The 25 Craziest Laws Ever

Posted by on October 31, 2011

There are a lot of supposedly “crazy” laws out there but unfortunately many of these cannot be verified or have been proven to be nothing more than old wives tales. Well, our team here at List25 was curious (as usual) to discover the craziest verifiable laws on the books. Everything from restrictions on reincarnation to absurd traffic fines, after scouring the world we proudly present you with the 25 craziest laws we could find.

It is Illegal to Wear a Bullet Proof Vest While Committing Murder in NJ

For those of you planning violent crimes in New Jersey, according to New Jersey statute 2C:39-13, a person has committed a crime if “he uses or wears a body vest while engaged in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit murder, manslaughter, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping, criminal escape or assault.” In other words, the vest could bump your offense from third to second degree.


In Finland Traffic Fines are Calculated as a Percentage of the Offenders Income

In January 2002, Anssi Vanjoki, 44, a director of the Finnish telecommunications giant, Nokia, received what is believed to be the most expensive speeding ticket ever— $12.5 million — for driving his Harley at 75 km/h (47 mph) in a 50km/h (31 mph) zone. Mr Vanjoki appealed the fine because his reported income dropped significantly about five days after the incident; because of the new data, the fine was dropped to $103,600, still the most expensive speeding fine in history.


The Canadian Currency Act

In Canada, the Currency Act of 1985 prohibits consumers from using unreasonable amounts of coins to pay for purchases. This means you can’t pay for an item in all coins (especially if it’s over $10). Even the use of dollar-coins is limited. The shop owner has the right to choose whether or not he wants to take your coins but doesn’t have to.


Yellow Margarine is Illegal in Missourri

A 19th century law in Missouri banning the sale of yellow margarine has somehow managed to survive more than a century on the books. Agriculture Department spokeswoman Misti Preston said it was most likely passed to protect the dairy industry, which was a key business for the state back in the early 20th century. Although there are no records of anyone being prosecuted in the last 100 years, if the law were to be enforced offenders could spend up to half a year in jail.


Whatever You Do…Don’t Litter in Singapore

A litter law dating from 1968 is the country’s way of keeping clean. Disregard the law by dropping trash on the ground in this Southeast Asian city and you’ll pay $1,000. On top of that you’ll also be forced to do some community labor. And if you do it three times, you’ll have to wear an “I am a litter bug” sign.


No Sagging Pants in Michigan

In 2008, Flint Chief of Police David Dicks made headlines when he ordered his department to arrest anybody wearing “saggy pants”. Other cities like Riviera Beach, Fla., have tried to enforce similar laws only to have them declared unconstitutional by state courts. The law is still in effect in Flint, however, with the Digital Journal reporting that offenders could face up to a year’s worth of jail time.


It is Illegal to Die in the Houses of Parliament

Since Parliament is a Royal Palace, according to Nigel Cawthorne, author of The Strange Laws of Old England, “Anyone who dies there is technically entitled to a state funeral. If they see you looking a bit sick they carry you out quickly.”


No Public Displays of Sickness in Washington

According to statute RCW 70.54.050:”Every person who shall willfully expose himself to another, or any animal affected with any contagious or infectious disease, in any public place or thoroughfare, except upon his or its necessary removal in a manner not dangerous to the public health; and every person so affected who shall expose any other person thereto without his knowledge, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”Laws such as this are generally upheld by court system, but the strange thing about this one in particular is that it doesn’t distinguish between some crazy disease like SARS and a simple case of the sniffles. You could be found guilty of a misdemeanor for not informing your co-workers that you have been inflicted by the common cold; or even for willfully “exposing” yourself to a sick person.


Royal Prerogative 1324 (The Head of any Dead Whale Found on the British Coast Automatically Becomes the Property of the King, and the Tail of the Queen)

The Royal Prerogative 1324 decrees that any whale or sturgeon found on the British coast belongs to the monarch. The law is very much still in place, as fisherman Robert Davies found out in 2004 when he was investigated by police in Plymouth. He had faxed the Royal Household to tell them he had caught a sturgeon, and although he was told to keep it, he did not realize it was still illegal to try and sell it. No charges were brought.


Its Illegal to Wrestle Bears in Alabama

According to Sports Illustrated, bear wrestling used to be quite a popular hobby in the United States particularly in places like Alabama, where in 2006 a law was issued to prevent bear exploitation, or more specifically, to stop bear wrestling. Alabama Code Section 13A-12-5 that determines unlawful bear exploitation is when a person knowingly “promotes, engages in, or is employed at a bear match,” if he or she receives money for bear wrestling and if he or she “sells, purchases, possesses or trains a bear for bear wrestling.”


