8 Things That Sound Illegal but Will Not Land You in Jail



There are many things you might automatically think are illegal because the laws in the United States are pretty straightforward. Exotic pets, for example, are not allowed even if you haven’t seen the exact law stating that. Well, as it turns out in some states, you can get away with more things than others. With that in mind, here’s a list of some things you thought or presumed were illegal but actually aren’t.

Eating People

Yes, you read that correctly. In most countries around the world, there are no outright laws against eating human flesh. Cannibals are charged with murder in most cases. However, if someone gives you permission to hack off a piece of their body and eat it, you are not actually doing anything illegal.

Radar Detectors

A radar detector is a little box you place on the car’s dashboard and it will alert you if your speed is being monitored by the police using a radar gun. That gives you a warning so you can slow down. It’s obvious why people would think it’s against the law to have one of these since it allows you to thwart the police’s law enforcement methods, but they’re not. You can have one of these in most parts of Australia, some areas of Canada, Russia, the UK, and most of the US except Washington DC and Virginia.

However, you shouldn’t confuse these with radar jammers. Those devices prevent police radars from working, and they are illegal to own. Penalty would be as $1,000 fine and one year of jail time.

Driving Barefoot

It’s perfectly okay to drive barefoot in most countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and United States. It’s not as safe as driving with shoes, so law enforcement may lecture you about it despite it being completely within the law.



Owning a Flamethrower

Most countries have banned the use of a flamethrower since it is a weapon of destruction, but in the good ole US of A, it’s within your right to own one. In the UK, you’ll get five years in jail if you’re caught with one of these weapons in your possession; but in the US, there is no federal law against the possession and use of a flamethrower. In certain southern states, flamethrowers are used to fend off attacks by killer bees on humans.


Owning a Tank

Aside from the flamethrower, another weapon you can own is a tank. Yes, that’s right …You can legally own a tank. However, the law requires that the cannon is deactivated. If you replace the steel tracks with rubber and obtain the right permits, you can also drive your tank on the road. If you plan on buying one, an ex-Soviet tank will cost you $40,000.

Corporal Punishment

In the 1980s, corporal punishment in schools was outlawed in the UK and Australia. Surprisingly, in 19 US states, it’s completely legal. In 2011, records show that one Texas school administered corporal punishment to 120 different children in that year alone. The most common form is paddling, where a student is hit multiple times on their buttocks or thighs with a wooden paddle.



Counting Cards

In films and TV shows, there are criminals counting cards on blackjack tables to cheat the house and win a huge amount before the casino security realizes what’s going on and kicks the culprit out. TV makes us think that it’s illegal to count cards, but in reality, it is completely legal in most countries.

Card counting is a technique where players count the cards that have been plated and try to predict the next hand of the dealer. Most people would consider this cheating, and most casinos will try to deter players from being able to count cards by harassing them and or changing the deck. Casinos can ban you for counting cards, but it is not against the law.

Police Identification

Again, because of what you see in TV and movies,  you might think that police officers have strict rules that say they need to identify themselves when asked even if they are undercover. That is simply not true. A police office can lie about their status and other things while they are undercover. They can even make up facts and stories to get information.

Police officers only have to identify themselves to you if they are wearing their uniform or if they will take legal action against you.



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