Weird Laws

Weird laws still in effect in the United States

Get this – the average US citizen breaks at least three laws a day without even knowing it!

Believe it or not, there are hundreds of silly laws still on the books.

Most of these laws (below) are written to be so complicated and subject to interpretation that even the most honest person could be breaking the law…

Take a look at this state-by-state list of 728 of the most ridiculous laws that are still on the books:


Alabama

  • It is against the law to buy discounted goodies on Sundays.
  • It is illegal to impersonate a person of the clergy.
  • Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
  • It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
  • No person within the city of Mobile may possess confetti.
  • It is illegal to spit in public.
  • Courting couples must not hold hands while dining in a restaurant.
  • All women of “uncertain” chastity must be off the streets by 9 p.m.

Mobile, Alabama

  • Women may not wear a “lewd” dress in public.
  • It is illegal to spit orange peels out on to the sidewalk.

 

Alaska

  • Intentionally avoiding walking on the cracks in the pavement is illegal.
  • Men must NEVER be completely naked.
  • Stealing snow from a neighbors garden to make a snowman is against the law. (Using it for an igloo is acceptable.)
  • It is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting.
  • It is illegal to go and sightsee for moose from a plane.

 

Arizona

  • It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.
  • In Nogales, the wearing of suspenders is prohibited by city ordinance.
  • In Tombstone, it is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling.
  • In Tucson, women may not wear pants.
  • Children are not allowed to sing nursery rhymes after 8 pm.
  • It is illegal to sing in a public place while wearing a swimsuit.
  • One must be 18 years old to buy spray paint.
  • In Glendale, it is illegal to drive your vehicle in reverse.
  • One may not have more than two dildos in a house.
  • It is unlawful to cut down a Saguaro cactus.

 

Arkansas

  • A man can legally beat his wife (but not more than once a month).
  • Atheists are disqualified from holding office or testifying as witness.
  • Men are not allowed to ask women to dance during the month of July.
  • No one may suddenly start or stop their car at a McDonald’s.
  • In Fayetteville, dogs may not bark after 6 p.m.
  • Arkansas must be pronounced “Arkansaw”.
  • A law provides that school teachers who bob their hair will not get a raise.
  • It is illegal to buy or sell blue light bulbs.
  • It is against the law to mispronounce the name of the state Arkansas in this state.
  • Oral sex is considered to be sodomy.
  • In Little Rock, it is unlawful to eat cheese on a Friday unless it is accompanied by a large bottle of beer.
  • It is illegal to call a child Zabradacka.
  • Flirtation between men and women on the streets of Little Rock is unlawful.
  • In Little Rock, no person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 p.m.

 

California

  • Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
  • Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
  • Bathhouses are against the law.
  • It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
  • Women may not drive in a house coat.
  • In Blythe, you are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
  • Women may not wear high heels within the city limits.
  • An ordinance was passed that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from joyfully jumping over puddles of water.
  • In Downey, it is illegal to wash your car in the street.
  • It is illegal to have caller ID.
  • You cannot setup a mouse trap without a hunting license.
  • In Ventura County, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.
  • It is illegal to serve alcohol to a gay person.
  • In Pasadena, it is against the law for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
  • It is illegal to eat an orange in a bathtub.
  • In San Jose, it is illegal to have more than two cats or dogs.
  • Women may not drive in a house coat.
  • Old women must hide their faces when in the vicinity of virgins.
  • It is an offense for residents to appear on reality TV shows.
  • On some beaches it is still illegal for females to surf.
  • It is illegal to wiggle while dancing.
  • In San Luis Obispo, using a gas-powered blower at a business on Sunday is prohibited.

Los Angeles, California

  • It is against the law to wash a neighbor’s car without permission.
  • It is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
  • The city passed an ordinance requiring that a man obtain a license before serenading a woman.

San Francisco, California

  • It is illegal to beat a rug in front of a house.
  • Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited.
  • The city of San Francisco copyrighted its name – it is illegal to manufacture any item with the name.

Long Beach, California

  • Cars are the only item allowed in a garage.
  • It is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.

Walnut, California

  • One may not leave sand in their own driveway.
  • Males may not dress as a female unless a special permit is obtained from the sheriff.
  • Children may not wear a Halloween mask unless they get a special permit from the sheriff.
  • Kites may not be flown above 10 feet over the ground.

