§ 100-4. Prohibited acts. [Amended 11-2-1993] A. The following acts are violations of this chapter: (1) [Amended 4-7-2001] The willful disfigurement, marking, defacement or tampering with any tomb, gravestone monument or other object placed or designed as a memorial to the dead or any fence, railing or other thing placed about or enclosing a burial…
In 1950, it was discovered that bodies were not decomposing in the permafrost. The town passed an ordnance to outlaw dying to protect residents from disease that may spread from bodies in graveyards. Spanish Flu has been extracted from victims of the 1918 breakout since they were preserved in the permafrost.
Anyone who dies in Parliament is entitled to a state funeral. Rumor has it that if you appear sick, they escort you out quickly! Yet another law that was still on the books until a massive “cleanup” of archaic laws was performed in 2012.
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”.