Did you know adultery in India is a crime under Section 497 and only a man, who is cheating on his wife, can be sentenced but not the wife? This is not the only instance in India that a weird and funny law has caught our notice but around the world there are some pretty eccentric laws that are sure to get one or two giggles out of the readers, even if they fail to understand the need of that particular law.
Richard Harper's latest book, titled 'the Law is an Ass' talked about all such weird laws around the globe. If you are planning to visit Singapore then do not carry any chewing gums or stick as it is illegal since 1992. Only nicotine gums are legal and that too if one carries a prescription. Durian fruit is a delicacy for many people in Malaysia but it is forbidden or against the law in public vehicles as they stink of rat droppings, onions and turpentine all at once.
A foodie would be in heaven in Denmark as he doesn't have to pay for food until and unless they themselves admit that they are 'full’. Another law in Denmark is that a driver always needs to check under his car for children.
What could possibly be the weirdest law is that you can’t use flush toilets after 10pm in Switzerland. The most bizarre of all the laws is that in Japan people cannot be fat and understandably they have the lowest obesity rate in the world. A man can have a waist up to 80 cm and women can have to up to 90cm. Another hilarious law in Thailand is that no one is allowed out of their house without their underwear (One wonders why anyone would want to leave their house without one?)
When it comes to alcohol, some countries are very particular. In St Louis, it is against the law to drink beer while sitting on a city street and in Chicago one cannot have any drink while standing up. In Kansas, one cannot be served alcohol in a teacup, while in Cleveland not more than one person can take a sip from the same whiskey bottle.