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.

Pilgrim’s progress

Tug of religion

The Mental Floss list of top pilgrimage sites to visit has Jagannath in pole position. And not that this should be particularly surprising, but the list is dominated by Indian religious sites: The Golden Temple, Shatrunjaya Hill and Bodh Gaya.

Memo to self: Add Shatrunjaya to the list of places on the to-visit list. Additional memo: find time to work on the items in that list.