Top X Lists Debunked

TOP X LISTS DEBUNKED – UK Gold’s Stupidiest International Laws

Debunked

Lists are all over the internet, this blog looks at those lists.  Some lists purport to contain facts, but how true are they?

In 2008, UKTV Gold held a poll of the stupidest laws, presumably based on Nigel Cawthorne’s book “The Strange Laws of Old England”. (BBC)  Previous in post I covered the UK Laws list, but they also did international laws…

The laws are reprinted as fact on various sites:

 

FALSE – The law does not exist or cannot be found on the books (it has to be found to be enforced).  Obviously these have no place on a list of stupid laws.

UNLIKELY – Probably not true, but cannot be proven false.  These should not be on a list of stupid laws unless proof of their existence can be found, as such they shouldn’t be.

UNKNOWN – Possibly false, but no evidence of a proper search can be found.  These should not be on a list of stupid laws unless proof of their existence can be found, as such they shouldn’t be.

PARTIALLY TRUE – There is some truth to it, but there is some errors.  Only the fully correct version should be on lists of stupid laws, this version shouldn’t be.

TRUE – Actual laws we can point and laugh at.  But how many on the list are actually true?

 

1. In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk (9%)

FALSE

2. In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation (8%)

FALSE

 

3. In Bahrain, a male doctor can only examine the genitals of a woman in the reflection of a mirror (7%)

UNLIKELY

4. In Switzerland, a man may not relieve himself standing up after 10pm (6%)

PARTIALLY TRUE

 

5. In Alabama, it is illegal to be blindfolded while driving a vehicle (6%)

FALSE

 

6. In Florida, unmarried women who parachute on a Sunday could be jailed (6%)

UNLIKELY

 

7. In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth (6%)

UNKNOWN

 

8. In Milan, it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except funerals or hospital visits (5%)

UNKNOWN

9. In Japan, there is no age of consent (5%)

FALSE

10. In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon (4%)

UNLIKELY

  • Usually believed to be a hold-over from Code Napoleonic.  A search found no such laws.

 

Results.

0/10 (0%) are proven to be true.

1/10 (10%) is partially true.

2/10 (20%) have no actual source supporting them (besides the internet requoting them over and over.

3/10 (30%) cannot be found in law books and are not likely to be true and are unenforceable.

4/10 (40%) are demonstrably false, laws exist that disprove them or official sources deny the laws existence.

 

Therefore – there is not enough proof for any of them to be on a list.

~ DUG.

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