i found these this evening
some of them are just plain ridiculous


UK (some of these do not apply in Scotland or others in Wales):
It is lawful to kill a Scotsman in York if he is carrying a bow and arrow.

It is illegal for taxi drivers to carry rabid dogs or corpses.

A taxi driver must ask passengers if they are suffering from plague or smallpox.

A member of the House of Commons is not allowed to resign his seat. However, if one wants to leave the post, he applies for (and is automatically granted) the Stewardship of the Aylesbury Hundred, which is a job with no duties or pay but which makes him ineligible for membership of Parliament.

Anyone entering the Houses of Parliament while wearing a suit of armour is liable to be arrested.

It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

Any whale washed up on the shore is the property of the Queen, so she can use its bones for her corset.

In Hereford you can shoot a Welsh person on a Sunday, with a longbow, in the Cathedral Close.

You can shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow in Chester, inside the city walls and after midnight.

It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle.

Women are permitted to go topless in Liverpool provided they work as a clerk in a shop selling tropical fish.

A bed may not be hung out of a window.

It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.

It is illegal to be drunk on licenced premises.



Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end may be sentenced to 24 hours in the stocks.

Any boy under the age of 10 may not see a naked mannequin.

It is illegal to eat mince pies on December 25.

In London it is illegal to hail a taxi while suffering from bubonic plague.

Sticking a postage stamp (showing the head of the queen, which they all do) on an envelope upside down is considered treason.

It is illegal to go within 100 yards of the queen when not wearing hose, socks or stockings.

It is illegal for any commoner's pet to have carnal knowledge of an animal belonging to the monarch.

A pregnant woman may relieve herself anywhere she likes, including (if she requests) in a policeman's helmet.

A hackney carriage (i.e. taxi) driver must (still) carry a bale of hay and a bucket to feed and water his horse.

n London, England, wife beating is legal just as long as it is not after 9pm and it doesn't disturb the neighbours

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It's still illegal to be drunk on licensed premises in England and Wales (not sure on Scotland).
Just distract them with a deep fried Mars bar!
The list of old laws is my laugh yet for the day.

OK, a dead whale washes up on some beach. What happens? Someone calls the Queen's palace so they can send someone out to harvest the bones? Now what happens to the corpse at high tide? Who keeps the scavengers away? "Quick officer! Arrest those birds!"

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