State-by State List of Loony Laws
It is illegal to play Dominos on Sunday.
It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
In Fairbanks, it is illegal to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose.
While it is legal to shoot bears, waking sleeping bears for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.
In Tucson, it is illegal for women to wear pants.
In Globe, it is illegal to play cards in the street with a Native American.
In Glendale, it is illegal to drive a car in reverse.
In Nogales, it is illegal to wear suspenders.
A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
In Fayetteville, it is illegal to kill ``any living creature.''
Schoolteachers who bob their hair may forfeit their pay raises.
Flirtation between men and women on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term.
In Los Angeles, a man may legally beat his wife with a leather strap, as long as it is less than two inches wide, or she
gives him permission to use a wider strap.
It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
In Pacific Grove, ``molesting'' butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
In Pasadena, it is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.
It is illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license.
In Long Beach, it is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.
In San Francisco, it is illegal to wipe one's car with used underwear.
It is illegal to cry on the witness stand in Los Angeles courts.
In Durango, it is illegal to go out in public dressed in clothing ``unbecoming'' one's sex.
In Logan County, it is illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she is asleep.
In Pueblo, it is illegal to let a dandelion grow within city limits.
In Hartford, it is illegal to educate a dog.
It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
In New Britain, the speed limit for fire trucks is 25 m.p.h., even when going to a fire.
In Hartford, it is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday.
In Lewes, it is illegal to wear pants that are ``form-fitting'' around the waist.
Getting married on a dare is grounds for an annulment.
It is illegal to fly over any body of water, unless one is carrying sufficient supplies of food and drink.
In Miami, it is illegal for a man to wear any kind of strapless gown.
Unmarried women who parachute on Sundays may be jailed.
In Sarasota, it is illegal to sing while wearing a bathing suit.
All males in the state between the ages of 16 and 50 are required to work on public roads.
In Columbus, it is illegal to sit on one's porch in an indecent position.
In Quitman, it is illegal for a chicken to cross a road.
It is illegal to change the clothes on a storefront mannequin unless the shades are down.
It is illegal to appear in public wearing only swimming trunks.
It is illegal to own a mongoose without a permit.
In Pocatello, ``the carrying of concealed weapons is forbidden, unless same are exhibited to public view.''
Also in Pocatello, ``It is prohibited for pedestrians and motorists to display frowns, grimaces, scowls, threatening
and glowering looks, gloomy and depressed facial appearances, generally all of which reflect unfavorably upon the
Boxes of candy given as romantic gifts must weigh more than 50 pounds.
In Chicago, people who are diseased, maimed, mutilated, or deformed to the point of being ``an unsightly or
disgusting object'' are banned from going out in public.
In Chicago, it is illegal to fish in one's pajamas.
In Chicago, it is illegal to take a French poodle to the opera.
According to state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is ``American.''
In Guernee, it is illegal for women weighing more than 200 pounds to ride horses in shorts.
In Joliet, it is illegal to mispronounce the name Joliet.
Monkeys are forbidden to smoke cigarettes in South Bend.
In Gary, it is illegal to attend the theater within four hours of eating garlic.
The Stepford Wives is banned in Warsaw.
State law forbids any establishment from charging admission to see a one-armed piano player.
In Fort Madison, firemen are required to practice for 15 minutes before attending a fire.
It is illegal for restaurants to sell cherry pie a la mode on Sundays.
In Wichita, a man's mistreatment of his mother-in-law may not be used as grounds for divorce.
In Wichita, it is illegal to carry a concealed bean snapper.
In Lang, it is illegal to ride a mule down Main Street in August, unless the animal is wearing a straw hat.
In Natoma, it is illegal to throw a knife at anyone wearing a striped shirt.
It is illegal for a woman to appear in a bathing suit on a highway unless she is: escorted by at least two police officers;
armed with a club; or lighter than 90 pounds or heavier than 200 pounds. The ordinance also specifically exempts
female horses from such restrictions.
State law stipulates that a person is considered sober until he or she ``cannot hold onto the ground.''
It is illegal to remarry the same man four times.
In New Orleans, fire trucks are required by law to stop at all red lights.
It is considered ``simple assault'' to bite someone in New Orleans; it is ``aggravated assault'' if the biter has false
It is against the law to gargle in public.
In Portland, it is illegal for men to tickle women under the chin with feather dusters.
The most money one can legally win gambling is three dollars.
In Rumford, it is illegal for a tenant to bite his/her landlord.
