5 More Weird Laws In France

1. Don’t let the kids have ketchup : Since 2011, a law forbids school cafeterias from serving ketchup. This strange law is apparently the result of a crusade by Christopher Hebert, the president of the Association nationale des directeurs de la restauration municipale. We’re not sure what the guy really holds against ketchup, whose ingredients (tomatoes, vinegar, sugar) are not even unhealthy, except maybe for yet another anti-American sentiment.

2. You have to say bonjour : While it’s just a local ordinance, this weird law from a small town in the North of France merits its place here. After an angry local resident forgot his manners with a civil servant in 2011, the local council of Lhéraule decided to adopt the decree. It states you’ll promptly and unceremoniously get thrown out of the town hall if you don’t use the proper civilities such as “hello” and “thank you”.

3. You can write a check on toilet paper: Your banker probably won’t take it, but your check doesn’t need to come out of your checkbook. French financial law states that you can write it on literally any blank piece of paper of your choosing, as long as it contains all the relevant information.

4. You can divorce your husband if he watches too much football : It’s not that strange of a law as it appears at first glance. As you can divorce your partner on grounds of infidelity, there is also such a thing as intellectual infidelity. If your spouse spends way too many hours watching games on the tube and hurling insults at the PSG (or OL, depending on where you live), you can call it quits. Another unexpected legal ground for divorce is “physical” infidelity – not in the sexual sense, but rather physical integrity. For example, if your wife smokes like a chimney and puts your health at risk, you are allowed to pack your bags in search of fresh air.

5. You can’t get drunk at work, unless it’s on wine : This funny law is just… so French. Obviously you can’t drink at work! Well yes you can. As long as it’s wine, beer, cider or hydromel. Of course you can’t get plastered, but if you’re celebrating Jean’s retirement, you can do so (responsibly) as long as you’re not doing tequila shots on his desk.

5 Weird, Funny & Outdated Laws In France

1. Snails must have their own ticket on French trains : Snails on a train! While it sounds like the French remake of the infamous movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, it turns out it’s just a reminder that animals weighing less than five kilos must travel with their own ticket. That includes the French’s favorite breakfast treat, as a non-plussed Frenchman found out in 2008 while transporting his snail harvest on the TGV.

2. You can’t name your pig Napoléon : If it turns out Napoleon wasn’t in fact ridiculously short, he sure acted like he had a complex. It was illegal to make fun of him, including specifically to name your pig after him. That weird 19th-century law is still in effect today in France. So, you can call your pig whatever you like, but certainly not Napoléon. Ironically, did you know that Napoléon is the ruler who established today’s French civil code?

3. Don’t kiss in a French train station : The SNCF (French railways) got tired of the delays caused by couples kissing their farewells on platforms. Thus was born this weird French law that prohibits making out once the train has pulled up to the station. No worries, you probably won’t get arrested – or even scolded – for frenching your goodbyes in Gare du Nord. However, you may get so distracted that you’ll miss your train.

4. Women who want to dress like a man must first ask the police : French women are known for their feminine fashion sense, but it’s not due to this outdated law from the 19th century. However, it’s never been taken out of the law books. Officially, if you’d like to wear a pantsuit, you must get authorization from the nearest precinct, as well as a medical certificate. Another weird law that frowns upon women wearing pants in France states that the only exception is when they’re riding a bike or a horse.

5. You must listen to French music : As a last-ditch attempt to put the brakes on America’s cultural imperialism, the French passed a law in 1994 that insists that 40% of music played on French radio stations must be by French artists.Adopted in the hope to promote and preserve French culture and language, the law proved to be very unpopular. Thus the French music quota was decreased to 35% in 2016. Radio stations that specialize in foreign music were also granted an exception. They are only obligated to play 15% of Charles Trenet and Yvette Horner.

