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14 Weird UK Laws – True or False [DEBUNKED]

Weird Laws DEBUNKED – Are These Funny UK Laws REAL or FAKE?

Weird Laws, they can be crazy, strange and whether they are TRUE or FLASE has become folklore that we all love. Weird UK Laws, Weird Laws from around the world, weird funny old laws, crazy British Laws we just forgot about so here are 14 Weird British Laws That Everyone Thinks Are True. 

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Weird Laws #1. It is illegal to carry a plank along a pavement

True. This has been illegal since 1839. The Act also bans you from sliding on snow, playing "annoying games", and flying kites in the street. No fun please, we're British.

Weird Laws #2. It is illegal to die in parliament.

False. There's a longstanding myth that you're not "allowed" to die in parliament, because the government would have to give you a state funeral.

Weird Laws #3. It is illegal not to carry out at least two hours of longbow practice a week.

Not any more. Englishmen aged between 17 and 60 were required to own a longbow and practise using it regularly by a law enacted in 1541. This law was eventually repealed, but much later than you might think: It was on the statute books until 1960. Weird UK Law #4. It is illegal to beat or shake any carpet or rug in any street. True. This has been illegal since 1839, but you are allowed to beat a doormat, provided you do it before 8am.

Weird UK Law #5. It is illegal to be drunk on licensed premises (i.e. in a pub).

True. This one is enforced under at least three separate laws. Under the 1872 Licensing Act, there's a penalty for "every person found drunk" in a licensed premises, while 1839's Policing Act forbids landlords from permitting drunkenness. The 2003 Licensing Act also makes it an offence to sell alcohol to a drunk person, or to buy a drunk person a drink.

Weird UK Laws #6. It is illegal to be drunk in charge of a horse.

True. This dates back to 1872, and you're also not allowed to be drunk in charge of a cow, or while you're carrying a loaded firearm, which seems… pretty sensible, actually.

Weird UK Laws #7. It is legal to shoot a Welshman with a longbow on Sunday in the Cathedral Close in Hereford; or inside the city walls of Chester after midnight; or a Scotsman within the city walls of York, other than on a Sunday.

All of these are FALSE. Please do not do any of these. The Law Commission couldn't find any evidence any of these laws ever existed.

Weird UK Laws #8. It is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day.

This happened one time. Christmas Day in 1644 fell on a legally mandated fast day, so it would have been illegal to eat a mince pie, even though they weren't specifically mentioned.

Weird UK Law #9. It is illegal to jump the queue in the tube ticket hall.

True. So long as there's a sign telling you to queue (or a member of staff), queue-jumping is illegal under TfL byelaws: You have to join from the back. This is possibly the most British law in existence.

Weird UK Law #10. It is illegal to destroy or deface money.

Mostly true. If you want to destroy a banknote for some reason, that's actually legal. But under the Currency and Banknotes Act of 1928, it's illegal to deface a banknote by drawing, stamping, or printing on it. It's also illegal to destroy coins.

Weird UK Law #11. It is illegal to place a stamp of the Queen upside down on a letter.

False. It's illegal to do anything with the intention of deposing the Queen (sorry, republicans), but this is fine. The Royal Mail will deliver the letter as normal.

Weird UK Law #12. It is illegal to stand within 100 yards of the reigning monarch without wearing socks.

False. Fear not, you can go sockless near royals.

Weird UK Law #13. It is illegal to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances.

True. This is illegal under the Salmon Act of 1986, apparently. Alas, the Law Commission did not elaborate on what counts as a suspicious way to handle salmon. You can check the original law here, but it won't help all that much.

Weird UK Law #14. All swans are the property of the Queen, and killing one is an act of treason.

Not ALL swans. The Queen has first dibs on all "wild, unmarked mute swans in open water", and has since the 12th century, but only actually claims ones on the Thames and some tributaries. 

Black Friday Myths Debunked – Top 14 Black Friday Myths Busted

Black Friday 2015 Deals, Black Friday Shopping Facts, Black Friday Myths and Black Friday Fights Myths Debunked!

MYTH: Black Friday Sales Begin on Black Friday

Actually, several major retailers will launch their Black Friday sales as early as two weeks before the namesake day. Amazon, for example, will offer deals starting on November 19. We even see some deals sell out before Black Friday. Luckily, you can use this shopping tid bit at the dinner table as an excuse to step away from your drunk Uncle Roger.

MYTH: Stores Have Ample Stock of Doorbusters

Unfortunately many "doorbusters" are exceptionally low-priced items meant to generate buzz and entice shoppers in-store. Most retailers have very limited quantities of these products, and it's likely that only the first few shoppers in line will snag them. For example, last year's mythic Sharp 42" HDTV deal for $199 at Best Buy was epic, but the retailer only guaranteed 10 units per store.

MYTH: You Need to Camp Out in Line to Get the Best Black Friday Deals

If you're looking for an in-demand, limited-stock doorbuster, then being first in line when a store opens may be necessary to secure a highly coveted product. But these days, more and more Black Friday deals are available online as well as in-store. In fact, last year we found that 70% of in-store Black Friday deals were also available online for the same price – or less!

