Stephen McKay The U.K. has been populated and governed for a hell of a lot longer than we’ve been here in North America. With that, of course, comes a ton of bizarre laws that ‘fit the times.’ Some of these laws, however, still technically exist. Here are some current and former laws of the U.K. that are borderline ridiculous.
PxHere It is an executable offence to allow your pet to mate with a pet of the royal house without permission.
George Hodan/Public Domain Pictures If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and wants to use the toilet, you legally must allow them to enter.
USFWS Mountain-Prairie/FLickr In the U.K. it is illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances.
Pixabay/Ichigo121212 As of 1939, it is illegal to carry a plank over pavement on a U.K. street. The exception is if you are unloading it from a vehicle.
James Barrett/Flickr Until 1976, all Taxis in the U.K. had to carry some hay in their cars to be legally operated.
Jeremy Segrott/Flickr In the 19th century it was illegal for women to eat chocolate on public transportation.
Max Pixel In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell banned the eating of mince pies on Christmas Day, technically this is still law.
Jonathan Wilkins/Wikipedia It is illegal to be drunk while in charge of a cow, horse, or carriage.
Yerpo/Wikipedia Unless you are The Queen, it is illegal to eat a Mute Swan.
Wikipedia Placing a stamp that has the queen on it upside-down is considered an act of treason.
Maurice Pullin/Wikipedia Since 1839 it has been illegal to beat the dust off of rugs or carpets in London. You can, however, shake your door mat, so long as it’s before 8AM.
Max Pixel It is illegal for someone to import potatoes that either are, or may be Polish potatoes.
Goodfreephotos It is legal for a pregnant lady to ‘relieve’ herself anywhere at anytime in the U.K.
Thomas Quine/Wikipedia As of 1313 t is illegal to enter the house of parliament while wearing a suit of armor.
Evadb;/Wikipedia As of 1322, all beached whales and sturgeon found in the UK belong to the crown.
Keith Evans/Wikipedia Under the Vagrancy Act 1824, asking a stranger for some change, even if it’s for parking, is considered begging and is illegal.
Evil Monkey/Wikipedia In some parts of the U.K. it is illegal to hang your laundry out on a line.
Hernán Piñera/Flickr The Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “fly any kite or play at any game to the annoyance of the inhabitants or passengers in any street”.
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