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  • Strange laws around the world

    Question 1 of 16

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    When travelling around the world, it's not always a bad idea to do your research _____ local laws and traditions.

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    Question 2 of 16

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    Not only could this keep you ______ of trouble, but it can also help you get the most out of your holiday.

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    Question 3 of 16

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    However, there are some weird and wonderful rules that surely nobody is expected to follow.
    But ___________ you are akin to having a sleeping donkey in your bathtub to enjoying eating somewhere that's on fire, it pays to be clued up.

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    Question 4 of 16

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    Erica Chang, regional director of HomeAway UK who conducted the research, said: 'Travel really does _______ the mind so it's curious to see what odd rules and regulations can be found on the law books around the world.

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    'Some might be seen as health and safety gone mad, but others are just funny – I'm sure most Brits abroad __________ never think they could be breaking the law if they changed a light bulb in Victoria or flushed the toilet at night while in Geneva so it's always best to know before you go!'

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    • could

    • would

    • can

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    Question 6 of 16

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    1. Only a qualified electrician ________( is allowed, will be allowed, can be allowed ) to change a light bulb in Victoria, Australia

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    Question 7 of 16

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    Australia's second most populated state says it's illegal to change a light bulb ( even if, providing, unless ) you're a licensed electrician. Apparently, rebels who defy this law could receive a fine of up to AU$10 (£5.50).

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    2. Milan requires that citizens must smile at all times, or face a fine
    Milan in Italy states that it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits. Frowners could face a ( heavy, enormous, hefty ) fine.

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    3. In Florida, it is illegal to pass wind in a public place after 6 pm on Thursdays. 5.59 pm is fine. You would be deemed to have been causing a public nuisance, so you better run home first to do it in a little bit of ( privacy, privately, private ).

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    4. In England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament
    This was voted the most ludicrous law in the UK in 2007. A spokesman for the House of Commons said: 'The people know about these things here say there is no basis for such a law, not to say it does not exist somewhere in writing.'

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    5. In Oklahoma, it is against the law to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7pm
    Great if your donkey is ( waked up, wake, awake ) and just enjoying a bit of relaxation time. Not so good if it has snoozed off in a lava of bubbles.

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    6. In Canada, by law, one out of every five songs on the radio must be by a Canadian
    Great for Justin Bieber fans, not so great for the sane.

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    7. It is forbidden to be fat in Japan In the country that brought us sumo wrestling
    It is illegal to be fat. In 2009, lawmakers set a maximum waistline, meaning every man aged over 40 ( must, should, need ) not have a waistline measuring over 31 ins, and every woman cannot measure over 35 ins.

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    8. Flushing the toilet after 10 pm is illegal in Switzerland
    Flushing the loo after 10 pm in an apartment building is illegal in the country of Switzerland. The Government consider it noise ( polluting, contamination, pollution ).

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    9. In Chicago, it is against the law to eat in a place that's on fire
    No matter how good the pizza tastes, if the restaurant sets ( on, at, under ) fire – you can't stick around!

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    10. Running out of petrol is illegal on Germany's autobahn, and so is walking along it
    So those who do break down must pull over and use their horn to attraction attention. The fine is €80 (£65) for (danger) other drivers.

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