Ok, so I know that the UK’s rich history means we’ve got a backlog of slightly quirky laws, but most of them (like the infamous “you can shoot a Welshman with a crossbow in the bounds of York“) have long-since been revoked. There’s a fair few still on the books, though, so some (presumably) students with too much free time and a GoPro took it on themselves to break ten of the most ridiculous.
It’s like Mythbusters, but with worse hair. Oh, and it’s funnier. To the best of my knowledge, the police haven’t arrested them….yet.
In case you can’t watch the video, the laws broken are, in order:
- Carrying a plank along a pavement (Metropolitan Police Act 1839)
- Sliding on ice or snow (Metropolitan Police Act 1839)
- Firing a cannon within 300 yards of a dwelling (Metropolitan Police Act 1839)
- Beating or shaking a carpet or rug in the street (except a doormat before 8am) (Metropolitan Police Act 1839)
- Singing profane or obscene songs in the street (Town Police Clauses Act)
- Playing knock-down ginger (!?) (Town Police Clauses Act)
- Being drunk in a pub (Licensing Act 1872)
- Defacing money (Currency and Banknotes Act 1928)
- Handling salmon in suspicious circumstances (Salmon Act 1986)