Laws and rules keep us disciplined. But sometimes, certain laws are so weird that they require an explanation. But we dumb individuals still follow them. 

So, recently, a Reddit user Ryyi23 decided to post a question, asking people: “What oddly specific rules have you seen that are probably only there because someone actually did it in the past?” 

Continue scrolling and check out some of the funniest ones!


At my last job, we had a sign on the back door that said “you must walk trash all the way to the dumpster; DO NOT TRAIN THE RACCOONS!!!”

The story behind that is the facility I worked at does dog daycare and training, and Darcy the Human (not to be confused with Darcy the Poodle) didn’t like having to walk all the way across the parking lot at the end of the night to take out the trash, and trained about three raccoons to drag the bags to the dumpster because he couldn’t be bothered to walk 50ft to it. He got away with it for about a year, and even named them. The manager only found out when she opened the back door to throw out some boxes and saw a bunch of raccoons immediately run up and cart them off.


If the water between Denmark and Sweden freezes, and the Swedes walk over we (the Danes) are allowed to hit them with sticks.


On an AirFrance flight from Morocco to Mauritania, the flight attendant gave the safety brief in French at first. My french is not good but my ears pricked up when I heard the words “feu de camp.” I obviously discounted my translation as misunderstanding the brief until she went into the brief in English.

We were given the standard safety brief on all aircraft, but at the end we were specifically reminded that there are to be no cooking or camp fires lit on the plane at any time.

Can you imagine your seat mate getting hungry and deciding to start a fire on an airplane to cook up some snacks?!?!?


We once got a piece of clothing for one of the kids and right on the label, I kid you not, ‘remove child before washing.’


In my lease, I had a clause to properly dispose of my used tampons.

I asked why and apparently my landlord had a tenant that caused $50,000 of damage because she threw her used tampons into the cabinet under the sink. She rented the apartment for years and there were 3+ years worth of used, bloody tampons in there.

The, uh, blood caused a bunch of damage akin to water damage to the bathoom. The floor under the cabinet was rotted through. From bloody tampon storage.

The thought of a steamy, gelatinous glorb of blood gooping through the sh**ty linoleum and blooming a bloody Clicker from The Last of Us makes me want to actively die.


In Florida ” You may not have sexual relations with a porcupine”.


In rehab our cottons swabs were taken away because a guy decided to jam one into his eardrum to get sent to the hospital and get painkillers. Every seemingly dumb rule we had in there had a backstory to it.


“Don’t take (prescription drug) if you’re allergic to (same drug).”


‘Absolutely no roller skates in the lab.’ My husband worked for a private lab startup and half the women there did roller derby. The lab was (as many are) a repurposed warehouse with nice smooth concrete floors. One of the women thought it would be fun to skate between machines. She got a lot done but the boss figured osha wouldn’t be too thrilled so the sign went up a few days later. You could still wear your skates in the break room.


On a package of precision screwdrivers “Do not insert into penis.”


in NZ it is illegal to name your kid “Pink panties” …


“Do not fill with urine” on a water gun.


Do not pick up this lawn mower and use it as a hedge trimmer.


Never iron clothes while they are being worn.


At my company’s picnic outing: “Anyone who jumps in the lake will be fired.”


My father’s hometown, Marion, Ohio, had a rule that you couldn’t eat a donut while walking backwards. If I remember correctly, it had something to do with attracting police horses to lure them away from the police.


“Do not use for drying pets” on the microwave.


For my fellow scientists: Transferring chemicals by mouth (mouth pipetting) is forbidden.


“Do not put 14 rolls of toilet paper in the toilet” -Walmart 2019


Remove baby before collapsing stroller.





There’s a town in Alabama where it’s illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.




Used to work in a big name book store. In the office we had a huge sign saying “no boiled eggs allowed in staff office”


Do not dress game (e.g. deer, pheasant) in dormitory kitchens.

I wonder who dragged a deer into the dorm and cut it up for venison…


Please do not add dish detergent to the water fountains.


No bouncing balls on city sidewalks…it scares horses.



I worked at a video rental store and we had a big sign at the front of the store that said “CONTROL YOUR CHILDREN” because kids are an organizational nightmare



In church, there was a sign above the votive candles that read:

“Light only one candle – $7 each.”

Apparently, for $7, someone had lighted all 50 votive candles in the stand.