Confession time, I’ve been kind of tired this last week. I usually find that the week before I receive my Disease Modifying Drug for my MS, that happens so when it does, I just find some mindless surfing is about all I’m good for and this post is the result of that…..Don’t worry, I will also add a yummy recipe so you don’t feel totally ripped off!
In case you are thinking about moving somewhere new, you should have a look at their laws before you put your down payment on the new house and sign the contract for your new job. Don’t think because I live in Canada, we are not exempt from crazy laws because we have them……But, I thought I would share some head-scratching laws that really do exist (or recently existed) throughout the world (along with my assessment of whether they make sense or not). No matter where you go in the world, you can find crazy laws that make no sense! Keep in mind, that some of these laws have been repealed (meaning they are no longer valid), but the fact that they were a law up until 10 – 20 years ago, still makes me shake my head. So, here are my top 20!
Not visiting your parents enough in China – In July 2013 a law was passed in China (The Protection of the Rights and Interests of Elderly People) that states it is illegal for adult children to not visit their parents “often” in China. Meaning you can’t not visit just because they are annoying. The law declares that “Those who live far away from parents should go home often”. Make sense? It depends on what you consider often? Are we talking about a quick weekend trip for Thanksgiving or are we talking about once a week? And how annoying are they??
This next one was verified to still be in place in 2013 – In Vermont, a wife needs the husband’s permission to wear false teeth. What do you suppose happened to make this a law? Make Sense? Absolutely not, don’t women have the right to do what they want with their bo, shouldn’t that include gumming your food if you want to? In 1920, The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, ensuring the right of women to vote, yet in Vermont a wife needs permission to wear false teeth? Are you kidding me?
In Britain it is illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances. Acting shifty with a shrimp cocktail is apparently still acceptable, since according to the fine print, the list of seafood includes “salmon, trout, eels, lampreys, smelt and freshwater fish. What do you think constitutes a suspicious salmon circumstance? Make Sense? Upon further research, it appears that “suspicious circumstances” means a person who receives or disposes of any salmon in circumstances where they believe, or could reasonably believe, that the salmon has been illegally fished. Why don’t they just say that in the first place?
In the state of Kentucky, it’s illegal to remarry the same man four times. Make Sense? Honestly, good for Kentucky. If you’ve already divorced him three times, someone needs to step in, because you’re clearly not making very good decisions.
In Britain it is illegal to operate or be in charge of cows while intoxicated. Make Sense? I guess, but I never met a cow that doesn’t like my drunk singing plus, I notice it doesn’t say anything about drunk cow tipping, so tip away my friends!
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to tie a dollar bill to a string on the ground and pull it away when someone tries to pick it up. Make Sense? Hell yes – that is just mean! I guess, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. But we would all still go for that dollar anyway. Now, If it was illegal to do that to a candy bar wrapper when someone is climbing the ladders on the west coast trail…..am I bitter still after 20 years? Why yes, yes I am!
In Missouri it is illegal to drive with an uncaged bear. Make Sense? Uhm, YES, unless of course they are buckled into their car seat! It makes you wonder how many times this happened for them to feel compelled to make a law against it. Who in the hell would do this?
Until 1999, In Victoria, Australia it was illegal to change a lightbulb if you were not a licensed electrician. Make Sense? If you were an electrician yes, if you were Joe Blow handyman, no. Electricians are expensive.
In Florida it is illegal to pass wind in a public place after 6pm on a Thursday. That’s right – if you need to let one out you will have to run home first, or you could be arrested on the spot for causing a public nuisance. Make Sense? Why is it OK before 6 pm but not after?, and the big question: why only Thursday??? I guess I’m not going to Florida.
Another crazy Florida fact – Something to keep in mind when thinking about what to list on Craig’s List. It is against the law to sell your kids. Make Sense? I’m not going to lie, it crossed my mind more than once with my kids. But of course it makes sense.
And the fun continues in Florida, where having sex with a porcupine is illegal. Make Sense? Gee, I don’t know, you tell me?
You cannot wake a bear up in order to take a picture with it in the state of Alaska. Make Sense? Have you ever heard the expression “don’t poke the bear”? Well, I have and I don’t.
In Indiana, You cannot attend a public event or use public transportation for four hours after eating garlic or onions. Make Sense? Yes, I don’t need your nasty breath trapped next to me. Oh wait……is that my breath??
In Kentucky, throwing eggs at a public speaker could result in up to a year in prison. Make Sense? Yes, especially if you’re the speaker! I think booing would suffice. (This law has since been repealed)
In Gainesville, Georgia, it is against the city ordinances to eat fried chicken with anything other than your fingers. Make Sense? Of course, who eats chicken with a fork? You pretentious millenials need to stop insisting on using new-fangled inventions like forks and knives. It’s a finger licking felony!
In North Carolina, Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields. Make Sense? I don’t know, they say elephants were the sherman tanks of ancient warfare so I think they could handle plowing a cotton field, but where would one even go to get an elephant?
In Virginia, it’s against the law for a woman to drive a car on Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of her waving a red flag. Make Sense? Some men, like my husband would say that this is a good law, but I say how about I run you and your silly flag over with my great driving skills? Try me……
No sex on the steps of a church at night in Birmingham, Alabama. Make Sense? Before answering that, I’d like to know approximately how many times the priests caught couples having sex before putting their foot down and banning sex in front of the church. At night only. Because apparently, it’s all good during the day.
It’s a bad idea for a teenager to walk down Main Street in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., with untied shoes. Not only is there a good chance the teen might trip over those laces, he or she might also be thrown in the slammer for violating a local law prohibited untied shoes for teens on Main Street. Make Sense? I’m not sure that it is a punishable offence, but if they could only write up a law about kids wearing their pants down around their knees, I’d be down for that one, because nobody needs to see that!
Scots who really need to go are in luck: The country has an old law on the books saying that if a stranger knocks on your door asking to use the toilet you must let them in. Make Sense? Yes, when you gotta go, you gotta go!
Now for the yummy recipe! Ham, Cheese and Egg Cups. As you may know, we are eating KETO so this recipe has been modified for our needs. I don’t actually eat eggs, BUT when I made these, my daughter said, “you need to blog these bad boys”, so I am! My calculations determine these to be 2 grams Net Carbs in each Egg Cup, but please do your own nutritional calculations as I can not be relied on and am no expert.
Ham, Cheese and Egg Cups
These super easy, versatile make ahead breakfast cups are perfect for the busy family or for a big family gathering!
- 12 – 24 slices of thinly sliced deli ham, or Prosciutto
- 12 large eggs
- ¼ Cup heavy cream (or skim milk if not eating KETO like we are)
- ¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup chopped red pepper
- ½ cup chopped green onion
- ¼ cup chopped mushrooms
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
- Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly mist 12 cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray. Press a slice of ham or prosciutto into each cup of the muffin tin, arranging the edges to form a cup.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, cream (or milk), salt and pepper and whisk together until fully combined. Add the Himalayan pink salt, chopped red pepper, chopped green onions, mushrooms and half of the shredded cheddar and stir together to combine.
- Spoon the egg mixture evenly into the ham cups and then top each cup with the remaining shredded cheese. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes until the eggs are set.
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go home, take a bath, throw my false teeth in, right after I knock on the neighbors door to use their bathroom, take my bear for a drive and drive him proudly down main street without the help of my husband and his damn flag.
Which is your favorite? Share in the comments any other bizarre laws that have given you a good laugh!