There are no discussion topics on this book yet. These places exist so we can drink somewhere less depressing than our apartments without being judged. After decades of exile to environmentalism’s legal fringes, the notion that natural systems could have legal rights is receiving serious attention. FranceIn most places, owning a breathalyzer is a sign that you're either a police officer, or someone who has previously been arrested by a police officer. Surprisingly, though, you can't import beer in Nigeria. Going out must be stressful in Thailand. On Wednesday the United Nations will discuss a proposed treaty based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth (.pdf), which was drafted by environmentalists last year.

In Santa Cruz, Bolivia it’s punishable under the law for a man to have sex with a lady and her daughter at the same time Image source. Pages in category "Bolivian law" The following 7 pages are in this category, out of 7 total. But in his view, it was just as silly to think humans had inalienable rights to destroy communal entities like streams and forests.

Click here to sign up for our daily email. Bolivia A lot of the time, bizarre drinking laws are put in place for "moral" reasons. United KingdomSince the United Kingdom's golden age of seafaring, it's been traditional for any large Royal Navy ship visiting the port of London to provide the Constable of the Tower with a barrel of rum, which is called the Constable's Dues, and also The Greatest Job Perk In The History Of Employment. The law exists to make sure women don't drunkenly flirt with men outside of their marriage. NigeriaBeer is a pretty big industry in Nigeria—the only African country with a larger beer market is South Africa. Most of the time, they make some sort of sense. In Alberta, you can import liquor for personal use if it stays with you. Enjoy this collection of funny, stupid and often bizarre laws from South America.

In Germany, though, they take it pretty seriously.

"It is illegal to have sex with an idiot in Valencia, Venezuela." Violate any one of these and we can only assume that the customer turns into a gremlin. Based in Brooklyn, New York and Bangor, Maine, he's fascinated with science, culture, history and nature. Below are a few samples of strange laws from South America: "In Bolivia, it is illegal for women to have more than one glass of wine in a bar or restaurant." And yes, the law applies to bars and restaurants. But the intellectual argument for nature's rights isn't necessarily a patchouli-soaked Gaia fantasy translated into legalese. SwedenWant to pick up a six-pack in Sweden? We'd like to think this was an exaggeration, but if the laws in Sydney are any indication, alcohol-induced rage is an epidemic. In Newfoundland, you can only bring back 1.14 liters of booze for personal use. In an attempt to curb the madness, officials have made it illegal to serve shots after midnight, serve alcohol in a glass after midnight, serve four drinks at one time after midnight, or serve more than two drinks per person after 3:00 a.m. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. In the United Kingdom, though, it's still technically illegal for a pub or club owner to let you overindulge. Cozy Up with November's Most Anticipated Romances. Refresh and try again.

FAOLEX: Bolivia (external link) (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) database of national laws and regulations on food, agriculture, and renewable natural resources GLIN Archive: Bolivia [1954-2010] (Law Library of Congress) includes summaries; full text is … It only applies to women, because drunk dudes have never, ever behaved like that when drinking at a bar.

You've got a very small window of time in which to get drunk. Transporting wine between provinces is so difficult that the people who wrote the regulations were probably drunk when they did. In Turkey, they take things a step further by prohibiting the sale of alcohol. IndiaIndia's alcohol laws are determined on a state-by-state basis. But you might wonder if punishment in El Salvador is a little severe. We can only imagine that's like getting your license at the DMV, except you're annoyed and ashamed. All rights reserved. Potosí, Bolivia / Jenny Mealing, Flickr / CC BY 2.0.

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Because that kind of power is too much for one person, apparently. To revist this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Some say it's a practical extension of ecological insight. BoliviaA lot of the time, bizarre drinking laws are put in place for "moral" reasons.

There's a reason your spin class doesn't have a bar. If some Colombian laws like those governing fugitive bees might seem obnoxious, they appear positively reasonable in comparison to some of the similary outdated laws that have been noted in the legal codes of other countries.

Time to update the resume and move to the U.K. TurkeyFor most of us, Election Day involves only two major obligations. It's just science.

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Joe Oliveto is a staff writer for Supercompressor and now kind of thinks a global crime spree would be fun and easy. ScotlandScots Law is like Scout's Honor: a strange mix of legitimate principles, outdated traditions, and matching outfits. ScotlandAs per older regulations that are still on the books, it's illegal in Scotland to "propel" a cow while boozed up.

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"To say that the natural environment should have rights is not to say anything as silly as that no one should be allowed to cut down a tree," wrote Stone. The first principle of Bolivia's law -- here translated into English (.pdf) from the original Spanish -- calls for human activities to "achieve dynamic balance with the cycles and processes inherent in Mother Earth," with Mother Earth defined as "a unique, indivisible, self-regulating community of interrelated beings that sustains, contains and reproduces all beings." Brandon is a Wired Science reporter and freelance journalist.

United KingdomIn general, if you're headed to a club or bar without the intention of getting a little turnt up, you're either the designated driver, or you're lost. ©2020 Group Nine Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. AustraliaEver since there have been beer cans, there have been drunk people finding innovative ways to crush them.

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Such is the case in La Paz, Bolivia, where married women can only drink one glass of wine when out at a bar or restaurant. Image: Bolivia's Mamore River, photographed from aboard the International Space Station./NASA. The WIRED conversation illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—from culture to business, science to design.

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