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    Top 10 stupid British laws

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    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
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    Re: Top 10 stupid British laws

    Note to self, don't carry a bow and arrow within the ancient city walls of York.

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    Nice. I think #9 doesn't exactly fit in with the rest. There is at least some reasoning as to why that one works....

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    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.
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    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.

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    Re: Top 10 stupid British laws

    Quote Originally Posted by klw View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Scofflaw.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post

    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    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.

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    Re: Top 10 stupid British laws

    Next time I'm in Liverpool I'm checking out these tropical fish stores

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    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. . .



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