[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen travelling around the world, it’s not always a bad idea to do your research on local laws and traditions.Not only could this keep you out of trouble, but it can also help you get the most out of your holiday.
However, there are some weird and wonderful rules that surely nobody is expected to follow. Let’s have a look!
1. Only a qualified electrician is allowed to change a light bulb in Victoria, Australia
2. Milan requires that citizens must smile at all times, or face a fine
Milan in Italy states that it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits. Frowners could face a hefty fine.
3. In Canada, by law, one out of every five songs on the radio must be sung by a Canadian
Great for Justin Bieber fans, not so great for the sane. Part of the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commission) that for both types of programming there has to be at least a fifth by Caadian performers.
4. It is forbidden to be fat in Japan In the country that brought us sumo wrestling
It is illegal to be fat. In 2009, lawmakers set a maximum waistline, meaning every man aged over 40 must not have a waistline measuring over 31ins, and every woman cannot measure over 35ins.
5. Flushing the toilet after 10pm is illegal in Switzerland
Flushing the loo after 10pm in an apartment building is illegal in the country of Switzerland. The Government consider it noise pollution.
6. In Chicago, it is against the law to eat in a place that’s on fire
No matter how good the pizza tastes, if the restaurant sets on fire, you can’t stick around!
7. Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore
Have you ever thought chewing gum may land you in prison? Yes, It’s happen! Chewing gum is completely illegal in Singapore since 1992. There is a ban on importing chewing gum into Singapore.
8. Don’t pay unless full , Denmark
Denmark is a delightful country, but even more delightful when it comes to hospitality. In Danish restaurants, you don’t have to pay for your food unless, by your own opinion, you are ‘full’ at the end of your meal. If not, you can proceed without paying the bill at all.
9. Divorce is Illegal in Philippines and Vatican
You’re still not allowed to get a divorce in Philippines and Vatican. These are the only two countries in the world where divorce is illegal.
In Vatican, You are allowed a divorce even you wish for it. Philippine law, in general, does not provide for divorce for anyone living in the country. The only exception is with respect to Muslims, who are allowed to divorce in certain circumstances.
10. In France, it’s illegal for women to wear pants
In 1799, a Paris law made it illegal for women to wear pants in public without special approval from the police. It was once amended in 1892 to allow women to sport trousers while riding horses and again in 1909 to permit the ladies to wear pants while on bicycles. And finally in 2013, the French government has revoked this 214-year-old law.