While most of the laws in the UK are put in place to keep people safe and protect against the destruction of property, there are a few rules that are slightly strange. You may have even broken the law without realising it! Here are some of the weirdest laws from the UK - past and present.
Pulling the rug out
It is illegal to shake out a rug in the street. It is, however, alright to beat or shake out a door mat; providing you do so before 8am. Never skip a queue Under Transport For London byelaws, it is illegal to jump the queue in a tube station ticket hall. Passengers must join from the back of the queue.
Even in a what?
Pregnant women are the only group of people who are legally allowed to urinate anywhere in public, including in a police officer's helmet - if they so desire ...
Under The Salmon Act of 1986, it is illegal to handle a salmon in 'suspicious circumstances'. The Law Commission have never defined what constitutes as being 'suspicious' with a salmon.
It is illegal to be drunk in any licensed premises. According to the 1872 Licensing Act, landlords will face a penalty for every drunk person found on their premises.
From 1541, all English men between 17 and 60 were legally required to own a longbow & practice regularly. This was the case until the law was removed in 1960.
The Currency and Banknotes Act (1928) makes it illegal to write, stamp, print, or draw on a bank note. It is also forbidden to destroy a coin.
Queen of Swans
Traditionally, the Queen takes ownership of all “wild, unmarked mute swans in open water”. This makes it illegal to kill one of these swans.
In a law that dates back to 1872, it is illegal to be intoxicated while you have a horse in your care. The same law also applies to cows.
Liverpudlian fish sellers
Public toplessness is illegal for women in Liverpool - except those who work in shops selling tropical fish. Those women are legally allowed to be topless.