You’d be surprised to know what has been and what is currently against the law in some countries around the globe. Have a look at these rather odd laws:


In Connecticut, it’s illegal to let someone copy your homework. The statutes explicitly prohibit selling essays, dissertations, etc. at any education facility supervised by the state. So, I guess it’s okay at private schools then?

In Florida, bar owners (or anyone who owns a commercial establishment where alcohol is sold, for that matter) could be fined $1 000 (over R11 000) if they permit or participate in dwarf-tossing contests. (We don't think that it's crazy that dwarf-tossing is illegal. It's crazy that it was prevalent enough so that a law had to be made against it. Seriously people. Dwarf tossing? No.) 

In Minnesota, any game in which participants attempt to capture a greased-up or oiled-up pig is illegal. We’re not sure why this is a thing.

I’m not going to Mississippi any time soon. Apparently, swearing in front of two or more people in public could get you sent to the chookie for up to a month - or you could pay a fine of up to R1100.


No one is permitted to step on any form of the national currency as all bills and coins display a picture of the king’s face.


Here, it’s illegal to walk around your own home naked, as it’s considered pornographic (yes, porn is also illegal). If you break this law, you could be fined over R20 000 or 3 months in prison. Oh, and if “a person who is clad in such a manner as to offend against public decency or order” is around, they will also be thrown in jail.

The sale of gum is also prohibited in Singapore. While it’s not illegal to chew gum, disposing of it improperly will get you a massive fine.


You can’t use a water gun when celebrating the New Year, as some participants used to fill it with sewage. The funniest part? If you’re found with a water gun, it will be confiscated, but that’s it. No jail time. No fine.

United Kingdom

In England, it’s legal for a male to urinate in public, as long as it’s on the rear wheel of his vehicle and his right hand is placed somewhere on his vehicle.

By law, all cab drivers still need to check with their passengers if they have smallpox or the plague.

A boy under the age of 10 is legally not supposed to ever see a naked mannequin. Oh the horror!

Throughout the whole of England it is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day. At Christmas of all days?!


In Petrolia, Ontario, "yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing is prohibited at all times." Shame.

All business signs in Quebec must be written in French, according to the law. If you want it in English, that’s cool, as long as the English sign is twice as small as the French one.

In Halifax, taxi drivers “absolutely cannot wear a t-shirt” according to this law.


This is my favourite one so far. In the Philippines, an ‘annoying’ person can actually be fined for being annoying. The second paragraph of Article 287 states that “any other coercions or unjust vexations shall be punished by arresto menor (imprisonment for from one day to thirty days) or a fine ranging from 5 pesos to 200 pesos, or both.”

Wish that could be applied in South Africa...