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Silly laws

Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Apr 2012 12:42AM
LOl I did not know this

"In the UK, a man who needs to relieve himself in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel of his own car and keeps his right hand on the vehicle"

And here`s a few facing the chop.



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MartinBrown 8 260 England
5 Apr 2012 8:32AM
There is also a by law that you can ask a taxi driver for a barrel of HAY!!
NikLG 12 1.7k England
5 Apr 2012 9:55AM
That taxi-driver, hay law was repealed a long time back....
Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2012 9:56AM

Quote:"In the UK, a man who needs to relieve himself in public can do so only if he aims for his rear wheel of his own car and keeps his right hand on the vehicle"

Are they really going to get rid of that one? I shall be most upset. Here in France they seem to have a similar one.
"In France, a man who needs to relieve himself in public can do so." Smile
macroman 15 15.3k England
5 Apr 2012 11:16AM
How about the 400 or so laws regarding the ownership and use of a motor vehicle.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
5 Apr 2012 11:17AM

Quote:That taxi-driver, hay law was repealed a long time back....

. . . about 1975.

Prior to that, as a part of the Hackney Carriage licence, black cabs were supposed, by law to carry a bale of hay somewhere on the vehicle.

I don't think that many complied.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
5 Apr 2012 11:23AM
The Licensing Act of 1872 explains that operating a cow, horse or steam engine while intoxicated carries either a prison sentence or a fine. So no riding a cow while you’re drunk!......

Does this include the wife whom I call a silly moo? Tongue

Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Apr 2012 7:50PM
Am I right in thinking a pregnant woman, if court short can still ask a policeman for his helmet.

Not sure if its still valid.

The law in question states that "a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet"
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
5 Apr 2012 8:27PM
Within the city walls of York, on any day except Sunday, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman, provided you do it with a bow and arrow.

. . . apparently.
RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
5 Apr 2012 11:17PM

Quote:it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman

Thought that applied everywhere. Smile
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Apr 2012 2:36AM

Quote:Thought that applied everywhere.

No that only applies to Welshmen Tongue

mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2012 8:41PM
Legend: It is illegal to die in Parliament. This was voted Britain's "most ludicrous law".
Verdict: Myth.

Legend: It is a treasonable offence to stick a stamp upside down on a letter.
Verdict: Myth.

Legend: It has been claimed that the act of eating a mince pie on Christmas Day is illegal in England.
Verdict: Myth.

Legend: Former Coronation Street star Adam Rickitt reportedly said in 2006 that if his campaign to become a Tory MP was successful, he would seek to abolish a law allowing people in Chester to kill Welsh visitors.
Verdict: Myth. The prince threatened the Welsh with execution if they did not leave Chester. Fortunately for Welsh people, even if this was intended to incite the people of Chester to kill, the prince's order has since been superseded by murder and manslaughter laws, as well as the universal right to life under the Human Rights Act.

Legend: It is legal for a man to urinate in public, as long as it is on the rear wheel of his car and his right hand is on the vehicle. And pregnant women can legally relieve themselves in any public place, including into a policeman's helmet.
Verdict: Myth.

Legend: Do London taxis still have to carry a bale of hay in their boot?
Verdict: Myth. It's not clear even if the original law required drivers to keep a bale of hay.

Claim: If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and needs to use the toilet, you are bound by law to let them enter.
Verdict: As with many of the mythical laws that enter into legend and are frequently voted "most ludicrous", the toilet on request law probably goes back to a local custom.


I'll go and join the grumpy group, now....
7 Apr 2012 1:06PM
Google "Town Police Clauses Act, 1847" Yes, 1847, and a lot of it is still in force. You will find some quaint and hilarious offences listed. I think shaking a door mat in the street after 8am is still an offence. So gaan canny with the spring cleaning.Grin
macroman 15 15.3k England
7 Apr 2012 5:01PM
Grin Thanks Polis, I'll just go and tell the 'Lesser Half'.
7 Apr 2012 6:55PM
Be careful, hinny. There is also a section of the Act where a" beast" roaming in a street, can be impounded. Make sure you come out of the pub in an orderly manner.TongueWink

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