 

Colorado

  • It is against the law to raise or permit a dandelion to grow within the city limits of Pueblo.
  • In Pueblo, it is against the law to raise or permit a dandelion to grow within the city limits.
  • It is illegal for a woman wearing a red dress to be out on the streets after 7 p.m.
  • Car dealerships are not allowed to be open for sales on Sundays.
  • In Sterling, it is unlawful to walk under a ladder.
  • It is against the law for children over the age of eight to wet the bed.
  • Adultery is illegal.
  • In Logan, it is illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she is asleep.

Denver

  • It is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to a next-door neighbor.
  • It is illegal to stutter on a Sunday during a church service.
  • It is illegal to mistreat rats.

Boulder

  • Couches may not be placed on outside porches.
  • It is legal to challenge a police officer, but only until he or she asks you to stop.

 

Connecticut

  • It is against the law to see a UFO.
  • In Bloomfield, it is against the law to eat in a car.
  • It is against the law to walk backwards after sunset in the town of Devon.
  • In Guilford, only white Christmas lights are allowed for display.
  • It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
  • It is against the law to use a white cain (unless they are blind).
  • In Waterbury, it is illegal for any beautician to hum, whistle or sing while working on a customer.

Hartford

  • It is against the law to educate dogs.
  • It is illegal to kiss your wife on a Sunday.

 

Delaware

  • Ugly men are not allowed to go into the city before darkness.
  • Women must not drive while wearing a house coat.
  • It is against the law to get married on a dare.
  • The only permissible sexual position is missionary-style.
  • In Lewes, it is illegal to wear pants that are “form fitting” around the waist.
  • In Fenwick Island, no vehicle will be used as a picnic facility (which means no standing or sitting and eating or drinking on any street or highway).

Rehoboth

  • Six-year-old girls may not run around without being fully clothed.
  • One may not whisper in church.
  • No person shall change clothes in his or her vehicle.

 

Florida

  • It is considered an offense to take a shower naked.
  • In Oakland, it is illegal to gossip.
  • It is illegal to fart in a public place after 6 p.m. on a Tuesday.
  • Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer.
  • In Seaside (where The Truman Show was filmed), all houses much have white picket fences and full-width, two-story porches.
  • In Coral Gables, pickup trucks are not allowed to be visible after 7:00 p.m.
  • The sunshine state prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sundays.
  • It is illegal to skateboard without a license.
  • When having sex, only the missionary position is legal.
  • Traditional Champagne bottle sizes are illegal (e.g. Methuselahs, Salmanazars, Balthazar’s or Nebuchadnezzar).
  • It is illegal to walk or run topless within a 150-foot zone between a beach and the street.
  • In Hialeah, ambling and strolling is a misdemeanor.
  • Failure to report a neighbor that his/her house is on fire is illegal.
  • In Sarasota, it is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
  • It is illegal to skateboard without a license.
  • It is illegal for an unmarried man and woman to live together.
  • Pinecrest residents need a permit to operate a burglar alarm.
  • In Tampa Bay, it is illegal to eat cottage cheese after 6 p.m. on Sundays.
  • It is against the law for husbands to kiss their wife’s breasts.
  • It is against the law to confine a pregnant pig to a small enclosure.

Miami

  • Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
  • It is forbidden to imitate an animal.

 

Georgia

  • In Acworth, all citizens must own a rake.
  • In Gainsville, chicken must be eaten with hands.
  • In Kennesaw, every homeowner must own a gun (unless convicted of a felony, conscientious objector or disabled).
  • It is illegal to use profanity in the presence of a corpse.
  • It is illegal to say, “Oh Boy” in Jonesboro.
  • It is illegal to take a bath in orange peels.
  • In Marietta, it is illegal to spit from a car or bus (but it is okay from a truck).

Rosewell

  • The flooring of adult bookstores and video stores must be nonabsorbent and smooth textured.
  • Erotic dancing is prohibited on Sundays.

Dublin

  • It is illegal to play catch in any city street.
  • Persons may not wear hoods in public.

Columbus

  • It is illegal to sit on your porch in an indecent position.
  • I is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday.
  • Barber shops may not open on Sundays.
  • To swim in any pond in the city, one must wear a “suitable bathing suit”.
  • It is illegal to wear a hat in a movie theater.
  • No one may tease an idiot.
  • Cussing over the telephone is against the law.

 

Hawaii

  • No child can be given the name “Charles”.
  • By law, twins must not work for the same company.
  • All residents many be fined for not owning a boat.
  • It is illegal to get a tattoo behind the ear or on an eyelid (unless in the presence of a registered physician).
  • You may only have one alcoholic drink in front of you.
  • All girls under the age of 12 must own a grass skirt and must take Hawaiian dancing lessons.
  • Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.

