don’t believe in coins

We’ve all been stuck in a queue at the supermarket and become frustrated as the customer in front of us has chosen to pay with their antique coin collection rather than their contactless card. If you have no time for coins, you should head off to Canada, where the Currency Act of 1985 was passed. This prohibited customers from paying in disproportionately large quantities of coins for shopping, especially for amounts over $10. In addition to this, shop owners can decide whether to accept coin payments or not.

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Yellow margarine is forbidden in Missouri

In 1895, Missouri passed a “butter law” outlawing the sale of yellow margarine, to protect the state’s dairy industry. People who flout the law can be fined $100 or put in jail for a month, with a $500 fine for repeat offenders. Although no-one has been convicted for this offence in the last 100 years, the law is still in place, despite an attempt to repeal it in 2008.

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No littering in Singapore

Singapore is extremely rigorous when it comes to keeping litter off its streets, and has banned people from doing so since 1968. Fines for litterers start at around £240 for first time offenders who throw small items like cigarette butts or sweet wrappers onto the pavement. If you’re convicted of littering on three occasions, you will be made to clean the streets once a week while wearing a bib that says “I am a litterer”.

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No bear wrestling in Alabama

You might think that bear wrestling would be outlawed by extension of another law such as one banning cruelty to animals, but Alabama devotes an entire section of its legal code (Section 13A-12-5) to bear wrestling-related offences, including bear baiting or buying and training a bear.

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