Whenever I want a laugh I try a search on Google using key words like funny, comedy or dumb. I like dumb facts and the dumber they are the more my fancy is tickled. I've been on dumblaws.com a few times and hadn't thought to write about it until I spotted this category. FIRST IMPRESSIONS The site is quick to load, but I am on broadband and I think that's quicker anyway - correct me if I'm wrong techies. The background to the home page is white and a bit bright. A picture of a gavel coming out of a hole too small for it is on the left of the headline Dumb Laws, which is in black print and on a blue background. Underneath that one of those annoying flashing banners asking you if you want to take an online survey for $4 cash. I thought wooby doo but then I remembered the penny a read from Ciao. At first I thought that there didn't look to be too much on the site, but my designers eye was pleased with the well defined links and lots of white space as opposed to a busy page with tiny print that you have to strain to read or search through for anything of interest. CONTENT Fasten your seat belts it’s time to take a tour with me. Listed in the centre of the page are 5 links. We’ll get straight down to the nitty gritty by clicking on United States Laws. We are warned on this page and throughout the site that many of the laws have been verified but some have been taken from other sites, newsgroups and visitors to the site. I like this bit ‘Keep in mind that this is an entertainment site, we wouldn't recommend using our laws as evidence in court, unless you'd like the judge to laugh you into jail!’, especially after reading some of the laws which are categorised into 50 states. Many of the states don’t have any dumb laws listed – yet, the site is continuously being added to. Living in Arkansas must be a pain. Did you know that a stat
e law says that a man can legally beat his wife no more than once a month? I can just imagine a judge saying “Jail for you mate, its only 30 days since you battered your missus. If you’d waited another couple of days you wouldn’t be in bother unless you keep your pet alligator in a bathtub or performed oral sex, which is considered to be sodomy. Quickly moving along, I see that in Little Rock dogs aren’t allowed to bark after 6.00 pm. They must muzzle the men too because flirtation between men and women isn’t allowed on the streets and may earn them a 30 day prison sentence. Nothing much to do there then except for walking your cow, but not after 1 pm on Sunday mind. Goodbye Arkansas, hello Colorado. In Denver you aren’t allowed to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next door neighbour, a good enough excuse not to do the cleaning. It is illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she is asleep in Logan County, but it doesn’t say where! Be careful if you have cats and live in Sterling, you have to fit them with a taillight if they are running loose. Oh well let’s go to Connecticut where a state law tells you that a pickle isn’t officially considered a pickle unless it bounces. Didn’t know that pickles bounced, did you? In Devon you’d better not try to walk backwards after sunset or kiss your wife on Sundays. Educating your dog in Hartford is also a crime. Texas seems to be just as whacky. Girls be careful, you can’t promote the use of or own more than 6 dildos, nor can you entertain yourself by reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica. That’s banned because it contains a recipe for brewing beer at home. It gets worse; it’s illegal to drink more than three sips of beer at a time while standing in Le Fors. I guess that when you have fallen down drunk it’s ok to throw it down your neck. In Clarendon you can’t dust a public building with
a fe ather duster, they must be reserved for feet tickling torture. Somebody messed up in Houston. You can’t buy beer after midnight on a Sunday, but you can on Monday. Beware of curry belly or bean feasts in Port Arthur; obnoxious odours may not be emitted while in an elevator. That was fun but now it’s time to click on the second link International Laws. I’ll start with England and straight to Liverpool where it is illegal for a woman to be topless in public except as a clerk in a tropical fish store. The funniest one so far I think. In York Scotsmen beware. It is legal to shoot you with a bow and arrow except for on Sundays. The Welsh are looked after in Hereford. It is illegal to shoot them on Sundays with a long bow in Cathedral Close. I