When 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.
World tour in your mind? Well the idea seems lucrative, but every country has its own laws right, the basic one being almost the same. Laws are necessary for maintenance of harmony in public. But some countries have gone out of the box in this aspect. Here are some bizarre laws, which might just be enough to compel you to leave this world.
1. Chewing gum is banned in Singapore
Chewing gum is banned in Singapore since 1992. Only the dental and nicotine gum is allowed, that too only when prescribed by a doctor. Thinking of taking some chewing gum with you to Singapore, want to chew and spit it on the roads. Be ready with money in your pocket, as the fine is a hefty $700.
2. You cannot change a light bulb in Australia.
Yeah, you heard it right! In Victoria, Australia, changing the bulb is illegal. The law was made by the government to prevent people from being electrocuted. Only an electrician is allowed to do that, and if you are caught changing the light bulb, a $10 fine is to follow. If you plan to get Australian citizenship then make sure to get an electrician license for yourself.
3. Divorce is illegal in Vatican and Phillipines.
Live in Philippines? Unhappy with your marriage? Try to solve your issues, because divorce is illegal in the Philippines. Even Vatican has a complete ban on divorce. However, in Phillipines the only exception is Muslims that too in certain circumstances.
4. It is illegal to forget your wife’s birthday in Samoa.
This is for all the married guys in Samoa. Make a reminder of your wife’s birthday, set an alarm, make some sticky notes, do whatever you can but don’t forget your wife’s birthday. Because forgetting her birthday may upset her and it’s illegal to this in Samoa. Or maybe marry a woman born on 29th of Feb. Will only have to remember it once in a four years.
5. Ketchup is banned in France.
A country which gives best french fries to the world, ketchup is banned! French fries and without ketchup seems not so good, lose their charm. The government there realized teenagers using too much of ketchup and wasting it, thus ruining French cuisine. Hence they decided to ban it from school cafeterias. Though you can have same with french fries.
6. You cannot kiss in a moving vehicle in Italy.
If you’re with your partner, spending time in Eboli, Italy; then you must know that kissing in a moving vehicle may get you a fine of £415. And that’s not all, it is also illegal to feed stray cats and build a sandcastle in Italy.
7. It is illegal to own a Bible in North Korea.
In this totalitarian state, the only thing that North Koreans are permitted to worship is the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Bibles are banned and those found in possession of one face imprisonment, torture and even death – as do up to three generations of their family.