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The Most Inexplicable Foreign Laws

When you travel abroad, it's a good idea to research the laws and customs of the area. You don't want to break some laws accidentally and end up in jail like some of the people in "Locked Up Abroad." Their harrowing experiences are recounted on an all new season of the show premiering on National Geographic Channel April 25 at 10 PM ET. Of course, the laws in this list are so ridiculous, who could even foresee them?

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4. Canada - It is illegal for street musicians to give children balloon animals in Victoria, British Columbia.

6. Finland - Traffic fines are calculated on a sliding scale according to your most-recently reported income.

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The most expensive speeding ticket ever ($12.5 million) was given out to a Nokia executive for going 75 km/h in a 50km/h zone on his Harley. Ouch.

7. Israel - You could be prosecuted for picking your nose on a Saturday.

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DISCLAIMER: This law was passed by a rabbi to preserve the sanctity of the holy day, but the rule is not enforced by Israeli secular law.

11. England - At a train station in Warrington, kissing travelers goodbye could get you in trouble.

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A sign at Warrington Bank Quay Train Station reminds travelers of the ban on kissing.

12. Thailand - It is illegal to leave the house if you are not wearing underwear.

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No official word on whether leaving your house in only your underwear is legal, however.

16. New Zealand: One law states that any found Uranium should be reported to the Government in writing within three months of its discovery.

17. Denmark - You legally have to check under your car for sleeping children before you start it.

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Kind of makes you worry about the state of parenting in Denmark, doesn't it?

20. Singapore - Chewing gum has been banned since 1992.

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The ban on chewing gum in Singapore was relaxed in 2004. The sale of chewing gum with health benefits - such as nicotine gum - is now allowed.

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