would be careful in Chester though - you can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls and after midnight. Throughout England all steam locomotives are limited to 4mph on roads, and it is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle. Of course if you are a London taxi driver you’ll need to avoid wetting the bale of hay and sack of oats that it is compulsory for you to carry. Be it a train or bus we women must be careful what we nibble on, as it is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance. If you visit the queen you must remember that it is illegal to stand within one hundred yards of the reigning monarch when not wearing socks. Don’t let your dog near the royal corgies either - any commoner who permits his animal to have carnal knowledge of a pet of the Royal House will suffer the severest penalties. Off with your head, or if you want to be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will get you there. There isn’t much for the rest of the world, maybe other countries are mor
e sensible . They could be in China because you have to be intelligent to go to college. No problem with having to urinate on the back wheel of your car in Scotland, there if somebody knocks on the door and asks to use the loo you have to let them in. Not a laughing matter in Switzerland - a man may not relieve himself while standing up, after 10 p.m. Canada provides a bit more fun. In Alberta when you are released from prison it is the law that you must be given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town. You’d have trouble riding into town in New Brunswick because driving on the roads is not allowed. Don’t bother to water your lawn when it’s raining in New Brunswick, it’s not allowed. Geulph, Ontario is a no-pee zone but in Cobourg you must fill the water trough in your front yard by 5 am. I could be flogging a dead horse with this op but if I go to Toronto I’ll be careful not to drag it down Yonge Street on Sundays. Apologies if this op is getting too long, the site entertains me and I wanted to share some of that with you. The third link leads to discussion forums where you can make suggestions for the site, discuss and comment on laws or make your own fake laws up for fun. Other topics are politics, dumb criminals, dumb lawsuits and dumb warnings. There is also a playground forum where you can post jokes, silly stories or anything else that might amuse you. The fourth link is Live Chat where you can have a natter with whoever is online. I didn’t join that so I can’t tell you what it’s like. Last but not least to the site owners is a link to the page on Amazon where for $10.36 you can buy the book ‘You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant’ 101 Real Dumb Laws written by the Dumb Law site owners. I might buy this for my son-in-law he loves anything different. Back to the home page at the top of the grey sidebar there is a drop down box whe
re you can clic k on the place of your choice and go straight to the appropriate page. Underneath that there is a link to a page where you can learn how to advertise on the site. I’m not into this type of advertising but the rates don’t look too bad, for instance it costs only $50 for a banner with 10,000 impressions or up to $10,000 for 10,000,000 impressions. While I was looking around the banner on the home page changed to a less irritating one offering 250 free business cards. The colour of that one blended in better with it’s surroundings and looks more part of the site. MONEY!!! If you know of any verified dumb laws you can earn money for contributing them. $3 if you send them a law with details of where to find it for verification and $10 if you send a law with the citation and code number. $10 can also be earned if you can verify any of the laws on the site that aren’t already verified. But …. The offer has been put on hold from July 30th until they can clear their backlog up. They make their payments by PayPal so once they are open for contributions again there are no problems with cheques that cost more to cash than they are worth. FINAL OBSERVATIONS I like dumblaws.com and the other dumb sites: criminal acts, bumpers, facts and warnings. They are interesting, easy to navigate and of an attractive and not too fussy design. I’m totally jealous of the owners because I think that it’s a great idea to build up and with advertising and books to sell I can see a good earning potential, and especially if they have more good or dumb ideas to develop.
