Crazy Laws in Florida and Fun Facts– Part One

Crazy Laws in the State of Florida and Fun Facts – Part One

There are crazy, strange, bizarre laws in every state, but Florida has the MOST crazy laws of all the states I have researched to date. Can’t help but wonder if perhaps voters have elected the MOST crazy legislators.

Here are some of the craziest laws from the state of Florida. Part Two will follow with the craziest laws from the cities of Florida.

Get me a lawyer! I'm innocent!
Get me a lawyer! I'm innocent! | Source

In the State of Florida:

The state constitution allows for freedom of speech, trial by jury, and pregnant pigs to not be confined in cages.

How did unconfined pregnant pigs get lumped together with two of the basic rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution? ‘Tis a puzzlement.

A special law prohibits an unmarried woman from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jail.

Why would any legislator with any mental capacity spend time drafting and enacting a crazy law like this? Wait! I think I have a clue. It’s the phrase: ‘any mental capacity.’

Irate elephant
Irate elephant | Source

If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

Suppose you are a city parking attendant and you spot an elephant tied to a parking meter that shows a violation. Where will you put the parking ticket?

It is illegal to sell your children.

If they misbehave, could we just rent them out for a spell?

It is illegal to fish while driving across a bridge.

Probably because it is impossible to fish while driving across a bridge.

Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.

Sorry, guys, you will have to wear your favorite strapless gowns indoors.

Indignant porcupine
Indignant porcupine | Source

Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.

Now I can share my favorite porcupine joke: Question: How do you have sex with a porcupine? Answer: Very, very carefully!

Florida deals with its prostitution problem by giving prostitutes spending money, a five-year banishment, and a bus ticket out of town.

Sounds like a plan. They just bus the ladies of the night to the next county.

You may not fart in a public place after 6 P.M. on Thursdays.

I’m not going to even try to understand the reasoning behind that crazy law.

You're kidding . . . right?
You're kidding . . . right? | Source

It is considered an offense to shower naked.

Put your bathing suit on! Now!

It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.

Take your bathing suit off! Now!

Failure to tell your neighbor his house is on fire is illegal.

Go ahead, obey the law, and tell your neighbor. Now! After you dial 911!

When having sex, only the missionary position is legal.

This law looks familiar. It must have been enacted by a District of Columbia legislator who moved to Florida.

Florida has enacted so many crazy laws that this is Part One with Florida state laws. Don’t miss Part Two with Florida city laws.

Juan Ponce de León (1474-1521)
Juan Ponce de León (1474-1521) | Source
Hernando de Soto (1496-1542)
Hernando de Soto (1496-1542) | Source

Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Florida

‘Florida’ means ‘flowery’ in Spanish. In 1513, Explorer Juan Ponce de León referred to the peninsula as ‘La Florida’ because it was the Easter season, and abundant spring flowers covered the landscape.

He thought Florida was an island.

Note: Ponce de Leon's name became associated with the legend of the search for the Fountain of Youth twenty years after his death.

Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs, a natural mineral spring. It was given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto.

Note: It was de Soto who was actively searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth.

The first permanent European settlement was established in St. Augustine in 1565 by Spanish admiral, Pedro Menendez de Aviles who became Florida’s first governor.

De Aviles named the settlement ‘San Agustín’ because his ships bearing settlers, troops, and supplies had first sighted land in Florida on August 28, 1565, the feast day of St. Augustine.

St. Augustine is the oldest city in the U.S.

Schematic of John Gorrie's Ice Machine
Schematic of John Gorrie's Ice Machine | Source

The first graded road built in Florida was Old Kings Road in 1763. It was named for King George of England.

Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola, a port city on the west coast of Florida, invented mechanical refrigeration (a machine for making artificial ice) in 1851.

New England Congregationalists founded Rollins College, the oldest college in Florida, in Winter Park in 1885.

Workers in Ybor cigar factory - 1920
Workers in Ybor cigar factory - 1920 | Source

Ybor City was once known as the Cigar Capital of the World with nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar-makers) employed in 200 factories. Ybor City produced approximately 700 million cigars a year at the industry's peak.

Note: Vicente Martinez Ybor was a prominent Spanish-born cigar manufacturer who moved his cigar-making business from Cuba to Key West and then to a scrubland northeast of Tampa in 1885.

Cinderella Castle Disney World
Cinderella Castle Disney World | Source

Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States.

It is known as the Theme Park Capital of the World. 62 million people visited its attractions in 2014.

