Weird Laws In Spain

1. Don’t walk too many dogs at the same time
There is a limit to how many dogs you can walk at the same time in Spain. You should avoid hitting the streets if you have eight or more dogs to walk unless you want to be fined. So be alert.

2. Don’t walk around the streets in a swimsuit
While this is true in many countries around the world, walking around the city in only a swimsuit is frowned upon in Spain. This is considered tasteless, indecent and even illegal in the seaside of some cities like Barcelona and Malaga. Do dress appropriately or you could end up paying a fine of 200 euros.

3. Don’t hang your underwear outside in Seville
In the state of Seville, hanging your underwear or any suggestive attire outside on a line is a big no no. Also, it is illegal to shake your rugs or clothes on the streets. AVOID.

4. Don’t wear sandals/flip-flops while driving
If you’re renting a car for that “ZNMD experience,” just know that driving a vehicle with flip-flops or sandals on is not accepted throughout the country. Avoid wearing footwear that isn’t ‘complete.’ Always wear shoes while driving to be on the safer side.

5. Don’t be shirtless in the city center
You should not wander around the city center shirtless when you are in Palma de Mallorca or you could end up paying a hefty fine of $800. However, this rule doesn’t apply when you are chilling on the beach. So, chillax.

6. No throwing rice at weddings in Cadiz
Throwing rice after a wedding ceremony is an age old tradition that is still followed in some parts Spain. However, in the city of Cadiz, doing so is banned. This ban has been imposed to avoid couples from tripping and falling and to discourage birds from flocking to the area.

7. Don’t ask for the time during certain hours of the day
If you are in Madrid, remember not to ask about what the time is between 3:39 PM and 6:47 PM. I really don’t know what is the reason behind this but do as they say.

Tips for Travelling the World

A long-haul trip can be the experience of a lifetime, but travelling the world requires just a little bit of preparation. With these handy tips, you can ensure you make the most of your time overseas and explore everything the world has to offer…

  1. Research your destination

Whether you want to explore unchartered territory, spend a week in the sun or climb epic peaks, you’ll need to ensure that your destination offers what you’re looking for. The internet makes it easy to find out more about the places you want to visit, so take the opportunity to conduct research before you book.

Remember – the climate and weather can change dramatically from season to season, so make sure you’re fully prepared for when you’re going, as well as where you’re going.

  1. Immerse yourself in culture

When you’re visiting another country or even another part of your homeland, it’s important to experience the culture. Meeting local people, enjoying the cuisine and taking part in cultural activities will give you the opportunity to really get to know the country you’re visiting and will give you a real feel of what it’s all about. Whilst global retailers and chain-restaurants may be a familiar reminder of home, they won’t necessarily be the best way to experience the country you’re visiting.

  1. Choose the right accommodation

Where you stay will have a significant impact on the success of your trip, so be sure to choose the right type of accommodation. Budget-friendly trips may involve hostels and B&B’s, whilst more luxurious breaks may include hotels and villas. However, renting your own apartments can be a great option too. Giving you your own private space to enjoy, renting apartments on your own or with family and friends can reduce the cost of your trip and ensure you have a safe, secure and well-maintained place to stay.

  1. Take out travel insurance

Wherever you’re going and however long you’re going for, it’s always worth getting travel insurance. If you’re ill or injured while you’re away, the right travel insurance policy will fund any medical costs you incur. However, you’ll need to buy the right type of policy for your trip. Many travel insurance policies don’t cover injuries which arise during sporting activities, such as mountain climbing, skiing or kayaking. If you’re planning an adrenaline-fuelled trip, be sure to find a suitable policy before you jet off.

  1. Leave yourself some free time

With so much to see and do, it’s tempting to plan your itinerary down to the minute. However, some of the most memorable parts of a trip are the ones you didn’t plan. By leaving yourself some free time, you can explore the local area at your own pace and enjoy sights and attractions you weren’t aware of.

  1. Keep emergency numbers safe

If’s always worth having a selection of country-specific emergency numbers to hand, just in case you need assistance while you’re travelling. Keep these close by and you can relax in the knowledge that you can access help if you need to.

Have a blast.

Five Casino Must Haves

The United States has more casinos than anywhere else in the world, with over 1000 casinos in the country. Las Vegas alone has almost as many casinos as the whole of the UK. With all this competition, it’s important to stand out. When setting up a casino, don’t miss this must have items to make your casino successful.

