1. In Alabama, it is unlawful to wear a false mustache in church and cause
"unseemly laughter." The state also keeps a law against driving while
blindfolded on the books, just in case you are in a hurry to get to church
and do not want to be sidelined by even the possibility of seeing someone
with a false mustache and risk breaking into a gale of chortles.
2. In Phoenix, Arizona, the law states that every man who enters the city
limits must wear pants. Maybe this was aimed at Scottish bagpipe players,
but the law has ensured the city stays clean of men in skirts from wherever
3. In Hawaii, coins may not to be placed in one's ears. You can wear them in
your nose, on your toes and under your arms but the ears are definitely out.
Magicians take note.
4. In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on
Sundays. And it is illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all. This
law is so critical to the upholding of ethical behavior in the state that
the Billings Convention and Visitors Bureau featured the tidbit of
information on its website.
5. In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to
wear false teeth. But a note from hubby should make it all ok again no
matter where the spectacle occurs.
6. In Australia, you'll never be far from a comfortable bed of sorts if you
are in a taxi. Taxicabs are required by law to carry a bale of hay in the
trunk at all times.
7. In Bahrain, having a baby can be complicated, indeed. A male doctor may
legally examine a woman's genitals but he is forbidden from looking directly
at this area of the body during an examination or procedure. He may,
however, gaze at this reflection in a mirror.
8. In Singapore - a country where caning is not an act reserved for wicker
furnishings, and mandatory death penalties are handed down for many
narcotics offenses - take care of what you do with that plastic water
bottle. A litter law dating from 1968 states if you drop trash on the ground
you can pay up to $1,000. Do it again and you might be forced to do
community labor and pay another fine. Even worse you'll have to wear a
bright fluorescent jacket that says in so many words, "I am a litter lout."
Similar statutes are in place for relieving yourself in an elevator. Better
keep that plastic water bottle handy.
9. In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush the toilet after 10 p.m. in most
apartment houses. Polite as always, this considerate population would rather
suffer a build up in the toilet bowl than a row with neighbors over the roar
of flushing through the midnight hours.
10. In Thailand, it is illegal to leave the house without wearing underwear.
Perhaps it's a public health issue or a law aimed at the ladies of Patpong
who might be practicing their amazing feats while walking through the
supermarket or seated on the bus. It is not clear how the law is enforced,
however, nor what the penalty is and whether a note from one's spouse will
make everything right again.