Some of the most popular attractions are Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Resort, SeaWorld, Wet ‘n Wild, and Gatorland.

Speaking of gators, here's my favorite Florida joke:

A man walked into a Florida bar with his pet alligator and asked the bartender, “Do you serve lawyers here?"

"Sure."

"Good. A beer for me and a lawyer for my alligator."

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum | Source

The Bailey-Matthews Shell museum in Sanibel contains more than 2 million shells and claims to be the world's only museum devoted solely to mollusks.

Note: Actor Raymond Burr (remember him?) was instrumental in raising funds to build the museum.

Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south.

Royal Poinciana tree
Royal Poinciana tree | Source

The Royal Poinciana tree grows in Florida and blooms in the winter – an indication of Florida’s subtropical climate.

Clearwater holds the record for most consecutive days of sunshine in a single year with 361 days.

With an average daily temperature of 70.7 F, Florida is the warmest state in the country.

Everglades 'sea of grass'
Everglades 'sea of grass' | Source
Benwood dive wreck
Benwood dive wreck | Source

Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through Everglades National Park, or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.

Everglades National Park is visited on average by one million tourists each year.

The Benwood on French Reef off Key Largo in the Florida Keys is known as one of the most popular shipwrecks in the world for divers to visit.

Niceville is home to the famous Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival celebrated the third weekend in October. The festival is named after mullet, a fish found in abundance locally, and not the haircut.

Gatorade
Gatorade | Source

Gatorade, formulated in 1965, was named for the University of Florida Gators where the beverage was first developed.

Eugene Schueller, founder of L’Oreal (cosmetics), invented sunscreen in 1936. But Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his kitchen stove.

Florida lightning
Florida lightning | Source
American alligator
American alligator | Source
Sunshine Skyway bridge
Sunshine Skyway bridge | Source

Central Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States, as it experiences more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the country.

The St. Johns River is an unusual river – it flows from south to north. Its source is in a swamp east of the Everglades and west of Vero Beach.

In 1987, the Florida legislature designated the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) the official state reptile. Long an unofficial symbol of the state, the alligator originally symbolized Florida's extensive untamed wilderness and swamps.

Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, holds the Guinness record for the world's largest strawberry shortcake. The 827 square-foot, 6,000 pound cake was made on Feb. 19, 1999 in McCall Park.

Note: Plant City's original name was ‘Ichepucksassa’ also known as ‘Idasukshed’ for the Indian village that once occupied the territory. Its name caused so much confusion that the city was renamed Cork, and finally, Plant City.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987, the bridge reaches 190 feet above the water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers an unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.

Note: Automobile manufacturers continually use this magnificent bridge as a background for auto commercials.

Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale | Source
Morikami Lake house
Morikami Lake house | Source
Tarpon Springs dock
Tarpon Springs dock | Source

Ft. Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 165 miles of local waterways.

Nearly 80% of the state’s intake of sweet Atlantic white shrimp is harvested in Amelia Island waters. Two million pounds of shrimp are delivered to Fernandina docks annually.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens at Delray Beach is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to Japanese culture.

The city of Hypoluxo's name comes from the Seminole name for Lake Worth – “water all 'round -- no get out.”

The famous Sponge docks are in Tarpon Springs. There are a number of traditional Greek restaurants there, too.

The Miami suburb known as Hialeah is the Seminole name for ‘pretty prairie.’

Marathon is home to Crane Point Hammock, a 63.5 acre land tract that is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the Keys. It was once was the site of an entire Indian village, and contains evidence of pre-Colombian and prehistoric Bahamian artifacts.

Lake Okeechobee is over 730 square miles in size. It got its name from two Indian words: ‘okee’ meaning big and ‘chobee’ meaning water.

Note: The Lake is the second largest freshwater lake contained within the U.S. The largest is Lake Michigan.

Titusville, known as Space City, USA, is located on the west shore of the Indian River directly across from the John F. Kennedy Space Center. The Warbird Air Show each March draws about 50,000 visitors.

Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and a Withlacoochee in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.

Southernmost point marker Key West
Southernmost point marker Key West | Source

Key West is an island located at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys. Tourists constantly photograph the concrete buoy monument marking the southernmost point of the U.S.

Note: Printed on the monument is the phrase: ’90 miles to Cuba.’ Cuba is actually 94 statute miles from Key West.

Amelia Island is a 13 mile-long island in the northeast corner of Florida. Eight flags have flown over this island: French, Spanish, British, Patriot, Green Cross, Mexican, Confederate, and United States.