  1. Slot machines. The sounds and lights of the slot machines are an iconic and immediately recognizable part of any casino. Slot machines are an incredibly popular option, as they’re easy to play and give frequent rewards that encourage people to keep playing. Buy hard-wearing machines from reputable slot machine companies so they’ll stand up to a lot of heavy use. Choose a mix of machines that are cheap to play and some that require a higher spend to attract different kinds of players. Position these near the entrance, so people are drawn in by those classic lights the sounds of coins cascading out.
  2. Gaming tables. What’s a casino without gaming tables? Offer a wide variety of games, such as Poker, Black Jack and Roulette, and make sure you have several tables for each game so players don’t have to wait too long to join a game. Choose attractive tables that draw people in.
  3. Comfortable seating. The right seats for each game will encourage people to stay and play for longer. If the chairs are uncomfortable, you won’t keep gamers in their seats for long. Choose chairs that look inviting and comfortable, and in keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of the casino. Deep colors and fabrics in plush textures are ideal, as the color stands up to heavy use, and the soft fabrics are inviting to sit on and stay sitting. Make sure chairs are supportive, especially around games popular with older players. If the chairs are giving them a bad back, they’ll leave instead of staying and spending money.
  4. Game signage. Add attractive, clear signage to help gamers find the games they’re looking for. Choose bright, colorful signage that draws the eye and lures players inside to join in the fun. The classic neon signage of casinos is a popular style for a reason, so stick with it. Animated graphics can work well too to keep people moving deeper into the casino to try out different games.
  5. A well thought out layout. The right casino layout allows for different times of visitors to interact with the space. The best layout draws high rollers towards the more expensive game tables, like poker, while encouraging casual players into the casino and moving around more relaxed options like the slots. If your casino is based in a hotel, you need to allow for hotel guests moving through the casino as a route to hotel rooms and other facilities. Casinos now are opting for a layout style called the ‘playground’. Rather than confusing guests with a maze, there are wide aisles to encourage free movement around the casino. Cluster slot machines for sociability, and group rowdy games together for a party atmosphere that draws people in.

Laws That You Should Know About

There are some laws that make total sense. Don’t drive drunk, don’t harm other people, but there are some laws that you might not believe. It pays, in general, to be aware of recent law changes for anything you feel might affect you, but for these – you’re probably pretty safe.

Fishy Issues

In the UK, try not to walk around holding a fish, while looking suspicious. According to the Salmon Act of 1986, you can’t handle fish in a matter other than ‘normal’. The list of seafood that is included in this law are:

  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Eels
  • Smelt
  • Freshwater Fish
  • Lampreys

So, on the off chance, you were about to head to the UK and look a bit shifty with any of the above fish – think again.

Aliens

Flying a UFO over Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France is of course just not the done thing. In 1954 after a local person saw some ‘deep-sea divers’ leaving a ‘cigar-shaped’ spaceship, the mayor immediate made a rule.

“Any aircraft, known as flying saucer or flying cigar, which should land on the territory of the community will be immediately held in custody.”

If you are currently considering visiting the south of France in your UFO, then you’d better reconsider – or you might find yourself in custody.

Moo Point

It’s the point a cow makes! However, there is a law that is similar to the ‘don’t drink and drive’ one, with a small twist. There is a licensing act of 1872 that makes it illegal to ride a cow while drunk in Scotland. It has a hefty fine of £200 but can also land you in jail for a year. While it might be one of the funniest laws you have heard of, it is probably with good reason. Although to date, no one has been found guilty of it. Sot the drunk cow riding happened prior to the date the act was created.

We Mustache You To Stop!

Okay, that was a bad joke. But, seriously, in Indiana, you shouldn’t be kissing people if you have a mustache. In fact here is the line of the law –

“Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans,”. Beards, however, are a-ok. So if you have ever been wondering if you should have a mustache or a beard – for the sake of your ability to kiss your partner in Indiana – always go for the beard.

Wheel-y Dirty

In Russia, since somewhere in 2006 you cannot drive around in a dirty car. Although the lines are slightly muddy (haha) on what constitutes as a dirty car a poll in Russia newspaper Izvestiya, found that 46% of people believe a car was too dirty IF you couldn’t see the license plate.

So there you have it, some wild a wacky laws from around the globe. Are there any laws that you have stumbled upon that have made you question everything? Here is a quick final law – You are forbidden to die in Sarpourenx in France unless you are already the proud owner of a burial plot.

