When travelling around the world, it’s not always a bad idea to do your research on local laws and traditions.
Not only could this keep you out of trouble, but it can also help you get the most out of your holiday.
However, there are some weird and wonderful rules that surely nobody is expected to follow.
But whether you are akin to having a sleeping donkey in your bathtub to enjoying eating somewhere that’s on fire, it pays to be clued up.
‘Some might be seen as health and safety gone mad, but others are just funny – I’m sure most Brits abroad would never think they could be breaking the law if they changed a light bulb in Victoria or flushed the toilet at night while in Geneva so it’s always best to know before you go!’
1. Only a qualified electrician is allowed to change a light bulb in Victoria, Australia
How many mechanics does it take to change a light bulb? None, in Victoria.
Australia’s second most populated state says it’s illegal to change a light bulb unless you’re a licensed electrician. Apparently, rebels who defy this law could receive a fine of up to AU$10 (£5.50).
2. Milan requires that citizens must smile at all times, or face a fine
3. In Florida, it is illegal to pass wind in a public place after 6pm on Thursdays
4. In England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament
This was voted the most ludicrous law in the UK in 2007. A spokesman for the House of Commons said: ‘The people who know about these things here say there is no basis for such a law, not to say it does not exist somewhere in writing.’
5. In Oklahoma, it is against the law to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7pm
6. In Canada, by law, one out of every five songs on the radio must be sung by a Canadian
Great for Justin Bieber fans, not so great for the sane. Part of the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commission) that for both types of programming there has to be at least a fifth by Caadian performers.