Favorite Florida one-liner: “My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that’s the law.” – Jerry Seinfeld

© 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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Comments for Crazy Laws in the State of Florida and Fun Facts - Part One 36 comments

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mary615 16 months ago from Florida

Finally, you have included Florida in your crazy laws series!! I enjoyed this one because now only did you give us some crazy laws, but you included many facts about our state. I was transported to Florida in 1965, and have loved it ever since.

I lovingly call our state "God's waiting room" because of all our senior citizens (including me!).

Voted UP, etc, and shared.


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York

drbj, this was hilarious and interesting. Your infused humor made it so much fun to read. Crazy laws abound, and reading about them really makes us wonder why?

Your facts about Florida are very educational and interesting. You always research so well.

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


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PurvisBobbi44 16 months ago from Florida

Hi,

You did a great job of research and I enjoyed reading this awesome hub. I was born in Florida so I know a lot about what interests me and that is the beaches, scuba diving and swimming.

I had heard about some of these crazy laws that are unbelievable. It sounds like someone enjoyed too much Grapefruit Wine in Tallahassee before voting on these laws.

I am still smiling as I write this, and thanks again I cannot wait for Part Two.

Have a great week and I am sharing this one with Twitter, G+ and pinning on my Re-Pin Board on Pinterest.

Bobbi Purvis


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stricktlydating 16 months ago from Australia

That is a funny read! Crazy laws!


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billybuc 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

I saw the title and I'm like "well, yes, it's Florida." Just watch their politics and you'll assume their laws are whacky. You just confirmed it. :)


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GusTheRedneck 16 months ago from USA

Good Doctor BJ (drbj on HubPages) -

Sure do enjoy your "crazy laws" pieces. Just thinking about this, dear friend, but a piece about crazy in-laws might make the scene right nicely.

Gus :-)))


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breakfastpop 16 months ago

I always park my elephant by a meter and pay the right price. It s the correct thing to do!


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timorous 16 months ago from Me to You

Guess I'd better avoid the baked beans on Thursday, if I find myself in Flaw'da. Presumably, it would be ok any other day of the week :o)


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Ericdierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Fantastic job. A perfect combination of humor and facts. I guess I better go visit.


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Once again, I have my morning aerobics sitting down, via drbj, causing side-splitting laughter until the tears stream down my face......"Put your bathing suit on NOW......Take your bathing suit off NOW!"........LMAO!

Some days I just don't have the loose change for the meter!.....

My curiosity as to WHO ever came up with any of these antiquated laws and more importantly WHY, is really getting the best of me!

I only wish we had more than 50 States so this series could go on and on.....Thanks, Doc. UP+++tweeted.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Mary. We who live in Florida already know many of the bizarre laws our revered (?) state legislators have created. But we love this state regardless. Though I admit I was surprised how many of those crazy laws we have. Thanks for enjoying this, m'dear, and the Up and the sharing and etc. It's always a pleasure to find you here.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Delighted, Mary, that you found this fun and interesting. Crazy laws indubitably (love that word) lend themselves to my off-kilter (sometimes) sense of humor. And I do ponder why?

Thanks for the kind words about the facts I find to share - your comments make the time spent in research well worthwhile. And wow - all those lovely adjectives - they jump-start my desire to continue.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Bobbi - what a coincidence. You enjoy the Florida beaches, scuba diving and swimming. So do I. You could be right about those legislators imbibing too much of that grapefruit wine - it may have addled their sensibilities.

Delighted that you are smiling and you are so welcome. Part Two with the Florida Cities' laws is coming out this week. Get ready for more hysterical mandates. Thanks for the sharing and pinning. It is much appreciated.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, stricktlydating - delighted you enjoyed these crazy laws and found them as funny as I did.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

That's Florida, Bill - wacky politics and wacky laws. Happy to confirm same. But I wouldn't trade the place for any other state.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

So nice to be chatting with you on HP again, Gus. Happy you are enjoying my 'crazy laws' hubs. Florida cities' crazy laws are coming down the pike.

Thanks for the neat idea - a piece about crazy in-laws. I'll have to see if I can find me some.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Good to know, bp, that you obey the law - crazy as it is - and park your elephant by a meter and pay the price. You are a model citizen.