Learning From the Past: How Our History Can Shape Our Future

There are plenty of sayings that describe how humans have to push on and move ahead in order to grow and prosper. While the sentiment makes sense, it’s not actually the most useful piece of advice. Instead, what we should really be talking about is how we can use the past in order to shape our future–but how exactly does that work?

Our past is a collection of our mistakes

When we make mistakes, it’s fairly normal to bury them in the past so they never rear their head again. Unfortunately, hiding your mistakes like this isn’t progressive. Instead, what we should be doing is analysing these mistakes and attempting to find the cause and the effects it had, then use that knowledge to prevent it from happening again. We can also use those lessons to avoid similar problems and improve our future.

Our past shows our progress

People that study the past or at least have a grasp of it will often tell you just how much progress we’ve made as a collective. This is because understanding and embracing the past can show us just how much progress we’ve made. Whether it’s using statistics and facts or simply realizing that we’ve changed, it’s a great way to understand how far we’ve come and also gives us predictions on where we’re going.

We’ve included a fantastic example of a study of the past involving American women in war and how their role evolved. Using this, we can see just how progressive our society has become and it even gives some indication to where we might be going.


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The Extensive Impact of Oil Spills

Oil spills are one of the unintended consequences of the oil industry. But while they might not be intentional, they can still be devastating. An oil spill, even when it’s small, can affect the environment and society in a number of ways. It can cause long-term damage that often takes years to recover from.

Wildlife and the Environment

Most people are aware of how an oil spill can affect the environment, and particularly the marine environment. You have likely seen seabirds covered in oil or dead fish caused by oil spills. Oil spills are difficult to clean up and minimizing their impact on the environment can be difficult. They can affect marine mammals, birds, fish, beaches and other aquatic environments, and wildlife habitats and breeding grounds.

Health

Human health can also be affected by oil spills. The effects of an oil spill can vary depending on various factors, including the type of oil and the amount of exposure to it. It can lead to skin problems, breathing problems, and stress. There are potentially long-term health effects of oil spills too, but not much is known about them if there are any.

The Economy

The economy is another concern if an oil spill occurs. In particular, an oil spill can affect coastal and marine economies. This can range from fisheries to coastal real estate, with long-term effects often occurring. Businesses can be disrupted by damage to the environment or even their own stock, and oil spills can affect the reputation of the area too.


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Weird Laws In Iceland

UNTIL 1989, BEER WAS ILLEGAL IN ICELAND

This one is at the very top of any list of weird laws and rules in any country. In 1915, alcohol was banned in Iceland. All alcohol remained illegal until 1921, when wine was allowed. A few years later, spirits were allowed as well. Legislators decided that since beer is cheaper than wine and liquor, Icelanders could not be trusted with it and it would cause more drinking problems. The beer ban continued until 1989 when it was finally lifted and Icelanders rejoiced.

IN ICELAND, YOU CAN’T GIVE YOUR CHILD A NAME THAT HASN’T BEEN APPROVED BY THE ICELANDIC NAMING COMMITTEE

Since 1991, Icelanders who want to name their children a name that isn’t on the list of approved names, must get permission from the Icelandic naming committee. The committee has been criticized harshly and often sparked controversy with its verdicts. Its objective is to protect the Icelandic name tradition but many people find it too strict and sometimes unfair. New names must conform to Icelandic pronunciation and grammatic rules. They may not cause children embarrassment, girls must be named girl names and boys boy names.

UNTIL 1984, YOU COULDN’T OWN A DOG IN REYKJAVÍK

If you were living in Reykjavík in the 1880’s, you had a very high chance of getting a nasty type of tapeworm (eeeuw). To diminish the spread of the tapeworm, that caused horrible symptoms and blindness, dogs were banned in Reykjavík in 1921. The ban remained up until 1984. Regulations are still strict for dog owners in Reykjavík, who need to get a permit and show proof that the dog is vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. There are plenty of dogs in Reykjavík these days, but Icelanders still can’t legally own snakes, lizards or turtles.

BACK IN THE DAY, YOU COULDN’T WATCH TV ON THURSDAYS, OR IN THE WHOLE MONTH OF JULY!

If you think government interference is high now, imagine if you’d not be allowed to watch TV or go online for one day a week. This was a reality for Icelanders up until 1987. There was only one TV channel in Iceland, and it didn’t broadcast on Thursdays. Until 1983, nothing aired for the whole month of July! The reason isn’t quite clear, but it’s usually said the TV restrictions were put in place so people would go out and socialize more. Yikes. We wonder how the legislators back then would feel about smartphones.

