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If you should ever find yourself in England visiting the Houses of
Parliament, keep in mind that British law makes it illegal to die
there, although the penalty could never be as severe as the crime.
England also bans the eating of mince pies on Christmas Day, but half
of those asked admit to breaking this law. These are among the U.K.'s
most ludicrous laws, as voted in a poll conducted by UKTV Gold.

For the most absurd law anywhere in the world, respondents pointed to
our own state of Ohio, where it is illegal to get fish drunk. Alabama
also earned a mention, for prohibiting driving while blindfolded.
Nearly 4,000 people responded to UKTV Gold's survey asking them to
select the most ludicrous from a shortlist of bizarre UK laws. Their
top 10:

It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British
king or queen's image upside-down.
It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk
in a tropical fish store.
Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned.
If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of
your toilet, you are required to let them enter.
In the U.K. a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she
wants, including in a policeman's helmet.
The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically
becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen.
It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to
know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him
It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armor.
It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of
York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.

*Found this in one of my mailing lists,lol*

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