 

Idaho

  • In Pocatello, it is illegal not to smile in public.
  • It is a crime to ride a merry-go-round on Sundays.
  • Children up to the age of 14 must have a certificate signed by their parents to testify that they regularly brush their teeth.
  • A boy may only court a girl after obtaining written permission from her father.
  • Premarital sex is illegal and can be jailed up to six months.
  • In Idaho Falls, it is illegal to ride a motorcycle if you are at least 88 years old.
  • It is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.
  • It is illegal to walk the streets with a red-tipped cane.

 

Illinois

  • In Chicago, kites may not be flown.
  • Dwarf-tossing (i.e. hurling dwarfs in padded suits) is outlawed in Springfield. All other towns require a special permit.
  • It is illegal to speak English – the officially recognized language is “American”.
  • A man’s female companion must call him “master” while out on a date. (The law does not apply to married couples).
  • In Des Plaines, wheelbarrows with for-sale signs may not be chained to trees.
  • In Normal, it is against the law to make faces at a dog.
  • In Ottawa, it is a criminal offense to spit on the sidewalk.
  • You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.
  • In Horner, it is against the law to use a slingshot unless you are a law enforcement officer.
  • In Galesburg, no bicyclist may practice “fancy riding” on any city street.
  • In Galesburg, jostling others is illegal.
  • In Evanston, bowling is forbidden.
  • In Crystal Lake, 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.
  • In Champaign, one may not urinate in their neighbor’s mouth.
  • It is a Class 4 felony offense for eavesdropping on your own conversation.
  • In Park Ridge, trucks may only park inside closed garages.
  • Car sales are prohibited on Sundays.
  • In Peoria, basketball hoops may not be installed on a driveway.

 

Indiana

  • It is illegal to back into a parking spot.
  • The singing of any Bob Dylan song in a public place is a criminal offense.
  • Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans.
  • Residents are not allowed to eat their own severed body parts on Fridays.
  • Oral sex is illegal.
  • Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March.
  • One may not sniff glue.
  • While driving on Main Street you may not have your lights on.
  • “Spiteful Gossip” and talking behind a person’s back are illegal.
  • 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).
  • A three-dollar fine per pack will be imposed on anyone playing cards under the Act for the Prevention of Gaming.
  • Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March.
  • It is forbidden to eat watermelon at the park in Beech Grove.
  • In Gary, within four hours of eating garlic, a person may not enter a movie house, theater, or ride a public streetcar.
  • Drinking from your own bottle in a bar can lead to your arrest.
  • While driving on Main Street in Evansville, you may not have your lights on.
  • Men are prohibited from standing in a bar.
  • No one may catch a fish with his bare hands.
  • It is against the law to pass a horse on the street.
  • In Terre Haute, no one may spit on the sidewalk.
  • In Indianapolis, no person may collect rags on Sunday.
  • In Beech Grove, it is forbidden to eat watermelon in the park.
  • All males 18 to 50 years old must work six days a year on public roads.

 

Iowa

  • A man with a mustache may never kiss a woman in public.
  • In Ottumwa, it is unlawful for any male person (within the corporate limits of the city) to wink at any female with whom he is unacquainted.
  • It is illegal to accept a gratuity or tip.
  • Kisses may last for as much as (but no more than) five minutes.
  • In Indianola, The “Ice Cream Man” and his truck are banned.

 

Kansas

  • It is illegal to put ice cream on cherry pie.
  • It is against the law to catch fish with bare hands.
  • In Salina, it is against the law to leave your car running unattended.
  • In Natoma, it is illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suites.
  • In Dodge City, all places of business must provide a horse water trough.

Topeka

  • No one may scream at a haunted house.
  • Dead deer may not be hauled across Kansas Avenue.
  • It is forbidden to serve wine in teacups.
  • Snowball fights are illegal.
  • The installation of bathtubs is prohibited.
  • Spitting on sidewalks is expressly forbidden.
  • No one may whistle or sing on the streets at night.

Wichita

  • One may not swim in pools.
  • One can be sent to jail for up to a year for making lewd comments over the telephone.

 

Kentucky

  • A license is required to walk around nude on your property.
  • Every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.
  • It is illegal to marry the same man more than three times.
  • In Lexington, it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.

Owensboro

  • A woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission.
  • One may not receive anal sex.

