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dumb lawsBack in November last year, we had some fun looking at some pretty dumb laws from around the United States. We decided to revisit the topic because there are so many more crazy laws out there. Once again, you won’t believe some of the funny, crazy, not to mention dumb laws that are found around the Country (an actually, around the World). Just keep in mind that some of these are really old and aren’t enforced anymore. At one point or another though, they were laws.

Alabama

  • Dominoes may not be played on Sunday
  • You must have windshield wipers on your car

Alaska

  • No one may tie their pet dog to the roof of a car (City law in Anchorage)
  • It is considered an offense to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose (City law in Fairbanks)

Arizona

  • There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.
  • One must be 18 years old to buy spray paint (City law in Tempe)

Arkansas

  • Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs
  • Honking one’s car horn at a sandwich shop after 9 PM is against the law (City Law in Little Rock)

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

Colorado

  • It is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence
  • One may not mutilate a rock in a state park

Connecticut

  • It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades
  • You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour

Delaware

  • One may not whisper in church (Rehoboth Beach City Law)
  • No person shall pretend to sleep on a bench on the boardwalk (Rehoboth Beach City Law)

Florida

  • It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit
  • Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown

Georgia

  • Signs are required to be written in English
  • Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session

Hawaii

  • Billboards are outlawed
  • Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears

Idaho

  • Persons may not camp out on sidewalks in the city (City law of Eagle)
  • A person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face (City law of Pocatello)

Illinois

  • Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire (City law of Chicago)
  • If one wishes to plant new sod in his or her yard in the summer months, that person may not use the city’s water to water it (City law of Cyrstal Lake)

Indiana

  • It is against the law to pass a horse on the street
  • Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March

Iowa

  • Kisses may last for no more than five minutes
  • Tanning bed facilities must warn of the risk of getting a sunburn

Kansas

  • No one may catch fish with his bare hands
  • Rabbits may not be shot from motorboats

Kentucky

  • Throwing eggs at a public speaker could result in up to one year in prison
  • A woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission (City law in Owensboro)

Louisiana

  • Fake wrestling matches are prohibited
  • It is a $500 fine to instruct a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to your friend without them knowing

Maine

  • It is illegal to park in front of Dunkin Donuts (City law in South Berwick)
  • No person may roller skate on a sidewalk (City of Biddeford)

Maryland

  • It is illegal to take a lion to the movies (City law in Baltimore)
  • It is a park rule violation to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt (City law in Baltimore)

Massachusetts

  • It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients
  • It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath

Michigan

  • A woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission
  • You may not swear in front of women and children

Minnesota

  • It is illegal to sleep naked
  • Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head

Mississippi

  • It is illegal to teach others what polygamy is
  • Private citizens may personally arrest any person that disturbs a church service

Missouri

  • Frightening a baby is in violation of the law (City law in Mole)
  • You can not have an antenna exposed outside of your house yet you can have a 25′ satellite dish

Montana

  • It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail
  • One may not pretend to abuse an animal in the presence of a minor

Nebraska

  • It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license
  • It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup

Nevada

  • It is illegal to lie down on the sidewalk (City law in Reno)
  • Benches may not be placed in the middle of any street (City of Reno)

New Hampshire

  • It is illegal to pick seaweed up off the beach
  • You may not run machinery on Sundays

New Jersey

  • Handcuffs may not be sold to minors
  • You cannot pump your own gas (this one is still true!)

New Mexico

  • You may not carry a lunchbox down Main Street (City Law in Las Cruces)
  • Hunting is prohibited in Mountain View Cemetery (City of Deming)

New York

  • A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting
  • Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 PM

North Carolina

  • It’s against the law to sing off key
  • Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields

North Dakota

  • Beer and pretzels can’t be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant
  • It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on

Ohio

  • Participating or conducting a duel is prohibited
  • No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July

Oklahoma

  • It is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle
  • Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another’s hamburger

Oregon

  • A door on a car may not be left open longer than is necessary
  • One may not test their physical endurance while driving a car on a highway

Pennsylvania

  • You may not sing in the bathtub
  • Motorized vehicles are not to be sold on Sundays

Rhode Island

  • Professional sports, except ice polo and hockey, must obtain a license to play games on Sunday
  • Ropes may not be strung across a highway

South Carolina

  • A railroad may not remove itself from a town of more than five hundred people
  • Railroad companies may be held liable in some instances for scaring horses

South Dakota

  • No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants
  • If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property, you may shoot them

Tennessee

  • “Crimes against nature” are prohibited
  • Hollow logs may not be sold

Texas

  • It is illegal to sell ones eyes
  • One must acknowledge a supreme being before being able to hold public office

Utah

  • A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
  • It is against the law to fish from horseback

Vermont

  • It is illegal to deny the existence of God
  • All residents shall bathe every Saturday night

Virginia

  • It is illegal to tickle women
  • Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween

Washington

  • No person may walk about in public if he or she has the common cold
  • People may not buy a mattress on Sunday

West Virginia

  • It is illegal to snooze on a train
  • A person may not hold public office if he or she has ever participated in a duel

Wisconsin

  • One may not camp in a wagon on any public highway or risk a fine of up to ten dollars
  • Livestock have the right-of-way on public roads

Wyoming

  • Junk dealers may not make any business transactions with drunk persons
  • Any person who fails to close a fence is subject to a fine of up to seven hundred dollars

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