Boxing

Iceland is the only remaining Nordic country to forbid boxing, clinging to a 1956 ban even in the face of changes of heart from Norway and Sweden, which also long opposed the sport. Boxing was originally banned because residents directly attributed an increase in violent crimes to the sport’s rise in popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. As a direct response to boxing’s ban, alternative martial arts like judo, karate, MMA, and Taekwondo have gained popularity in the country. In fact, one of the most popular figures in MMA is from Iceland: Undefeated Gunnar Nelson from Reykjavik, the sport’s poster child, has spawned the launch of several Icelandic MMA clubs.

Another 5 Weird Laws In The Netherlands

#6: House sharing is technically illegal

3 or more young singles are technically not allowed to live together. This is to prevent a load of house shares. Yet this law is pretty much never enforced though, so it’s pretty pointless and bizarre.

#7: It’s illegal to go into a coffee shop if you’re under 18

Contrary to what the video suggests, it’s not illegal for under 18’s to go into a regular coffee shop (‘cafe’), but if it’s there to sell weed, you aren’t allowed in, soz. NO DRUGS FOR U18s. Seems fair enough, we can’t drink till we are 18 either.

#8: Trees must be reinforced to prevent them sinking by canals

Canal houses, including trees and other structures must be reinforced so they don’t sink. So it’s not just the
houses, but the trees too! It’s great that trees are just as protected as the canal-side houses.

#9: Tenants have incredible protection when renting

Good for tenants and not so good for landlords, tenants have an incredible amount of protection. In fact, the landlord can’t kick you out unless it gets taken to court. Pretty bizarre if you aren’t paying the rent and trashing the place. Great if you don’t want to be made homeless by your landlord for literally no reason.

#10: You can only pee in a canal if you’re pregnant

Peeing in a public place is not allowed (hence the urinals everywhere) and many fatalities have happened from drunk people peeing canals. This is fair enough, however, when pregnant it is allowed. Not exactly safe though is it… this is one of the pretty weird laws that the Netherlands has.

5 Weird Laws In The Netherlands

#1: It’s illegal not to have lights and a bell on your bike, but not to wear a helmet

In a lot of countries, this is the other way around. This is mainly due to safety issues and of course if you’re out with a small child too, they usually have to wear some form of protection. Not in the Netherlands. As long as you have lights for visibility and bell to attract attention, you’re good to go. Safe or just stupid? The debate continues on whether we should all wear helmets. I guess we do have great bike lanes, which definitely makes it a heck of a lot safer.

#2: Bikes have right of way, they rule over cars and pedestrians

So say you were strolling along a bike path and a bike hits you. They are not necessarily liable, as they have right of way, even if it wasn’t your fault. The same goes for a car hitting a bike – that’s a big no, no too. Please people just watch out for bikes and cars watch out for them too. They rule us all ?

#3: Fireworks are illegal apart from 3 days before NYE

It is illegal to purchase fireworks for intention to use, unless it is 3 days before NYE. Even then, they cannot be set off until NYE. Any time after that is also illegal. That means that New Years Eve itself, is wild as hell. Again, another one that causes a debate every year. Shall we allow them every day or should we ban them completely? Put it this way, where I’m from we can have fireworks all year round and our firework problem is the fraction of what it is in the Netherlands. Solution? Probably shouldn’t risk it.

#4: Mandatory emergency drills need to be tested every month

You may have all heard that weird and loud sound going off on the first Monday of every month. The Dutch government requires that these emergency drills are mandatory and are tested at least once a month. A law that means we are going to have to listen to them every first Monday of the month FOREVER (well until the law changes, that is).

#5: You cannot marry legally in the Netherlands unless one of you is Dutch

This law is true, but only if neither of you has residency. So for instance, you can’t come here from abroad to marry, like other people do at beach resorts across the world. So if you’re wanting to get hitched on the canals of Amsterdam and neither of you are registered here, forget it.

World’s Most Famous Cocktails And Expensive Whiskey

In this blog post, we’re going to talk about some people’s favorite topic: alcohol! From crafty cocktails to expensive whiskey, let’s go…

When you go to a bar, are you the type of person to immediately grab the cocktail menu? A lot of people enjoy doing this, as it gives them the opportunity to taste unique drink creations. There are lots of tricks when it comes to being a good bartender, from knowing how to properly store wine to knowing when to stir or shake. However, the first step is to learn the classics.

