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There are more laws in existence now than at any other point in history, and often the odd, archaic or stupid ones are easier to leave on the books than to bother voting away.

Did you know, for instance, that in British Columbia it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch?

Laws like this sprinkle the ledgers of the world, a testament to what lawyers will do if you give them too much leash.

The following are some of the more exceptional examples (thinking of making sweet love to a porcupine? Better read this first).

Immortality and Armor

In England it is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armor. This was apparently a problem.

But be careful without your armor, British politicians, because it is also illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament, and if you look sick, you will be quickly ushered out the doors.

One wonders about the legal ramifications that will ensue after death in Parliament. Maybe worried British politicians should move to North Korea where, instead of being slammed with a posthumous lawsuit, they’ll be crowned eternal rulers.

Photo: yeowatzup

Their predecessors can then become military dictators. And pursue nuclear arms programs. And try to solve their country’s hunger crisis by buying giant rabbits from Germany!

One such dictator, President Kim Jong-Il, has enacted legislation making his father, Kim Il-Sung, dead since 1994, the “Eternal President.”

I know the great leader casts a long shadow, Kim, but you’re 68. Time to move out of the basement.

Sex, Mothers-in-Law and Porcupines

Speaking of repressed Oedipus complexes, in a town in Colombia, the first time a woman has sex with her husband, her mother must be present.

The men there must sure be jealous of their counterparts in Wichita, Kansas, where the way a man treats his mother-in-law may not be used as grounds for divorce.

But these weren’t the only legislators with love and marriage in mind. In Argentina, feather beds are illegal. The reason? “Such an indulgence induces and encourages lascivious feelings.”

Whatever. It didn’t stop Mark Sanford.

And apparently nothing stopped the people who set the precedent making it illegal in Massachusetts to have sex with a rodeo clown in the presence of horses. I wish I could have seen the expressions on the couple’s faces when the stampede started…

In Florida it is illegal to have sex with porcupines. (Really?) While In Minnesota fish are off limits, but only to men.

Photo: aliferste

And in Headland, Alabama, no woman dressed in a nightshirt is allowed to be taken for a flight in a private plane.

Finally some place recognizes the deadly powers of the female nightshirt.

Denial is Good: Hot Pink Pants Are Not

Then to Australia, where taxis are required to carry a bale of hay, bars must provide food and water to their customers’ horses, and on Brighton Beach it is illegal to wear hot pink pants on Sunday afternoons.

Also banned is walking the streets in black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish. Apparently, these are the tools of a “cat burglar.”

Photo: hawk914

And if you’re Australian, and you’re feeling a little picked on, don’t. In your country it is legal for certain government officers to: treat an event that happened like it didn’t happen; treat an event that didn’t happen like it did happen; treat an event that happened like it happened at a different time; treat an event that happened like it happened at a different place; and treat an event that happened like it happened to a different person.

So, it’s fine. None of this happened. I never wrote this article and you never read it. But if you want some ammunition to fire back with next time you don’t get made fun of in an article that doesn’t exist, check out:,, or

The rest of you: try to set some new precedents, and good luck.

Community Connection

It’s always a good idea to check out the local laws before traveling somewhere. In particular, you might want to know not to flip the bird in Dubai or kiss in Guanajuato. And before you end up making desperate calls to your consulate, check out 12 things you don’t want to be caught doing in foreign lands.

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About The Author

Cole Robertson

Cole Robertson is at large, and is not to be fed. A world wide bulletin has been released warning against making any kind of contact with this writer and freelance journalist from Vancouver, Canada. The bulletin clearly states that the former Nation intern should be considered a menace, and reported to the proper authorities if seen. “Even so much as making eye contact with Cole Robertson could lead to grave health risks” the bulletin reads. Last spotted in Buenos Aires, Robertson is reportedly working for local paper The Argentimes, where he allegedly wanders the halls repeating the phrase “I’m so lonely... so lonely.”

  • Paul Sullivan

    THAT is a fun piece. Great read, well researched. Made me do plenty of lolz. Thank you Cole.

  • Carlo Alcos

    Crap. I go to Brighton Beach often. Better trade in my pink hot pants for some green ones.

    As for that “treating something like it didn’t happen” thing…that actually explains a LOT here.

    Fun read! Even the bio.

  • marina k. villatoro

    Ok, I have to say, that was the funniest article I have read in ages! and I’m really not just saying that. i think i laughed for almost 1 hour, actaully, i barely leave comments but had to come back to read it again and decided to leave you a comment, because it’s just too much!

    and you know what’s funny, not the weird laws, you have to wonder how they even make them!!! but the way you described them.
    Thanks for making me laugh:)

  • Michelle

    I’d love to know the reasoning behind the House of Parliament law…bizarre.

    Great piece, thanks!

    • Eva

      Not sure about the dying part, but the ban on suits of armor was pretty rational back in the day. If I recall correctly, it had to do with preventing the intimidation of other MPs during votes.

      • Namer guy

        it is illeagal to die there cause they have to have a massive expensive funeral

  • admin

    Fantastic article– really funny!
    The American South has some really weird laws, too, and many of them (unfortunately) remain on the books despite the fact that they’re overtly racist, sexist, or just plain unnecessary.

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  • Abby

    in montana, it is legal to fire a gun at three or more native americans in a canoe, as it constitutes a war party.

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  • Kendra

    Wow!! Those are some pretty strange laws there, killing a Sasquach? How about you find one, first? Since I’m doing some research on B.C. I think I’m going to look up ‘ wierd laws ‘ that would be a hit!! Thanks for making me laugh!!

  • Hunter

    I had sex with a porccupine in Florida. I also had sex with a goat.

  • Kevin Mitchell

    Makes you wonder who the pudding heads that create these stupid ass laws are.

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