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"You can't die here!" - top ten stupidest laws
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:51 AM
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Default "You can't die here!" - top ten stupidest laws

Most know of the UK law that states a pregnant woman can relieve herself in a policeman's helmet, if the need arises. But there are quite a few other ridiculous laws, including one that says it's illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

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Old 20-02-2013, 12:20 AM
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Is there any evidence these are really laws? It would be good if each one had the statutory reference beside it.
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Urban myths?
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Default Dying in Parliament

It is not true that it is illegal to die in the Palace of Westminster. However, it is a Royal Palace and anyone dying in it becomes subject to a procedure involving the Royal Coroner. Since this is a big bureaucartic procedure the convention has evolved of not declaring people dead in the Palace of Westminster, at least not until the corpse has left the curtilage of the building.
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Old 20-02-2013, 10:18 AM
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Urban myths?
Regular watchers of QI will already know that most if not all of these are exactly that
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The one about the killing-someone-with-a-crossbow-within-the-city-walls has got to be a myth as at least 2 other places i know of claim a version of this one
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Default Dying in Parliament

Gotta agree with blignop here.

Dying in the Houses of Parliament is not illegal, although if you do, your family have the right to ask for a state funeral for you (although this would not, of course, be a huge event!)

However, I would suggest what would be more likely happen would be that the ambulance service would remove you from the Houses of Parliament before then pronouncing you dead in their amulance outside....
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Old 25-02-2013, 9:38 AM
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However, I would suggest what would be more likely happen would be that the ambulance service would remove you from the Houses of Parliament before then pronouncing you dead in their amulance outside....
Nope. If they are definitely deceased, then they are declared dead in situ.
It is not the bullet with your name on it, rather the one addressed "to whom it may concern" that should worry you!
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I like the 14th century law which says it is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour
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