It’s always important to do your research before traveling somewhere new. You never know what traditions, customs, or local laws there are; and it pays to have a heads up. Being educated can prevent you from paying a nasty fine, being escorted from the building, or in some cases, even jail time. Although these regulations may seem crazy, these 5 laws are actually true.
1. Women Cannot Drive Cars
Saudi Arabia is the only country on the planet where driving a car is illegal for a woman to do.
2. Being Overweight in Japan
Japan may have brought us the sumo wrestling; but according to their metabo law, being overweight is illegal. By law, every individual over the age of 40 cannot have a waist exceeding 32 inches for men and 36 inches for women. However, this law is rarely enforced and there are no punishments or penalties for individuals.
3. Chewing Gum
Be care where you chew gum. Since 1992, chewing gum has been illegal in Singapore. The only form of gum allowed is nicotine gum; but the only way to obtain it is through a doctor’s prescription. Not only is gum not allowed to be bought or sold in the country, but there is also a $500 fine for anyone caught spitting gum out on the streets.
4. Flushing the Toilet
While visiting Switzerland make sure to watch when you flush the toilet. Any toilet flushing after 10 PM is prohibited.
5. Telling Children about Homosexuals
Vladimir Putin has made his opinions on homosexuals very clear with his anti-gay laws. However, Putin took it one step further. In 2013, he passed a Russian legislature into law making it illegal to tell children gay people exist or to state homosexuality and heterosexuality are equal. Violators of this law can be punished by fines, jail time, or even immediate deportation.