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5 Ohio laws you may need to know [Pt. 1]

Updated on February 17, 2012

Justice must be blind

With these laws, Justice must be blind ... and deaf.
With these laws, Justice must be blind ... and deaf. | Source

The law is important

The law is important in creating order from our very own human nature. I do not begrudge this at all. And since I am currently living in Ohio, I am going to share some of the unique laws of Ohio that assist in keeping order in my state. And keep in mind the thought, money, and how these laws will help the public as a whole.

I will be including some of my own speculation on the reason the laws came to be. And it may be pure speculation because some of the reasoning behind these important laws can be quite hard to find. I hope that by reading this and knowing the laws of Ohio, you will be safer and more comfortable the next time you are in this beautiful state.

If you fish...

If you are a fishing person, this law may concern you. In Ohio, it is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday. Now this is a rather interesting law for me. To my knowledge there has never been any wild whales in Ohio. And by wild I mean that people could go fishing for. The only whales that I think were ever in Ohio were actually located in Aurora, Ohio. And this was the location of Sea World Ohio. Which sold to Six Flags and then to Cedar Fair - which people may know better as Cedar Point. So I am completely clueless why this law ever existed in Ohio.

Lima and standardized maps

The city of Lima, Ohio mandates standardized maps. Well, at least to a point. In the city of Lima it is illegal to sell any map that does not have Lima clearly marked on it. And I do not think that this is really a bad idea. It is just another way of marketing, heck if people do not know you are there then you just can't do business. A very clever idea for the maps; I can see this one sweeping the nation sometime in the future. I am not sure why the whole state of Ohio does not just say that no map can be sold in Ohio that does not have the state of Ohio clearly marked. What if people did not realize our state was even here!!!

Maintaining Ohio

In the great state of Ohio, it is illegal to lean against a public building and any person doing so may be subject to fines. I cannot complain about this law, out of all the places I have lived there just is not enough environmental and community consciousness. We as a people need to worry about how everything looks, what would happen if a person did not wash their hands before leaning on a building and smudged it or something. This could start a domino effect all over the state of Ohio and people may allow smog and polution to come into our state... oh crap, it is already here and we have not tried to stop it. Unless you count the nuclear plants, because they are good for us.

Canton and Exotic Animals

In the city of Canton, if a person loses their pet tiger - they must report it to the authorities within an hour. I have to agree with this law, I would want people to report it to police that they lost their pet tiger. Most likely, an hour is sort of a stretch - I would hate to be the neighbor that knew the tiger got out, oh say two minutes after it did. But the problem being that said neighbor was mauled and could not let the authorities or the owners know because they were dying in the backyard or something. And it makes me suspicious if there is some illegal pet selling going on in Canton if this law was needed in the books. So if you are going to Canton you might think about reading up on the habits of tigers first. Should you run or play dead, etc.?

Ohio containing ... something?

In Ohio, it is illegal for more than five females to live in the same house. Which is completely understandable, because once you hit the six mark with woman you never know what is going to happen. Heck, when I visit my wife at work and there are something like seven females all eating lunch in the same room - I am very nervous. As a friend of mine says, woman are like bombs - some people only need to say they have them and others try to show them for shock and awe. In reality, I have no friend who says this, but it does not make sense to limit how many females may live in the same house. If it said no more than five cats - that I would understand. No place likes to have too many of the "cat people" who have 40 cats all living in an 800 square foot house.

And there are more

Yes, there are more laws that are completely useless in the state of Ohio. So out of these five laws I can not actually think of a good reason for any of the laws that were mentioned. If you know a reason, a real reason or your own speculation, let us all know in the comments. I love a good laugh, hence I know some of the weird Ohio laws. There are plenty more of them as well. So make sure to keep these laws in mind next time you visit the great state of Ohio.


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    • CJ Andrews profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Andrews 

      8 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      I find them funny. I think the 5 females may have had to do with brothels. I didn't think of that before, but I bet that was the reasoning.

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      Carmen Beth 

      8 years ago

      Really weird laws, especially the one on leaning against a public building. But thanks for highlighting these laws that most never knew existed.

    • CJ Andrews profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Andrews 

      8 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      You're welcome. Sometimes reading over silly laws gives me a good chuckle too.

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Well, I must say that I am so proud to be from Ohio. Ha

      Thanks for the laughs CJ. And I learned something new too!


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      8 years ago

      My best guess for not allowing more than five women to live in a house is the women's movement. I assuem it was OK for five men to live in the same house. In a similar vein, it reminds me of when I worked at the local hospital and invited same level coworkers in my department to my house, but didn't invite superiors. My supervisor thought there was a conspiracy going on. It didn't have to do with sex, but did have to do with different groups of people.

    • CJ Andrews profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Andrews 

      8 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      No, I haven't seen any of these laws upheld. I just think that it is funny they even exist.

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      8 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      I like the whale fishing! and especially the rule for no more than five women, but is it upheld?

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      8 years ago

      I love stupid laws. Good for a laugh. Looking forward to reading part 2

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      8 years ago from India

      Useful and informative Hub..........Thanks for sharing


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