Iowa – Winking at women you don’t know.
Within the city limits of Ottumwa, Iowa, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know.
Oklahoma – Making mean faces at dogs.
That’s right, people who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed in the Sooner State.
Australia – Men wearing strapless gowns.
Under a 100-year-old Melbourne bye-law, it’s illegal for “a man to appear in public wearing a strapless gown.” So if you’re gonna cross-dress guys, remember the sleeves.
Capri, Italy – Wearing loud shoes.
Two tourists in Capri, Italy, were arrested recently for wearing excessively loud flip-flops. It followed a new ban on “noisy footwear,” just one of a series of bizarre laws introduced by mayors across Italy to “protect public security.”
Tennessee – Sharing your Netflix password.
In 2011, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam signed legislation that made the theft of subscription entertainment services like Netflix a crime on par with stealing cable or dining and dashing…and it included password sharing.
Singapore – Chewing gum.
Under this rule, no gum is allowed to be bought or sold inside Singapore and there is a $500 fine for spitting out gum on the streets.
Delaware – Proposing marriage (if you’re a woman).
Careful girls! In Whitesville, Delaware, women can be charged with disorderly conduct if they propose marriage to a man.
Alabama – Flicking boogers into the wind.
If you’re gold mining on the wild streets of Alabama, better keep that nugget to yourself. Flickers will not be tolerated.
Florida – Skydiving on Sunday without your husband.
A ridiculous law in Florida bans single, divorced or widowed women from doing a parachute jump on a Sunday. Sky-diving women face a fine or even jail for breaking this weird rule.
Eboli, Italy – Kissing and driving.
Honeymooners beware: Kissing in a moving vehicle is banned and can carry a fine of up to £415 in this city near Naples.
Washington – Riding an ugly horse.
In Wilbur, Washington, it is illegal to ride “an ugly horse” in public. Flouting this law can earn you a hefty fine, but who decides what’s ugly and what’s not?
New Jersey – Slurping soup in a restaurant.
Be careful soup lovers- it is against the law to slurp your soup in a public eating place in New Jersey.
Utah – Carrying a violin in a paper bag.
In Salt Lake County, Utah, it is illegal to walk down the street carrying a violin in a paper bag. The county also has a law against the advertising of auctions by hiring trombone players to perform in the streets, so be on your guard musicians.
Barbados – Wearing camouflaged clothing.
It’s illegal to wear or carry any camouflage items on this island – unless you’re a member of Barbados’ drug and defense forces.
Alberta – Yelling and screaming in public.
In Taber, Alberta, there’s a $150 penalty for yelling, screaming or swearing in a public place.
Saudi Arabia – Listening to music in public.
Can live without your tunes? Don’t travel to Saudi Arabia. Music is legal there, butlistening to music in public is not. This means schools and universities don’t teach music, and retail stores don’t have songs playing on speakers.
Germany – Running out of gas on the Autobahn.
Running out of gas on the legendary highway is illegal. If it happens, you could face a three digit fine: for endangering other drivers, and again for walking on the roadway to find gas.
China – Reincarnation without prior governmental consent.
In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, the Chinese government banned Buddhists in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission.
Romania – Playing Scrabble.
In the 80s, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu banned Scrabble, calling the word game as “overly intellectual” and a “subversive evil.” What’s the triple word score for a**hole?
Manila – Claire Danes (no seriously).
In the 90s, the actress told the press that Manila “smelled like cockroaches” and “rats were everywhere” while she was on-location filming Brokedown Palace. The city immediately banned her from returning, and nearly banned her movies as well.
United States – Spying with a Furby.
After the Furby craze of the late 1990s, the National Security Agency banned the electronic toys because it feared that they would listen in on classified conversations. It was later repealed when the NSA discovered the toy couldn’t actually record or playback anything.
France – Eating ketchup at lunch.
The condiment ban–effective in school and college cafeterias–was instituted as part of an effort to minimize sugar intake in students’ diets and also protect traditional cuisine. (Meanwhile in the US, ketchup is classified as a vegetable).
Canada – Putting your kid in a baby walker.
In 2004, Canada banned the use of baby walkers because they can delay both motor and mental development even more. Not to mention they’re dangerous as hell. Possession of a baby walker can lead to fines up to $100,000 or six months in jail.
India – Partying with foreigners.
The government of Karnataka recently issued rules that ban foreigners from participating in parties and social events in the state. According to the government order, party houses and event organizers have to “obtain permission from district-level committees” before non-Indians can get their party on.
UK – Drinking tea at work, if you work in a hospital.
At three hospitals in Leicester medical staff are banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it makes it look like they’re not working hard enough.
Burundi – Jogging with a friend.
Running ‘groups’ (defined as two people or more) are banned from the streets of the Burundian capital. Jogging with pals was described by the Mayor as an ‘uprising’ and a ‘rebellion’.
Vermont – Women wearing dentures.
In the Green Mountain State, women must obtain written permission from their husbands before they can wear false teeth.
North Korea – Wearing blue jeans.