Needless to say, some cocktails are more popular than others and have consequently become classics. Here are four cocktails which fit that mould…

Old Fashioned

Let’s begin with an Old Fashioned. You will find this cocktail in a variation of forms all over the world. This is due to its old history, as you have probably gathered by the name. Essentially, any drink that is a blend of spirits, liquor, water, sugar and bitters, constitutes as an Old Fashioned. Since the original recipe allows spirits of any kind, it’s not uncommon for you to see this drink made with anything from whiskey, to rum, to brandy, to tequila.

Bloody Mary

You can go to any bar and you will always find someone ordering a Bloody Mary. This is undoubtedly one of the most popular cocktails and it’s a very distinct one as well. The main ingredients of this cocktail are vodka and tomato juice. However, you will often find added ingredients designed to provide that extra bit of spice, such as Cayenne pepper and/or Tabasco sauce. A stick of celery is often added to balance out the cocktail. This is the sort of drink you either love or hate.

Irish Coffee

If you are looking for a warm and comforting drink to help you through the winter months, an Irish Coffee is a perfect choice. This is one of the easiest drinks to make, as it only contains a few ingredients. You simply need freshly brewed coffee, simple syrup and a good dash of Irish whiskey. Finish off with some whipped cream and you are good to go. Delicious.

Whiskey Sour

Last on the list of best selling cocktails is a Whiskey Sour. This is a refreshing cocktail that is enjoyed all over the world. Of course there are many types of whiskey to choose from, but when creating this cocktail you should opt for either rye or bourbon. Mix with a teaspoon of sugar and some freshly-squeezed lemon juice and you have a simple yet delicious cocktail. A lot of people opt to add orange juice or even an egg white if they are feeling adventurous.

World’s most expensive whiskey

Would you spend more than $6,000,000 for a bottle of Scotch? For most people, the sheer thought seems absurd. But, for those with a taste for the lavish, it can certainly appeal. Irrespective of what category you fall into, there’s one thing everyone wants to know… Is it really worth it?

Well, let’s find out! Below you will find a list of the five most expensive whiskies, with some information about the characteristics of each one.

5. Dalmore 64 Trinitas

First on the list of expensive Scotches is Trinitas. Selling for $160,100, this was actually the first ever Scotch to sell for six figures. It combines rare stocks of spirits dating from 1939, 1926, 1878 and 1868. There are actually only three bottles of this type of Scotch whiskey that have ever been made.

4. Dalmore 62 Single Hiland Malt Scotch

This rare Dalmore 62 Single Hiland Malt Scotch has quickly increased in value. In 2005 it was purchased by a UK businessmen at Singapore’s Changi Airport. He spent $58,000 for the bottle, which was admittedly a bargain at the time. Nonetheless, when sold he profited by almost $200,000 by selling it for $250,000.

3. Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique

Third on the list we have Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique. This is a rare whiskey that was sold at a New York auction in 2010 for $460,000. The crystal decanter is a collectible in itself. It’s one of a kind.

2. Macallan ‘M’ Whiskey

Imagine walking into one of the best bars and being charged £628,205 for a bottle of whiskey! This is what one buyer forked out to obtain this Macallan blend. What makes this Scotch different from the rest is the fact that it is selected from an assortment of casks that range from 25 years to 75 years of age. Nevertheless, this was not the only attractive factor, as the hand-blown decanter took over 50 hours and the work of 17 craftsmen to complete. It is only one of four Constantine bottles in existence.

  1. Isabella’s Islay

Last but not least, the most expensive Scotch is Isabella’s Islay. This will set you back a whopping $6,200,000. But, not only will you get to experience an exquisite single-malt, but you will also be lavished in diamonds. In 2010, the Luxury Beverage Company in the UK released a primo bottle covered in diamonds, which of course added immensely to the price tag. The bottle boasts 8,500 diamonds and 300 rubies. As a consequence, Isabella’s Islay receives more attention for the bottle than the whiskey that is inside.

7 Crazy Irish Laws

1. Invite a Leprechaun to Dinner

One of the most bizarre, but polite, laws in Ireland states that if a Leprechaun calls at your door you must, by law, give him a share of your dinner. Fortunately, it is unlikely that a Leprechaun would have a big appetite, so feast on!

