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Odd Laws No 8

No Selfies With Buddha in Sri Lanka

When you take a selfie with Buddha, you are turning your back on him. Tsk, tsk. This sign of disrespect is punishable by imprisonment in Sri Lanka. It is also considered disrespectful to point your finger at Buddha, and sometimes there are bans on taking photos with the statues.

Although not illegal to have tattoos of Buddha, a British woman was jailed for three days in 2014 for inappropriate tattoos of the man 70 percent of Sri Lankans feel is a prophet and avatar of the god Vishnu.

Be polite and cover tattoos, respect "no photograph" signs, and don't turn your back on him.

It's Illegal to Wear a Mask in Public in Denmark

Not only masks, the Danish government wants to stop anyone from covering their faces in any way in public spaces. This includes masks, helmets, scarves, hats, fake beards and even burkas.

The controversial ban went into effect in August 2018. Officials claim the ban helps to properly identify people during crowded events, should anything negative happen and someone need to be identified.

Registering as Married at a Hotel Makes It So in North Carolina

Let's say a man and a woman walk into a hotel in North Carolina, request to share a room, and claim they are married. By common law marriage rules in the state, that man and woman would legally be married.

As the couple "outwardly present themselves as husband and wife to the public," they are deemed a common law marriage, that is honored and valid in North Carolina.

Should you find yourself in need of a hotel room for the night, you may want to fess up if you aren't a married couple.

It's Illegal to Fly a Kite in Victoria, Australia

In Australia's southeastern tip of Victoria, home to Melbourne, it is illegal to fly a kite in a public space if it bothers another person. In fact, you cannot even play a game in a public place if it annoys someone else.

Listed as part of Summary Offences Act of 1966, the Aussies probably won't mind if you do decide to fly a kite while you visit.

Flying a Kite Is Also Illegal in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Australians aren't the only ones who are apparently opposed to flying a kite. Lawmakers in 1907 Buenos Aires took it a step further by completely stripping the Argentinean capital of the simple joy of flying kites.

In 1989, the law was partially revoked to make it legal to fly kites in squares and parks. But don't even think about trying to enjoy this childhood pastime anywhere else.


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