Sermon Illustrations

During the Victorian era, one how-to-do-it-right manual was Lady Gough’s Book of Etiquette. In this volume, putting books by male authors next to books by female authors was forbidden – unless the authors were married.

• Different parts of the United States, as well as other parts of the world, have some unique and eccentric laws of their own. In Alabama, putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death and keeping an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time is a crime.

• A law in Fairbanks, Alaska does not allow moose to have sex on city streets. In Alaska, you may hunt a bear safely but it is illegal to wake a bear and take a picture for photo opportunities.

• In Arizona, US, donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs and you may be imprisoned for 25 years for cutting down a cactus.

• In Arkansas, schoolteachers who bob their hair are not eligible for a raise and it is illegal to buy or sell blue light bulbs.

• In Baldwin Park, California, nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool

• In Los Angeles, a man can legally beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, but the belt can’t be wider than 2 inches, unless he has his wife’s consent to beat her with a wider strap. Consent should be given prior to the event, as is carefully stipulated in the law.

• In the Philippines, cars whose license plates end with a 1 or 2 are not allowed on the roads on Monday, 3 or 4 on Tuesday, 5 or 6 on Wednesday, 7 or 8 on Thursday, and 9 or 0 on Friday from 7:00 AM onwards to keep roads free of traffic jams.

• In Singapore, it is illegal to come within 50 meters of a pedestrian crossing marker on any street.

• In South Korea, traffic policemen are required to report all bribes that they receive from motorists.

• In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush the toilet after 10 PM.

• In Thailand, it is illegal to leave your house without wearing underwear.

These are just a handful of the silly laws and regulations from around the world that made very good sense to somebody sometime – but they make little or no sense to us today.