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Strange Laws from Around the World

January 21, 2016

In the past, we have covered some of the strange laws that have managed to stay on the books in states across the country, but there are also some odd laws that exist elsewhere in the world that you may not know about. In this article, you can see some of the wacky and likely somewhat dated laws that you should know if you plan to travel abroad.

Singapore’s harsh anti-littering laws

It seems that Singapore has had trouble with littering in the past, particularly with people spitting out chewing gum. Throughout Singapore, it is illegal to sell non-medical chewing gum, and the punishment is a hefty fine and the possibility of cleaning up a public area. Littering itself is a big offense, which may lead to public cleanup service while wearing a sign saying “I’m a litterer.”

The Philippines’ ban on vexation

In the Philippines, there is a rather vague law banning unjust vexation, which could be defined by any number of behaviors with a negative intended outcome on another individual. The Philippines also have not legalized divorce, so remember that vexing your spouse is not a suitable alternative.

The UK’s whaling laws  

While the Queen primarily a figurehead in modern British government, she does still have some special rights as the monarch of the nation. For example, any whale or sturgeon caught in the UK is considered property of the Queen. Members of Parliament hardly have it so easy, as it is illegal to die in the House of Parliament.