Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dismember Of Parliament?

They're Dying To Fix This Legislation

A little-known law which prohibits people dying while in the Houses of Parliament has been voted the UK's most ludicrous piece of legislation. Another law which states it is treason to use a postage stamp upside down was placed in second place by those polled by UKTV Gold. The most absurd international law was judged to be in the US state of Ohio, where it is illegal to get fish drunk. The 3931 people asked selected the laws from a shortlist of bizarre rules.

FOOTNOTE: The long arm of the lore.

24 comments:

TheBirdman33 said...

I'm glad I don't live in Ohio, cause I get drunk with my fish ALL THE TIME!

LOL

The awful part is, you have to assume that stupid laws like this came from somewhere.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

How do they kno wich ov the pollytishuns ar ded, wich ar alive an wich wuns ar zombees?

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

As U.S. author and humorist Mark Twain wrote: “All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.”

Wendy said...

So if a person dies in the Houses of Parliament, then said person would be arrested and sent to jail? Gotta wonder where these stupid laws originate from, undoubtedly from stupid people.

Sniz said...

I would love to see that short list!

Sharon said...

So...what's the penalty if they die? :)

Jeni said...

Boy, aren't some of these laws just plain dumb but also hysterically funny too? Gotta love 'em for the entertainment value they provide since they are useless for anything else.

david mcmahon said...

G'day Matt,

Drunken fish? Would they be, er, green around the gills!!!

I want to know who passed these laws!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi BTBear,

How wonderful to hear from you again. I hope Mum and Dad took you to Ireland with them.

And have you made the Big Move yet?

In answer to your question: is there a difference between the three categories? I don't think so!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

HI Nick,

He was one of my favourite authors. And he visited Melbourne, too.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Wendy,

That's made me smile. Maybe if they die in Parliament, they're sent to ``sleep'' with the fishes!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Sniz,

I'll see if I can dig it out for you....

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Sharon,

I think they get turned into Senators and Governors ....

Or maybe they get a really bad coughing/ coffin fit.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Jeni,

In my next life I want to come back as a politician.

Keep smiling

David

Hammer said...

some native people use a special root to make the fish drunk and easy to catch. I wonder if that's what they are talking about.

The Egel Nest said...

Alternate Footnote -

Right honorable gentleman, Stuart Applesby, died Wednesday...as he spoke on the floor of the house of commons...He slipped on a drunken United States fish (Damn Yankees)...unfortunately he was holding a letter to be mailed with the postage carelessly placed upside down. The penalty for these crimes would be death, but he is already dead...BBC Reporting that Al Qaeda placed fish on floor in a new form of biological terrorism...

Oswegan said...

There are actually several well known American outlaws who's claim to fame was riding though Ohio getting fish drunk ans sending letters with upside down stamps. And that was just for kicks.

~Oswegan

david mcmahon said...

Hi Hammer,

Very interested in that comment - I thought it was only blokes who got drunk and went fishing to try and prove they were sober!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Bradley,

And with him died the power of oratory, too!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Oswegan,

(Gentle correction #1) No, sir, No sir, it was in-laws, not outlaws.

Keep smiling

David

Sam said...

Somehow I'm amazed to see thses laws!!! I wonder what made them form them in the first place???
Some things are royally absurd!!

Sanjay M said...

hahaha ROFL David :)) I wonder if the fish get arrested for being drunk! ;)

Theres an interesting quote...

"An amusing definition occurs to me: a divine anarchy. But the world will not understand. Men must become conscious of their psychic being and organise themselves spontaneously, without fixed rules and laws--that is the ideal.

For this one must be in contact with one's psychic being, one must be guided by it and the ego's authority and influence must disappear."

~ the founder of auroville

dmarks said...

"I feel a heart attack coming on! Quick, get me to Parliament, so I can die on the floor there, just like so many well-intended efforts at reforming government."

Victorya said...

An upside down stamp is treason? I was always told it meant love.