In Waterville, it is illegal to blow one's nose in public.
In Baltimore, it is illegal to wash or scrub sinks, no matter how dirty they get.
Every person who has bowled since 1833 may be fined $2 for each offense.
In Halethorpe, it is illegal to kiss for more than one second.
It's illegal to mistreat oysters.
It's illegal to play Randy Newman's ``Short People'' on the radio.
In Salem, even married couples are forbidden from sleeping in the nude in rented rooms.
It is illegal to wear a goatee without a license.
North Andover prohibits its citizens from carrying ``space guns.''
State legislation forbids dueling with water pistols.
In Boston, it is illegal to take a bath unless one has been ordered by a physician to do so.
In 1659, the state outlawed Christmas.
In Clawson, it is legal for a farmer to ``sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.''
A state law stipulates that a woman's hair legally belongs to her husband.
In Detroit, it is illegal to make love in a car unless it is parked on your property.
In Detroit, it is illegal to ``ogle'' a woman from a moving car.
In Port Huron, the speed limit for ambulances in 20 m.p.h.
Under state law, dentists are officially classified as ``mechanics.''
Women may face up to 30 days in jail if they impersonate Santa Claus.
In Minneapolis, double-parkers can be put on a chain gang.
Every man in Brainerd is required by law to grow a beard.
It's illegal to tease skunks.
It is still legal to kill one's ``servant.''
In Truro, a would-be groom must ``prove himself manly'' prior to marriage by hunting and killing either six
blackbirds or three crows.
In Saco, women are forbidden from wearing hats that ``might frighten timid persons, children or animals.''
In St. Louis, it is illegal for an on-duty firefighter to rescue a woman wearing a nightgown; in order to be rescued, a
woman must be fully dressed.
While children may purchase shotguns in Kansas City, they are not allowed to buy toy cap guns.
Missouri considers drunkenness an ``inalienable right.''
It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.
It is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict acts of felonious crime.
In Whitehall, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels.
It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license.
In Waterloo, barbers are forbidden from eating onions between 7am and 7pm.
In Omaha, barbers are forbidden from shaving their customers' chests.
If a child burps during a church service in Omaha, his or her parents may be arrested.
It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
In Nyala, a man is forbidden from buying drinks for more than three people other than himself at any one period
during the day.
It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
In Eureka, men who wear moustaches are forbidden from kissing women.
Everyone walking on the streets of Elko is required to wear a mask.
It is illegal to sell the clothes one is wearing to pay off a gambling debt.
It is illegal to check into a hotel under an assumed name.
It is against the law to ``frown'' at a police officer.
In Newark, it is illegal to sell ice cream after 6pm, unless the customer has a note from his doctor.
It is illegal to slurp soup.
In Trenton, it is illegal to throw a bad pickle in the street.
In Raton, it is illegal for a woman to ride horseback down a public street with a kimono on.
The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary is banned in Carlsbad.
State officials ordered 400 words of ``sexually explicit material'' to be cut from Romeo and Juliet.
In New York City, it is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing ``body hugging clothing.''
In New York City, it is illegal for a man to turn around and look ``at a woman in that way,'' and violators are forced
to wear horse blinders.
In Staten Island, it is illegal for a father to call his son a ``faggot'' or ``queer'' in an effort to curb ``girlie behavior.''
In New York City, ``It is disorderly conduct for one man to greet another on the street by placing the end of his
thumb against the tip of his nose, at the same time extending and wiggling the fingers of his hand.''
In Charlotte, women must have their bodies covered by at least 16 yards of cloth at all times.
In Ashville, it is illegal to sneeze on city streets.
Ironically, Hornytown has banned all massage parlors.
State law mandates that all couples staying in rooms for one night must be kept in room with double beds, kept a
minimum of two feet apart, and making love on the floor between the beds is strictly forbidden.
It is illegal to have sex in a churchyard.
In Fargo, one may be jailed for wearing a hat while dancing, or even for wearing a hat to a function where dancing is
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
It is illegal to serve beer and pretzels at the same time in any bar, club, or restaurant.
In Cleveland, women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear.
In Columbus, it is illegal for stores to sell cornflakes on Sunday.
In Oxford, it is illegal for a women to disrobe in front of a man's picture.
In Youngstown, it is illegal to run out of gas.
Catch 22 is banned in Strongville.
People who make ``ugly faces'' at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
In Schulter, it is illegal for a woman to gamble in the nude, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel.