 

Louisiana

  • It is illegal to gargle in public places.
  • Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
  • It is illegal to buy second-hand goods with cash.
  • Goatees are illegal unless you first pay a special license fee.
  • Mourners at a wake many not eat more than three sandwiches.
  • In Lafayette, it is illegal to play a musical instrument for the purpose of attracting attention, without a license.
  • In Haines City, communism is against the law.
  • In Port Allen, fortunetelling is illegal.
  • It is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless her husband is waving a flag in front of it.

New Orleans

  • It is against the law in to hang off a balcony with one hand and pour beer on the crowd with your other hand.
  • One may not ride a bike without any hands.
  • It illegal for a woman to drive a car unless her husband is waving a flag in front of it.
  • Television reporters may not throw candy to the crowd during a parade.
  • Condoms may not be thrown from parade floats during Mardi Gras.
  • One may not host a game of marbles at Lafayette Square unless he or she first obtains a written permit from the parkway and park commission.

Sulpher

  • Saying obscene things on the telephone is illegal.
  • It is illegal to be an alcoholic.

 

Maine

  • After January 14th, residents will be charged a fee for having Christmas decorations still up.
  • It is illegal to catch lobsters with bare hands.
  • In Portland, shoelaces must be tied when walking down the street.
  • In Waterville, it is illegal to blow one’s nose in public.
  • It is unlawful to tickle a woman’s chin with a feather duster in Portland.
  • In Rumford, it is illegal to bite a landlord under any circumstances.
  • In Wells, advertisements may not be placed in cemeteries.
  • In Waterboro, dog leashes may not be over eight feet in length.
  • In South Berwick, it is illegal to park in front of Dunkin Donuts.
  • In Biddeford, no person may roller skate on a sidewalk.
  • In Augusta, it is illegal to walk down the street playing a violin.
  • It is illegal to clean salmon along Maine’s upper Kennebec River.
  • It is illegal to sell a car on Sunday unless it comes equipped with plumbing.
  • One may not step out of a plane in flight.

 

Maryland

  • Kisses longer than one second are illegal.
  • It is illegal for a woman to go through her husband’s pockets while he is sleeping.
  • It is a violation to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt.
  • Eating while swimming in the ocean is prohibited.
  • In Rockville, persons may not swear while on the highway.
  • Thistles may not grow in one’s yard.
  • In Caroline County, one may not be forecasting or pretending to foretell the future.
  • Men cannot buy drinks for female bartenders.

Baltimore

  • Swearing is unlawful.
  • It is illegal to play professional croquet before 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • It is illegal to wash or scrub sinks no matter how dirty they get.
  • It is unlawful to spit on city roadways or sidewalks.

Columbia

  • Clotheslines are banned.
  • Men are prohibited from going topless on the boardwalk.
  • Clotheslines are banned.

 

Massachusetts

  • Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
  • It is illegal to read books or newspapers after 8 p.m. in the streets of Southbridge.
  • A woman cannot be on top in sexual activities.
  • Affiliation with the Communist part is illegal.
  • Massachusetts lift-height law states vehicles can only be lifted a certain height (i.e. monster trucks are illegal).
  • All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday.
  • It is illegal to deface a milk carton.
  • Eating while swimming in the ocean is prohibited.
  • In Hingham, you may not have colored lights on your house (if it can be seen from Main Street) – white lights only.
  • The state outlawed Christmas in 1659.
  • It is illegal to cut firewood in the streets of Boston.
  • You must obtain a license to wear a goatee.
  • If it illegal to eat peanuts in a church.
  • In Provincetown, it is illegal to sell suntan oil after noon on Sunday.
  • In Salem, sleeping in the nude in a rented room (even for married couples) is forbidden.
  • It is illegal to frighten a pigeon.
  • It is against the law to go to bed without first taking a full bath.
  • It is illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder.
  • It is unlawful to take more than two baths a month within Boston confines.
  • Peeping in the windows of automobiles is forbidden.
  • Quakers and witches are banned.
  • Tattooing and body piercing is illegal.
  • All dogs must have their hind legs tied during the month of April.
  • In Woburn bars, it is illegal to “walk around” with a beer in your hand.
  • It is illegal to swear in public.
  • In Southbridge, it is illegal to read books or newspapers after 8 p.m. in the streets.
  • In Provincetown, it is illegal to sell suntan oil until after noon on Sunday.
  • In Marblehead, it was illegal to cross the street on Sunday, unless absolutely necessary.
  • In Milford, peeping in the windows of automobiles is forbidden.