MYTH: In-store Black Friday Shopping Is a Dangerous Contact Sport

While there are always reports of overly-aggressive shoppers on Black Friday, a majority of consumers actually express feeling a sense of camaraderie while waiting in line. Plus, no store wants instances of violence to splash their name across the news, so they will do everything in their power to keep things in check. You might have to deal with large crowds and a mess of inventory, but the chances of encountering an actual brawl are extremely low.

MYTH: Everything on Sale on Black Friday Is at Its Lowest Price of the Year

The Facts Behind 14 Black Friday Myths
Although many Black Friday deals offer the lowest prices of the year, you should probably wait to buy toys, brand name HDTVs, and winter apparel. Toys see the deepest discounts right before Christmas; brand name HDTVs sink in price between December and February; and winter apparel sales are best after Christmas. Be sure to consult our upcoming November Buying Guide for more information on what you might want to skip next month.

What's more, retailers often sprinkle in mediocre discounts with their doorbuster deals, in the hopes that shoppers trying to bang out all of their holiday shopping will bite on high-profit items.

MYTH: Nobody Will Beat Black Friday Prices

We already know that this isn't true: last week Best Buy announced that it would match Amazon's Black Friday promotional prices. And in a few weeks, we'll publish an extensive list of stores that will offer price matching on Black Friday. Last year Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Meijer met competitors' prices, and in some cases offered better deals.

MYTH: All of the Good Deals Are Printed in Black Friday Ads

On Thanksgiving Day, retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have historically advertised additional Black Friday deals that weren't in their circulars. These "secret" deals are only found online, so the trick is to uncover them on the web before you consider a trip the to the store on Friday. Moreover, some retailers will respond to competitor pricing and make last-minute cuts in order to compete. So even if you've already perused a store's early leak, you should always check back for Black Friday listing updates.

MYTH: Leaked Black Friday Ads Are Totally Accurate

As we mentioned above, early leaked ads often don't tell the whole story. Stores will alter their sales as they learn what competitors plan on doing. Moreover, the fine print isn't always present, which is crucial information if your heart is set on a doorbuster deal that will actually be available in extremely limited quantities.

MYTH: You Have Go to an Apple Store for Its Black Friday Sale

In reality, all of Apple's Black Friday sale prices will be available online with free shipping sitewide. However, in our Black Friday Apple predictions piece, we actually advised against shopping the Apple sale at all. Not surprisingly, Apple is skimpy with the discounts, and most resellers – like Amazon, Mac Connection, and MacMall – will offer price cuts that will be twice as good for products such as the iPad and MacBook line of laptops.

MYTH: Sales on Designer and Luxury Goods Abound on Black Friday

While high-end retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus broke the age-old trend of skipping Black Friday promotions last year, we don't expect luxury stores to offer such sales again this year. (However, we may see special promotions from their outlet branches.) SmartMoney suggests that these stores may once again view the Black Friday frenzy to be in opposition to the very brand ideals they're trying to cultivate. Although there are certainly exceptions to the rule, Black Friday is mainly a blockbuster event for lower-end goods.

MYTH: If You Go Overboard on Black Friday, You Can Return Your Purchases

The Facts Behind 14 Black Friday Myths
Not so fast! Stores tighten their return policies considerably during the holidays, making it harder to return items. Some retailers will only give you store credit even if you have a receipt. A handful of stores are now also keeping track of serial returners and banning them. And if you don't remember to ask for a gift receipt, your recipients might be doubly unhappy: they'll likely receive a store credit for only a portion of the return. Bah humbug!

MYTH: Cyber Monday Sales Offer Better Online Deals than Black Friday

For those of you who'd rather fully digest your Thanksgiving meal and not stand in line at midnight on the dawn of Black Friday, we understand. If you want to shop exclusively online though, don't think for a second that you should wait until Cyber Monday. The sales that pop up on Monday will indeed be good, but a majority of Black Friday deals are available online starting Thursday morning. So why wait until Cyber Monday to bag bargains?

MYTH: Completing a Black Friday Order Online Forms a Binding Contract

Unfortunately, submitting an order online for an item—even after entering payment information—doesn't guarantee that it's yours. Retailer sites occasionally display inaccurate inventory and will sometimes let consumers buy an item the store doesn't have in stock anymore; this can be a particular problem on Black Friday, given the speed of transactions on this day.

Moreover, if a site accidentally publishes the incorrect price for an item, and shoppers take advantage of the amazingly low price, a store may decide to cancel all orders. Best Buy did just this last Black Friday when it mistakenly offered a $100 iTunes gift card for $60; it canceled the orders and then asked customers to instead purchase the deal for the intended price of $80.

MYTH: Good Customer Service Isn't as Important as Inventory

If anything, a rush of Black Friday shoppers vying for limited quantities of deals is even more reason for retailers to be organized, cordial, and customer-friendly…especially when they run out of stock! Disgruntled shoppers always complain. But nowadays they're even more prone to texting, tweeting, and sharing their negative experiences with anyone who will listen. Poor customer service has the potential to affect public perception and drive customers away from certain retailers.

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