The main purpose of the law is to bring peace and order to the society. But sometimes, the law seems to be too restrictive, especially if something you want to do is against it. Fortunately, there are many other countries in the world filled with people who have different cultures, values and beliefs – who wouldn’t mind seeing you doing something that is illegal in America because it’s perfectly fine in their country. You just need to know the right place to do it.
Several countries have certain peculiar customs that have been followed for a long time and can seem bizarre. As a result of social media, these actions are given increased attention. Brace yourself and let’s begin the countdown to the unusual customs in various nations.
1. You can marry a dog in India
Do you love your pet so much that you think he/she is your true soulmate? In India, you can marry any animal, because bestiality is lawful in their country. It is not limited to dogs, but they are the most popular choice.
Hindus revere dogs as sacred animals. Hence, some people hold the opinion that marrying a human to a dog will banish bad luck from the household or neighborhood. Even though this union is not official or legal, anyone can perform the ceremony.
2. Your children can pee in public when in China
Because China is overpopulated and its major cities are overcrowded, access to public restrooms can be very limited. If you have a child with you, unpleasant situations would surely come your way when out in the city. To help parents, mainland China has allowed children to pee in public if they are having trouble finding a restroom or anywhere else for them to go.
China is a developing nation, but there is also a portion of it, particularly in outlying areas where there are few public restrooms. In cities, some kids also urinate in public, but it does not imply that they lack etiquette. It’s just that there might not be a nearby public restroom, in which case little children can effectively relieve themselves in the gutter.
3. You can walk around naked in Spain
Nudity is allowed, not only in nudist beaches, but also in any public place in Spain. Yes, you can walk without any piece of clothing in their parks, cities or sidewalks. The Spanish law does not only permit its people to walk around naked; it considers it as an inalienable human right.
It’s ironic that most Spaniards or the country itself identify as Catholics and that it’s improper to show out your privates. Nudity or partial nudity is practiced in various locations, despite there being some conflict between belief and written legislation. Yet, there are areas of the nation where the aforementioned practice is prohibited.
4. You can drive a tank in England
In the US, you are allowed to have a joy ride in an armored vehicle, but only in restricted areas where people can experience how to drive a tank. But in England, you can use a tank to drive your kids to school or pick up some groceries because it is road legal. However, you still have to deactivate the weapons and put rubber tracks on wheels.
Yet, let me make it clear that you can only operate a military tank in England if you have a license for that type of vehicle. A military vehicle is not something to take for granted, which brings us to our next point. Artillery is present in a military vehicle. But, it needs to be altered first in order to be allowed on public roads. There will be a complete removal of all artillery, weaponry, and soldier-only equipment.
5. You can kill your cheating husband in Hong Kong
Adulterous men have the right to die in Hong Kong. If the wife finds out that her husband is cheating on her, she can freely kill him once he is proven guilty of adultery. To add to that, she only has to do it using her bare hands. It is believed that the ancient Chinese law was the basis of this rule.
Some judicial systems recognize crime of passion. Although the foregoing scenario may appear violent to some, the offended person sees it as justified. Who would be pleased to discover that their husband is cheating? This type of punishment for a husband who cheats his wife in Hong Kong exists in remote villages or in villages where strict religious beliefs, ancient laws, and superstitions still prevail.
6. You can go window shopping for sex in New Zealand
Sex workers and prostitution are legal in many countries, as well as in some parts of Nevada in the US, but window shopping for prostitutes can only be done in New Zealand. While many European countries have big problems regarding sex trafficking, New Zealand dealt with it by legalizing prostitution and regulating it like any other type of business. Because of that, prostitutes do not need to hide from the police in New Zealand – they are actually protected by the law.
Although it may seem outrageous, prostitution is permitted in New Zealand. This is due to the adoption of the Prostitution Reform Act of 2003. Sex workers are protected by employment laws because it is viewed as a legitimate kind of “employment”. The legal minimum age to engage in this type of “job” is 16 years old. And since the sex trade is legal, owning a sex brothel where in public can window shop for sex workers are common.
7. You can eat puffer fish in Japan
Puffer fish is poisonous, and that is why it is restricted in the US and Europe. It contains poisonous substances that, if consumed, can cause paralysis and death. However, you can “safely” eat this fish in Japan because they are prepared and served by well-trained chefs. The puffer fish delicacy is called fugu, and it continues to be one of the most sought-after dishes in the world. They say deaths are rare, but “rare” is still not the same with “none.”
Fugu is painstakingly cleansed by removing the organs that contain a toxin that is 200 times more toxic than cyanide that paralyzes and kills. This intriguing delicacy’s advantage is that not everyone can prepare it. Only trained chefs with a fugu license and who have completed the fugu exam are permitted to create the dish.
8. You can legally sell your kidneys in Iran
If you are in need of a kidney, Iran is the place to go. People in their country advertise their own kidneys by putting up posters with their blood types and phone numbers – some even include their test results to show that their kidneys are in good shape. It was indeed controversial, but it definitely helped eliminate donor waiting lists.
Iran is an Islamic nation; hence it is illegal to remove or donate the organs of living persons. As a result, anyone in Iran who wants to donate their organs must have a Donor Card that enables them to do so in the event of their death. Currently, a fatwa given by the religious leaders of the Islamic Country permits living individuals to donate an organ, particularly a kidney, for the sake of saving lives rather than for profit. There is a weakness in this scenario. Considering that the Iranian government will compensate organ donors directly for their services. In other words, you will receive payment for donating a kidney.
9. You can drink real absinthe in Czech Republic
Absinthe was illegal before, but it has become available in the US at a number of cocktail bars. But still, the government is regulating thujone, a chemical content of the drink that has mind-bending properties. The FDA only allows 10 milligrams of thujone per liter of absinthe, but in Czech Republic, you can sip the real thing because they allow up to 100 milligrams of it.
Due to its high alcohol content and negative consequences, absinthe is prohibited in numerous nations. It has a startling 74% alcohol content. Even a tiny drop of this can damage your taste buds; it is psychotropic and harmful if used incorrectly.
10. You can leave young children alone at home in Russia
In the US, there are regulations about how young children must not be left completely alone in their houses by their parents or guardians. Child protective services can get in the way if a child too young was found alone in your house, and you might get into legal trouble for neglecting your child. But in Russia, it is very common to leave children at the house alone even if they are still very young. They let their little kids go to the school or to the store alone, and they find nothing wrong with that.
In other nations, particularly those that fall below the poverty level, such scenes or customs are no longer unusual. It is sensible to leave the children at home so that the parents may work in order to make ends meet. If the parents cannot afford to hire a nanny to watch the kids, some parents decide to leave them at home. If we’re talking about kids, this refers to the ones who can help around the house, cook for themselves, and the like without having any special needs.