Seven Somewhat Strange Laws In Germany

RECYCLING IS A BIG THING

In Germany, there are stickers for waste separation. Every house in Germany must have four different garbage cans, including organic waste, general garbage, plastic, and paper. Placing trash in the wrong will result in a fine. Some houses even have more than four different garbage cans.

DO NOT DRINK WHILE DRIVING

It is a known rule that driving under influence of alcohol is forbidden. However, Germany takes things to the next level. In Germany, cycling whilst drunk is also forbidden. The level is blood alcohol level of 1.6 percent or more. If you drive a bike while under the influence, Germany officers can confiscate your driving license, and you will have to undergo a medical-psychological-assessment test. If you fail to pass the MPA, your license will be revoked.

BE MINDFUL OF YOUR FUEL

If you are driving a car in Germany, or any other vehicle for that matter, you must always pay attention to your fuel levels. It is your obligation to make sure your tank is filled up all the time. If you are driving on the Autobahn, the world famous speed-limit free highway system, it can be a problem. You are forbidden to stop on the Autobahn, and running out of fuel is not a good reason for stopping. In fact, you might be even fined for personal negligence and need to pay a fine.

PLAYING MUSIC AT NIGHT

Germans love their silence, and there are laws that protect them from people trying to play music at night. There are many rules, regulations, and laws that make music or practicing your instrument impossible. IN rental apartments, it is allowed between 8:00 and 12:00, and then between 14:00 and 20:00. It is also worth noting that the length of playing time is also limited. You cannot play all the time at these time frames. Depending on the instrument, you get different time length. For example, piano players get up to two hours per day. Drummers are limited to 45 minutes in the summer and 90 minutes in the winter.

YOU CANNOT KEEP URNS AT HOME

Germans has a “law of cemetery compulsion”, demanding that all mortal remains are deposited in a designed space. That is either a cemetery or as part of an official burial at sea. This law was originally conceived for hygienic reasons. Therefore, it is forbidden to keep urns at home.

SUNDAY IS A DAY OFF

We talked how Germans love their silence. Well, that applies especially for Sundays. Almost everything is closed on Sunday, except for churches. You cannot do home renovations on Sunday as well. Drilling on Sunday is illegal.

SPECIAL RULES FOR BEER

During the annual Oktoberfest in Munich, there are strict specifications for the beer that is served there. The beer can be brewed according to the German Purity Law. That means that permitted ingredients are only water, yeast, malt, and hops. Also, the beer must be brewed within the city walls of Munich to be allowed at the festival.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Top 11 Beer Facts Every Beer Lover Should Know

1. Oldest recorded brewery : Beer is the oldest recorded recipe in the world. The first known barley beer can be traced back to around 5,000 B.C.

2. World’s oldest operating brewery : Established in 1040, in Weihenstephan, Germany, Weihenstephan is the world’s oldest operating brewery.

3. World’s most consumed alcoholic drink : Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage drink worldwide. In fact, after water and tea, beer is the most commonly consumed drink in the world.

4. Strongest Beer in the World : The strongest beer in the world has a strength of 67.5% alcohol by volume. This beer was created in 2017 by the Scottish brewery Brewmeister. The beer is called Snake Venom.

5. Top beer-producing countries : China, the US, Brazil, Mexico, and Germany are the top beer-producing countries in the world, even while global sales are down.

6. Leading beer brand worldwide : According to Brand Directory ranking, the leading beer brand worldwide is Corona. The value of this brand is more than $11.4 billion dollars. In second place is Heineken, in third place is Budweiser. The top five also include Victoria and Bud Light.

7. Most popular beer style : Lager is the most popular beer style in the world. Budweiser, Coors Light, Corona and Michelob Ultra are all lagers. These come from large beer producers, which accounts for roughly 87% of the beer marketplace in the U.S.

8. Beer health benefits : Beer is made from natural ingredients, including malted cereals (most often barley), hops, yeast and water. Thanks to these, beer contains minerals, vitamins, fibre and polyphenols that can positively contribute to a person’s diet.

