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A Collection Of Truly Strange Laws In the United States

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I'm not sure what prompted me to think about this subject but after surfing the topic a bit online I decided it would make an interesting Page for  Below are some of the laws, that are actually on the books, that struck my fancy the most.  I imagine most of these laws were passed at a time or within a context when they might have made sense.  But, still, they are amusing to read today. So, let's jump right in (if that's legal where you live).

Baltimore, Maryland - It’s illegal to take a lion to the movies.

Juneau, Alaska - Owners of flamingos may not let their pet into barber shops.

Lawrence, Kansas - No one may wear a bee in their hat.

Bexley, Ohio - Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses.

Oregon (whole state) - Dishes must drip dry.

Texas (whole state) - It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.

Alabama (whole state) - You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.

St. Cloud, Minnesota - Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.

Boise, Idaho -  Residents may not fish from a giraffe’s back.

Utah (whole state) - No one may have sex in the back of an ambulance if it is responding to an emergency call.

Arizona (whole state) - It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.

Arcadia, California - Peacocks have the right of way on any street.

Rehoboth, Delaware - It is illegal to whisper in church.

Florida (whole state) - It is illegal to dream about another man's wife or cow.

Quitman, Georgia - It is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.

Hawaii (whole state) - Twins may not work for the same company.  Also, any resident can be fined for not owning a boat.

Idaho (whole state) - It is illegal for anyone over 88 to ride a motorcycle.

Zion, Illinois - It is illegal to teach a pet how to smoke a cigar.

Kentucky (whole state) - It is illegal to remarry the same man four times.

Portland, Oregeon - It is illegal for men to tickle women under the chin with feather dusters.

Michigan (whole state) - A woman's hair legally belongs to her husband.

Omaha, Nebraska - If a child burps during a church service their parents may be arrested.

Wisconsin (whole state)
- Whenever two trains meet at an intersection of said tracks, neither shall proceed until the other has.

Please add any odd or interesting laws that you know of in the comments suggestion.

erick99 posted Jun 08, 2012

very funny

wonder (rep: 7k) posted Jun 08, 2012


"or cow " LOL

wonder (rep: 7k) posted Jun 08, 2012


Interesting :) I am just laughing at all of these how crazy are some of these?? :-)

branie (rep: 130k) posted Jun 08, 2012


very funny i guess those laws were implemented way back in time

rd995 (rep: 151k) posted Jun 08, 2012


I couldn't stop laughing when I read them :))

ancagavs (rep: 18.4k) posted Jun 09, 2012


In South Carolina, it is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.

munkin2u (rep: 1.3k) posted Jun 09, 2012


NY- you get fined for honking in some areas

gangstabarbie (rep: 21k) posted Jun 09, 2012


One question? Do these laws really exist? And if they do, why doesn't the Government change them I assume they are aware of them.

ancagavs (rep: 18.4k) posted Jun 10, 2012


@gangstabarbie - I don't think that being fined for honking is a strange law. For instance, what happens if 100 cars start honking near a hospital?

ancagavs (rep: 18.4k) posted Jun 10, 2012