Top 10 Most Ridiculous Laws in the World of all Time
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Every country is different, and every country's laws are different. Sometimes these laws border on the seriously ridiculous, and other times they point to important cultural values that might be different than your own.

What are the top 10 most ridiculous laws around the world?

1. Mowing The Lawn On Sunday in Germany

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Germany responded by instituting Ruhezeit. Ruhezeit (German for “Rest Time”) specifies times of day when people are expected to be quiet. The time varies by state, but it is usually between 8:00–10:00 PM and 6:00 AM the next day. Some states also observe Ruhezeit every afternoon between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. However, all states observe Ruhezeit for the entire day on Sunday and public holidays.

During Ruhezeit, all noise is strictly prohibited. You are not permitted to mow your lawn, rev your car, listen to loud music. Or even use the washing machine If you live in an apartment.

Some very interesting legal issues have arisen as a result of Ruhezeit. When one neighbour complained that the frogs in his neighbor’s pond kept him awake at night, the court ruled that frogs are a natural part of the environment and that the disturbed neighbour should wear earplugs.

2. It Is Illegal To Play Online Games Between Midnight And 6:00 AM in South Korea

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To combat excessive gaming among teenagers, the South Korean government enacted the Shutdown Law (also known as the Cinderella Act) in 2011. Teenagers under the age of 16 are prohibited from accessing online game servers between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., according to the law. They can, however, continue to play offline games on their personal consoles, phones, tablets, and laptop computers.

3. Being fat in Japan

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Being a little thick around the waist could land you in legal trouble in the country that gave us sumo wrestling. If you’re between the ages of 40 and 79, your doctor is required to measure your waist, and if you don’t fall within legal limits—a waistline of no more than 33.5 inches for men, and no more than 35.5 inches for women—you’ll be reported to the government for “re-education”.

4. It's Illegal to Hike Naked in Switzerland

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After Swiss and German travelers decided to make naked hiking a thing in Switzerland a decade ago (really!), Swiss officials reminded folks that a public indecency law still exists and you can be fined if caught in the woods in the buff.

In 2011, a Swiss man was fined more than $100 for his bare-bottomed walk.

5. It's Illegal to Feed Pigeons in Venice

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With thousands of pigeons descending upon Saint Mark's Square and Venice, lured by the the tourists readily handing out food in exchange for Instagram-worthy photos, Venice lawmakers officially made it illegal to feed the pesky fowl in 2008.

It is said the cleanup from the birds cost each citizen €275 per year, so now, the tables are turned. If you're caught feeding the pigeons, you could face fines of up to €700. Better to get the picture-perfect shot of Venice's beautiful bridges instead.

6. It's Illegal to Ride a Cow Drunk in Scotland

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Leave the Camo attire at home when you head to the Caribbean — to wear it is a big no-no in many island nations, including Barbados, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbuda and Jamaica.

Camouflage is only allowed to be worn by the country's military personnel.

7. Dressing up your pets in Oklahoma

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You know what's cute? Dressing up your pets in funny outfits. Know what's not so adorable? Getting fined for doing so. Residents of Oklahoma are banned from some types of animal dress-up — specifically, they're not allowed to put the hind legs of farm animals in boots.

8. No Selfies With Buddha in Sri Lanka

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When you take a selfie with Buddha, you are turning your back on him. Tsk, tsk. This sign of disrespect is punishable by imprisonment in Sri Lanka. It is also considered disrespectful to point your finger at Buddha, and sometimes there are bans on taking photos with the statues.

Although not illegal to have tattoos of Buddha, a British woman was jailed for three days in 2014 for inappropriate tattoos of the man 70 percent of Sri Lankans feel is a prophet and avatar of the god Vishnu.

9. It's Illegal to Fly a Kite in Victoria, Australia

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In Australia's southeastern tip of Victoria, home to Melbourne, it is illegal to fly a kite in a public space if it bothers another person. In fact, you cannot even play a game in a public place if it annoys someone else.

Listed as part of Summary Offences Act of 1966, the Aussies probably won't mind if you do decide to fly a kite while you visit.

10. It's Illegal to Build a Sandcastle in Spain

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Spain despises your attempt at making sand castles so much you could be fined if caught building one in Spain.

And the fines vary by location at their discretion. On the island of Majorca, for example, you could pay €100, but you could pay up to €1,500 in Galicia.

Before you ask, yes, kids are included in this restriction — and parents foot the bill.

Above is a list of the most ridiculous rules, yes one of the weirdest, craziest ones that KnowInsiders wants to share with you. I bet there are more out there, so please feel free to discuss them in the comment section below. If you find this article interesting, don't hesitate to share them with your family and friends and follow KnowInsiders for more!

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