One may not bathe without wearing ``suitable clothing,'' i.e., that which covers one's body from neck to knee.
The town of Hood River prohibits the act of juggling without a license.
Salem has barred women's wrestling.
In Marion, ministers are forbidden from eating garlic or onions before delivering a sermon.
``Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a
blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist
must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes.''
In Morrisville, women need a permit to wear cosmetics.
Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
In Providence, it is illegal to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.
It is illegal to throw pickle juice on a trolley.
In Newport, it is illegal to smoke a pipe after sunset.
Every citizen is obliged to carry his gun to church.
No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.
In Charleston, all carriage horses must wear diapers.
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.
It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.
In Dyersburg, it is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date.
In Memphis restaurants, it is illegal to give any pie to fellow diners. It is also illegal to take unfinished pie home. All
pie must be eaten on the premises.
Also in Memphis, it is illegal for a woman to drive by herself; ``a man must walk or run in front of the vehicle,
waving a red flag in order to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists.''
The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
A recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing,
and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
In El Paso, churches, hotels, halls of assembly, stores, markets, banking rooms, railroad depots, and saloons are
required to provide spittoons ``of a kind and number to efficiently contain expectorations into them.''
It is illegal to milk another person's cow.
In Houston, it is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday.
In LeFors, it is illegal to take more than three swallows of beer while standing.
In San Antonio, 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.
Birds have the right of way on all highways.
A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
In Monroe, daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.
Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.
It is illegal to deny the existence of God.
It is illegal to whistle underwater.
In Richmond, it is illegal to flip a coin in any eating establishment to determine who buys a cup of coffee.
In Norfolk, a man may face 60 days in jail for patting a woman's derriere.
There is a state law prohibiting ``corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates.''
In Lebanon, it is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.
In Seattle, women who sit on men's laps on buses or trains without placing a pillow between them face an automatic
six-month jail term.
In Auburn, men who deflower virgins, regardless of age or marital status, may face up to five years in jail.
Seattle residents may not carry concealed weapons longer than six feet.
It is illegal to pretend that one's parents are rich.
In Nicholas County, no clergy members may tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during church services.
Doctors and dentists may not place a woman under anesthesia unless a third person is present.
It is illegal to snooze on a train.
In St. Croix, women are not allowed to wear anything red in public.
It is illegal to cut a woman's hair.
It is illegal to kiss on a train.
Cheese making requires a cheese maker's license; Limburger cheese making requires a master cheese maker's license.
It is illegal to wear a hat that obstructs peoples' view in a public theater or place of amusement.
It is illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking.
Against the law to ride an "ugly horse"? Illegal for a fireman to rescue
a woman wearing a nightgown? Prohibited from walking around with an
ice-cream cone in your pocket? Author Samuel Johnson once said, "The law is
the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit
of the public." A noble philosophy, perhaps, but Johnson's opinion is
debatable at best.
Officials who wrote some of the L.A. area's old laws appear to have acted
for no greater purpose than a good belly laugh. But there are real reasons
for some of these laws. For instance, those regarding horses were largely
passed to favor and protect the horse in the late 1800s and early 1900s,
when horses were still the primary mode of transportation. An old ordinance
won't allow acrobats to perform on any city sidewalk in L.A. because the
city fathers decreed acrobatics might frighten some of the local horses.
Clothing laws, by and large, originated around the same time period.
Laws dealing with women were always designed by men who were often quite
prejudiced by today's standards in their thinking toward "the weaker sex."
The extremely fundamentalistic attitudes of many small-town religious
leaders often prevailed - hence, we find laws governing the wearing of
corsets, nightgowns, shoes, and hats. Doctors practicing in Long Beach, for
example, seem to have a special social responsibility. An unusual piece of
loony legislation says every woman must "be found to be wearing a corset"
when attending any public dance. A physician is required to inspect each
female at the dance. The doctor must ascertain that the woman is, in fact,
complying with this archaic law.
Any laws having to do with Sunday were usually written and passed as the
need arose with the intent of keeping the Sabbath holy. The church has
enormous influence on laws pertaining to gambling, curfews for young women,
women drinking alcoholic beverages, flirting, and even eating ice cream. In
Bonsall, no one is allowed to read the Sunday paper while sitting in a
rocking chair on their front porch while church services are in session.