2. Porridge and Potatoes

Porridge and Potatoes were once reserved for “lower orders of people”. It is safe to say that most Irish did not follow this outdated law in recent years, but the Proclamation of 1817 was meant to lessen the deadly effects of the Irish famine. Today, however, anyone can legally consume these delightful meals.

3. Insulting Religion

The Defamation Act of 2009 made it illegal to insult someone’s religion. Although there are many details to this law that make it difficult to discern just what is and is not kosher when it comes to insulting religion, the law mostly impacts journalists who must be careful in what it is that they write. Those that are found guilty of defamation can be fined up to €25,000.

4. The Punishment for Suicide = Hanging

The punishment for committing the crime of suicide was death by hanging. In 1964, this law was repealed for obvious reasons.

5. Free Booze

The Tippling Act of 1735 has, unfortunately, been repealed. This law made it illegal for landlords to demand money owed for ale. It was originally enacted to stop servants from robbing masters to pay their debts, but it was shortly realised it simply gave permission to peasants to drink for free. Sadly, the Irish can no longer legally drink for free.

6. Tiger Wrestling and Bear Hugging

Up until 1897, a family-day in Ireland might consist of gathering to watch daring performers round up dangerous beasts to challenge them in front of crowds. These performers would do stunts like hug bears and wrestle tigers. Although this was a massive money-maker for the performers and would draw large crowds, lawmakers signed the Dangerous Performance Act of 1897 to prohibit such events after many spectators lost their lives when the animals became enraged. This law prohibiting acts reminiscent of ancient Roman punishments should not have had to exist.

7. The Bubonic Plague

While most Irish probably did not follow this law for the past several decades, it wasn’t until 2015 that it was officially scrapped from law books. The Bubonic Plague took the lives of an estimated 30 to 60 percent of Europe’s population between 1347 and 1351 and then appeared again in London in the mid-1600s, killing an additional 100,000 people. In 1665, Irish lawmakers took preventative measures to keep the Bubonic Plague at bay by enacting a law stating that the first Wednesday of every month was for fasting and penance for the relief of the Bubonic Plague. If some of your friends or family were fasting on a Wednesday just a few years ago, now you know they were simply being law-abiding citizens.

5 More Weird German Laws & Rules

6) Piano tuning: In the same vein, Germans like their peace and quiet and it is streng verboten (strictly forbidden) to tune your piano at night.

7) Chimney sweeps: Did you know it is easier for a chimney sweep to access your home than it is for the police? It’s against the law to deny a chimney sweep access to your home if he or she demands it. The law was first introduced in the Middle Ages, but the current legislation goes back to the Third Reich. By giving chimney sweeps a fixed wage and assigning them districts, Hitler would ensure the loyalty of his country’s chimney sweeps, which meant he could use them to spy on citizens.

8 ) Be polite to police officers: If you’re struggling learning German make sure you don’t get your “du” and “Sie” mixed up when talking to policeman or another government employee. In Germany it is against the law to address a policeman with the informal “du” rather than the informal “Sie” and could cost you a hefty fine of up to €600. A good reason to continue those German lessons.

9) Deutschland, Deutschland über alles: It is illegal to sing the first verse of the German national anthem. The verse which begins with, “Germany, Germany above everything.” was made the national anthem by the Nazis during the Third Reich and was banned at the end of World World II. Deutschland Lied (Song of Germany) has been the national anthem since 1922. Joseph Hayden wrote the music to the song in 1797 but the words were written later by the poet August Heinrich Hoffmann in 1841.

10) Beer at the Oktoberfest: Fans of the annual Oktoberfest in Munich will be pleased to know that only beer brewed according to the German Purity Law (permitted ingredients: water, hops, yeast and malt) within the city walls of Munich is permitted at the festival and no other beer. Prost.

5 Weird German Laws & Rules

1) Cycling whilst drunk: Getting caught cycling whilst under the influence of alcohol (blood alcohol level of 1.6 percent or more) has serious implications in Germany. Not only can German authorities confiscate your driving license, they may also order an MPA (medical-psychological assessment). If you fail to pass the MPA, the authorities will automatically revoke your license. And good luck trying to get it back – it can take years (of therapy) before you pass the annual MPAs.

2) Masks worn at demos: It is illegal to wear masks if you go on strike or to a political demonstration. The law says that you are not allowed to mask your face when you go to a protest. Police often need to arrest people at demonstrations and if someone is wearing a mask, their identity can be easier concealed. So think again before you don your balaclava – a policeman could arrest you, even before you’ve started throwing eggs at them.

