The 25 Craziest Laws Ever
Posted by October 31, 2011on
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.