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Strange Law in United Kingdom

Since 1313, MPs are not allowed to don armor in Parliament.

(Source: BBC 17 Nov. 1999)


Those wishing to purchase a television must also buy a license.

Unlike the commercial TV channels of the United States the two major stations in the UK are government paid for (BBC1 and BBC2) and have no commercials. This is also the case for the 4 government stations of Sweden as well. The licence pays for the shows and the costs needed to run the stations. It also covers various taxes not noticed in the US. The taxes exist in the States, but with several hundred million people more in the States the tax is divided up into MUCH smaller bits.

Metropolitan Streets Act of 1867
(Source: BBC 17 Nov. 1999)


No cows may be driven down the roadway between 10 AM and 7 PM unless there is prior approval from the Commissioner of Police.

Metropolitan Streets Act of 1867
(Source: BBC 17 Nov. 1999)



During his reign, Oliver Cromwell banned the eating of mince pies on Christmas day, as they were insufficiently Puritan.

Ingredients of mince pies and plum puddings were pagan in origin, and their consumption part of ancient fertility rituals. The law dates from the puritan era, the same time that dancing in church, maypoles, and holly and ivy decorations were outlawed. The laws were never officially repealed because upon the restoration of the monarchy, (in the form of Charles II) all laws formed under the protectorate were ignored as invalid.

Killeya, Adam. Beating Around the Bush. durham21. 31 Oct. 2001.

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