…die, and you’re under arrest…

Posted: November 7, 2007 in Uncategorized

Nes ek begin dink die Pommies is nie heeltemal die kluts kwyt nie – lees ek weer artikels soos hierdie…


London – Queen Elizabeth II’s speech in the British Parliament on Tuesday may have been routine but at least nobody got bored to death. That would have been against the law.

Dying in Parliament is an offence and is also by far the most absurd law in Britain, according to a survey of nearly 4 000 people by a television channel showing a legal drama series.

And though the lords were clad in their red and white ermine cloaks and ambassadors from around the world wore colourful national costumes, at least nobody turned up in a suit of armour. Illegal.

Other rules deemed utterly stupid included one that permits a pregnant woman to urinate in a policeman’s hat and murdering bow-and-arrow-carrying Scotsmen within the city walls of York, northern England.

A law stating that in Liverpool, only a clerk in a tropical fish store is allowed to be publicly topless, was also ridiculous, said a poll of 3 931 people for UKTV Gold television on Tuesday.

Guilty Nearly half of those surveyed admitted to breaking the ban on eating mince pies on Christmas Day, which dates back to the 17th century and was originally designed to outlaw gluttony during the rule of the Puritan Oliver Crowmell.

The laws and other regulations were culled from published research into ancient legislation that has never been repealed although subsequent statutes have rendered them obsolete.

Respondents were given a shortlist and asked to vote.

Most ridiculous British law:

1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27 %)
2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down (7%)
3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6%)
4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day (5%)
5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter (4%)
6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet (4%)
7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen (3.5%)
8. It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing (3%)
9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour (3%)
10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (2%) (News24, 06.11.2007)


  1. mykopop sê:

    As ek so *vol is vir my werk wonder ek hoe voel sy van Queen-wees amper haar hele lewe lank, so ek wonder of sy nog iets interessants te sê het. (Eintlik hou ek nogal van haar, ek dink sy doen ‘n baie goeie job, behalwe met kinders opvoed was sy miskien minder suksesvol.) Ongelukkig lyk my nadat die vorige Koning afstand van die troon gedoen het dink sy abdikasie is ‘n vloekwoord en arme Charles wag al sy lewe lank om ook ‘n beurt te kry, hy is al besig om ‘n ou man te word.

  2. Louisa sê:

    Mwahahaha! Ja nee kyk, daar is nou vir jou ‘n paar simpel reels wat hulle gerus kan uitsmyt.

    Pragtig… 🙂

  3. kaalvoetkind sê:

    LOL vir nommer 6. 🙂

  4. Da Mario sê:

    You can legally murder a bow and arrow carrying Scotsman in York.
    Right… 🙄

  5. René sê:

    Hehehe, dis seker hoekom hulle dit legal gemaak het Da Mario – want die kans dat jy ‘n Scotsman met ‘n bow and arrow sien stap is “wim”!

  6. labmuis sê:

    Ek weet nie of hulle nou al daarvan ontslae geraak het nie, maar daar was ook tot onlangs toe nog ‘n wet uit die argaiese tyd wat gestipuleer het dat jy kan Australie toe gedeporteer word vir: “Impersonating an Egyptian.”

  7. Marina sê:

    Al wat mens kan doen is lag!

  8. Die Engelse is nie lekker nie.

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