Breaking wind is set to be made a crime in an African country.
The government of Malawi plan to punish persistent offenders 'who foul the air' in a bid to 'mould responsible and disciplined citizens.'
But locals fear that pinning responsibility on the crime will be difficult - and may lead to miscarriages of justice as 'criminals' attempt to blame others for their offence.
One Malawian told the website Africanews.com: 'My goodness. What happens in a public place where a group is gathered. Do they lock up half a minibus?
Read the full story in the Courier Mail.
Well here we go with another ridiculous law, how on earth are they going to monitor this one? Is this not part of being alive, it's just one of those things, as one person that commented in the paper said, there are going to be a lot of dogs getting the blame on this one. This is just laughable, what about the smell in a public toilet, does this not also "foul the air", some idiot sitting in an office thought up this ridiculous idea. I swear Governments are not happy unless they can make the public lives even harder.
There are a few comments on this one in the paper that will give you a bit of a laugh.
I really liked this one.
Russell Posted at 8:41 AM February 02, 2011
Look up 'Criminal Code Act 1899'. S245 (1) (2). Farting in public in Queensland is already considered an assault if it causes discomfort. Of course...gathering the evidence is a completely different matter!