Most of us do our best to be good, law-abiding citizens. Staying within our legal limits and respecting the laws in our province, and country, even if sometimes we may not totally agree with it.

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Like most places, Quebec has a few laws that are a bit outdated which makes them quite a bit more ridiculous to be following in 2018, some laws seeming more like a joke than actually protecting the public from any harm. But there are also some interesting (read: stupid) laws that weren't created all that long ago. The truth is, you probably didn't even know most of these existed, and I bet that you have probably broken the law a few times and didn't even realize. 


1. It's illegal to swear in French

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2. In Beaconsfield, it's illegal to have more than two colours of paint on your house

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3. It's against the law to remove a Band-Aid while in public

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4. Quebec law states that French words must be two times bigger than English words on all commercial signs

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5. You cannot pay for something that costs more than five dollars with nickels, and something that costs more than 25 dollars with loonies

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6. It's illegal for teenagers to walk down the street with their shoes untied 

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7. In Quebec, it's totally illegal to impersonate a foreigner

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8. The Queen Elizabeth Hotel must legally provide hay for your horse when you rent a room

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9. Practicing witchcraft (even if it's faked) is 100% illegal

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10. It's illegal to enter a swimming pool alone unless you're over eight years old

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11. You legally cannot park your car in front of your own garage

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12. It is illegal to challenge someone to a duel

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13. It's completely illegal to scare the Queen

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It's safe to say you really did not know about most of these. The question is, how many times have you broken the law without even knowing it?

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