Boston

  • It is illegal to rummage through trash cans.
  • It is illegal to take a bath unless instructed to do so by a physician.

Marlboro

  • It is illegal for any citizen to own more than two dogs.
  • It is illegal to buy, sell or possess a squirt gun.

 

Michigan

  • It is against the law for a woman to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.
  • It is illegal to curse in front of woman and children.
  • In Rochester, all bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police.
  • In Kalamazoo, it is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.
  • Cars may not be sold on Sunday.
  • No man may seduce and corrupt an unmarried girl.

Detroit

  • It is illegal to sleep in a bathtub.
  • It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.
  • Willfully destroying your old radio is prohibited.
  • Couples are banned from making love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple’s own property.

 

Minnesota

  • In Blue Earth, a law declares that no child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent.
  • Every man in Brainerd is required by law to grow a beard.
  • It is illegal to sleep naked.
  • Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.
  • In Minneapolis, red cars cannot drive down Lake Street.
  • In Rochester, all bathing suits must be inspected by the head of police.
  • It is against the law to swear in front of women and children.
  • In Kalamazoo, it is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.

 

Mississippi

  • It is illegal for a male to be sexually aroused in public.
  • Horses are not to be housed within 50 feet of any road.
  • In Temperance, you cannot walk a dog without dressing it in diapers.
  • One may not fish by using an Uzi.
  • A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her.
  • Profanity is unlawful.

Oxford

  • It is illegal to “create unnecessary noises.”
  • One may not cheer unless there is a reason too.
  • One may not spit on the sidewalks on the square.
  • It is illegal to drive around the town square more than 100 times in a single session.

Ridgeland

  • One may not make love in a bar.
  • It is unlawful for anyone to have sex or be nude in public.

 

Missouri

  • It is illegal to have oral sex.
  • In Mole, frightening a baby is against the law.
  • In Purdy, dancing is strictly prohibited.
  • In Ballwin, it is against to swear outside the home.
  • In Merryville, women are prohibited from wearing corsets.
  • In St. Louis, it is against the law to park your car without turning off the engine.

University City

  • No person may own a PVC pipe.
  • One may not honk another’s horn.
  • It is illegal to request for someone to “watch over” your parked car.
  • Houses may not have lights on them that shine into the window of a neighbor’s house.
  • No person may have a “yard sale” in their front yard.
  • Four women may not rent an apartment together.

 

Montana

  • It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.
  • In Billings, no person shall raise pet rats.
  • It is illegal for a man and a woman to have sex in any other position other than missionary style.
  • In Bozeman, it is against the law to have nude sex on a yard in front of a home after sundown.
  • It is illegal for a married woman to go fishing alone on Sundays. (And it is illegal for unmarried woman to fish alone at all.)

Helena

  • No item may be thrown across a street.
  • It is illegal to annoy passersby on sidewalks with a revolving water sprinkler.

 

Nevada

  • Sex without a condom is considered illegal.
  • In Elko, everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask.
  • In Eureka, men who have mustaches are forbidden from kissing women.
  • In Las Vegas, it is against the law to pawn your dentures.
  • In Nyala, a man is forbidden from buying drinks for more than three people other than himself at one period during the day.

Reno

  • Sex toys are outlawed.
  • It is illegal to lie down on the sidewalk.

 

New Hampshire

  • It is illegal to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria.
  • It is against the law to use an assumed name when checking into a hotel.
  • It is illegal to pick seaweed up off the beach.
  • It is against the law to tap your feet, nod your head or keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant or cafe.
  • On Sunday, citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up.
  • It it illegal to sell clothing to pay off a gambling debt.
  • It is unlawful to run machinery on Sundays.

 

New Jersey

  • In Bernards Township, it is illegal to frown.
  • It is against the law to “frown” at a police officer.
  • It is illegal to throw a bad pickle on the street.
  • It is illegal to pump your own gas (all gas stations are full service).
  • Automobiles cannot pass horse-drawn carriages on the street.
  • It is illegal to have anything hanging from the rear view mirror… including fuzzy dice, graduation tassels, religious items, air fresheners – even handicap placards.
  • In Caldwell, it is unlawful to dance or wear shorts on the main avenue.
  • Car dealerships are not allowed to be open or do business on Sundays.
  • In Elizabeth, it is forbidden for a woman (on a Sunday) to walk down Broad Street without wearing a petticoat.
  • In Newark, it is illegal to buy ice cream after 6 p.m. (unless you have a written note from a doctor).
  • It is against the law to slurp your soup in a public eating place.
  • On a highway, you cannot park under a bridge.
  • It is unlawful for a man to knit during the fishing season.

