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March 19, 2014

Crazy laws from around the globe

When the punishment fits the crime & Crazy laws from around the globe.

Here are just a few of the weird and wonderful rules from around the world


Crazy laws from around the globeIndonesia

On the island of  Gili Trawangan,  just off the coast of Lombok if you are found stealing you are paraded around the town with a placard tied around your neck stating ‘I’am a thief’


Crazy laws from around the globeFrance

In the village of Sarpourenx, in southwest France, Mayor Gerard Lalanne has forbidden residents to die. In 2008, he issued an order stating that “all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish” and if they do, “offenders will be severely punished.”



Crazy laws from around the globe 3Chewing gum has been banned in Singapore for over two decades. Although gum may be chewed if prescribed by a doctor or dentist, buying or selling gum within Singapore’s borders is accompanied by a fine of $1,000 or $2,000, depending on how many times you’ve broken the law. Singapore is a country renowned for its cleanliness and functionality, in part maintained by the ban on gum. If you do decide to rebel, just don’t spit it out on the streets – you’ll face a fine of up to $500 for defacing public property.



Drink Driving. In some small towns in Turkey, drunk drivers are escorted by the police  to a point twenty miles away from the police station and force the driver to walk back accompanied by a police officer. “Walk it off” is taken quite literally here.


Crazy laws from around the globe 4Bhutan

The small Himalayan country is notoriously harsh when it comes to the nation’s smoking ban. There is a 100% tax on tobacco products at customs and smoking in public will cost you a hefty fine. Selling tobacco products is grounds for imprisonment.


United Arab Emirates

During the period of Ramadan, you should plan on observing the holiday, which forbids eating during the day. Travellers, who do not honour the tradition and choose to eat, drink or smoke in public will be issued a warning, and if the offence is repeated they could land themselves in jail.



Crazy laws from around the globe 5Cheating in exams can lead to  either imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of 200,000 Naira (approximately $1,200), or both. I suppose if you look on the bright side, the jail time does give the offenders five years of extra study time.


United Arab Emirates

Extramarital sex is illegal, as is simply living with a person of the opposite sex. If you’re caught breaking the law, you could be subject to lashings, imprisonment and deportation, even as a foreigner. (all right if you like it rough).


Afghanistan & Iran

Crazy laws from around the globe 6Theft became punishable by amputation when the Taliban took over in 1996, and is generally carried out by a professional executioner with a knife, not by a doctor, although new finger-chopping machines are being created to expedite the process. Depending on the severity of the theft, the amputated body part can be a single body part like a finger, toe, hand, leg, or it can be a combination of several body parts.



We in Thailand have a few strange laws of our own. It is illegal to leave your house if you are not wearing underwear. No idea what the punishment could be!

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