Now - if we could only create a model world.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, timorous. That crazy 'fart' law defies explanation. But holding off on the beans for that day of the week could work. :)


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Eric. Thanks for the very kind words. Perfect combinations are my mission. Crazy laws in Florida cities is coming next. Soon.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Yo, Paula - hope the side-splitting laughter did not damage any important parts. That put on the bathing suit NOW ... take off the bathing suit NOW ... is one of my favorites, too. Thank you for recognizing it, m'dear.

If you do not have the loose change for the parking meter ... just keep your pet elephant at home that day. As far as the crazy laws are concerned, I think the legislators were permanently out to lunch when they created them.

Part Two has even more bizarre crazy laws - Promise! Thanks for the Up and the tweeting.


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AliciaC 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Many of the laws that you describe are absolutely mind boggling! I enjoyed reading the facts, too. As always, they were very interesting. I'm looking forward to Part Two.


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MartieCoetser 16 months ago from South Africa

Are you serious about those laws? Well, I've just step on my jaws.

Love the facts about Florida. Some regions in South Africa are like Florida, so all I have to do is dream dream dream .....

Thanks for this delighting series of crazy laws in the USA, drbj :)


brian 16 months ago

Black skin will help you drbj. You can delete my comments but it will still be true. Black skin makes you look stronger and is good for protection.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Happy to learn, Alicia, that these laws are absolutely mind boggling. I thought so, too. Thanks for visiting and enjoying the interesting facts. Part Two has just been published, m'dear.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Of course I'm serious, Martie, about all these hubs of crazy laws in the States. Would I lie to you? Course not!

I think there are probably a number of areas in SA with a climate that is similar to that of Florida. Perhaps one day you will get to visit my part of the world. Thanks for enjoying this series, m'luv.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Your comments were deleted, brian, since they had nothing in common with the subject of this hub.


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PegCole17 16 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Love this expo on my home state of Florida and its crazy laws. The elephant at the parking meter is my favorite, although, since the Ringling Bros. Circus used to be based in Sarasota, it might be a necessary law. hahaha. The one about showering naked has me worried.

Is this the same Skyway Bridge that had the disaster in 1980? I lived there and remember hearing about it on the news.


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Peg. I would not be surprised if the circus winter quarters in Florida had something to do with that crazy elephant/parking meter law. As far as the showering naked law goes, not to worry. I'll get you out of jail if it takes 20 years.

Yes, the Skyway bridge was involved in a horrible accident in May, 2980. During a heavy squall a freighter plowed into the southward bound span and destroyed over 1200 feet of the bridge. 35 people perished.


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Genna East 16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Doc. If I had to pick a state with the most outlandish laws I’d be hard-pressed to choose just one. “If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.” Lol!! This series is terrific. Thank you. :-)


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drbj 16 months ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Genna, for finding this series terrific. It is fun to research and write about. Every state to date has had a number of very crazy, bizarre laws on its books but there is no doubt in my mind that Florida is at the very top of that list.


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TCoote 15 months ago from Florida

wow these are crazy laws XD im from florida and im now going to start looking up laws here now just amazing. I think that when people go to vote they dont look at the whole ballet and over look it very quickly but thats what I think but wow lol " it is illegal to shower naked" uh oh...


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, TCoote. If you enjoyed these amazingly crazy Florida state laws, don't miss Part Two which features the crazy laws of Florida cities.

Hope that ban on showering naked didn't shake you up too much. ;)


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mosaicman 14 months ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

Sex with a porcupine, hilarious! I live in Florida and I believe there are many kooky laws here. I also recognized as well as learned new and interesting facts about Florida. I will check out part 2 later. Cool Hub.


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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, mosaicman. You are correct about kooky laws in Florida - so many that I had to write about them in two separate hubs. Delighted that you find these hilarious and cool - two of my favorite adjectives.

By all means, check out Part Two and let me know what you think.


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pstraubie48 11 months ago from sunny Florida

Hi DrBJ I am pretty sure I read this before (I live in this great state ) but had to come back to check to see if I have broken any of these laws unwittingly.

And yes, I fear I have. The one about not passing gas after six p.m. in a public place on Thursday....guilty, I am sure. And possibly on a few other days as well. :D

Keep us smiling, please and thank you.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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drbj 11 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Patricia, my fellow Floridian friend. This is your first visit and you are most welcome. Don't forget to check out Part Two with more crazy laws from the cities in Florida.

I promise not to share your confession with the authorities so all should be well. It's almost TMI. :)

Will try my darnedest to keep you all smiling. Angels to you, too, m'dear.

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