The World's Wackiest Laws

Sex on a public beach is never a good idea - not least when you're in Dubai. It's a lesson a British couple learned the hard way when they were caught in the act and jailed in the Emirate state earlier this year. The pair aren't the only ones to fall foul of the law: thousands of Brits are arrested abroad every year, a clutch of whom were unwittingly breaking local laws and customs. So, to help your holiday remain jail free, check out these weird and wonderful laws.

Toronto, Canada: Watch your Italian intake in Toronto where it's illegal to ride a streetcar on a Sunday if you have been eating garlic.

Iran Culinary restrictions can happen anywhere. In Iran it is forbidden to eat snakes on a Sunday. Perhaps order a double portion on Saturday, then, just to see you through the weekend.

Israel: If you struggle to maintain your modesty, a trip to Israel may best be avoided, as no person is allowed to dress or undress with the light switched on.

Madagascar: Expectant mothers should beware in Madagascar: pregnant women are banned from wearing hats.

Guinea: There are more restrictions for mothers. Should you happen to give birth to a girl in Guinea, it is illegal to call the baby 'Monica'. 'Sharon', on the other hand, is fully acceptable.

Iceland: The NHS may have its problems, but watch out in Iceland. Here, anyone is allowed to practice medicine provided they display the word 'Scottulaejnir', meaning 'Quack doctor'.

UK: And finally, one from our own fair shores: 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. Jock McTavish, you have been warned.

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