Crazy Laws in Arizona and Fun Facts

Crazy Laws in Arizona and Fun Facts

Remember the crazy law in Fairbanks, Alaska that prohibits moose from mating on city streets? Now you can read twelve of the craziest, weirdest laws ever enacted in the state of Arizona.

Are you asking why don’t they just take those crazy laws off the books? Perhaps because getting a state legislature to draw up a bill, getting the governor to sign it, waiting while it may be amended or modified, is costly and requires a lot of effort. That’s not what those politicians signed up for.

Is this an innocent look - or what?
Is this an innocent look - or what? | Source

Crazy Laws in Arizona

Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.

This is such a ridiculous, crazy law I had to do a little extra research. It seems in 1924 that the donkey owned by a local merchant began sleeping in an old discarded bathtub.

Then the town was flooded after a dam burst. The folks living in that town complained about using tax dollars to retrieve the damp ass.

A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.

Can you imagine a disgruntled husband calling the local constabulary to announce: “Hi, this is Joe Schmoe. Tonight I’m gonna give my wife her monthly beating. For the record, I just wanted you guys to know.”

Even camels get thirsty
Even camels get thirsty | Source

Hunting camels is prohibited.

What the … ? There are camels in Arizona? I did a little more research and learned that in the mid-1800s, the U.S. Army imported hundreds of camels from Egypt to do the work of horses and mules, since they could thrive on less water, and carry more than twice the load of a packhorse.

The camel cavalry was abandoned when the Civil War began, and eventually the camels either wandered off from abandoned forts or were sold to private individuals.

When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person possesses.

Pray that the intruder has nothing more than pepper spray. If the weapon is an AK-47 assault rifle, you’re in BIG trouble.

Does he know about that missing tooth law?
Does he know about that missing tooth law? | Source
Saguaro cactus
Saguaro cactus | Source

It is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling.

I don’t understand this law. Less than one is none. Does this crazy law mean possession of half a tooth could get you in a whole mess of trouble?

There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.

The Saguaro cactus, treasured by Arizonians, has been endangered by those who find pleasure in shooting or cutting down cacti. Thus, a law was passed to protect the cactus.

Note: Legend has it that the barrel cactus is a good source of water in the desert. If you try it, I guarantee you will not like it. The juice created by crushing the cactus pulp would peel the skin off a rattlesnake.

In Maricopa County, no more than six girls may live in any house.

If you’re thinking of establishing a House (if you know what I mean), do not hire more than six girls.

Do NOT bother these busy bullfrogs.
Do NOT bother these busy bullfrogs. | Source
I think it was the little guy who first rode his horse up those stairs.
I think it was the little guy who first rode his horse up those stairs. | Source

In Hayden, If you bother the cottontails or bullfrogs, you will be fined.

So be fair to the hare and don’t give grog to the frog.

In Mesa, it is illegal to smoke cigarettes within 15 feet of a public place unless you have a class 12 liquor license.

If you understand this crazy law, please let me know.

In Nogales, a city ordinance prohibits the wearing of suspenders. Women can be fined up to $500 and men up to $1,000.

Must be a lotta droopy drawers there.

In Tucson, it is illegal for women to wear pants.

That’s one way of handling the suspenders issue.

In Prescott, no one is permitted to ride their horse up the stairs of the county courthouse.

But the law says nothing about riding your horse down the stairs!

The magnificent Grand Canyon
The magnificent Grand Canyon | Source
Meteor Crater
Meteor Crater | Source

Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Arizona

The state nickname is the Grand Canyon state. The Grand Canyon is 227 miles long, 1 mile deep, and has an average width of 10 miles.

Arizona has more parks and national monuments than any other state, more mountains than Switzerland, and more golf courses than Scotland.

Arizona has 60% of all the types of wildlife species found in North America. Big game species include bear, elk, antelope, big horn sheep, bison, mule deer, white tail deer, mountain lion, and wild turkey.

The best-preserved meteor crater in America is located near Winslow, Arizona. Nearly 50,000 years ago, the huge nickel-iron meteor, weighing a few hundred thousand tons and traveling at a speed of upwards of 5 to 10 miles per second, slammed into the earth with such force that it destroyed all life for a hundred-mile radius. The crater measures 4,150 feet rim-to-rim and is 570 feet deep.

Four Corners Monument
Four Corners Monument | Source
 Roadrunner
Roadrunner | Source

Four Corners is the only spot in the United States where the boundaries of four states meet: the southwest corner of Colorado; the northwest corner of New Mexico; the northeast corner of Arizona; and the southeast corner of Utah.