 

New Mexico

  • In Carrizozo, females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public.
  • In Las Cruces, it is unlawful to carry a lunchbox down Main Street.

 

New York

  • While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one… and fold his hands while looking at the door.
  • A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting.
  • A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.
  • In Carmel, a man cannot go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.
  • During a concert, it is against the law to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks.
  • Pet parrots can speak, but not squawk.
  • In New York city, it is illegal to shake a dust mop out of a window.
  • In Staten Island, automatic sprinklers are illegal – one may only water their lawn if the hose is held in their hand.
  • It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.
  • It is illegal for a father to call his son a “faggot” or “queer” in an effort to curb his “girlie behavior.”
  • It is against the law to start any kind of public performance, show, play, game etc. until after 1:05 p.m.
  • Jaywalking is illegal if one crosses the street diagonally.
  • It is unlawful to greet fellow citizen by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers.”
  • It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing “body hugging clothing.”
  • It is unlawful to have puppet show in a home’s window.
  • Slipper are not to be worn after 10:00 p.m.
  • It is illegal to carry an open can of spray paint.

Ocean City

  • It is illegal to eat in residential-neighborhood streets… and the only legal beverage to drink is water in a clear-plastic bottle.
  • It is illegal for men to go topless in the center of town.

 

North Carolina

    • All couples staying overnight in a hotel must have a room with double beds that are at least two feet apart.
    • In Nags Head, you can be fined for singing out of tune for more than 90 seconds.
    • In Kill Devil Hills, it is unlawful to ride your bicycle without having both hands on the handle bars.
    • It is illegal to sneeze on the streets of Ashville.
    • In Charlotte, woman must have their bodies covered by at least 16 yards of cloth at all times.
    • In Winston-Salem, it is against the law for children under the age of seven years of age to go to college.
    • It is unlawful to have sex outside of marriage.

While having sex, one must stay in the missionary position and have the shades drawn closed.

 

North Dakota

  • It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
  • Beer and pretzels cannot be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.
  • In Fargo, one may be jailed for wearing a hat while dancing.

 

Ohio

  • In Clinton County, it is unlawful to lean against a public building.
  • It is illegal to run out of gas.
  • In Chillicothe, it is illegal to throw rice at weddings.
  • It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
  • Cleveland prohibits women from wearing patent-leather shoes in public.
  • Breastfeeding is outlawed in public.
  • Anal intercourse is banned.
  • In Columbus, it is unlawful to sell cornflakes on Sunday.
  • In Ironton, cross dressing is against the law.
  • In North Canton, it is against the law to roller skate without first notifying the police.
  • It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
  • It is illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
  • In Marion, one cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street.

Oxford

  • It is illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man’s picture.
  • It is unlawful for a woman to appear in public unshaven (this includes legs and face).

 

Oklahoma

  • It is illegal to take a bite out of another’s hamburger.
  • Woman may not gamble in the nude, in lingerie or while wearing a towel.
  • Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.
  • It is against the law to wear boots to bed.
  • No one may spit on the sidewalk.
  • Teasing dogs by making ugly faces is illegal in the city of Normal.
  • In Oklahoma City, no one may walk backwards while eating a hamburger.
  • It is illegal to have sex before you are married.
  • Oral sex is a misdemeanor.
  • In Harthahorne, it is unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window.
  • Dogs must have a permit in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.
  • In Bromide, it is illegal for children to use towels as capes and jump from houses pretending to be Superman.
  • In Tulsa, the limit on kisses is three minutes.
  • It is unlawful to carry tissues in the back of one’s car.
  • Whale hunting is strictly prohibited.

Tulsa

  • You may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.
  • It is against the law to open a soda bottle without supervision of a licensed engineer.

 

Oregon

  • Dishes must drip dry.
  • No more than two people can share a single drink.
  • Ministers are forbidden from eating garlic or onions before delivering a sermon.
  • In Stanfield, it is against the law for animals to have sex within the city limits.
  • In Wilowdale, it is illegal to whisper “dirty” things in a lover’s ear during sex.
  • In Portland, it is against the law for a wedding ceremony to be performed at a skating rink.
  • Is is unlawful to use canned corn as fishing bait.
  • In Hood River, juggling is strictly prohibited without a license.
  • Anyone with a bad reputation is prohibited from distributing malt beverages.
  • Woman may not wrestle in Salem.

