In Australia, you can get a fine of up to AUD$750 for selling a fridge with compartments of over 42.5 litres. This strange law certainly makes no sense in the modern context. It was, however, reasonable in the old days when someone could get trapped in a fridge as the door could not be opened from inside.
Here's another bizarre law: the Law of Property Act 1936 states that a married woman can acquire, hold and dispose of property as if she were single. It was enacted in 1883 when women had very restricted legal rights.
Though seemingly odd in the modern day, the laws were there for a reason and tell us a thing or two about the past.
by Man Kit Leong