3) No pillows: A pillow can be considered a “passive” weapon, according to German law. A passive weapon is something used to protect yourself against another weapon, like a bullet proof vest. So be warned, the next time you engage in a pillow fight with a German, be sure not to whack them too hard with your pillow, as hitting them could lead to charges of assault.

4) Windows in offices: Every office must have view of the sky however small. In other words, all offices should have a window with good ventilation. The law does not exactly stipulate as such, but according to employment law, employers are legally obliged to set up their offices so that employees health and lives are not in danger, which according to Germans is not possible in a windowless office.

5) No drilling on Sundays: Germans take their day of rest very seriously. Shops are shut, people take leisurely walks and there will be absolutely no domestic drilling thank you very much. It is against the law to drill at any time on a Sunday. And it doesn’t stop with DIY either, take note that throwing away bottles in the recycling bins is also strictly forbidden outside certain hours – if you don’t believe us check the containers.

RIP Tardar Sauce AKA Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat, the feline famous on the internet for her permanent scowl, has died aged seven, her owners say. A statement says she died on Tuesday following complications from a recent urinary tract infection. The cat from Arizona had “helped millions of people smile”.

Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online. Her image quickly spread as a meme.  According to owner Tabitha Bundesen, her facial expression was caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite. Grumpy Cat travelled the world making television appearances and in 2014 even starred in her own Christmas film.  Madame Tussauds in San Francisco unveiled a waxwork of her in 2015. Her Instagram account has more than two million followers. Grumpy’s face has starred in thousands of memes with many people choosing to share them again after hearing the news of her death.

In 2018, her owners won a $710,000 (£555,000) payout in a copyright lawsuit. Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of the US coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat’s image. The company only had rights to use the cat to sell its “Grumppuccino” iced drink, but was also selling other Grumpy products. Ms Bundesen previously worked as a waitress before her beloved pet gained internet stardom. She told the Express newspaper that she quit her job “within days” of Grumpy’s first appearance on social media.

Some Weird Laws In Australia


1. It is illegal to wear hot pink hot pants after midday on a Sunday

2. It’s an offence to possess 50kgs of potatoes in Western Australia

3. Taxi cabs in Queensland are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk

4. Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons

5. You must have a neck to knee swimsuit in order to swim at Brighton Beach (Melbourne)

6. The Summary Offences Act of 1966 deems it illegal to be heard by someone singing an obscene song. Does that include Taylor Swift? Oops…

7. It is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burglar

8. It is illegal to dress up as Robin and Batman

9. Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb

10. It is illegal to be drunk in a pub

11. It is illegal to read someone’s tarot or give them a psychic reading as these are forms of witchcraft

12. Having an article of disguise without a lawful excuse is illegal

13. In the Gold Coast, it is illegal for women to wear a bikini whose material exceeds six square inches. Good bye brazilian bikini bottoms!

14. It is illegal to leave your car keys inside an unattended vehicle

15. If advertising a lost or stolen item, you must include the caption “no questions will be asked.” So does that mean that theives can get away with stolen goods?

16. Life sentences cannot exceed 25 years. Are we really that laid back?

17. If a urinal is not readily available, it is legal to urinate on the rear left tyre of your vehicle

18. In Melbourne, it is against the law to vacuum between 10pm and 7am during weekdays, and 10pm and 9am during weekends. Yep. We like our sleep.

19. Children aren’t allowed to purchase cigarettes, but there is no law specifically stating that they cannot smoke them

Notre-Dame Cathedral In Flames

A major fire has engulfed the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, one of France’s most famous landmarks. The 850-year-old Gothic building’s spire and roof have collapsed but the main structure, including the two bell towers, has been saved, officials say. Firefighters are still working to contain the blaze as teams try to salvage the artwork stored inside. President Emmanuel Macron called it a “terrible tragedy”. The cause of the fire is not yet clear.

Officials say it could be linked to the renovation work that began after cracks appeared in the stone, sparking fears the structure could become unstable. Paris prosecutor’s office said it had opened an inquiry into “accidental destruction by fire”. A firefighter was seriously injured while tackling the blaze. Visibly emotional, Mr Macron said the “worst had been avoided” and vowed to launch an international fundraising scheme to rebuild the cathedral. The fire began at around 18:30 (16:30 GMT) and quickly reached the roof of the cathedral, destroying its stained-glass windows and the wooden interior before toppling the spire.

