Ye Olde Curiosity Lawes
The United Kingdom has centuries-worth of old and obsolete laws on the books, enough to require the ongoing culling of obsolete laws by a statute law revision team, which has abolished 2,000 such laws since 1965. Some laws still on the books, though, include:
It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament. Apparently, anyone who dies in the Houses of Parliament is entitled to a state funeral; this law is in place to ensure this does not happen to just anyone. 27% of 4,000 people polled by UKTV Gold researchers thought this was the most absurd law still on the books.
A law enacted during the rule of Oliver Cromwell bans the eating of mince pies on Christmas Day. Half those polled confessed to having broken this law.
It could be regarded an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the image of the British king or queen upside-down.
And in York, an ancient law states that one can legally shoot a Scotsman within the city walls with a crossbow.