No Chewing Gum in Singapore

Singapore prohibited the sale of gum after authorities noticed a prolific amount of chewed gum being stuck in subway stations and on cars. As weird as it may sound, Singapore allows you to actually chew gum – just make sure you stick it in the trash can, otherwise great fines apply.


While in Denmark, Leave Your Lights On

Drivers in Denmark are supposed to drive vehicles with their headlights on. You’d think this law would apply to night driving but it doesn’t. It is considered essential during the day as well or they may face a fine of up to $100. Studies have shown that this has helped a lot to avoid road accidents in Denmark.


You Are Not Allow to Bring Your Pet to the Beauty Salon In Alaska

Given the fact that Juneau is such a busy port town, with thousands of tourists visiting every year, it’s no surprise that there are laws to keep some of Alaska’s more native inhabitants at a distance…
The full text of Juneau’s Municipal Code of Ordinances section 36.25.010 outlines: “No owner of any animal or person having control of any animal shall allow such animal to enter upon any public premises where food or human consumption is sold, processed stored or consumed or to enter into any barber shops or establishments for the practice of hairdressing or


In Britain it is Illegal to Consume Mince Pie on Christmas

In Britain, it is illegal to consume a mince pie on Christmas Day. It is one of the odd old laws on the statute book, although rarely enforced by even the keenest police officer. It was brought to existence by Oliver Cromwell, self proclaimed Lord Protector of England.


Fake Cocaine is Illegal in Arizona

While most states have laws restricting drug use, Arizona takes it a step further by restricting their imaginary counterparts as well. According to statute 13-3453 it is unlawful for anyone to “manufacture, distribute or possess with intent to distribute an imitation controlled substance.” It’s also illegal to make and/or sell fake prescriptions and over-the-counter medication. Statute 13-3461 ensures that placebo drugs are exempt from this rule, assuming you’re a medical practitioner or a pharmacist or pharmacy employee “acting in the course of their professional practice, in good faith and in accordance with generally accepted medical standards.”

David Pegg


After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • Manish

    some of these laws contradict a democratic countries policies

  • LL

    To ALL
    I dont get the “crazy part” of any rule.
    They might not make sense if we dont know the culture, might not be updated, or we might not agree with them, but there is not one single crazy law here.
    Regarding the coupple arrested in dubai. Almost guaranteed they deserved it. I am. From argentina, have been living in uae for 5 yrs with my wife, and sometimes we even feel ashamed of some women dressing that dont get arrested. They were probably overdoing it or got a bad attitude with the wrong person.
    Just to clarify, i am not muslim, i will not be surprised to see people kissing or more in other places, or more than half naked, even completely naked, but there is a time and place forr everything. Have you ever seen the US president (just to give you an example). Kissing his wife all over on tv? Or wearing shorts for a press conference?
    Last time someone told me something similar was a pilot that got 10 slashes for drinking in his car during ramadam! Wow i thought, until i was later told that he was actually driving, stopped in a traffic light, and after a police car stopped right beside him he decided he could not wait and had a zip at the beer he was drinking during ramadam. As i was told he was taken to the mosque, and because he honestly apologized they let him walk after 10. lets see, muslim country, holy month of ramadam, drinking alcohol while driving and in front of the police.
    He got luky. What happens in the US if you have a beer while driving in front of the police? And while you are at it burn a national flag (not quiet but close to the insult of drinking beer while ramadam).
    after all, we have to respect the culture of the country we visit or live on, otherwise just stay away!

  • Strawberryboom1

    #12 is totes not true! I live in Britain and you can defo eat mince pies on Christmas Day

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  • NBT

    The Chinese One Child Act applies to urban areas not rural areas. If a family can pay a fee it can have more than one child. It is common for families to have two or three children as this spreads the financial bruden for taking care of the parents after they retire…

  • HappyPanda

    the Chinese “1 child policy” has nothing to do with limiting the general Chinese population, as it does not apply to Huan Chinese (by far the largest population in China). But it was/is a mean to apply ethnic cleansing on the other populations in China.

