Weird Fact: It is illegal for English taxi drivers to carry corpses or rabid dogs. By law, they must also ask every passenger if they have small pox or The Plague.
The Law Commission sifts through all the centuries-old English laws and brings them up to date. So far, they have found countless strange laws which are added to a Repeal Bill to be retracted by Parliament.
Here are just some of the most bizarre laws that have been repealed… or are, indeed, still in place today:
- It is illegal to hang a bed out of a window.
- Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks.
- All English Men over 14 must perform 2 hours of longbow practice each weekend supervised by the local clergy.
- Any boy under the age of 10 years may not see a naked mannequin.
- It is illegal to stand within 100 yards of the reigning monarch when not wearing socks.
- It is an offense for taxi drivers to carry rabid dogs or human corpses and by law must ask every passenger if they have small pox or The Plague.
- It is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises.
- It is illegal for two adult men to have sex in the same house as a third person.
- The following crimes are punishable by death: horse-stealing, sheep-stealing, picking pockets, stealing five shillings (50c) from a shop, damaging Westminster Bridge, and impersonating a Chelsea Pensioner.
- It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.
- In Chester, you can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls and after midnight.
- In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless in public except as a clerk in a tropical fish store.
- Placing a postage stamp that bears the Queen (or King) upside down is considered treason.
- It is an offense to beat or shake any carpet, rug or mat in any street in the Metropolitan Police District, although you are allowed to shake a doormat before 8am.
- Londoners are not allowed to keep a pig sty in the front of their homes.
- It is illegal for a Member of Parliament to enter the House of Commons wearing a full suit of armor.
- A license is required to keep a lunatic.
- In 1647, Christmas was made illegal in England. The festivities were banned by Puritan leader Oliver Cromwell, who considered it immoral to feast and revel on what was supposed to be a holy day. Anybody caught celebrating was arrested. The law was repealed when the Puritans lost power in 1660.
It is, however, legal for a man to urinate in public – as long it is on the right rear wheel of his motor vehicle.