9. Country with most expensive beer : Qatar has the most expensive beer in the world, with an average price of USD $11.26 (Rs. 830.76) per 330ml bottle.

10. Country with the cheapest beer : The cheapest beer is in South Africa, where the average price is $1.68 per bottle. The Czech Republic has the highest consumption rate, with 468 beers per person per year. The cheapest beer is in South Africa, where the average price is $1.68 per bottle.

11. Largest number of beers consumed in a single sitting : Andre the Giant holds the world record for the largest number of beers consumed in a single sitting. During a six-hour period, Andre drink 119, 12-ounce bottles of beer.

Happy International Beer Day – August 6th, 2021

Beer is  one of the oldest drinks the world has ever known. International Beer Day gives fans worldwide just one more excuse to have a round on the first Friday in August. Beer has a reputation as the drink of choice for the ordinary working man or woman. When it’s served up cold and frothy or strong and We celebrate International Beer Day on the first Friday in August every year – August 6, 2021 –, when summer’s end begins to loom large. The start of another weekend beckons us to put aside our work, set aside differences, and come together to celebrate our shared love of beer.

Founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California by Jesse Avshalomov, since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event in the western United States into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 80 countries and 6 continents. Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes:

  1. To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer.
  2. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
  3. To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.

Participants are encouraged to give one another the ‘gift of beer’ by buying each other drinks, and to express gratitude to brewers, bartenders, and other beer technicians. In the international spirit of the holiday, it is also suggested that participants step out of their domestic/locally brewed comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture. Popular forms of International Beer Day Events include: Tapping of new or rare beers, all-day happy hours, beer flights, trivia nights, binge drinking and other games (such as beer pong), beer/food pairings and beer gear giveaways.

Odd & Weird Laws In Quebec

Quebec law states that all business signs must be in French. You can use English prints, but they must be twice smaller than French. And no language other than French is permitted to be shown out doors.

While not always enforced, it is illegal to have a “for sale” sign in a car while driving. In Montreal it’s against the law to block your own driveway with your car. Doing so can earn you a $52 ticket. It is also prohibited for drivers to turn right on a red light in Montreal.

Having a home with more than two different colours of paint will earn you a fine if you live in Beaconsfield, Quebec, where houses should be only two colours — or, even better, just one!

It’s Illegal to Remove a Bandage in Public. Although many of us have publicly removed old bandages from wounds, this could not be done under Canadian law. If you remove the bandage somewhere in public, including parks or sidewalks, you can consider yourself a criminal.

Practicing witchcraft (even if it’s faked) is 100% illegal. The law remained unchanged in Canada over the centuries but for the addition of the word “fraudulently” in the 1950s. This means that practicing witchcraft is not a crime in Canada, but faking it in order to extort or deceive others is. In fact, in a news release announcing one of the arrests, police were careful to note that the “charge is not connected in any way to any religion.”

Strange Laws & Customs in Brazil

1. Ladies cannot go topless on the beaches : Many people mistakenly think that its okay for women to go topless on Brazilian beaches. Sorry guys, that’s not the case. Scantily clad, sure (wait til you see some of those barely-there bikinis!) but taking that top off is officially not allowed. In fact, you could be sited for public indecency or indecent exposure. There seem to be liberties taken during Carnival, however.

2. A Lesson in Brazilian Gestures : Fingers are pretty important, and when it comes to gesturing in Brazil, they really up the ante. For example, if you have a close friend, other people know this when the two of you rub your index fingers together. Watch out, because what Americans use as the signal for “OK” is seen as an insult, much like giving someone the finger. In Australia, Europe, North America, and South Africa, it’s rude to stick your thumb between your middle and index finger, but in Brazil you can let loose and use the finger as much as you like, as it’s a gesture meaning good luck. Lastly, suck on your tongue if you’re feeling left out, and the customary thumbs up or down mean approval or disapproval respectively.

