Strange law in England: a pregnant woman can pee in a Policeman’s helmet

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I watch “Top Gear” – the show about cars but a show beyond cars I’d say.
In an episode I recently saw Clarkson mentioned a puzzling law: a pregnant woman can legally upon request pee in a Policeman’s helmet.

Now, I was not pregnant but I know pregnant women need to go often in a certain place.

I also heard (for I’ve never been to London) that it’s not a problem to find a toilette.

Most certainly this is an old law – but it looks like it’s still active.

What do you think about that?

And if this is not a strange enough law, take a look here to see some more from all over the world.

Do you know strange laws/rules in your country?

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I’m offering public relations, communications and image counseling in everyday life and I have a PR agency – PRwave INTERNATIONAL. I am passionate about reading, blogging (I also have a blog in Romanian) and traveling. Follow me on Twitter - @violetaloredana (Romanian) and @TravelMoments.

5 thoughts on “Strange law in England: a pregnant woman can pee in a Policeman’s helmet

  • 18 August, 2010 at 13:32
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    Yes, this is true. Also, if you get caught peeing in public here an ancient bylaw says that you can get off the hook simply by saying ‘In pain, in pain!’ It’s a funny place England! Can’t wait to visit Romania and go bear watching near Brasov.

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  • 18 August, 2010 at 14:03
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    Well, I would rather advise AGAINST that. It’s unfortunate that their food supplies became scarce – at least compared to the population size – so they came so close to the human-populated areas. And incidents happen. And, as usual, the guilt is on the beast – we humans are perfect. Bleah.
    There’s a park around Brasov – I have to check for its location – where young or harmed bears are cared for in order to be released into the wild at a later time. The bears’ really large habitat is surrounded by fences (to protect them from us humans…) but it’s the best place to see them.
    Oh, and not to forget it: I had a colleague who had to cross half the country to “rescue” his father whose car died near Arad, as soon as he got back into Romania after a trip to Germany, I think. The guy left Arad late at night, after helping his dad, and near the town of Sinaia (on Prahova valley, the most crowded leisure area in Romania) he had to take an “emergency break”… While “having the break” he heard behind him a noise around the trash bin of that parking place (quite early in the morning, the road almost empty). He thought “maybe a dog rummaging for food”. He slowly turned… only to see a BEAR. Luckily for my colleague, he could not run (the “emergency break” was still in progress, you know…) and the bear ignored him and walked away after a short while. Had he moved suddenly or tried to run away… I guess the result would have been VERY different. Fortunately, it was not the case.
    Conclusion: DON’T go watch the bears near Brasov. Use a reservation instead.

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  • 18 August, 2010 at 18:53
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    Thanks Ave, yeah I’ve heard about the unofficial tours people do around the bins on the outskirts, but I wouldn’t chance that! I meant the proper reserves as you say. Any tips on who to see about those would be great. Where are the best ones etc?
    Thanks
    Jools

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  • 18 August, 2010 at 20:06
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    There was a documentary – on either Discovery or Animal Planet, most likely the latter – about the LiBEARty bear reserve near Zarnesti, Brasov county.
    Unfortunately the website is in Romanian only but I’ll try to briefly translate here the most important details:
    The reserve is about 70 hectares and it hosts 36 bears, while being surrounded by an electric fence. It is located 2 km from the 73A national road, in the forest near the city of Zarnesti. At this moment, the administrators have only decided that the access fees will be 15 lei for children and 25 lei for adults (around 3.5 EUR or 2.9 pounds for children and 5.9 EUR or 4.85 pounds for adults). Visits are only possible during the weekends and only as part of a group. At this moment the access is restricted therefore we do not recommend you to try to visit it.
    Anyway, if you’d like to go we’ll check the availability and we (Loredana and I) will gladly accompany you in the trip!

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  • 18 August, 2010 at 20:10
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    Oh that’s really kind, thank you guys. Useful to know it’s weekends only too. Thanks again 🙂

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