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.
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.
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.
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.
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.