Bizarre laws in the United States (I Fought the Law: Photographs by Olivia Locher)
From the prohibition of serving alcohol to moose in Alaska to the prohibition of flushing the toilet after 10:00 PM in Switzerland - these are some of the strangest laws in the world that few people know about and they may bring with them high fines and even imprisonment.
Did you know, for example, that in some parts of Spain it is forbidden to build castles in the sand, while in Scotland it is forbidden to ride a cow while drunk.
how do you say?
If you drink - don't ride cows.
MailOnline has found 21 of the strangest laws in the world and here they are for you to learn before flying to your next destination.
1. It is illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to moose in Alaska
It is illegal to serve alcohol to moose in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Deer can be aggressive if they drink alcohol or fermented fruit.
In 2007, a moose, later nicknamed Buzzwinkle by locals, went on a drunken rampage after drinking from the local brewery.
He got tangled up in the Christmas lights display and was found unconscious by locals in the town square.
As a result, a law was later passed to try to prevent such situations.
2. Flushing the toilet after 22:00 is illegal in Switzerland
It is illegal to flush the toilet after 10pm if you live in an apartment building in Switzerland - as the government considers this a level of noise that disturbs the neighbours.
The owners of the apartments usually instruct the tenants not to flush the water in their toilets between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM since this may disturb the neighbors.
Just check what time it is first (Photo: ShutterStock, Kitti.s)
3. Do not fall asleep in a meeting with Kim Jong Un
If you dare to fall asleep while the North Korean dictator is speaking, the consequences could be fatal.
Defense Minister Hyun Yong Chol was executed after apparently falling asleep during an official event attended by the country's leader Kim Jong Un.
He was executed with an anti-aircraft weapon in 2014. In 2016, a North Korean firing squad shot and killed Kim Yong-jin, the vice minister of education, for falling asleep during a meeting with the dictator.
Kim Yong-jin was interrogated and labeled as an 'anti-party and anti-revolutionary instigator' and sentenced to death.
4. It is forbidden to ride a cow while drunk in Scotland
, unlike stags, the cow is legally allowed for hire - but the person riding it must be sober.
In Scotland it is an offense to drunkenly ride a cow (or horse), under the Licensing Act of 1872. If the rider is found guilty he can be sent to prison for a year.
5. It is illegal to swear in the United Arab Emirates
In the United Arab Emirates, if you are caught cursing in public, you may face a fine, imprisonment or deportation.
The country's penal code states that "swearing insults a person's dignity or modesty."
The law includes not only the spoken word, but also text messages and social media posts, including "obscene" emojis.
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6. It's illegal to fart in a public place in Florida after 6:00 pm In
Florida in the US it's illegal to fart in a public place after 6:00 pm, as it would be considered a public nuisance. It's not clear how this law will be enforced - but maybe it's better to hurry home If you feel you must.
7. Sandcastle building ban on some beaches in Spain
In some areas of Spain it is illegal for children and adults alike to build sandcastles on beaches. In 2016, Benidorm City Hall voted to ban sandcastles on Levante Beach - and if you are caught building them, You could face a fine of up to €150. The same rule applies in Arona and Erica in Tenerife, where the public is required to apply for a building permit to the municipality before building a sandcastle.
8. Women are not allowed to wear bikinis or men to go shirtless in Barcelona
In Barcelona, men are not allowed to walk the streets bare-chested and women are not allowed to wear bikinis - except on the city's beaches.
Walking the streets of the city in only swimwear can result in a fine of 250 euros.
Officials introduced the ban on the public wearing swimwear on the streets of Barcelona in 2011 after locals were frustrated by the number of tourists walking around restaurants and shops shirtless - or in the case of women, in bikinis.
In Spain only with a building permit (Photo: ShutterStock)
9. Prohibition of fireworks in Norway - except on New Year's Eve
in Norway, it is forbidden to light fireworks, except on New Year's Eve from 18:00 until 3:00 in the morning, on January 1 each year.
Any candle distillation that is lit at any other time of the year is illegal.
