When in Rome…

  • In Milan it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits.
  • In Massachusetts, taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of the car during their shifts.
  • In Denmark, people are legally obliged to honk the horn and check for small children underneath the car.
  • In Thailand, it is illegal for anyone to leave a building without wearing their pants.
  • In Michigan, anyone planning on bathing in public must have their swim suit inspected by a police officer.
  • In Florida, any unmarried woman who parachutes on a Sunday could be jailed. Singing while wearing a swimming costume is also prohibited.
  • In Portugal it is unlawful to urinate in the sea.
  • In Hong Kong the wife of a husband who commits adultery is legally entitled to kill the mistress in any manner desired, and the husband with just her bare hands.
  • In Switzerland flushing the lavatory after 10pm is illegal.
  • In Canada if you are arrested and then released from prison, it is a legal requirement that the felon is given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so they can ride safely out of the town.

Just so you know.


8 thoughts on “When in Rome…

  1. Hey Prem, here is a one more to the list. Came in just now.

    In India it is okay to kick and threaten your daughter-in-law.

  2. “In Florida, any unmarried woman who parachutes on a Sunday could be jailed” – If this is really true I think I have the right idea about Florida…

  3. And in Britain….

    1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament

    2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the
    British king or queen’s image upside-down

    3. It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a
    clerk in a tropical fish store

    4. Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned

    5. If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use
    of your toilet, you are required to let them enter

    6. In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere
    she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet

    7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast
    automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the

    8. It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want
    him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him

    9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of

    10. It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls
    of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

  4. *grin* Okay, don’t ask me to bail you out if you get in trouble.

    Jokes aside, I think the point is that there are dozens of laws on the books of various countries that those living there don’t even know about [to cite just one instance, it is an offense to fly kites in India]. Also, this advisory is meant for the tourist, who just might find himself in the “typical Swiss locality” you speak of. 🙂

    • It is offense to fly kites using “manja kayiru” in Madras and Coimbatore. Maybe throughout Tamilnadu. 🙂

      Not sure if kite flying is banned even otherwise.

      • Yeah, because Indian airspace is restricted. So says the law. You need to get a permit and kite-flying license. 🙂

  5. Prem!
    This one is wrong.

    >>In Switzerland flushing the lavatory after 10pm is illegal.
    I live in Zurich, Switzerland, and I several times have let go the flush even at 12 mid night. No cops have come knocking so far 🙂

    Yes its true, that in some “typical swiss” localities it is not allowed to flush after 10 PM as it may disturb the neighbors’, you might get a warning letter. The place I stay has mostly expat population so no problem we hear as well as we do flush even after 10 PM.


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