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List Six: 10 Most Absurd Laws

Updated on September 29, 2011

Making a Law

 Every one is familiar with the law to a certain extent.  Most people know that it is against the law to murder another person, or to break-in to someone's home, or to drive without wearing a seatbelt.  But do you every wonder how these laws came to be?

Typically, a law is made in response to something that has happened.  Let me give you a few examples....

  • Megan's Law -- This is a state-by-state law that requires information about sex offenders to be made available to the public.  It was initiated in response to the case of Megan Kanka who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a sexual predator living nearby her home.  Her parents had no knowledge of his criminal record.
  • Amy's Law -- This is a Georgia law that provides harsher penalties for juvenile offenders in response to the case of Amy Yates who was murdered by a fellow 12-year-old playmate who only received 2 years in a juvenile facility for this killing.

Most law makers don't just sit around and think up new laws to make our lives more complicated.  Laws are made in response to something that has already happened and as in the examples above, they are presented and pushed for by families who have been victimized.

Other laws, such as murder laws, seat belt laws, hands-free laws and many more are put into effect for the safety of the general public.

What were they thinking?!?!

 With an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice and another in Paralegal Studies--I have a background in law.  I find it absolutely fascinating that two people can read the same exact legal statute or case law and interpret it in such different ways to suit their own needs.  I also find the minds of serial killers absolutely fascinating--I just want to know "Why?" 

Anyway, it is with this love and fascination that I present this list of the 10 most absurd, ridiculous laws that are on the books across the U.S.  Like me, I'm sure you will be shaking your head asking "why?"

10 Most Absurd Laws

  1.  Like to make animal sounds?  Well, you might want to think twice if you live in Miami, Florida---it's forbidden to imitate an animal.
  2. In Illinois a law exists that states a car must be driven with the steering wheel!  (Umm...what else would you use to drive a car??)
  3. In Kansas, it is illegal to drive a buffalo in the streets.  (Honestly...who drives a buffalo??)
  4. In Michigan, married couples must live together or they will be imprisoned.  (Talk about pressure!)
  5. In 1925 a California law was created that makes it illegal to wiggle while dancing. (What exactly is the definition of wiggle?)
  6. If your pet cat gets loose in the state of Colorado, it better have a tail-light or else you could be in serious legal trouble.  (I can't even get my cat to leave his flea collar on.)
  7. In the state of Washington, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon that is larger than 6 feet long.  (Doesn't this defeat the purpose of being concealed?)
  8. A Virginia Code of 1930 has a statute that prohibits corrupt practices or bribery by anyone OTHER than political candidates!  (I don't even know what to say....)
  9. In Ohio, you must have a license to keep a bear.
  10. In Kentucky--it is the law that a person must take a bath once a year.  (Yuck!)

Stay Tuned...

 As always, I hope you enjoyed this list and maybe even got a good laugh. 

Tomorrow's list: 10 Reasons you should exercise every day


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      Kyle Blake – Legal Lawyer 7 years ago

      This is hilarious! And in sane!

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      Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA


      Indeed--there is also an old California law on the books making it a criminal offense if a housewife does not boil her dustrags! WTF???

      I've also read about a law somewhere in the deep south, making it illegal for pigeons to fly over the city! ???!!! Gotta wonder who's teaching the birds to read the law books.....

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Sure. Remove the steering wheel and you will find a threaded hole or a threaded rod. Insert a bolt into the threaded hole or spin a nut onto the threaded rod. Put the wrench on the bolt/nut and use the wrench to turn the steering assembly. The wrench provides as much leverage as a steering wheel, but isn't as fail-safe; if you let go of it, the thing will probably fall off, leaving you with no steering.

      It's a common practice for shade-tree mechanics who remove the steering wheel in order to make repairs/modifications to the dashboard. Instead of re-installing the factory steering wheel for every test drive, just use the handy wrench.

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      Kara Leigh Miller 8 years ago from Oswego, NY

      A wrench?!? Care to elaborate??

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "In Illinois a law exists that states a car must be driven with the steering wheel! (Umm...what else would you use to drive a car??) "

      A wrench. It's a guy thing. ;)

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      Kara Leigh Miller 8 years ago from Oswego, NY

      amadavit -- LOL! That is funny : )

      yamanote -- Yuck! Could you picture that!?!??

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      yamanote 8 years ago from UK/Spain

      in london it is legal to urinate in the street, as long as it is under the cover of a policeman's cape!

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      amadavit 8 years ago from Cairns Far North Queensland, Australia

      umm...I'm picturing handle bars in my car right now. And I don't want to even go there re the concealed weapon in my pants.

      Frighteningly hilarious