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Bud Travel Breaks 10 Weird Foreign Laws

  1. In Sweden, ladies of the evening are well within their rights to practice their profession. However, the gentlemen paying for their services are at risk for punishments ranging from a fine to as much as six months in jail. (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)
  2. Thinking of an autumn trip to Scandinavia? Hoping to show them what an American Halloween is all about? Stick to the simple costumes. In Denmark, wearing a mask in public can lead to your arrest. (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)
  3. Listen up: In Finland, taxi drivers playing music in their cars are required to pay a copyright fee. The idea is that the music is being presented to the "public"—the cabs' paying customers. So your cabbie might keep things quiet to save a few euros. (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)
  4. Singapore puts a great deal of effort into keeping its public toilets (along with many other things) pristine. And visitors are expected to help keep them gleaming. Failure to flush may result in fines. (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)
  5. Think foreigners in Thailand are exempt from the country's famous "never insult the King" laws? Think again. Tourists may discover that police are obliged to investigate every complaint, and prison terms can last up to 15 years. Talk about a royal pain. (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)
  6. Traveling by scooter in many major cities of the Philippines has its challenges: You can get ticketed for driving in sandals or bare feet. (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)
  7. New Year's in Southeast Asia is often a watery celebration, with lots of buckets, water balloons, and drenched revelers. But in Cambodia, officials will snatch away water guns on sight. Rumor has it that some ruffians filled their Super Soakers with, er, "used" water. Eww! (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)
  8. Over-the-counter medicines in the U.S. are sometimes illegal in Japan, and that includes some Vicks and Sudafed products and anything else containing pseudoephedrine. If authorities at customs catch you with such products, they may detain you. (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)
  9. In Germany, dog breeds that the government considers dangerous aren't welcome for more than a four-week visit, and they aren't allowed to live there at all. Even a bit of mastiff, Rhodesian ridgeback, or Staffordshire terrier blood may mean no lederhosen for Puddles. (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)
  10. Canada has lots of pennies in circulation, but there's a limit on how many you can use at a time. The maximum number allowable per transaction is 25, so no getting cute with excessive change at the mini-mart. (Illustration by Mark Zingarelli)

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