Romanian witches paid taxes for their practises

Everyone curses the tax man, but Romanian witches, angry about having to pay up for their practise, recently hurled poisonous mandrake into the Danube River to put a hex on the government.

     Print Edition: May 15, 2011

Everyone curses the tax man, but Romanian witches, angry about having to pay up for their practise, recently hurled poisonous mandrake into the Danube River to put a hex on the government. Think that's pretty weird? At least you aren't paying up for having a beard, extra windows or worse, for remaining single.

Windows Tax: Under the reign of King William III, the people of England had to pay for having windows. Yes, you read that right. This tax was introduced in 1696 and was part of the 'Act of Making Good the Deficiency of the Clipped Money', enforced by the king. Every house had to pay four shillings a year for having 10 to 20 windows. Those with more than 20 windows paid eight shillings.

Freedom Tax:
If you happened to be a slave in ancient Rome, you could buy your freedom by paying off your master(s) a fat amount to start with. But that's not all; you also needed to further cough up some 10 per cent more as tax to thegovernment for the privilege of being a free person.
 
Flatulence Tax:
Luckily this tax is not for human bodily gases but is imposed on cattle in several European countries. These gases, methane and nitrous oxide, have an adverse environmental impact which is why the tax is levied to save the planet. But wait, cattle don't understand taxes and they sure don't understand global warming, so the cattle owners have to pay. Such a farce!

Bachelor Tax: England imposed it in 1695, Russians under Peter the Great paid it in 1702, and finally Benito Mussolini imposed it on unmarried men between 21 and 50 in 1924.

Urine Tax:
Emperor Nero first introduced this duty in the 1st Century A.D on poor Romans who unlike their wealthy fellow countrymen didn't have their own
sewage disposal systems.
 
Beard Tax: Henry VIII; King Of England; Elizabeth I; Tsar Peter I Of Russia All Thought It Was Wise To Tax People For Sporting A Beard

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