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Open cloze: Strange laws from around the world

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Hello! Do you like travelling? Have you ever got yourself into a mess due to that you were ignorant of a particular law or regulation from a country you were visiting? To tell you the truth, this activity was suggested to me by one of my workmates and I was really surprised to find out that things such as,  allowing your donkey to have a nap in the bathtub in Oklahoma or passing wind after 6 pm in Florida, actually means breaking the law. I suppose none of these things are on anybody’s mind when planning a holiday,  but just in case, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to check on some foreign laws, just to be on the safe side. ūüėČ

This is a vocabulary and grammar activity that I have adapted from a text from dailymail.co.uk  (thank you dailymail! ), that aims for some Use of English practice. If you enjoy it, feedback is very welcome.

Created by blogdeserena

Strange laws around the world

Complete the sentences with a a modal, a verb, a preposition or an auxiliary verb

Good luck!

Quiz by Serena

When travelling around the world, it's not always a bad idea to do your research _____ local laws and traditions.
Not only could this keep you ______ of trouble, but it can also help you get the most out of your holiday.
However, there are some weird and wonderful rules that surely nobody .... (expect)  to follow.

But if you are akin to having a sleeping donkey in your bathtub or to enjoying eating somewhere that's on fire, ... pays to be clued up.

In Victoria, Australia, only a Only a qualified electrician _______(allow) to change a light bulb.
Apparently, rebels who defy this law could receive a fine of _____ to AU$10 (£5.50).
 Milan requires that citizens ____ smile at all times, or face a fine.

Milan in Italy states that it is a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits. Frowners _____ face a hefty fine.

In Florida, it is illegal to pass wind in a public place after 6 pm on Thursdays. 5.59 pm is fine. You ___ be deemed to have been causing a public nuisance, so you better run home first to do it in a little bit of privacy.

In England, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament
This was voted the ____ ludicrous law in the UK in 2007. A spokesman for the House of Commons said: 'The people  know  these things here say there is no basis for such a law, not to say it does not exist somewhere in writing.'
In Oklahoma, it is against the law to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7pm
Great if your donkey is ____ and just enjoying a bit of relaxation time. Not so good if it has snoozed off in a lava of bubbles.

In Canada, by law, one out of every five songs on the radio ____ be  by a Canadian
Great for Justin Bieber fans, not so great for the sane.

It is forbidden to be fat in Japan. In the country that brought us sumo wrestling. In 2009, lawmakers set a maximum waistline, meaning every man aged over 40____not have a waistline measuring over 31 ins, and every woman cannot measure over 35 ins.

Flushing the toilet after 10 pm is illegal in Switzerland
Flushing the loo after 10 pm in an apartment building is illegal in the country of Switzerland. The Government considers it noise _____.

In Chicago, it is against the law to eat in a place that's on fire
No ___ how good the pizza tastes, if the restaurant sets on fire ‚Äď you can't stick around!

Running out of petrol is illegal on Germany's autobahn, and ___ is walking along it
Those who do break down must pull over and use their horn to attraction attention. The fine is ‚ā¨80 (¬£65) for¬† endangering other drivers.

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