Monday, March 10, 2008

Strange Rules in Western Europe

I couldn't help but comment on some new rules/laws in Western Europe that I think are very telling about the culture there.

From Amsterdam:
Dog owners angry at public sex plan

Dog owners in Amsterdam are angry after the city legalised public sex in one of the city's most famous parks. But they promised to clampdown on dog owners who let their pets walk in the park without a lead.

One dog owner protested: "As long as the park has existed, we've been allowed to let our dogs run freely. It's outrageous that we will be punished from now on but public sex won't."

And from Italy:
Court Rules Against Public Groping

In a landmark judgment with far-reaching social implications, Italy's highest appeals court has ruled it is a criminal offence for Italian men to touch their genitals in public.

The judges of the court of cassation stressed that the ban did not just apply to brazen crotch-scratching, but also to what might be termed superstitious pre-emption. Anyone who has seen a hearse go past in Italy, or been part of a discussion in which some terrible illness or disaster is mentioned, will know it is traditional for men to ward off bad luck with a quick grab at what are delicately called their "attributi".

1 comment:

Marian said...

Oh so true to the European Culture! Thanks for the best laugh I've had today!