Did you know that I am legally allowed to urinate, in public, on the back of my motor vehicle, if I have my right hand on the top of the vehicle. And that if I were to live in Maryland USA, I would not be allowed to grow thistles in my back garden. Or take Kansas USA, where I am not actually allowed to shoot rabbits from inside a motorboat. But that begs the question. If I had a rubber dinghy, and I blew it up on the motorboat, dropped it over the side and got in, then shot the rabbits, would it be legal? How about if I temporarily removed the motor? Or in Georgia USA, I am actually banned from keeping a donkey in a bathtub. Also in Georgia, the residents of the city of Quitman have made the possibility of a chicken crossing a road go totally out of the window by making it illegal for chickens to cross roads. Yes, this site unveils the different varieties of exceptionally dumb laws. It's motto is "Big Government. Small Brains. Dumb Laws." This site is exceptionally amusing. For a while. It gets slightly boring reading about the dubious legality of falling asleep in a cheese factory in South Dakota. But strangely amusing. The site is part of the larger 'Dumb' network. How anyone came up with the name I don't know, but the network features information about dumb criminal acts, dumb signs, dumb facts and dumb bumper stickers. I would reccomend this site in small doses. Have a bit, but don't get drunk on it. Otherwise your friends will probably murder you (especially if your Welsh and inside the city walls of Chester after midnight), and thanks to your information they'll know when they can. Some of the entries are a bit bizarre though. Why indeed is it considered 'dumb' to be able to smoke ganja in the Netherlands? Good. Great. Brilliant maybe. But dumb? No. Still amusing if your bored, worth a quick visit. They would do so much better if they had a weekly
'dumb law' mailing list. It fits with my theories though: 1) Politics is bad, but politicians are worse. 2) The worst thing about politics is politicians. So, it's gotta be good.
The law is an ass. As a former law student, I can testify that. However, amongst those controversial laws, such as the criminalisation of cannabis and the age of consent, there are other quirkier laws which are on the statute books, and this site celebrates them. The hilarious site is run by Andy Powell and Jeff Koon, who are particularly proud of having recently appeared on the Montell Williams show. One of those sites who's popularity has spread by word of mouth, it is consistently funny, even if some of the laws featured are relatively well known, thanks to those 'quirky' radio programme items. Simple and easy to use (and no pop-ups!), it comes highly recommended to all. American based, it lists the laws by area (e.g. country or state). Easily navigated, some of the laws listed go from the odd (e.g. Horses aren't allowed to eat fire hydrants in Marshalltown, Iowa) to the ridiculous (e.g. You can't flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for coffee in Richmond, Virginia). You can't help but wonder that some of the 'laws' may be made up by the makers of the site, but knowing the American legal system, it is likely that they are all genuine. However, the site does come with the recommendation that they may not necessarily hold up in a court of law... The site also comes with a 'random law machine' where one of the laws will pop up when you click on the option. As well as the actual listing of the laws, there is a cartoon section and a forum system, where people discuss all things legally strange. The best forum is probably 'dumb lawsuits', some of which are jaw-droppingly pointless. There are also a number of links to other 'dumb' sites, such as 'dumb facts'. There is also a link to a 'dumb warnings' site (e.g. don't use this product on children under 6 months on a bottle of Clearasil - duh!). However, these are different sites, so I
shall return to this one... There is, of course, a mention of laws in other countries too. England is no exception, with the national illegality of impersonating a Chelsea pensioner being one of them (damn, won't be doing that again...). The Scots too have their own quirky laws, with it being illegal to be drunk whilst in the possession of a cow. A whole multitude of these laws exist, and the sight would take a number of hours to read in full. Instead, its probably best to dip in and out of occassionally when you have a spare 5 minutes. Who knows, it may stop you getting arrested next time you happen to wash your car in Switzerland on a Sunday...
Dumblaws.com is a fantastically funny web site that will keep you coming back for more and more laughs. The whole site revolves around real laws in existance now! The laws come from different countries around the world including America, England, China, Japan, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy and many more! The laws are said to come from a variety of sources including the state/municipal codes, elected officials, books, newspapers, magazines, other web sites and visitors to the site who give their input. The people in charge of the site say that most of the laws are real although many are so old that you probably wouldnt get arrested for commiting them. But still, would you want to be caught hanging a bed out of a window? Did you know that it is illegal in England for mince pies to be eaten on Christmas Day? And that any boy under the age of 10 may not see a naked manequin! Here's one last dumb law for you... It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle. :-) How weird is this country's government?