Turquoise is the state gemstone. Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona.

Do you recall the roadrunner from the cartoon series? You can easily spot the real birds in Arizona. Sometimes, they can run at speeds of up to 17 mph if they sense danger.

Arizona is home to about 13 species of rattlesnakes which is higher than any other state. The ridge-nosed rattlesnake is the state reptile.

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City
London Bridge, Lake Havasu City | Source
Wyatt Earp at the age of 42
Wyatt Earp at the age of 42 | Source

When the original London Bridge built in the 1830s began to sink into the Thames River in the 60s, it was replaced by a more modern concrete bridge.

Robert P. McCulloch Sr. purchased the original stones on April 17, 1968, at a cost of $2,460,000.

The 10,246 blocks were shipped to Arizona and reassembled over a lagoon at the edge of Lake Havasu City at a cost of $3 million. The Bridge opened in 1971.

Wyatt Earp was NOT the town marshal or the sheriff in Tombstone, Arizona at the time of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. His brother, Virgil, was the town marshal, who had temporarily deputized Wyatt and Doc Holliday prior to the gunfight. That famous gunfight only lasted about 30 seconds.

The famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral did NOT occur at the O.K. Corral. When the Earps and the Clantons shot it out in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881, their famous battle took place in a vacant lot between Fly’s Photograph Gallery and the Harwood House on Fremont Street. The O.K. Corral was located nearby. Its name became more memorable than Fly’s Gallery.

Original Arizona State Capitol building
Original Arizona State Capitol building | Source

The Capitol building of Arizona has a copper roof. The amount of copper that was utilized to make the roof is equivalent to that used in 4.8 million pennies.

Copper is still extensively mined from many expansive open-pit and underground mines, accounting for two-thirds of the U.S. output.

The 2002 movie, "Windtalkers," was a fictional drama based on the historic Navajo code talkers enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. They provided crucial assistance as intelligence personnel since their language was unknown to almost everybody. Our military secrets and communications were safe since our enemies never understood the Navajo language.

Windtalkers film (2002)

Note: The Navajo are the largest American Indian tribe in the U.S. They live on the largest reservation of 17 million acres in the Four Corners area of the southwest. The states include Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and a small part of Colorado.

One of my favorite Will Rogers quotes: "A fool and his money are soon elected."

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hard to believe Doc, but these laws definitely are crazier than Alaska"s....! a LOT crazier. You made me laugh with some of your very clever comments. Funny stuff Doc....

You know, the way I read that law about smiling is: If you're over 18 and want to smile, make sure you have more than just one tooth missing. Sounds like it's illegal to smile if only one tooth is missing. right? right! Like you can't win for losing. If you only have one tooth missing, don't get caught smiling. If you have more than one tooth missing...who the hell WANTS to smile? LOL. Love this. Keep 'em coming.....I can't wait to hear New York laws. Craziest State of all. UP+++


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas

Um, your fun facts headline has a mistake. It mentions Alaska.

The laws. . .these crazy laws always amuse me. But you went above and beyond with some research and explanations. How awesome is that?!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to ride my horse down some stairs.


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

These are funny drdj, and the entire hub is full of great information. I would laugh but I'd have to take my false teeth out first. :)


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Sharp Points 19 months ago from Big Bear Lake, California

I enjoyed reading this hub quite a bit! The laws are naturally funny but with your added commentary I couldn't help but actually laughing out loud a couple of times. Great work!


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CMHypno 19 months ago from Other Side of the Sun

We're allowed to keep our donkeys in our bathtubs over here in England lol! Thanks for all these interesting facts and laws - very funny!


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

You certainly flew over the coockoo's nest with this one. The crazy laws were a riot but you tamed the laughter with your great facts about Arizona. This is the kind of hub that should be HOTD!

Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting.


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Vellur 19 months ago from Dubai

Interesting facts about Arizona and enjoyed reading about the crazy laws, great hub.


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billybuc 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

Any state that outlaws clean donkeys is on my reject list. What the hell is the matter with those people? Donkeys deserve a bubble bath just like everyone else. :) Great fun my friend. Keep them coming. I need to see my state in this series, please. Go, Washington!


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

Lol! What made me more laugh was about beating a wife once a month. How crazy is that! Thanks for sharing this awesome, funny and informative hub. Well done! Now I have to go to the other states of crazy laws.


