A WORD TO THE WISE

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With the holiday season now upon us, it is worth spending a little time to make sure we do not end up on the wrong side of the law when travelling abroad. Most people are now familiar with the travel requirements in Europe but those travelling further afield run the risk of being caught by some of the more obscure laws from around the world. Even in Europe we are not totally safe as these bizarre examples demonstrate:

  • In Victoria Australia it is forbidden to wear pink hot pants after mid-day on a Sunday.
  • In Australia, it’s illegal to name any animal you plan to eat.
  • In Portugal, it’s against the law to pee in the ocean.
  • Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.
  • In Paraguay duelling is legal just as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • In Milan, Italy, there is a law that requires citizens to smile at all times or risk a hefty fine. The only exceptions are visiting hospitals and funerals.
  • Donald Duck comics were once banned in Finland because he never wore pants.
  • In France, it is against the law to sell an E.T doll. They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not have human faces.
  • It is illegal to take a Vicks inhaler into Japan.
  • In Maryland, it is illegal for radio stations to play Randy Newman’s song ‘Short people’.
  • In Washington, it is an offence to pretend that you have rich parents.
  • In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry and ice cream cone in your pocket.
  • In Louisiana, if you bite someone with your own teeth it is classed as ‘Simple assault’ but if you bite someone with your dentures it is classed as ‘aggravated assault’.
  • In California, police can arrest you if you shoot any animal from a moving vehicle except a whale.
  • In Alaska, it is illegal to wake a sleeping bear to take its photograph.
  • In British Columbia, it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch or Bigfoot if one is ever found.

Please remember a little knowledge is a dangerous thing and if you are holidaying in an unfamiliar location this year we do genuinely suggest that you make sure you are familiar with the local laws and customs.

Wherever you are travelling this summer we hope you have a great holiday.

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