  • h___H


    I am a saudi women … and I disagree with banning women from driving. However, for anyone who wants to hear about the real situation from an “insider”:

    talking on behalf of my self and my many friends (P.S. we r all average income ppl) who currently live abroad for the purpose of studying. All of us think it is more convenient to commute in saudi Arabia, coz our drivers are just waiting for our calls. if it happened and all drivers were in vacation. We can just call our freind’s, sister’s, neighbor’s driver. as we are a traditional and friendly society, asking friends for such a fever is not a “big deal”. Also, we don’t consider asking my brother or any relative to drive us anywhere a big deal too, as males are used to(and committed to) do many services for females in Arabian culture. (i.e. males are highly recommended to pay for a servant for their families)

    Yes, there are “few” people who cant afford having a driver (that’s why I disagree with the ban), but we have a service that is kinda between a taxi and a live-in driver. So, a customer can choose her driver and the car (audi, BMW, whatever). this service is vey convenient and affordable. most women who cant afford driver use it.

    Again, I agree with u all guys, it doesn’t make since to ban women driving. actually, the government has already lefted the ban. looooool all dads will hate themselves now coz they’ll have to get us fancy cars. feel sorry for all the driver who will lose their jobs though :((

    In short, for saudi women it is not as big deal as the world is making it look like, seriously, am not trying to sugar coat anything here. We all love our country, as well as truth and right.


    • MyThings07

      I just want to say that don’t make your opinion looks like
      that all the Saudi’s women wish :)
      cause we know that if a hug number of women decide that DRIVING
      is something essentially for them they would take an action to give them that right
      like what happen with the making some of clothes shops for women only and all
      the staff in there are women ,, they achieve that throw using FACEBOOK as all of us know
      so don’t give others picture that all women here don’t sleep nights because they want to drive
      their own cars + if you had problem with your father , brother or any one else
      don’t make general judgment that you have to do a lot in order to get out of home
      because if we assume that is real then how could possible girls go to schools , collages and universities everyday ??
      and why everyday we see markets and malls crowded with all of these women and girls??
      who is the one take them to such places??
      don’t say the use drivers because you know that not all families have drivers and prefer to take their
      wives, sisters or daughters to anywhere they want in order to protect them from anything which is possibly
      could happen to them. That because they believe women are precious and should be protect by them
      In the end you said that some poor families don’t have money for driver …. but if they allow for women to drive
      from where they will get money to buy a car and other staff ??
      it is just poor reason which doesn’t make sense at all

  • UAEGirl

    How is it crazy that people don’t kiss in a Muslim country. It’s not crazy at all, and I believe that it’s one of the best country rules the UAE has put so far. I’m talking about the #6 No kissing in Dubai.

    • h__H

      Well said .

  • MyThings07

    for the 4 law it is not crazy law at all
    I’m a Saudi lady and I don’t need to drive
    because our religion give us the right to be treated like QUEENS
    so why a queen need to drive by herself :)
    I’m sure that is not the way Saudi’s women think of about driving ^^

    • Abeer

      Im a Saudi lady and I WANT to be able to decide for myself to drive or not to drive !
      Our religion gave the right to be treated like queens but our dear male guardians are making it nearly impossible to even breath with out thier approval! In most cases! about adding a law to it!!!
      Crazy it is!
      It should not be number 4.. It should be number 1 especially when we don’t have public transportation systems available to use!

      There are other women who are suffering..we should think of them..instead of making a law based on our own cirumcantaces.

      • H__h

        Abeer …. I respect your opinion …. people shouldn’t make laws nased on their own circumstances …. thouh, i dont like ythe way u descriped our male relatives … they ARE THE BEST … i love my dad, brothers, uncles and they love like crazy …. they would do anything for me

        Zaidan put his career in risk because someone said a bad WORD about his sister
        a small example of how valuable a muslim womwn for a muslim man

        btw male and females get equally paid salaries in saudi arabia , not to mension the fully paid long maternity vacations…. while many so called 1st countries r still not getting it
        also,all the bosses know that a saudi girl is financially gauranteed which grant her a great amount of pride and degnity

        P.S. your English is too perfect ;)

        In Short, Dude!!! FOR US , it is not a big deal as the whole wprld want it to look like,,, ues , it is a big deal for some saudi ladays who are so spoiled and wants to have ot alll
        i beleive saudi women is the luckiest wen in the world ,,,, whether everyone wants to aknowledge that pr not ,,, it is the truth , SORRY !

  • Denver

    Thank you so much for this artcile, it saved me time!

  • Raj Mehta

    Shocking and craziest 25 laws ever

    thanks for sharing this


    • Deacon

      Four score and seven minutes ago, I read a sweet aritlce. Lol thanks