It’s funny how laws that once made sense years ago are now absolutely laughable, but you might want to hold the laugh track because some of these laws are still in effect. But they’re so crazy you’ll be shaking your head for hours, unless you’re charged with breaking one of them, and then you’ll need to call a lawyer, stat.
CAREFUL, YOU COULD BE FINED BY YOUR INCOME
In Finland, traffic fines are calculated as a percentage of the income that you earn. Just ask Nokia’s telecommunications director, Anssi Vanjoki, who back in 2002 got a $12.5 million fine for speeding on his Harley. Thank goodness most of us are way too poor to worry about this!
DON’T BE A LITTER BUG
Don’t litter In Singapore unless you want to spend your time doing community service and paying $1,000. Plus, if you do get caught doing it three times, your love life will be wrecked when you’re forced to wear an “I am a litter bug” sign. No, for real!
WILL YOU WAIT FOR ME?
If your cousin is sexy AF, you better hope he or she will stay that way until they’re 65. If they do and you live in the state of Utah, you can legally marry your cousin in your later years. That’s…cool, I guess?
DON’T HEART WITH CHOCOLATES
In the U.S. state of Idaho, giving your honey a candy box weighing over 50 pounds will get you into some hot water. But it’s just as well, since she would have probably hated all those extra calories.
DON’T COIN ME
Canada’s Currency Act of 1985 forbids consumers from paying for items using only a bunch of coins, especially if the purchase if over $10. If you do, the cashier has the right to tell you take a hike, minus your purchase.
DON’T KILL THE CACTUS
Go ahead and try cutting down a cactus tree in the state of Arizona, and see what happens. If you get caught, you’ll be cutting hair behind bars after they slap you with a 25-year prison sentence. Yikes!
THE SLIPPERY CONTRABAND
A 19th century law in Missouri banned the sale of yellow margarine to protect the dairy industry, but even though no one’s been prosecuted for this transgression, it’s still in the books, which means you could spend 6 months in jail if caught with this contraband.
DON’T WAKE UP YOGI
If you’re trekking through Alaska and you see a sleeping bear, don’t wake him up to take a selfie with it. If the bear doesn’t maul you to death, the law will make you wish it had as it’s illegal to wake up a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a selfie. Oh, but hunting and killing bears is totally cool, by the way!
DON’T DIE IN PARLIAMENT
Dropping dead in the Houses of Parliament is illegal, but if you do kick the bucket, at least you’ll get a state funeral. But even if you look sick, they’ll kick you out before you kick. I do wonder what they’ll do to those who do break the law?
LIGHT UP, DENMARK
Drivers in Denmark and Argentina better keep their headlights on when they’re on the road, and this includes during the daytime. According to them, this helps prevent accidents, and if your lights are off, you can get fined $100. Ouch!