The written law is often plagued with outdated decisions, perplexing paradoxes, and the uncommon common sense!
While our pop culture is filled with many untrue quirky myths indeed many apparent legal absurdities do actually exist. A quick Google search will review many inane examples, many of which served a purpose at one time but have become impractical; however, many current laws also appear outright illogical. Additionally, some illogically appearing laws that remain do often have a sensible reasoning.
Below are some examples of quirky laws or quirky interpretation of laws. Note: Quirky interpretations are provided for satirist entertainment purposes only and not as genuine interpretations:
Back in the late 1990's there was a hit song, "Barbie Girl" by the group Aqua. The song was published by MCA Records and was a sarcastic parody...Learn More
In Canada, the maximum quantity of coins that may be used as currency within any given transaction is governed by the federal Currency Act, R.S.C. ...Learn More
The Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, states: 163. (1) Every one commits an offence who (a) makes, prints, publishes,...Learn More
The Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19 provides a variety of protections from discrimination; however, there are certain exceptions that allow...Learn More
The Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1990, c. C-43, s.71 forbids dueling whereas it states: 71. Every one who (a) challenges or attempts...Learn More
In Canada, the last execution occurred in 1962 and the law permitting capital punishment of humans was abolished in 1976; albeit, in 1987 a Bill brought in...Learn More
In 2009, Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturer and distributor of PringlesTM found out the expensive way that Pringles are deemed a potato product...Learn More
In law, a corporation is legally deemed a "person" that is capable of entering into contracts, of suing, of being sued, of being fined, among other things....Learn More
The recent case of 1784773 Ont. Inc. v K-W Labour Association et al, 2013 ONSC 5401 suggests that a seller who 'jokes' about a house being...Learn More
In Bathurst, New Brunswick, Bylaw #2005-17 forbids anyone over the age of fourteen from trick or treating for candy. Additionally, Hallowe-en...Learn More
Until repealed in December 2018, per the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46: 365. Every one who fraudulently (a) pretends to...Learn More