 

Pennsylvania

  • It is unlawful to hide dirt and dust under a rug.
  • In Morrisville, a permit is required for a woman to wear cosmetics.
  • In Philadelphia, it is illegal to put pretzels in a bag.
  • No man may purchase alcohol without written consent from his wife.
  • In York, one cannot sit down while watering a lawn with a hose.
  • In Allentown, there is a ban on men becoming aroused in public.
  • It is unlawful to use dynamite to catch fish.
  • It is unlawful to catch a fish with one’s hands.
  • In Connellsville, one’s pants may be worn no lower than five inches below the waist.
  • Hunting is prohibited on Sundays, with the exception of foxes, crows and coyotes.
  • Fireworks stores may not sell fireworks to Pennsylvania residents.
  • In Ridley Park, you cannot walk backwards eating peanuts in front of the Barnstormers Auditorium during a performance.
  • It is illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
  • Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
  • It is unlawful to sing in the bathtub.
  • One may not catch a fish by any body part except its mouth.
  • Some rural parts requires that you stop every mile to send up a rocket signal.
  • It is illegal to sell cars on Sundays.

 

Rhode Island

  • Any marriage where either of the parties is an “idiot” or “lunatic” is null and void.
  • It is illegal to wear transparent clothing.
  • In Providence, it is illegal to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.
  • In Newport, it is illegal to smoke from a pipe after sunset.
  • It is illegal for unmarried people from having sex under any circumstances.

 

South Carolina

  • A person must be 18 years old to play a pinball machine.
  • It is unlawful to use yoyos to catch fish in freshwaters.
  • It is illegal to dance in public in Lancaster.
  • It is unlawful to leave a large amount of trash in one’s own vehicle.
  • On Hilton Head Island, South Carolina it is illegal to shine a flashlight on a sea turtle.
  • Sexually oriented businesses may not open for business on Sundays.
  • It is illegal to give or receive oral sex.
  • No one may sleep on the beach at night.
  • Persons may not change clothes in a gas station without permission of the owner.

 

South Dakota

  • It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.
  • Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden.
  • If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property you may shoot them.
  • If three or more Indians are walking down the street together, they can be considered a war party and fired upon.

 

Tennessee

  • To play pinball, one must be 18 years old.
  • It is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date.
  • It is illegal to give any pie to fellow diners.
  • No one may eat ice cream on the sidewalk.
  • Publicly adjust your stockings in the town of Bristol is against the law.
  • Persons operating scooters, in-line skates or roller skates shall operate such scooters and skates in a single file.
  • No person may roller skate and listen to a radio at the same time.
  • Males may not be sexually aroused in public.
  • Spitting is prohibited on sidewalks.
  • It is unlawful for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag.

 

Texas

  • The state’s law forbids anyone to have a pair of pliers in his possession.
  • State law prohibits taking more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
  • It is illegal for both sexes to flirt or respond to flirtation using the eyes and/or hands.
  • In Mesquite, it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.
  • The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
  • Car dealerships (both new and used) must remain closed on either Saturday or Sunday; the dealer has the option to determine on which day to close.
  • It is unlawful to tuck your pants into one boot unless you own ten or more cattle.
  • In the town of Temple, no one may ride a horse and buggy through the town square.
  • In San Antonio, it is illegal for both sexes to flirt or respond to flirtation using the eyes and/or hands.
  • Sixteen-year old divorced girls are prohibited from talking about sex during high school extracurricular activities.
  • In Port Arthur, it is illegal to fart in an elevator.
  • It is illegal to milk another person’s cow.
  • Obnoxious odors may not be emitted while in an elevator.
  • In Mesquite, it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

Richardson

  • It is illegal to place a “for sale” sign on a car if it visible from the street.
  • One need to have a permit to hold a garage sale.
  • It is illegal to put out the trash too early.

 

Utah

  • It is against the law not to drink milk.
  • A Tremonton, the law states that no woman is allowed to have sex with a man while riding in an ambulance.
  • A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
  • Birds have the right of way on all highways.
  • In the town of Kaysville, you must have identification to enter a convenience store after dark.
  • In Monroe, daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.
  • In Kaysville, you must have identification to enter a convenience store after dark.
  • In Logan, women may not swear.
  • It is against the law to fish from horseback.
  • It is a felony to persistently tread on the cracks between paving stones on the sidewalk of a state highway.
  • In Provo, throwing snowballs results in a $50 fine.
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BAFT) bans the word “refreshing” to describe any alcohol beverage.
  • It is against the law to fish from horseback.
  • Auctions may not be advertised by hiring trombone players to play on the street.
  • In Salt Lake County, no one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.
  • It us unlawful to hunt whales.