Most of us will have heard about the bizarre laws which have never been revoked in British law and are therefore still recorded as being part of a our legal system. We are of course perfectly within our rights to shoot a Welshman in Chester with a bow and arrow just so long as it is after midnight if we are to heed these laws and of course no boy under the age of 12 may seen a naked shop mannequin either. Dumblaws.com is a site devoted to these bizarre laws but not just in Britain but around the globe. The focus falls mainly upon the US, as most internet related activity seems to do, but they can be forgiven because many of these laws are simply hilarious. Whereas our dumb laws are pretty antiquated, theirs and others from around the globe are actually being passed and accepted now, which makes it all the more funny. This is a very funny site. I visited it yesterday online with my honey and we almost died laughing at some of the things listed there. I know now that should I visit her home town sporting a moustache(about as likely as hell freezing over might I add) then I would be forbidden by City Law to kiss her...and in a neighbouring city would be forced to wear a mask when out on the streets by day! There are literally hundreds of different laws like this on the site, all neatly categorised by either country, or for the US, by state. These are easily accessible from the start page, there being a list on the right-hand side, clicking on a selection quickly accessing the laws. You will finding yourself asking what possessed someone to even think that a person may wish to drive 2000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard(2001 would get you a prison sentence...2000 is fine!) or why 'hunting moths' under a streetlight is forbidden in Los Angeles...or better still why the hell someone would go to all the bother of making it illegal to wipe you car with dirty underwear in San Fransisco! But never fear, because in some cases dumblaws.com has provided
a link to describe why the law is in existence...although most of them remain anyone's guess. You also get humourous cartoons to accompany some of the other laws as well, although these are quite sparse. Dumblaws.com is a brilliant way to waste some time on the net, very funny, quick to access and well laid out and presented. It is part of the 'Dumb Network' so you will also find links through to other humourous sites on this including : Dumb Bumpers(bumper stickers ie. unless you look like a hemorrhoid, get off my ass!), Dumb Criminal Acts(world's dumbest criminals), Dumb Warnings(warning labels on products ie. Tesco Dry Roasted Peanuts...Warning! May contain nuts...no sh*t!). These are all pretty funny as well, although dumblaws.com is the best in my opinion. Well worth a look and an excellent way to waste a few minutes while bored online.
Yes, that's very true! Big government, Small brains, Dumb laws!!! This is a hilarious site, displaying hundreds of stupid laws from around the world and ALL the laws are real!! How stupid can a law be though? I'll give some examples... It is illegal to "annoy a bird" in any city park of Honolulu, Hawaii. In Spearfish, South Dakota, if three or more Indians are walking down the street together, they can be considered a war party and fired upon. In South Carolina, merchandise may not be sold within a half mile of a church unless fruit is being sold. In Nevada, it is still legal for a person to hang another for killing their dog on their own property. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ They were all from America, but I wanted to see what laws there have been in England, where I live. I found these... A bed may not be hung out of a window. Mince pies are not to be eaten on Christmas Day. Any boy under the age of 10 may not see a naked manequin. Placing a postage stamp that bears the Queen (or King) upside down is considered treason. It is illegal to not visit this site! - it became one of my favourites in one minute!
This is a great website if you are bored whilst surfing the 'net. It contains hundreds of laws which have been passed in many parts of the world throughout the years - many of which are so outrageous they should have been abolished a long time ago but still haven't. Although very humorous, I also found this site rather interesting as I was reading up on some of the stupid laws which, allegedly, have been or still are enforced in my home country...however, not all the laws listed have been verified by citation so don't believe everything that you read here! The site is simple enough to navigate with an easy access drop-down menu box containing a list of countries and states. When you select an area, the site will take you straight to the relevant laws. Below this, there is a menu containing links to all the different sections of the site, including the 'What's New' and 'Random Law' pages. There are also links to the site's forum and readers comments pages. The one downpoint which I can think of about this website is that there are quite a lot of advertisements scattered around the content which can be rather off-putting for some people. Dumblaws.com is part of a network called the 'Dumb Network'. At the bottom left of the main page there are links to all of the other sites in this network. These are: Dumb bumpers - contains a list of bumper stickers spotted by road users. Dumb criminal acts - these are real crimes committed by dumb criminals Dumb facts - basically, loads and loads of dumb facts about anything and everything Dumb warnings - actual warnings which are/were printed on labels of various products The network also contains some factual sites about real fears, haunted houses, and people's names. All in all I think this site/network is well worth a visit - it certainly kept me amused for a while! UPDATE
: This site was recently featured on the outrageously funny TV show, "So! Graham Norton", where Graham actually phoned up a law office in the US and confessed to breaking one of the 'dumb' laws. The law he confessed to was one in which, "It is illegal for a man to have sex with a dead fish.". The reaction from the woman he spoke to was very funny - and it certainly had the audience (and me) in complete and utter hysterics - top class humour.