There's a strange ordinance in Covina where "A husband is not guilty of
desertion when his wife rents his room to a boarder and crowds him out of
Drivers in Hemet should be aware that the driver of "any vehicle involved
in an accident resulting in death...shall immediately stop...and give his
name and address to the person struck."
A true dog lover, according to City Manager Doug Weiford, might enjoy
living in Riverside. An old piece of legislation stops local citizens from
"sticking out a tongue in the direction of a dog." Nor can people living in
Ventura make "ugly faces" at dogs who are found to be "freely roaming" the
community. Animals appear to be treated fairly in Upland but pity the poor
owner: "It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of horses, mules,
cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs to run at large." And don't bother duck
hunting at night in Apple Valley. Ducks aren't allowed to be heard quacking
after 10:00 p.m.
Do you have difficulty flirting? You can't, according to the municipal
code in Inglewood: "It is unlawful for any male person, within the corporate
limits of the city of Inglewood, to wink at any female person with whom he
is unacquainted." Beverly Hills also has an anti-flirting law. City
Manager Ed Kreins quotes this ordinance: "No male person shall make remarks
to or concerning, or cough or whistle at, or do any other act to attract the
attention of any woman upon or traveling along any of the sidewalks."
Males in Buena Park have an even more difficult time in this regard.
They are specifically prohibited from "turning and looking at a woman in
that way" on the Sabbath. If he's caught a second time, the violator has to
"wear horse blinders" for a 24-hour period in public.
Community lawmakers do sometimes have a sense of humor. According to
City Manager Ralph Webb, Baldwin Park politicos once decreed that "No female
shall appear in a bathing suit on any street within this community unless
she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a
club." An amendment to the original ordinance reads "The provisions of this
status shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds or exceeding
200 pounds nor shall it apply to female horses."
You probably don't know that Santa Monica has a "bean snapper" law. City
Manager John Jalili declares: "Any person who shall in the city of Santa
Monica use or carry concealed or unconcealed any bean snapper or like
article, shall, upon conviction, be fined."
Drivers beware when going through Los Angeles County. An early speed law
was worded: "Speed upon county roads will be limited to 10 miles an hour
unless the motorist sees a baliff who does not appear to have had a drink in
30 days, then the driver will be permitted to make what he can." And
"Whoever operates an automobile on any public way - laid out under the
authority of law recklessly or while under the influence of liquor shall be
punished; thereby imposing upon the motorist the duty of finding out at his
peril whether certain highways had been laid out recklessly or while under
the influence of liquor before driving his car over them." You figure it
out. In the same vein, there's a beauty from Whittier that says "Two
vehicles which are passing each other in opposite directions shall have the
right of way." Uh huh.
An old-fashioned piece of legislation in Hesperia outlaws dueling under
certain circumstances: no one is allowed to duel when the opponents select
water pistols for use as the weapons.
Monrovia has a unique old wedding law. No young man can marry the girl
of his dreams until he has "proven his manhood." How? It's quite simple;
all the poor fellow is required to do is go out and shoot six blackbirds or
three crows which must then be brought to his prospective father-in-law.
Stay away from Compton while wearing slacks with hip pockets. The city
fathers long ago passed an ordinance banning hip pockets in all men's pants
it was considered to be a perfect place to hide a pint of liquor. Let's
hope thirst doesn't become a major problem if you're a woman in Ojai. No
female can expect to walk into a tavern and be graciously served. It's
illegal for a woman to stand within five feet of a bar when she takes a
drink in any public establishment serving alcoholic beverages. She's in
violation of this law even if she only wants a glass of water!
A thirsty married man, according to the law in Camarillo, could have
serious problems. He can't purchase any form of liquor without first having
the written consent of his loving spouse. And an old law in Gardena,
according to City Manager Ken Landau, prohibits a woman from chewing tobacco
without first having permission from her husband.
You could be breaking the law when you're just trying to have an innocent
night out. Boisterous adults and children can be penalized in Mailbu should
they "laugh out loud" in a movie theater. And in Costa Mesa, citizens
aren't allowed to enter a movie theater within four hours of eating garlic.
Don't even think of playing cards with a pregnant woman or a child on the
curb of any street in Temecula. And according to the revised ordinances in
Pomona, "No person shall hallo, shout, bawl, scream, use profane language,
dance, sing, whoop, quarrel, or make any unusual noise or sound in any house
in such a manner as to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood."
Fashion can be dangerous. In Norwalk, "Any person who shall wear in a
public place any device or thing attached to her head, hair, headgear or
hat, which device or thing is capable or lacerating the flesh of any other
person with whom it may come in contact and which is not sufficiently
guarded against the possibility of so doing, shall be adjudged a disorderly
person." Watch out, fashion victims.
