Urban legend? No one on the Liverpool City Council will give credence to a law along these lines. Seems like there must have been a story behind this one…
The head of said whale, however, belongs to the King. This law dates back to 1307. The original law read something along the lines of “The King shall have throughout the realm, whales and great sturgeons taken in the sea or elsewhere within the realm, except in certain places privileged by the King.”
This law was passed in 1279, as the Houses of Parliament were meant to be a civilized, non-violent place.
Rumor has it that the penalty ranges from a slap on the wrist to a ticket for a few hundred baht. Thankfully the exchange rate is favorable and this is around $10 US.
You know that old adage about making sure you leave the house with clean underwear? Well… it would appear that dirty underwear is better than no underwear at all!