Wednesday 6 April 2011

What makes you a criminal? - Linda Strachan

Il ne s'appelle pas Napoleon
definition: One that has committed or been legally convicted of a crime.

What this basically means is that you are a criminal if you break the law.

The first 5 are fairly obvious,

1          Commit bodily harm - stab, punch, kick, hurt or murder another person.
2          Steal - a car, a DVD, someone’s personal possessions (phone, wallet, jewellery, coat, shoes).
3          (In some countries) it is illegal to drink alcohol under 21 - in others it is illegal at any age.
4          Destroy someone else’s property or destroy someone’s reputation.
5          Don’t pay your taxes, claim benefits from the state that you are not entitled to.

............but some laws are ancient and almost forgotten and others are just plain weird!

6          To enter the Houses of Parliament wearing armour.
7          drive cattle through the streets of London.
8          It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
9          In France it is illegal to call a pig Napoleon.
10        In London it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.

Over to you…
Crime doesn’t just happen here.  They might be modern or ancient laws, from anywhere on this world or perhaps in another fictional or even fantasy world. 

Have you heard of any weird laws?

1 comment:

  1. It is illegal for women to wear trousers in France.
    It is illegal to consume mince pies on Christmas Day in the UK
    In Australia only qualified electricians may change a light bulb. It is also illegal to walk on the right hand side of the footpath.