If you've been out on the trail a bit too long and your horse is weary,
be sure you don't let it fall asleep within the city limits of El Monte.
They have an antiquated law in them parts then prohibits a horse from
falling asleep in a bathtub, unless the rider is also sleeping with the
horse. And if you own a horse in Pico Rivera, it's strictly forbidden - if
you're a woman, attired in shorts, and you weigh over 200 pounds - to ride
your horse in public. In Santa Ana, it's illegal to let a horse sleep in a
You've got to be careful even when you're hungry. If you can't find a
can opener, whatever you do, don't try to shoot your canned foods open with
a revolver in Victorville. And if you're a barber in Valencia, don't dare
eat onions between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Ice cream crops up quite a few times in the various cities' law books.
In Chino, citizens are prohibited from carrying an ice-cream cone in their
pocket, and in Rosemead, it's against the law to eat an ice cream in public
with a fork.
Try to stay away from Arcadia if you're planning to take your date for a
late cup of coffee. An old ordinance prohibits "young women" from drinking
a delicious cup of brew after 6:00 p.m. Speaking of drinking, a law in
Bellflower actually offers a degree of protection to drunks: "A drunken man
had as good a right to a perfect sidewalk as a sober man since he needs one
a good deal more."
Have to pay a visit to a dentist in the near future? In Irvine a patient
is not allowed to pull a dentist's tooth. Those who partake of such
frivolous activities can be jailed. But in Castaic, fairness seems to govern
the thinking of former lawmakers. A dentist had better not accidentally pull
the wrong tooth. Should this happen, the patient has the right to pull one
of the dentist's teeth in return.
These are merely a few of the unusual situations covered by ludicrous laws
throughout the Los Angeles area. Most of these decrees were written and then
forgotten with the swift passage of time. Relevant or ridiculous, most are
still around today. Clergyman Henry Ward Beecher said it all when he summed
up his view on the art of lawmaking: "We bury men when they are dead, but we
try to embalm the dead body of laws, keeping the corpse in sight long after
the vitality has gone. It usually takes a hundred years to make a law; and
then, after the law had done its work, it usually takes another hundred years
to get rid of it."
MORE STUPID LOCAL LAWS
[Editor's note: These were collected from various sources, with
duplications removed. One that I haven't seen here and which is a recent
law (unlike most of the ones mentioned, which are just outdated laws that
no one has bothered to repeal) I encountered in Maryland: in order to get a
burger cooked any rarer than well-done, e.g., medium, medium-rare, etc.,
you have to sign a waiver. Otherwise, Maryland restaurants and eateries are
required to cook meat so there is no pink inside.
In Ottumwa, Iowa, "It is unlawful for any male person, within the corporate
limits of the (city), to wink at any female person with whom he is
In Los Angeles, you cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same
In Zion, Ill., it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs,
cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets.
In Carmel, N.Y., a man can't go outside while wearing a jacket and pants
that do not match. << Note: this law isn't silly. Write your legislators
today and get this PASSED in your area now!!>>
In St. Louis, it's illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink
beer from a bucket.
In Hartford, Conn., you aren't allowed to cross a street while walking on
In Baltimore, it's illegal to throw bales of hay from a second-story window
within the city limits. It's also illegal to take a lion to the movies.
In Oxford, Ohio, it's illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while
standing in front of a man's picture.
In Carrizozo, N.M., it's forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in
public (includes legs and face).
In Pennsylvania it is illegal to have over 16 women live in a house
together because that constitutes a brothel...however up to 120 men can
live together, without breaking the law.
In Michigan, a woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her
printed in the local paper....
In New York, it is against the law to throw a ball at someone's head for
The state of Washington has passed a law stating it is illegal, I repeat,
illegal, to paint polka dots on the American flag.
In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle in Connecticut,
it must bounce.
To keep any of the incarcerated beast from picking up bad habits, the town
of Manville , NJ decreed that it is illegal to feed whiskey or offer
cigarettes to animals at the local zoo.
If you sell hollow logs in Tennessee, you are breaking the law.
Compulsive gamblers stay out of Richmond, VA: it is even illegal to flip a
coin in a restaurant to see who pays for the coffee.
Don't bother the butterflies in Pacific Grove, CA unless you have a n extra
$500 for the offense.
