Weird British Laws You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Alex Bourque
Oct 30, 2018
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Since they've been around for hundreds of years, it makes sense Britain would have a few weird laws. Of course, when they don't revoke old laws still on the books, it creates a headache for everyone.

Lawyers, judges, and politicians have to sift through tons of antiquated laws, and citizens potentially could be penalized for it. While some of these laws have been removed, you might be surprised to hear many others have not. Curious to hear more? Here are 25 Weird British Laws You Won't Believe Actually Exist.

Thanks to Prerogativa Regis 1322, all whales and sturgeons found in the United Kingdom belong to the Crown.


Under an 1839 law, it is illegal to knock on someone's door and walk away. That includes ringing a doorbell without excuse.


Until 1976, the UK had a law that required all cars to carry at least one bale of hay. It was initially written for horse drawn carriages.


If you're planning a home improvement project that requires wood planks and you live in London, just remember it's illegal to carry planks across pavement. Good luck!


Think twice before asking a stranger for change. According to the Vagrancy Act 1824, if you need change and ask a stranger for some, it's considered begging and you could end up in "the house of correction."


Be careful how you handle salmon. According to the Salmon Act 1986, it's illegal to handle fish in a suspicious circumstance.


Many of you likely won't have this problem, but if you're ever visiting Parliament, don't wear armor. That's also illegal, according to the 1313 Statute forbidding Bearing of Armour.


Don't even think of singing Happy Birthday to a friend in public, otherwise you'll have to pay a fee. It's copyrighted, after all.


It's illegal for your common pet dog to mate with a royal pet dog. So, if by chance you meet the Queen, make sure your dogs don't get frisky.


Hats off to Edward VI for this one. Anyone breaking an egg on the sharp end could end up in the stocks for 24 hours.

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Alex Bourque: Editor, consultant, idea diva, aspiring yogi. Collected all 151 Pokemon.
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