There are also strict rules about when and where the public can buy fireworks in Norway and in fact they can only be bought in the days before Rosh Hashanah.
10. Dog owners must walk their dogs at least three times a day in Turin, Italy
Dog owners in Turin, Italy will be fined up to €500 if they don't walk their dogs at least three times a day according to a city council law.
Italians could be fined up to €10,000 and spend a year in prison if found guilty of torturing or abandoning their pets.
11. Stores in Russia are not allowed to sell women's lace underwear
Lace underwear is prohibited for sale in Russia according to regulations introduced in 2014.
A customs union made up of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan introduced a regulation requiring clothing to contain at least 6% cotton "for health and safety reasons".
Underwear that does not meet this requirement, including competitive underwear, is not available in those countries.
The production and import of underwear was also stopped.
You owe me a third time (Photo: ShutterStock)
12. Married women are not allowed to drink more than one glass of wine in restaurants in Bolivia In
La Paz, Bolivia, a strange law does not allow restaurants or bars to serve married women more than one glass of wine.
According to reports, the law is supposed to prevent married women from "acting morally and sexually frivolously and flirting with other men" while under the influence of alcohol.
You will be surprised, but the law does not apply to married men.
13. People are not allowed to mow the lawn on Sunday in Norway In
Norway, Sunday is a day of rest and by law any activity that makes a lot of noise is prohibited on it - and this includes mowing the lawn.
If your neighbors call the police with complaints about lawn mowing noise coming from your house, the police will order you to stop.
If you don't, they may visit your home and hand you a painful fine.
14. It is illegal to litter in Singapore
In Singapore, it is illegal to throw garbage on the floor - and offenders can receive a fine of up to 1,000 Singapore dollars (3,000 shekels).
Offenders caught again will be fined S$2,000 and have to do community service.
The caught litterers, according to the law, are required to spend several hours cleaning a public place, such as a park, while wearing bright jackets.
Occasionally the local media is invited to cover the event.
Not on Sundays (Photo: ShutterStock)
15. Banning overweight in Japan
Apart from sumo wrestlers, people in Japan will be fined if their waistline is too big, in a national attempt to slim down citizens.
According to the Metabo law, people between the ages of 40 and 74 are measured according to "limits" set by the state.
Those who exceed the government's limits - 85 centimeters for men and 90 centimeters for women - may receive heavy fines.
16. It is illegal to castrate dogs in Norway
Pet owners in Norway are not allowed to castrate their dogs without a good medical reason.
Veterinarians in Norway will not castrate pets unless there is a reason to do so - including tumors in the reproductive organs - within the framework of the Animal Welfare Act, which states that no animal should undergo the risk of surgery unless there is a medical reason for it.
17. Chickens are not allowed to cross the road in Georgia
Why did the chicken cross the road?
So that you get a fine.
If you live in Quitman, a city in Georgia, and you have a chicken - it is illegal to let it cross the road.
The law states that owners must be in control of their chickens at all times.
Why didn't the chicken cross the road? (Photo: ShutterStock)
18. It is forbidden to leave the house in Thailand when you are not wearing underwear
. In Thailand, it is forbidden to leave the house without underwear as part of the law against public masturbation.
It is not clear how the police enforce this law.
19. It is forbidden to eat or drink on public transport in the United Arab Emirates
Eating and drinking is prohibited on all forms of public transport and at their stations in the United Arab Emirates.
If you are caught doing this on a train or bus - you will receive a fine of NIS 90.
20. It is illegal to spit in public in Singapore In
Singapore it is illegal to spit in a public place.
Anyone caught swearing may be fined NIS 2,700.
If you get caught a second time, you can get a double fine.
The third time and in subsequent cases, you may receive a fine of up to NIS 15,000.
21. It is forbidden to kiss on train platforms in France
It is illegal to kiss in train stations in France.
This strange law was enacted in 1910 in an attempt to prevent costly delays in train services and overcrowding at stations.
Since 1910 to this day the law is much less enforced and people do not face official punishment today.
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