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Ludicrous law poll

By: NATASHA SMITH

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A UK law which prohibits people dying while in the Houses of Parliament has been voted as the most ludicrous piece of legislation in a poll by UKTV.

With a total of 3,931 voters, 27 per cent of those questioned thought the law against dying in the Houses of Parliament was the most absurd. In second place was a law which states that it is treason to use a postage stamp upside down, which got seven per cent of the votes.

With six per cent in third place was a law stating that the only women allowed to be topless in Liverpool were clerks in a tropical fish store.

Other laws which made it into the top 10 included one banning eating mince pies on Christmas Day and another stating it is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour, as well as if someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter. Also It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow!

The most ludicrous international law, with nine per cent of the votes, was that it is illegal to get fish drunk in the US state of Ohio and this was closely followed by a law in Indonesia that says the penalty for masturbation is decapitation with eight per cent of the vote. Others included a man in Switzerland may not relieve himself standing up after 10pm and it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon in France, drive while wearing a blindfold in Alabama and unmarried women are banned from parachuting on a Sunday.

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