Breaking the law is a habit most people try to avoid, but there are some legal activities that you will probably want to avoid anyway. These 10 activities seem completely illegal, but they actually aren’t! Check them out for yourself below.
Number Ten: Cannibalism. In most countries, including the United States, there are no laws that state you cannot consume human flesh. Though most cannibals are charged with murder, it’s not actually illegal to eat human flesh.
Number Nine: Owning a Tiger. It’s illegal to own a tiger in the U.K., but in Canada and in several U.S. states, it’s completely legal to buy a tiger and bring it into your home. A baby bengal tiger will set you back around $1,000. There are currently 12,000 privately owned pet tigers in America.
Number Eight: Using Radar Detectors. It might seem illegal to use these radar detectors to detect when the police are watching you, but they’re completely legal in many places across the world, including all of the United States (except for Washington D.C. and Virginia). However, note that these detectors are not radar jammers, which block radar signals.
Number Seven: Driving Barefoot. You don’t need to wear shoes when you drive! Though driving barefoot isn’t nearly as safe as driving with shoes, it is completely legal.
Number Six: Owning and Using Lock Picks. Though breaking and entering is illegal, you are more than welcome to own and use lock picks. However, be warned that if you are “going equipped” – that is, driving suspiciously late at night with a black mask and set of lock picks – you probably won’t get away with it.
Number Five: Owning a Flame Thrower. Flame throwers are banned in most places, but in the United States, you absolutely can own one of these destructive objects. Flame throwers are used in some southern states to defend against killer bees.
Number Four: Owning a Tank. In most countries, owning a tank is completely legal. The law requires the tank’s cannon is deactivated, and you must obtain a certain permit, but with all the proper precautions taken, you can even drive a tank around.
Number Three: Corporal Punishment. Yes, physical punishment is still legal in 19 states, including Texas, Alabama, Florida and Kentucky. If you live in one of these places, your teacher or principal can legally hit you.
Number Two: Counting Cards. The practice of counting cards is technically legal, but casinos will make it very difficult for you to stay there if they realize what you’re doing. Many casinos consider the act of counting cards as cheating, so dealers will mess with people who count cards in various ways.
Number One: Lying as an Undercover Officer. Many people believe that, when asked, undercover police officers must reveal themselves. However, this is absolutely not true, and police officers can legally lie about their status while undercover. They can even make up stories about what it is they’re doing.