3. Brazil Has an Interesting Way With Prisoners : On the (hopefully) off-chance you ever get sent to a Brazilian prison, they have some innovative programs for inmates to reduce their sentences there. One such program allows them to get decreased time for pedaling a special bicycle that generates electricity for the town plaza. Another program allows inmates to shave four days off their sentence for each book they read, up to a maximum of 48 days. This “Redemption Through Reading” helps prisoners be better educated when they rejoin the outside world.

4. Banking Without Benefits : If you’re planning to visit a Brazilian bank, leave your cell phone out of it. The majority of the country’s cities and towns prohibit cell phone use in banking institutions, and penalize those agencies that do not comply with the law by fining them. It’s understandable, as this law was enforced to protect bank patrons from theft on exiting the banks.

5. It is legal for a man to divorce his wife if he finds out after marriage that she wasn’t a virgin.

6 .It’s illegal to sell watermelons in the city of Rio Claro. Why does this law exist? We have no idea.

The Grand Big Mac – How Big Is It?

So apparently this summer, McDonald’s Canada & McDonald’s UK gave Big Mac fans cause for celebration with the addition of the Grand Big Mac to nationwide menus at participating restaurants for a limited time. A twist on the legendary fan favourite, the Grand Big Mac is a bigger Big Mac with even more of the iconic, quality ingredients that Big Mac lovers appreciate.

To unveil the Grand Big Mac, McDonald’s is using ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) to awaken guests’ senses to the grandeur of its new burger. The unique “Grand Big Mac Sounds” experience, available via YouTube, takes guests on a journey to discover what makes the Grand Big Mac so special: the sound of a sizzling patty, the squeeze of Big Mac sauce, the rustle of crisp lettuce, and the nestling of the burger on the bun, that will leave listeners’ mouths watering in anticipation.

The Big Mac is one of McDonald’s biggest, most iconic burgers, and in launching the Grand Big Mac, the company wanted to help guests not just see but hear how epic it really is. Being immersed in the sounds of the Grand Big Mac not only sparks your senses in a way you likely haven’t experienced before, but also celebrates a guest favourite in a joyful, unique way and communicates how the Grand Big Mac gives you more of what you love.

The Grand Big Mac has the same ingredients as a Big Mac – two 100% beef patties, a slice of cheese, lettuce, onion, pickles and McDonald’s trademark sauce in a sesame-topped bun – but is described as “just bigger and better”, with the company saying: “What could possibly be better than a Big Mac? A BIGGER Big Mac.”

Weird Wedding Traditions From Around The World

Scotland: Blackening – Taking stag and hen traditions to the extreme, in parts of Scotland – usually in the Orkney Islands, Fife, Aberdeenshire and Angus – grooms and brides-to-be are subjected to a particularly grimy ritual known as ‘blackening’. Usually taking place the day before a wedding, blackening involves the bride or groom’s friends seizing the soon to be wed and covering them in a mixture of treacle, soot, feathers and flour before noisily parading them through the streets. According to the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness, the tradition is carried out to ward off evil spirits.

Germany: Polterabend & Baumstamm Sägen – On the eve of some German weddings, guests of the couple will gather at the house of the bride and smash pieces of crockery in a tradition known as Polterabend believed to bring good luck to the bride and groom. The couple are then required to clean up the debris to demonstrate that by working together they can overcome any challenge the face in married life. A similar tradition is that of Baumstamm sägen, in which newlyweds saw a log in half in front of their guests, again symbolizing the importance of cooperation in their marriage.

Inner Mongolia: Chick Liver – Before they can even set the date of their wedding, couples from the Daur people of China’s Inner Mongolia must observe a tradition that involves the killing of a chick. The couple take a knife and together kill and gut the baby chicken before inspecting its liver. If the chick’s liver is in a healthy condition, the couple can set a date for their wedding but if they discover that the chick’s liver is of poor quality or diseased they must repeat the process until they find a healthy liver.