 

Vermont

  • Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.
  • In Barre, all residents must bathe every Saturday night.
  • Whistling underwater is illegal.
  • It is illegal to deny the existence of God.
  • Lawmakers make it obligatory for everybody to take at least one bath each week (on Saturday night).

 

Virginia

  • In Richmond, it is illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for a coffee.
  • It is against the law to tickle a girl under her chin with a feather duster in order to get her attention.
  • It is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.
  • In the town of Dayton, a person of color may not be outside or within city limits after 7 p.m.
  • Swearing at someone over the phone is punishable by a $100 fine.
  • It is illegal to cuss in the presence of another.
  • Not only is it illegal to have sex with the lights on, one may not have sex in any position other than missionary.
  • It is illegal to sell peanut brittle on Sundays.
  • In Norfolk a woman can’t go out without wearing a corset.
  • Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
  • It is illegal to hunt on Sundays.
  • It is illegal to spit on the streets.
  • It is illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag.
  • In Victoria, it is illegal to skate down the sidewalk of Main Street.
  • In Norfolk, women must wear a corset after sundown and be in the company of male chaperone.

Virginia Beach

  • It is unlawful to drive by the same place within 30 minutes on Atlantic Avenue.
  • It is illegal to use profanity on Atlantic Avenue or the boardwalk.

 

Washington

  • One may not whistle in the bathroom.
  • Fake wrestling is illegal.
  • One may not dance for more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period.
  • It is a crime to give false weather reports.
  • It is illegal to take photographs for more than 5 minutes.
  • Non-prescriptive sunglasses, hats, clothing that exposes armpits, a bare back or midriff, see-through clothing, and accessories with protruding metal spikes are not be worn in school.
  • One needs a license to sell condoms.
  • Marathon dancing, skipping, sliding, gliding, rolling or crawling is unlawful.
  • It’s illegal to catch a fish by throwing a rock at it.
  • In Wilbur, you may not ride an ugly horse.

Virginia Beach

  • Televisions may not be bought on Sundays.
  • People may not wear a life jacket near the Spokane River.

 

West Virginia

  • It is illegal to snooze on a train.
  • It is unlawful to wear a hat inside a theater.
  • No children may attend school with their breath smelling of “wild onions.”
  • In Nicholas County, no member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.
  • Hunting on Sunday is illegal in 41 of 55 counties.
  • It is illegal to spit on any sidewalk which women may walk down.
  • Swearing in public is unlawful.
  • Unmarried couples who live together and “lewdly associate” with one another may face up to a year in prison.
  • It is unlawful for anyone to own a red or a black flag.

Huntington

  • Firemen may not whistle or flirt at any woman passing a firehouse.
  • It is legal to beat your wife so long as it is done in public on Sunday, on the courthouse steps.

 

Wisconsin

  • In Milwaukee, if one is thought of as offensive looking, it is illegal for him to be in public during the day.
  • Cats are forbidden from entering cemeteries.
  • It is illegal to cut a woman’s hair.
  • Kissing on a train is against the law.
  • In Sun Prarie and St. Croix, persons may not ride a bicycle with their hands off the handlebars.
  • In Sheboygan, no person may water a lawn in such a way as to annoy the neighbors.
  • In Racine, women may not walk down a public street at night without being accompanied by a man.
  • Throwing snowballs is illegal.
  • Car dealerships are not allowed to be open for sales on Sundays.
  • It is illegal to wake a fireman when he is asleep.
  • In Racine, it is illegal to wake a fireman when he is asleep.
  • In Kenosha, no male is allowed to be in a state of arousal in public.

Huntington

  • It is illegal to play checkers in public.
  • It is illegal to display an unclothed mannequin in a store window.
  • It is illegal to worry a squirrel.

 

Wyoming

  • In Cheyenne, citizens may not take showers on Wednesdays.
  • One may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.
  • One may not fish with a firearm.
  • In Newcastle, one may not make love in a freezer.
  • In Jackson, one may not spit on the sidewalk.
  • It is illegal to wear a hat that obstructs people’s view in a public theater or place of amusement.

P.S. Feel free to grab as many of these weird laws and blog, tweet or pass ’em around – you have my permission!

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