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Odd laws in the US

Published Friday, May 13, 2005

Here are some odd laws that are still around on books but are not really enforced. There are quite a few but I will only touch some of them. I really cannot comprehend that lawmakers could write some of these odd or should I say, dumb laws. Some of them I can understand base on the century they were living in at the time but, others are beyond sanity. You decide which are outdated and those, which are out right dumb.

In Alabama,
You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.
Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile.
You may not drive barefooted.

In Alaska,
While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.
You can't look at a moose from an airplane.

In Arizona,
Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.
You may not have more than two dildos in a house.
When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person posseses.
It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.

In Arkansas,
Oral sex is considered to be sodomy.
A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
A voter is only allowed five minutes to mark his ballot.
The Arkansas River can rise no higher than to the Main Street bridge in Little Rock.

In California,
No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
Women may not drive in a housecoat.

In Colorado,
It is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence.
One may not mutilate a rock in a state park.
Car dealers may not show cars on a Sunday.

In Connecticut,
It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce.

In Delaware,
It is illegal to fly over any body of water, unless one is carrying sufficient supplies of food and drink.
"R" rated movies shall not be shown at drive-in theaters.

In Florida,
penalty for horse theft is death by hanging.
it is considered an offense to shower naked.
You may not fart in a public place after 6 P.M. on Thursdays.
Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.
If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
When having sex, only the missionary position is legal

In Georgia,
Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.
Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs.
No one may carry an ice cream cone in his or her back pocket if it is Sunday.
It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body, which lies, in a funeral home or in a coroner’s office.

In Hawaii,
All residents may be fined as a result of not owning a boat.
Coins are not allowed to be placed in one's ears.

In Idaho,
Riding a merry-go-round on Sundays is considered a crime.
Illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.

In Illinois,
The English language is not to be spoken.
You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one-dollar bill on your person.
You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.

In Indiana,
Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March.
Drinking from your own bottle in a bar can lead to your arrest.
It is illegal to sell cars on Sunday.
Liquor stores may not sell milk.
You can get out of paying for a dependent's medical care by praying for him/her.
Anyone 14 or older who profanely curses, damns or swears by the name of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, shall be fined one to three dollars for each offense, with a maximum fine of ten dollars per day.
It is against the law to pass a horse on the street.
A man over the age of 18 may be arrested for statutory rape if the passenger in his car is not wearing her socks and shoes, and is under the age of 17.
One may not sniff glue.

In Iowa,
It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp.
A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.

In Kansas,
No one may catch fish with his bare hands.
Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear taillights.
If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed.

In Kentucky,
It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.
One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.

In Louisiana,
It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.
Every time a person is seriously burned, he must report the injury to the fire marshal.
Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault."

In Maine,
You may not step out of a plane in flight.
After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.
Shotguns are required to be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack.
In Maryland,
Thistles may not grow in one's yard.
Oral sex cannot be given or received anywhere.

In Massachusetts,
Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
A woman cannot be on top in sexual activities.
It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath.

In Michigan,
A woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.
It is legal for a robber to file a lawsuit, if he or she got hurt in your house.
Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony.

In Minnesota,
Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.
It is illegal to sleep naked.
A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.

In Mississippi,
Adultery or Fornication (living together while not married or having sex with someone that is not your spouse) results in a fine of $500 and/or 6 months in prison.
Unnatural intercourse, if both parties voluntarily participate, results in a maximum sentence of 10 years and $10,000.
It is illegal for a male to be sexually aroused in public.

In Missouri,
Single men between the ages of twenty-one and fifty must pay an annual tax of one dollar (enacted 1820).
It is not illegal to speed.

In Montana,
It is illegal for a man and a woman to have sex in any other position other than missionary style.
Seven or more Indians are considered a raiding or war party and it is legal to shoot them.

In Nebraska,
If a child burps during church, his parent may be arrested.
It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

In Nevada,
It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
It's still "legal" to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property.

New Hampshire,
On Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up.
You may not tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.

In New Jersey,
It is against the law to "frown" at a police officer.
It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.
You may not slurp your soup.

In New Mexico,
Idiots may not vote.
State officials ordered 400 words of "sexually explicit material" to be cut from Romeo and Juliet.

In New York,
The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.
While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.
Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 P.M.

North Carolina,
Persons in possession of illegal substances must pay taxes on them. However, paying taxes on these items does not make them legal.
It's against the law to sing off key.
If a man and a woman who aren't married go to a hotel/motel and register themselves as married then, according to state law, they are legally married.

In North Dakota,
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
Beer and pretzels can't be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.

In Ohio,
It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house.
No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.
It is illegal to get a fish drunk.

In Oklahoma,
Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.
Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another's hamburger.
Oral sex is a misdemeanor and is punishable by one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

In Oregon,
It is illegal to whisper "dirty" things in your lover's ear during sex.
One may not bathe without wearing "suitable clothing," i.e., that which covers one's body from neck to knee.
Dishes must drip dry.

In Pennsylvania,
You may not sing in the bathtub.
A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.
It is illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.

In Rhode Island,
Any marriage where either of the parties is an idiot or lunatic is null and void. -SECTION 11-40-1
One must make a loud noise before passing a car on the left.

In South Carolina,
By law, if a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, the marriage must take place.
No work may be done on Sunday.
Railroad companies may be held liable in some instances for scaring horses.

In South Dakota,
Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden.
No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.

In Tennessee,
Skunks may not be carried into the state.
Interracial marriages are illegal. (Repealed)

In Texas,
It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
One must acknowledge a supreme being before being able to hold public office.

In Utah,
It is illegal not to drink milk.
It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon. You can have them, but you just can't detonate them.
A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
Boxing matches that allow biting are not allowed.

In Vermont,
Whistling underwater is illegal.
It is illegal to deny the existence of God.
Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

In Virginia,
There is a state law prohibiting "corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates."
Not only is it illegal to have sex with the lights on, one may not have sex in any position other than missionary.
No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.

In Washington,
It is illegal to pretend that one's parents are rich.
People may not buy a mattress on Sunday.
A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town."

In West Virginia,
It is legal for a male to have sex with an animal as long as it does not exceed 40 lbs.
It is illegal to snooze on a train.
Any person who commits adultery shall be fined at least twenty dollars.

In Wisconsin,
State Law made it illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.
Condoms were considered an obscene article and had to hidden behind the pharmacist's counter.
Whenever two trains meet at an intersection of said tracks, neither shall proceed until the other has.

In Wyoming,
You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.
It is illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking.
Skiing under the influence of alcohol is prohibited.




All laws shown here have been collected from sources believed to be reliable however, there are no guarantees of its accuracy.I have not verified any of the laws listed above and it should therefore, not be used in any case, as an evidence in court.This should then be seen has a form of entertainment.

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