Some 500 firefighters worked to prevent one of the bell towers from collapsing. More than four hours later, fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the main structure had been “saved and preserved” from total destruction. Sections of the cathedral were under scaffolding as part of the extensive renovations and 16 copper statues had been removed last week. Deputy Paris Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said the building had suffered “colossal damages”, and teams were working to save the cathedral’s remaining artwork.

Some Weird Laws In The UK

  • Under an 1839 law, it is illegal to knock on someone’s door and walk away. That includes ringing a doorbell without excuse.
  • According to Section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 “every person found drunk in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on any licensed premises” could face a £200 fine.
  • Section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “roll or carry any cask, tub, hoop, or wheel, or any ladder, plank, pole, showboard, or placard, upon any footway, except for the purpose of loading or unloading any cart or carriage, or of crossing the footway”.
  • According to Section 32 of the Salmon Act 1986 it is illegal “to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances”.
    Residents on a new development in Beverley, East Yorkshire, are subject to a “restrictive covenant” which bans them from hanging out the washing or airing clothes outside.
  • The Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “fly any kite or play at any game to the annoyance of the inhabitants or passengers […] in any street”.
  • Daventry Council, Northamptonshire, has a fine of up to £100 for dog walkers caught without a poop bag.
  • Section 60 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to beat a doormat in the street after 8am. Beating your carpet at any time of day could mean a £500 fine.
  • All beached whales and sturgeons must be offered to the Reigning Monarch.
  • No person shall, in the course of a business, import into England, potatoes which he knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, are from Poland

Another 15 Crazy / Weird Laws In The USA

Kansas: Despite the fact that the law explicitly outlaws the throwing of snowballs, Topeka mayor Bill Bunten made international headlines in 2005 when he declared his intention to overthrow the ban in a hail of powdery projectiles.

Kentucky: Some places have a tradition of selling artificially dyed chicks and baby bunnies around Easter, but not Kentucky. At least, not if you’re selling less than six at a time.

Louisiana: When you’re down in the Big Easy, nothing hits the spot like a big bowl of jambalaya. Word to the wise, though: If prepared “in the traditional manner for public consumption,” the dish is not bound to follow certain sanitation codes.

Maine: If you’re playing beano in Maine (not that Beano; it’s a game not unlike bingo), you should feel free to take all of the bathroom breaks you need. The beano conductor will play your hand for you unless you’re playing high-stakes beano.

Maryland: Pottymouths should watch themselves the next time they’re on the Eastern seaboard. In Rockville, Maryland, they’ll face a $100 fine for cursingon a sidewalk or road.

Massachusetts: You know how everywhere “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played, a dance party breaks out? Not in Massachusetts, where it is strictly forbidden to dance to the national anthem.

Michigan: Some states put down strict laws about when and where you can sell alcoholic beverages and other controlled substances, but in Michigan, it’s cars that can’t be sold on Sundays.

Minnesota: It might sound like a lot of fun, but oiled-pig catching contestsare absolutely not allowed in Minnesota. The same law outlaws turkey scrambles, when the unfortunate bird is thrown into the air and players rush to catch it.

Mississippi: Okay, this is a very bizarre law (and one made specifically to make a political point). In 2013, governor Phil Bryant signed into law a declaration that no one could ever restrict the size of a cup for sugary drinks.

Missouri: If a bull or ram of a certain age is able to roam free for three days or more, at least three townsfolk report it, and the owner does not claim it, then anyone can feel free to capture and castrate it without facing liability for damages.

Montana: Our favorite laws are the ones that offer a glimpse of what life was like in eras past. Apparently, in Montana’s past, train jackers stopping a locomotive with a herd of grazing animals was a major problem.

Nebraska: To be perfectly frank, this law seems illegal, immoral, and hard to enforce. But if you’re following the letter of the law, then anyone with a sexually transmitted disease is forbidden to get married.

Nevada: Back before we wrapped our minds around how dangerous radiation could be, every shoe store was outfitted with an X-ray-based fitting machine. But you won’t find any in Nevada — they’ve been outlawed since 1960.

New Hampshire: In New Hampshire, the seaweed that washes onshore can be collected and turned into fertilizer for a profit. But if you’re thinking of heading out to the beach in the early hours before the crowds, think again — you can’t collect seaweed at night.

New Jersey: Bulletproof vests are legal in New Jersey unless you’re wearing one while committing a crime. In other words, bank robbery is super illegal, but it’s even more illegal if you have body armor on.