January 26, 2010

Odd laws

Another thing I like very much in England is the quirkiness. Quirky people and quirky things. Old traditions and old rules that never changes. Odd with another word.

In the February issue of Reader's Digest (yes, Reader's Digest...) there is a long list of
odd laws that are still in place even though I doubt anyone care about them any longer.
Under the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 it is illegal to walk the streets with building materials and tools, the magazine found.


Under the same act, any person "who shall fly any kite or play at any game to the annoyance of the inhabitants or passengers" shall be liable for a fine of up to £500.


Under the Seamen’s and Soldiers’ False Characters Act of 1906, anyone going to a fancy dress party or stag night dressed as a sailor could be committing an offence of trying to pass themselves off as a member of the armed forces, or in the words of the act, trying to "personate the holder of a certificate of service or discharge." The maximum penalty is a month in prison or a £500 fine.
So be aware all DIYs who fly a kite and like to dress as a sailor at fancy dress parties. It could cost you as much as £500.

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