This site is a great fun site for anybody who wants to have a laugh at some of the daft laws that still apply in the world but also has many other funny facts and stories on it. It's obviously a mainly American site and has a huge Statue of Liberty graphic down the left hand side of the homepage. That said, there are also links to pages for at least 20 other countries, including England, Ireland and Scotland(sorry Wales) If you choose the United States link you are presented with a box which contains the names of all 50 states and clicking on one at random, Illinois, brings up a page split into two parts, the top showing State laws and the bottom individual City laws. You can, for example, be arrested for vagrancy in Illinois State if you do not have at least one Dollar bill on your person. In Chicago would you believe it is illegal to fish while sitting on a Giraffe's neck! The page for England also has a few gems on it, again split into National and City laws. Placing a postage stamp that bears the Queen or King's head upside down is considered treason in England. In Chester you can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls and after midnight. There are nowhere near as many dumb laws for other countries as there are for the US but this is not really surprising on an American site. Alongside the dumb laws are links for other silly facts including dumb bumper stickers and dumb criminal acts which gives details about stories of some extremely incompetant criminals who tried to rob banks, steal cars etc. There are also serch boxes so you can look for something in particular or links to just pull up a random law or story. This site is an excellent example of a webpage, it looks really good, it's got absolutely loads of pages and links on it and the laws and stories are genuinely funny. Well worth a look.
Let me tell you about one of the most weirdiest sites I have ever visited. It’s an American site, if that explains the stupidity of it, but it’s just so ‘dumb’ it makes you laugh. So, don’t take it seriously. Some of laws will make you laugh so much that you will fall out of your seat, did you know for example: “mince pies are not to be eaten on Christmas days” well that’s going to be hard! There are just so many ‘dumb’ things on the site like: -Dumb criminal acts- you may have seen this on ‘Dumb Criminals’, where robbers commit a criminal acts wearing overalls with their name and work place on. -Dumb Warnings-some of these are really funny and need checking out. -Dumb Facts- e.g. Most lipstick contains fish scales! and much more. Here are some of the dumb laws that caught my eye which are English: Hereford: You may not shoot a Welsh person on Sunday with a long bow in the Cathedral close (veerauk’s verdict DUMB) Liverpool: It is illegal for a woman to be topless in public except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (veerauk’s verdict DUMBER) London: Companies may vote in local elections (veerauk’s verdict BIZARRE) York: Excluding Sundays, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow (veerauk’s verdicts WEIRD) So, you see this site is really DUMB and STUPID. However, there are some laws which will bring a smile to your face and did you know: “if you put a royal stamp with the Queen’s or King’s head upside down you can get done for treason” It’s a good site and seems like a directory for dumb laws, facts etc. If you have a couple of minutes to spare then it’s worth visiting. But, don’t take it too seriously otherwise the humour will be lost.