The same is true for bullfrogs and cottontails in Hayden, AZ. disturbing
them in the city limits is against the law.
Have it your way, but don't share it in OK. This state forbids a person
from taking a bite out of another person's hamburger.
Need a radio on Sunday? In Spokane, WA, you can buy one on the Sabbath, but
forget about purchasing a television!
In the state of New York, you need a license to use a clothesline outdoors.
What happens to doughnut holes? Well, they won't be found in Lehigh NE.
Selling doughnut holes in this city is verboten.
And if any retirees from the circus are thinking about settling down and
farming in NC, they are forwarned right here and now that it is against the
law in this state to use elephants to plow cotton fields!
It is illegal to take more than 2 baths a month within Boston confines.
Two people cannot kiss in front of a church.
All Public Displays of Affection (PDAs) are forbidden on Sunday.
Pedestrians always have the right of way.
Anyone may let their sheep and cows graze in the public gardens/commons at
any time except Sundays.
In Calgary there is a by-law that is still on the books that requires
businesses within the city to provide rails for tying up horses.
In the England it is illegal to sell most goods on a Sunday, (this law is
mostly ignored), it is however legal to sell a carrot. It is also legal to
sell it at any price and to give free gifts with it, such as anything else
one might want to buy on a Sunday!
In certain sections of Pennsylvania many years ago, the Farmer's
Anti-Automobile society set up some "rules of the road." In effect, they
1. "Automobiles travelling on country roads at night must send up a rocket
every mile, then wait ten minutes for the road to clear."
2. "If a driver sees a team of horses, he is to pull to one side of the
read and cover his machine with a blanket or dust cover that has been
painted to blend into the scenery."
3. "In the event that a horse refuses to pass a car on the road, the owner
must take his car apart and conceal the parts in the bushes."
It is against the law to fish from horseback.
In Bexley, Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and
usage of slot machines in outhouses.
Back in 1924, a monkey was convicted in South Bend of the crime of smoking
a cigarette and sentenced to pay a 25 dollar fine and the trial costs.
No one may catch fish with his bare hands in Kansas.
In 1930, the City Council of Ontario passed an ordinance forbidding
roosters to crow within the city limits.
Harthahorne City Ordinance, Section 363, states that it shall be unlawful
to put any hypnotized person in a display window.
These excerpts are from the book "Loony Laws" by Robert Pelton (Walker;
In Clawson, Mich., there is a law that makes it LEGAL for a farmer to sleep
with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.
In Gary, Ind., persons are prohibited from attending a movie house or other
theater and from riding a public streetcar within four hours of eating
In Miami, it's illegal for men to be seen publicly in any kind of strapless
In Detroit, 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.
In Harford, Conn., you aren't allowed to cross a street while walking on
In Nicholas County, W. Va., no member of the clergy is allowed to tell
jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.
In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of
a tavern, school, or place of worship.
In Los Angeles, a man is legally entitled to beat his wife with a leather
belt or strap, but the belt can't be wider than 2 inches, unless he has his
wife's consent to beat her with a wider strap.
In Kentucky, "No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway
within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers or unless
she be armed with a club"
An amendment to the above legislation: "The provisions of this statuate
shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds nor exceeding 200
pounds, nor shall it apply to female horses."
In Grand Haven, Michigan, no person shall throw an abandoned hoop skirt
into any street or on any sidewalk, under penalty of a five- dollar fine
for each offense.
In Russell, Kansas, it is against the law to have a musical car horn.
A Glendale, California, ordinance permits horror films to be shown only on
Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays.
Cicero, Illinois, prohibits humming on public streets on Sundays.
Hunting with a rifle is permitted in Norfolk County, Virgina - provided
that the hunter is fifteen feet off the ground.
You may water your lawn on Staten Island, New York, provided that you hold
the hose in your hand while doing so; but to lay a hose on the lawn or to
use a sprinkler for watering your lawn is unlawful.
Some more, from various sources...
Clinton County, Ohio, calls for a fine for anyone caught leaning against a
Loins may not be taken to the theater in Maryland.
Abilene, Texas, makes it illegal to idle or loiter anyplace within the
corporate limits of the city for the purpose of flirting or mashing.
In Waco, Texas ( or Ontario, Canada?)
It is illegal to walk around with a concealed ice cream cone.
In Carmel, CA, it is illegal to eat ice cream while standing on the side
In Prunedale, CA, it is illegal to have two indoor bathtubs in your house.