10 Strangest Laws from Around the World

10 Strangest Laws from Around the World

Apparently, it’s against the law to wear high heels at the ancient Greek ruins. Good to know, right?
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With the rapid pace of globalization, it's becoming our duty as global citizens to be more culturally aware. In the United States, it is reported that the millennial generation is more interested than older generations in international travel - by a whopping 23 percent! The UN states that 20% of all international tourists (which is close to 200 million travelers) are part of Gen Y.

It just makes sense for us to travel while we're younger, rather than wait until later. And what better way to plan for your next getaway than by learning about weird laws and customs from around the world? After all, traveling is all about widening our worldviews, right?

    1. In Singapore, you can’t be naked in your own house

    ....if your blinds are open.

    Punishable by a stiff fine and up to 3 months in jail , a police officer is allowed to enforce this law by breaking down your door to arrest you if necessary. So if you are in the small city-state and feel an overwhelming urge to be in the nude, make sure pedestrians or neighbors don't get an unintended eyeful.



    2. PDA is outlawed in the UAE.


    kissing, hugging, holding hands - should be avoided at all cost when out and about in public view. Holding hands is permitted for married couples, but everything else is considered an offense to public decency. PDA is liable to be punished by imprisonment or deportation.



    3. In Barbados, it is an offense for anyone, even children, to dress in camouflage clothing if you’re not in the military

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    4. In Mississippi, swearing in front of two or more people in public could land you in jail for up to 30 days. Or you could pay up to $100 to the state swear jar

    This law may seem like a direct assault on the First Amendment, but it’s only trying to protect the public.



    5. In Germany, it’s illegal to run out of gas on the highway, or the autobahns, because they’re seen as an avoidable occurrence

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    6. If you’re an atheist, you’re not allowed to run for office in the state of Texas. At the very least, you must acknowledge the presence of a “supreme being.”

    7. Be sure to never step on currency if you’re in Thailand.


    The Thai Baht bears the picture of the King and it is illegal to defame, insult, or threaten the royal family in any way.



    8.You can’t wear high heels to an ancient Greek site

    The government has banned shoes that could hurt the monuments in any way since 2008. Experts say that stilettos can transmit more pressure per square inch than an elephant.

    9. In France, you can legally marry a deceased person

    The living spouse must get the approval of the President and Justice Minister, and to qualify, one must provide evidence that the deceased intended to marry them while alive.








    10. It’s illegal to own an unregistered computer modem in Burma

    And foreigners who enter Burma with a computer are most likely to have them confiscated.
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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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My Future Is Unpredictable And That's Totally Alright

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations.

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For six months, I had plans to study abroad in the Dominican Republic during the fall semester of junior year. Filling out what seemed like endless applications and paperwork, searching for travel ideas on Pinterest, and writing a class research paper on the DR's relationship with its neighboring island, Haiti, I was prepared to live and learn about Dominican culture hands-on.

Then on the Thursday before Finals Week last spring, I read my email. My study abroad program in the DR had gotten canceled. In the span of 30 seconds, my future had taken a new course. Less than a week later, I was submitting papers to study abroad in a new country where another adventure awaited: Ecuador.

If there's anything I've learned in the past year, it's that life is unpredictable and we can't control it. The future is unknown. But-

Who wants to know exactly what's going to happen in the next few years? I mean, I believe it's good to have a direction, but you don't have to have the entire journey pinpointed straight to the core. You meet people, you get inspired, you see things, you have experiences. And you go from there. (Though, I totally respect people who have clear ambitions and stick with them their entire lives.)

Where I was a year ago was a completely different path than where I find myself today. Last summer, I worked four different internships/jobs in the span of three months. A year ago, I would never have guessed my following summer unfolding with an immersion trip to India, a solo adventure to Taiwan & Hong Kong, and becoming a certified yoga instructor. A year ago, I hadn't met half of my best friends. A year ago, I hadn't seen poverty in a third-world country. A year ago, I wasn't even sure I wanted to major in Environmental Studies.

Just because I don't know what the future holds doesn't mean I can't set goals. I have a destination, an idea of where I'm headed and where I want to go. While abroad in Ecuador, I want to learn about sustainable development and coffee production as well as enhance my Spanish skills.

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations. I know the format of the program. I'll be taking classes and living with a host family and then doing an internship at a farm. Otherwise, I have no idea what's going to happen. And that's what I'm looking forward to the most. The spontaneity. The unexpected. As one of my good friends would say whenever he doesn't have formal weekend plans, "I'm improvising." And you know the one rule of improv: Always say yes.

¡Hasta pronto, Ecuador!

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