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Hungary to repeal outdated laws

The Hungarian government is launching a drive to purge obsolete and often silly laws, such as one forbidding barbers from using the same shaving foam on two different customers, from its statute books.

The government wants parliament to repeal thousands of laws, some of which date back to the 19th century, the government spokesperson's office said. Many of the laws became unconstitutional when the third Hungarian Republic was formed in 1989, and others are just plain odd. According to the government statement, a law regulating training courses on the ancient art of mushroom drying still exists despite the cessation of such courses. Also still valid is a law from 1894 that says boys must inherit their father's religion, but girls must inherit their mother's. Anybody failing to do so is breaking the law, although nobody need be afraid of being punished for the crime, the government said. However, it may prove difficult to track down all of the laws, the spokesperson's office warned, as many of them have likely been gathering dust in ministry archives since the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918. (