10 Weird & Curious British Laws You Won’t Believe Are True

Every country has its collection of bizzarre laws and Britain is no exception.

Let’s take a look at some of the strangest laws.

1. It is illegal to keep a pigsty in front of your house (Unless duly hidden). Why would anyone put a pigsty in front of their house is a mystery.

2. It is illegal to erect a washing line across any street.  Fair enough, though it can be quite folkloristic.

3. It is illegal to order or permit any servant to stand on the sill of any window to clean or paint it.  I’ll have to remember that next time I ask my servants to paint all the window frames in my house.


4. It is an offence for the keeper of a place of public resort to permit drunkenness in the house. It is a common misconception to think that this means that you can’t get drunk in a pub; you can, but if you cause trouble then the landlord will be held liable.

5. It is illegal to eat Mute Swan unless you’re the Queen of Great Britain. The Queen owns all the Mute Swans in England and only her and her guests are allowed to eat them as well as the guests of Cambridge’s St. John’s College.

6. It is an offence to be intoxicated (drunk) and in charge of a cow in Scotland. Don’t take your cow for a walk if you’re pissed.

7. It is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses. Fair enough.

Stranded-pilot-whales-in--0078. All beached whales and sturgeons must be offered to the reigning monarch. The next time you find one, just drop it off outside Buckingham Palace.

9. In London, it is illegal for a person (knowingly) with the plague to flag down a taxi or try and ride on a bus. No one likes you if you start an epidemic which could potentially wipe out the human race, so if you’ve got the plague, rabies, leprosy or even a simple food poisoning you should avoid public transport. Just take a stroll all the way to A&E.

10. It is illegal under the terms of the Prohibition and Inspections Act of 1998 to cause a nuclear explosion. No one can argue with that.


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