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Chip R
11-07-2007, 09:59 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071106/od_afp/britainlawsoffbeat

1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament

2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down

3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store

4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day

5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter

6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet

7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen

8. It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing

9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour

10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

Highlifeman21
11-07-2007, 10:07 AM
Note to self, don't carry a bow and arrow within the ancient city walls of York.

dougdirt
11-07-2007, 10:21 AM
Nice. I think #9 doesn't exactly fit in with the rest. There is at least some reasoning as to why that one works....

Johnny Footstool
11-07-2007, 03:20 PM
7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen

If you analyze that sentence, it appears that the head of a dead whale automatically becomes two things: 1) the property of the king, and 2) the tail of the queen.

Ah, British grammar.

klw
11-07-2007, 03:55 PM
I can honestly say that I have broken #4 as mince pies for christmas was always a special treat in our family both when in the US and UK and I know I had them at my grandparents in England when we were there at Christmastime.

Chip R
11-07-2007, 03:57 PM
I can honestly say that I have broken #4 as mince pies for christmas was always a special treat in our family both when in the US and UK and I know I had them at my grandparents in England when we were there at Christmastime.


Scofflaw.

klw
11-07-2007, 04:28 PM
Scofflaw.


What an I say but i'm living on the edge.

RichRed
11-07-2007, 04:48 PM
10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

I've been to York. Long story short, I think I may have made a big mistake.

Chip R
11-07-2007, 04:49 PM
3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store



Memo to self: Move to Liverpool and open a tropical fish store.

klw
11-07-2007, 05:02 PM
Memo to self: Move to Liverpool and open a tropical fish store.
It has nothing to do with tropical fish, but I can't help but picture the dead parrot skit from Monty Python.

Degenerate39
11-07-2007, 05:55 PM
Next time I'm in Liverpool I'm checking out these tropical fish stores

D-Man
11-07-2007, 07:24 PM
I've been to York. Long story short, I think I may have made a big mistake.

Lemme guess. . .

You showed up for a renaissance festival, dressed as a knight. . . And you ate haggis, with fried Mars bars for dessert?

Or. . .

The Scotsman that you murdered in York was carrying a bow but NOT an arrow?? (Doh!)

Or. . .

:confused: