Royal Navy ships entering the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London.

Although not enforced in modern times, this law is still on the books. In fact, there is an annual ceremony of the Constable’s Dues, where the Royal Navy moors one of its boats alongside the Tower Pier and the captain delivers his “tax”.

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None shall take your last cow (or 12 sheep), pig, or 24 chickens.

The Belgian Judicial Code provides a list of goods and items that may not, in principle, be seized by a bailiff (art. 1408), basically in order to safeguard minimal living conditions and means. While such a list is useful in itself, its details harken back to days of yore. Most notably, it details that a […]

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You must pay a television tax whether or not you own a television

Finland’s television tax has been between €244.90 and €253.80 per annum with a household with a television. However, in 2013 the tax will be applied on every adult, not just every household, and will be graduated according to your income. The tax will be between €50 and €140 per person. The government assumes that even […]

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