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breakfastpop 19 months ago

I don't have time to comment. I have to get my donkey out of the tub!


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nicomp 19 months ago from Ohio, USA

love to comment but my donkey is ready for her creme rinse.


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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL pop & nicomp!! Comedians du jour!! Love it... Funny!


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RonElFran 19 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

I knew about camels in Arizona, but not about the law prohibiting hunting them. Jefferson Davis sponsored the camel experiment for the War Department before the Civil War. It was actually successful, and if the war had not intervened, there might still be camels there. The last one was spotted in the Southwest (I'm not sure if it was in Arizona) in 1941.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Paula. Hope you are enjoying a pleasant weekend. Yup, these crazy laws are going to get crazier and crazier - you'll see. Delighted I made you laugh with some of my comments. Makes my day, y'know.

Thanks for your clever interpretation of the 'toothless' law - wonder if the local dentists are aware. Stay tuned for more crazy, weird laws coming down the pike. Yup, NY does have some crazy laws and so does Florida. Thanks for the Up and the pluses - your visits are always much appreciated.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, shanmarie, and thanks for your eagle eye. And thanks for finding my research and explanations awesome. That makes two of us. :)

Be my guest and have some fun riding your horse down some stairs . . . just not in Prescott.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Jodah. Thanks for your kind comments. Regret that you have to remove your dentures (?) in order to laugh but hey, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. I think John Wayne said it first. ;)


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AliciaC 19 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the way you do your crazy laws hubs, drbj, since I enjoy reading both funny and educational information. Thanks for another entertaining and useful article.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Sharp Points, nice to meet you. Thanks for your kind comments. Knowing you actually laughed out loud a few times makes my day. Here I thought I was the only one. ;)


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

I didn't want to risk breaking any laws drbj.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Yo, Cynthia. Good to see you here, m'dear. Happy to know you can keep your donkey in your bathtub on your side of the Pond. Delighted you found these laws and facts interesting and funny. My mission is accomplished. :)


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Mary. So I flew over the cuckoo's nest with this one? Thanks for that intriguing statement and your sublime comments. I would love to have this one HOTD but I'm not certain the HP powers know just what to make of me and my slightly askew sense of humor. (laughing)

Thanks for the Up and the awesome adjectives.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Vellur. Delighted that you enjoyed reading about these crazy laws and the interesting Arizona facts. Me, too.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

I'm with you, Billy - are those folks mad to deprive donkeys who just want to bathe and/or sleep in a tub? Who know who they will ban next? Perhaps alligators like my next hub (Arkansas) describes?

I plan to write about your state, too, but since Washington starts with a W

and I am alphabetically inclined, it may take a while. :)


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Thelma. That law providing for the monthly wife-beating is a cruel joke and the really funny part is that more than one state supports it. Now that IS crazy! Thanks for visiting and the generous adjectives. And be sure to visit any of my crazy-law-states you may have missed.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Next time, bp, give your donkey a shower instead. Like I do mine!


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, nicomp. Do not let your donkey communicate with others of its ilk or they will all want creme rinses, manicures, pedicures, etc.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

And I love you, Paula, for returning to encourage our in-house comics, Patti and nicomp.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Nice to see you here, Ron. You are absolutely correct. If it were not for the Civil War, the southwest might be knee-deep in camels by now. Some folks living there swear they spot a camel from time to time. Who knows?


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

And I love your generous comments, Alicia, when you do read my various hubs for both humor and educational information. You are most welcome, m'dear.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Don't worry about breaking any crazy laws, m'dear Jodah. I will get you out of jail if it takes me 20 years.


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Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

LOL, I feel so much better now about my state's crazy laws because I believe these are the craziest ever! More donkey can't catch a break ...

You are right about why these crazy laws are still on the books ... trying to get the legislature to do anything or accomplish anything while in session is an arduous task to say the least.

This is a good series you have going here, drbj. I see you already have another state posted! Wow, you are on a roll. Thank you for the laughs, which were most needed this night.

Up +++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

Blessings


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Funny laws to bring us laughters.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Faith. So happy you feel better about your own state's crazy laws. Nothing personal, babe. Every state has crazy laws - it's just that some states have more than others.

Do you s'pose it's because some states have more crazy lawmakers? Naw, that can't be it! ROFLMAO

You are most welcome, m'luv, for the laughs. This series will continue as long as I have the strength not to disintegrate from hilarity. Thanks for all your lovable support.


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple. You got that right, m'dear - funny, crazy laws to bring you laughter - that is my mission.

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