Malaysia and Indonesia: Borneo’s Bathroom Ban – Members of Malaysia and Indonesia’s Tidong people in Borneo observe a tradition that states the bride and groom must not leave their home or use the bathroom for three whole days after their wedding ceremony and are kept under watchful guard and allowed only a small amount of food and drink. In Tidong culture, not observing the ritual is said to tarnish the bride and groom with bad luck often resulting in infidelity, the breakup of their marriage or the death of their children.

China: Crying Ritual – Weddings are often an emotional affair, but in certain parts of China crying is a required part of preparation for marriage. A month before their forthcoming nuptials, Tujia brides will cry for one hour each day. Ten days into the ritual, the bride is joined by her mother and ten days after that, the bride’s grandmother joins the weeping duo and eventually other female family members will join in the cacophony of crying. Termed Zuo Tang in the western Sichuan province, the ritual is said to date back to China’s Warring States era when the mother of a Zhao princess broke down in tears at her wedding.

Dominos In Japan Serves A Fish n’Chips Pizza


Of all the things that is unholy and blasphemous! The debate about the best football team in Europe may be over with the conclusion of Euro 2020, but food jokes about the two finalists, England and Italy, are still continuing unabated on social media. Domino’s Japan has created a ‘Fish and Chips pizza’, that is topped with lemon slices, potatoes, basil and tomato sauce. In a move that some in the media have referred to the monstrocity as “Japan Dominos have invented a dish that insults both England and Italy”!

The ‘Fish and Chips vs Pizza’ memes and jokes started trending just after England and Italy qualified for the finals. Social media users argued which cuisine is better and even turned food pictures into memes with texts like ‘don’t add pineapples to pizza’, ‘you cannot put fish on chips’, ‘fish and chips or pasta’. As the nations were divided after the final match, a food brand has created a pizza to bring the two groups of fans back together. The tweet garnered thousands of reactions and resonated with other users who agreed the invention was an insult to both countries.

Domino’s Japan responded from their official handle “We are sorry our fish and chip pizza has caused so much trouble. We think it’s quite delicious. If you are in Japan and would like to challenge let us knowThumbs up We may be able to work out a plan internally that we can offer to you for free!”

Weird Laws In British Columbia

Port Coquitlam
You may find yourself in handcuffs if you don’t keep the cows off the street in Port Coquitlam. Might this law have been enacted after a reckless cowboy drove his cattle through the city streets? Port Coquitlam also has some particular pet-centric bylaws. Rat colonies are not welcome (four is the limit) and the number of pet snakes must be kept to a minimum.

Smithers
Bylaw number 771 in the town of Smithers states that the town is officially a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. Enacted in 1986, the bylaw may seem archaic now, but at the time it was a symbol of the town’s opposition to the nuclear arms race. By retaining the law Smithers makes its stance on nuclear war very clear.

Oak Bay
Oak Bay keeps strict tabs on animals living within city limits. Bylaw 4013 specifically prohibits “habitually noisy dogs” and your pet parrot must be quiet and confined to your property. Should your parrot be impounded by the city (for trespassing?) it will cost you $6.00 plus boarding fees, compounded daily. Oh, and keep your bees away from your neighbour’s pond. You can be fined for that.

Quesnel
If you keep pigeons in the city of Quesnel you’d best keep a close watch on them. Particularly, do not allow them to perch on anyone else’s property. Alas your birds can only gaze longingly at streetlights and overpass signs. A 1965 law prohibits any public sport that is likely to frighten horses- unless you have obtained written permission beforehand. Another law from the same time period prohibited the display of merchandise on the sidewalk except for “prepackaged frozen confections.” It seems town leaders had an affinity for ice cream.

Vancouver
Selling stoves seems innocuous enough, right? So it’s curious what prompted the 1947 law in Vancouver that made it illegal to sell stoves on a Wednesday within city limits. Fortunately the law was eventually repealed…after almost 40 years.

