There are countries around the world where minimal action or activity, which may appear harmless, can get you into legal trouble. Many a time as a non-native you might even want to ask locals if they even followed that law. For instance, forgetting your wife’s birthday. Yes, you read it right. Forgetting your spouse’s birthday is seen as something of a legal trouble-worthy act in Samoa in the Polynesian area of the Pacific Ocean that can send you behind bars.
Or can it actually?
The beautiful Oceania country of Samoa recently came in the news because of a somewhat shocking news that went viral. There’s no denying that birthdays are dates worth remembering and we should make the person feel special, but several outlets have shared over many times how one of the strangest laws existed in Samoa which jailed men who forgot their spouses’ birthday. A German language face check page faktastisch also shocked its readers when it said Samoan men risk going to jail if they forget their wives’ birthdays.
But a Samoan-based daily, Samoa Observer reportedly spoke to a lawyer, Fiona Ey who is a partner at Samoa-based law firm Clarke Ey Koria Lawyers who denied knowledge of anything like this law.
The daily noted that a British magazine for commercial lawyers and in-house counsel called Lawyer’s Monthly had also published a similar news involving this supposedly active Samoan law in 2019.
“Long and short of it - it’s an apocryphal story and a great example of why you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet, even if it is published by Lawyer’s Monthly,” Fiona was quoted as saying.
But Samoa may not have quenched your thirst for absurd laws all over the world, but we are sure there must be many others.
There are stranger laws around the world- North Korea has ruled wearing blue jeans illegal as it is seen as symbol of American imperialism. Chewing gum is banned in Singapore because it causes filth.
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