Good morning, dear friends, and welcome to Monday! Since I started this feature 18 months ago, a number of readers have told me that they now look forward to Monday mornings! You guys will never realize how wonderfully happy that makes me! To be able to bring a smile to somebody’s face, to make someone laugh … is such a blessing, such an honour, and one that I do not take lightly. I think that without the wonderful friends I have made through this blog, the interaction we share, I might have given up writing this at some point, but you all make it so much fun that I feel like I am among family when I’m with you! So, before I cry, let us grab a cup of java, a munchie, and find some fun things to laugh about!
The other day I was chatting with my dear friend David from ‘cross the pond, and he told me that there is a town on the Welsh-English border, the town of Chester, where it is actually legal to shoot a Welshman with a bow and arrow if said Welshman is foolish enough to still be in town after dusk. Thinking that David was pulling my leg, I had to look this up for myself, and LO AND BEHOLD … it is the truth, though accounts vary as to whether the criteria is after dusk or after midnight. And this, of course, led my mind down the path of other laws that seem rather strange today, but must have served some purpose at one time or another.
In addition to it being legal to shoot a Welshman with bow and arrows in Chester, England, it is legal to shoot a Scotsman with bow and arrow except on Sundays anywhere in the UK, I think. It is illegal in the UK to ‘handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances’, though I cannot imagine what those circumstances might be. And the one that miffs me just a bit: All land must be left to the eldest son. HEY NOW!!! It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour and also against the law to die there. (Ma’am, please step outside to have that heart attack)
And in other places ‘round the world …
In Madrid, Spain, between the times of 3:29 PM and 6:47 PM, people cannot ask one another what time it is. The irony of somebody asking what time it is to avoid not breaking a rule of asking what time it is … ironic.
In Sweden, it is illegal for a woman to marry a tree, against the law for a parent to shame their child, but it is legal to sue yourself. Sue yourself??? Can anybody think of a situation where that would make any sense?
France has one that says it is illegal to drink any alcohol at work, except wine, beer, cider, pear cider and a fermented honey drink called hydromel. Also in France, it is against the law to name a pig, “Napoleon” or to marry a dead person.
The Swiss guard their Sundays, it would seem, for it is against the law to hang clothes to dry, mow the lawn or wash the car on Sundays. But here’s the one that really got me … it is against the law to flush your toilet after 10:00 p.m.
Most Canadian laws actually make sense, but a few were rather humorous. It is illegal to kill a sick person by frightening them (I guess you can kill them in other manners?), and also to show public affection on Sunday.
And some of the absolute strangest laws, not surprisingly, are found in the United States (surprised, aren’t you?) There are so many I could write a short book, but here are a few that caught my eye:
- In Pennsylvania, any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue. It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors, and you also may not catch fish with your hands.
- In North Carolina, it is against the law to sing off-key, to plow cotton fields with an elephant, and it is a felony to steal more than $1,000 of grease!
- If you stop for a beer in North Dakota, you will not be getting any pretzels, for there is a law against serving beer & pretzels together, and … it is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
- California bans women from driving in a housecoat, and bans animals from mating within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship. It is also illegal for a dog to chase either a bear or a bobcat.
- In Florida, it is against the law to sell your children. Unmarried women are forbidden from parachuting on Sunday, it is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit, and men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
I could go on and on, but I should save some for another day! One thing of note is that almost every state I looked at has certain laws regulating who is allowed to engage in sex, under what conditions and in what manner they may do so. Unenforceable laws, and I cannot help but wonder why these were ever considered a good idea? Ah well … the mind boggles …
If any of you know of others, please do share them!
Disclaimer: I did not do much verification, so it is entirely possible that some of these laws have been repealed by now.
Winter is coming along soon, and it is time to start thinking about sweaters. I found a great deal (yuk, yuk, yuk) to help you keep those arms nice and warm this winter.
That’s right, folks … it’s the exclusive Calvin Klein ‘sleeves only’ sweater, and what a steal at only $1,650! Better hurry and order now, though, for they might be sold out by next week! In fact, I understand that it is already a sell-out on Canada-based online retailer Ssense.
See the picture … the cute doggie in the tuxedo, looking as if he wished he were almost anywhere else? Well, that itty-bitty tuxedo cost his human her job. Yep … Kristi Lyn Goss of Garland County, Arkansas, somehow couldn’t resist buying that tux for the unnamed pup … only trouble was, she made the purchase on her government issued county credit card which was for work-related purchases. Oh, and did I mention that she also purchased nearly $1,000 worth of Arkansas Razorbacks tickets, a diamond bracelet, clothing, school lunches for her children, and pet insurance in addition to the tux?
Needless to say, Kristi (age 44 and old enough to know better) is no longer employed with the Garland County Court, and is facing up to 10 years in prison. And the pup would have been happier without the tux anyway!
Now that we’ve seen some funny laws, how about some funny signs?
And now, dear friends, you have your work and I have mine, but we will meet back here soon enough. I hope you found something to bring a smile to your gorgeous faces today and … please do remember to share those smiles with others you meet along the way today! Love and hugs …