Weird Laws In Saskatchewan

  • It is illegal to allow a chicken to cross the road
  • It is illegal to drink any hard alcohol other than rye
  • All clothing with hoods must be called bunnyhugs and ljefhlhakdqa
  • Chocolate milk must be called THE LEGENDARY BROWN COW MILK
  • it is illegal to ride your moose through your neighbors igloos if under the influence of alcohol
  • In Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan walking down the street with your shoelace undone could get you into some serious trouble, but only if you’re in your teens for some reason.
  • Supposedly to curb sex-trafficking and organized crime, the Saskatchewan Alcohol Control Regulations (2016) stipulate that strip-tease performances may only be performed in bars by special licence once per year for charitable causes. Dry (no liquor) strip clubs are perfectly legal though.
  • Doggie doo is often a problem addressed through bylaws, with Tisdale, Sask. being particular strict. Dog owners in that city must clean up all poop from their properties each day, unless they want to deal with fines that can reach $250 per offence.
  • Tisdale also requires female dogs to be kept inside when they are in heat. Many communities have similar guidelines. Estevan, Sask. has a somewhat looser rule: Dogs in heat there are allowed outside to use the bathroom.

Weird Laws In Morocco

1. Shopkeepers are required to use red ink to write the price on books or magazines sold in installments.

2 . It is illegal to kill a mouse unless for consumption.

3. Arabic bibles – It’s ok to have Bibles in all other languages except Arabic. This is seen as undermining Islam. In the same way, you can be arrested for trying to convert an Islamic Moroccan to Christianity.

4. If you are with a friend when he gets busted for having drugs, you will be arrested for the same crime – Morocco drug laws are strange since you can be prosecuted for being found in the company of a person who has drugs even if you have none. You’ll both get charged with the same crime and be given the same sentence.

5. Children over the age of 12 are prohibited from telling Knock-Knock jokes.

6. HomosexualityThis will only cause you problems if you display your relationship in public or if one or both of the parties are Moroccan. If you’re discreet its highly unlikely that you’ll get arrested.

Weird Laws In Cuba


Foreigners at home: Overcrowding is a major problem in many Latin American cities. To prevent it from happening in Havana, the government enacted a law in 1997 that forbids rural residents from moving to the capital. Anyone who does so becomes an illegal migrant in his or her own country—and faces deportation. This prevents citizens living in impoverished areas from seeking opportunities in the city. Even more controversial is the fact that rural Cubans tend to be darker skinned, prompting accusations that the law is rooted in racism.

Thumbs out: Because very few Cubans own cars, hitchhiking is encouraged. In larger cities and towns, there are even designated stops where people gather to wait for rides. Government cars, distinguishable by white, blue, and brown license plates, are legally required to pick up hitchhikers if they have room for passengers. During daylight hours, these stops are manned by officials who will report any car that fails to do so.

Visitors unwelcome: As a foreigner, don’t expect the same treatment. While private cars will happily offer rides to their fellow Cuban hitchhikers, they’re actually forbidden to pick up foreign tourists unless they have a taxi license. Similarly, don’t plan on staying overnight at the home of a new Cuban friend—because that’s forbidden, too. Only legally recognized casas particulares—private accommodations—are allowed to host foreigners … after paying the government for a permit.

Where’s the beef? Cubans may have an edge when it comes to couch surfing or a free ride, but in every other case, tourists get the best of the best—particularly when it comes to food. Only state-owned hotels and restaurants are allowed to serve lobster or beef—places where Cubans generally can’t afford to eat. Purchasing either on the black market can result in jail time.

Mocktail: When you order a Cuba Libre (“free Cuba”) cocktail—a mixture of cola, light rum, and lime—in its namesake country, don’t expect it to be made with Coca Cola, which is banned for the same reason as Monopoly. Nor will it be made with Bacardi, which is no longer sold in Cuba despite the distillery’s origins in Santiago de Cuba in 1862. Oh, and don’t call it a Cuba Libre. Cubans prefer to call it mentirita—“little lie.”