This is a site worth a visit for the entertainment, you will learn something interesting whilst at the same time be amazed that something like this can exist. Yes you may have heard of American dumbest criminals but here are some of the oldest dumbest laws that STILL exist, or existed. And it is certainly worth a visit for that reason alone, you may not care that is exists but it is worth a visit if it is just to amaze you of what existed. During your visit you can read Dumb news, visit other links equally irrelevant but bizarre. I visited some of their links and arrived at dumb criminals and here is which amused me, -During a lunch hour, several employees of a large aerospace company decide to rob a bank. The group figured the police would never look for them at the plant. Of course, being dumb criminals, they forgot to remove their ID badges during the robbery. (LOL) Their were so many like the one above and before I tell you to visit it before I finish the opinion I also found interesting the dumb warnings, one caution for a shower gel read something like, ‘Do not use near body’ A lot of dumb things are provided on this site and it is worth you visiting as their will probably be something that may interest you. Don’t laugh it is not all American there are also dumb laws from England aswell, this is one example of a national law, It is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises (in a pub or bar). LOL
Dumblaws is a very entertaining website outlining all the stupid laws we have in this world. The site lets you look at Laws in a variety of different countries, including England. There will be laws that you will find absolutely stupid and think ‘well why’ like this one: All English males over the age 14 are to carry out 2 or so hours of longbow practice a week supervised by the local clergy. That’s an English Law apparently. How true this site is a I don’t know as some of the laws sound ridiculous and I don’t see why anyone would make these sort of laws up, but then I think of the way the country is… The site is very entertaining, and after reading one law you’ll find yourself having to read the rest! The site is well laid out and the navigation is easy with a navigational menu down the left hand side of the page. There are no fancy graphics, so the site will be fast to load up. I would just say go and have a look. It’s one of those things you’ll be telling your mates about at work the next day as the laws are so stupid! Web: http://www.dumblaws.com
With a strap line of "Big Government, Small Brains, Dumb laws" it is instantly easy to see why this site is so much fun! It gives a country by country breakdown of some of the most ridiculous laws which have managed to remain in place for the last few hundred years! I think my personal favourite has to be in Canada... One of the Alberta provincial laws states that "If you are released from prison, it is required that you are given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town." Now you can begin to see the sheer entertainment value! The laws range from covering kissing in public to leaving baggage unattended and are further categorised into City law - which often concerns the use of your pig grazing rights! The site is easy to navigate, quick to load and has a few fun features such as 'Random Law' and 'Cartoons'. You can also submit any further ridiculous laws to the creators and it is updated often. Certainly a great way to kill an hour or so and a definite 'must see'.
This site contains every single dumb law, in any part of the world. I've picked some of the best dumb laws for you. In England it is legal for a male to urinate in public as long as it is on the rear wheel of his motorcar, and his right hand is on the vehicle. In Texas the entire encyclopaedia Britannia is banned, because it tells you the formula for making beer. In Victoria Australia only a licensed electrician may change a light bulb, the fine for not abiding by this law is a £10 fine. This is just a few of the dumb laws there are literally hundreds for you to browse through; I have spent hours browsing through this site. The site doesn’t end there though it has links to the dumbest criminals, the dumbest facts, the dumbest warning, the dumbest fears, and my favourite section is real haunted houses you can explore haunted houses from all over the world. This is a great site this has definitely been added to my favourite folder. Check it out, it has tons and tons of great and interesting facts and information.
Whoever said the law is an ass is dead right. This website lists those laws that that are well...dumb. For example, in York it is apparently perfectly legal to kill a Scotsman with a bow and arrow (except of course, on a Sunday), and nowhere in England can you hang a bed out of a window.(Damn! NOW what am I going to do tomorrow?)Any boy under 10 may not see a naked mannequin (I should think not!), but luckily due to a recent change in the law, we ARE allowed to buy goods on a Sunday, other than carrots! All in all, this is an entertaining website, that they try to update regularly. Worth a visit...but don't forget...if you're an MP you must NOT enter parliament wearing a full suit of armour!
If you have ever thought that the laws in the United Kingdom were daft the this is the site the visit. www.dumblaws.com is full of the strange and illogical laws that are still in force in different countries in the world. The largest selection is the United States, where they are sub divided into states. For example in Texas you can be legally married by publicly introducing a person as your husband or wife 3 times and the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home. If we look to Mexico we can find that there is no age of consent, but in Italy if you are a man don't wear a skirt because you can be arrested! There are hundreds of these, form Singapore to Scotland and Canada to China you are bound to find some strange laws to bring either a smile or a look of horror. By the way for those who like competitions there is a montly draw for a holiday, but don't be caught out as its for US and residents only.