Weird Laws In Norway

Leaving infants outside in below-freezing temperatures: legal
If you’re not from the Nordic countries, chances are you’ll be shocked to see that leaving sleeping babies in their strollers on streets, alongside cafes, and without a parent, is normal, legal, and even encouraged at times. Some parents claim the practice builds character and immunity against diseases.

Not having beer during your Christmas feast: (technically) illegal
When Norway was Christianized in the early Middle Ages century, many rulers led with the intent to honor God through their laws. For King Hakon the Good, this was done by brewing beer at Christmastime. If no beer was brewed, culprits were forced to pay a steep fine.

Norwegians were purportedly ordered to brew beer in preparation for All Saints’ Day, in addition to the Christmas beer, some centuries later. Punishments for refusal to comply were much stringent than the Christmas beer, demanding an initial fine, and eventual exile if the “criminal” activity persisted.

Mandatorily carrying a firearm: legal (in some places)
On the Arctic island archipelago of Svalbard – located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole – residents share their home turf with wild polar bears. Polar bears pose a danger to humans who get too close or endanger the bears themselves. Because of this, it is illegal to leave a human settlement in Svalbard unless you’re carrying a firearm, or are accompanied by an expert carrying a firearm.

Being buried in Longyearbyen: illegal
Another strange law out of Svalbard. Some people (mistakenly) think that it’s illegal to die in Svalbard. Laws regarding morbidity in a certain place, formally known as the prohibition of death, date back to the 5th century when Greek inhabitants on the island of Delos considered the island too sacred for someone to die there.

Though dying isn’t outlawed on Longyearbyen explicitly… It’s discouraged. Temperatures on the world’s most northern settlement can reach less than 30 degrees Celsius. The extreme cold forces the ground into a permanent state of permafrost: nothing thaws and nothing decomposes – including dead bodies. Not only do they take up space, but they also pose a health hazard as well, as viruses or diseases are perfectly preserved too.

5 More Weird Laws In Belgium

6. Belgium allows the personal possession of cannabis

Although Belgium historically had a strict stance towards all drugs, Belgium relaxed their laws on the personal possession of cannabis in 2003. Now in Belgium it is legal to possess up to 3g of cannabis. Recent comments have hinted at stricter policies but will likely mostly affect smoking in public, while possession continues to still be technically legal.

7. The Belgian King can mobilize troops in independent Congo

Although the Congo declared independence in 1960, the Belgian King can by law mobilize the ‘Belgian-Congo’ military and take any necessary means to protect the country in a war, or even implement proactive measures in times of peace. Naturally, this is a law that has not been invoked much in the past few decades.

8. ‘GAS’: a ban on civil and social practices

The biggest source of Belgium’s weird laws is the Communal Administrative Sanctions (Gemeentelijke Administratieve Sancties, or GAS). These were a number of relatively minor laws, with fines up to €250. Introduced in 1999, they gave local authorities the power to address petty nuisances. A number of municipalities used GAS to cover their civic duty, like restricting children’s games for safety reasons.

9. Dogs and oxen can propel army vehicles

Several of Belgians weird laws revolve around the pursuit of advancing technology. One such law dating to 1939 concerns the military, which dictates that ‘beasts of burden (horses, oxen, dogs, etc.)’ can be requisitioned for any vehicles employed by the army. Although, perhaps that wouldn’t be useful if a drone runs out of fuel.

10. You can keep your last cow, pig, goats, sheep, and chickens

Belgian law provides a list of items that a bailiff cannot seize. Although a handy list, it includes some outdated elements such as livestock and one month’s worth of livestock feed. It is yet to be seen if this law would safeguard the chickens and pork fillets in your freezer.