Crazy Alabama Laws
Each and every state has it's own crazy laws. I started with Alabama becuse it is alphabetically the first state. As I began to read some of the crazy laws out there I decided I needed to share them with others. I hope you have as much fun reading about some of the laws as I did researching them.
I am sure that many of these laws have been long forgotten. Still it is entertaining to see what some people feel is important to control. Have fun reading.
Crazy Laws of Alabama
- It is illegal to maim oneself to escape duty.
This law was originally written to prevent a person from injuring themselves to get out of a legal duty, gain sympathy or recieve charity.
- Bear wrestling matches are prohibited.
The reson for this law was to protect the bear from being maimed or killed. It was written by in a time when people enjoyed the barberic sport of bear fighting. Many times people declawed, removed teeth or severed tendons to make a fight more interesting. Many times the bear surgically altered would be killed in the fight.
- Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
This law was put into effect back in the days when it was unlawful for stores to be open on Sundays. People were not allowed to play games or work unless it was for personnal domestic comfort.
- Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
If you ask me this little law makes sense. Yuck!
- It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
Also a good law to have. I wonder who would be dumb enough to wear a blindfold while driving?
- In Auburn, Alabama no person may spit on the floor of a church.
Actually, the law also says that it is unlawful for a person to spit on sidewalks, floors of places of worship, buses, public halls, theaters or any other public place. It just sounds like common sense to me.
- Women may not wear a 'lewd dress' in public.
This was originated in Mobile, Alabamato keep any person from appearing in public in the nude or indecent clothing. It also was meant to cover indecent exposure.
- It is illegal to spit orange peels on the sidewalk.
- It is illegal to howl at ladies within city limits.
When this law was originally passed there were many military men in the area. It was passed to stop the men from embarrassing the ladies.
- It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
- Putting salt on a railroad track can be punishable by death.
- It's illegal to impersonate a priest.
Maybe it's just me but I think it should be illegal to impersonate a priest in every state.
- In Lee County, it's illegal to sell peanuts after sundown on Wednesdays.
- In Anniston, it's illegal to wear blue jeans while walking down Noble Street.
Alabama Fun Facts
- Montgomery's Lightning Route, established in 1886, was the first-ever electric streetcar system.
- Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon.
- Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first Miss America chosen with a disability.
- In 1902 Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill performed the first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere by suturing a stab wound in a young boy's heart. The surgery occurred in Montgomery.
- In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the United States to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
- The telegram that started the Civil War was sent from Alabama.
- In 1703, Mobile, Alabama became the first city in the American Continent to celebrate Mardi Gras.
- When Alabama joined the Union in 1819 as the 22nd state it became known as "The Heart of Dixie."
- At the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, you can see the '52 Cadillac in which he died—at the age of 29.
- The first 911 call in the United States was made in Haleyville, Alabama on February 16, 1968.
- Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek Indians lived throughout Alabama.
- The word Alabama means tribal town in the Creek Indian language.
- The man who killed Billy the Kid was born in Alabama.
- The state nut of Alabama is the pecan.
- The Confederate flag was designed and first flown in Alabama in 1861.
- Mail is delivered by boat in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. This city has the only all-water mail route in the United States.
- Alabama is the only state to have an alcoholic beverage as its official drink: Conecuh Ridge Whiskey.
- Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon.
- It was in 1955 that a black woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white passenger. The uproar prompted Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead a successful boycott of the city's public transportation. His success brought the technique of passive resistance to national prominence.
- Alabama senator Dixon Lewis of Montgomery was so fat he had to have his seat specially made.
- Each fall, a Peanut Recipe Contest is held in Dothan, Alabama. The entrants compete at making dishes using peanuts
Alabama is the only state to have an alcoholic beverage as its official drink. Conecuh Ridge Whiskey, a brand of whiskey produced by the Dallas, Texas - based Spirits Acquisition Corp, was designated the official "State Spirit" of Alabama.
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State Dessert of Alabama
The Lane cake has long been a favorite dessert in Alabama. It basically is know to have a sweet/sour taste that made it absolutely delicious.
The reason for this sweet/sour flavor is the bourbon soaked filling of raisins, candied fruit, coconut, and nuts.
It is typically a four sponge layer cake with the fruit filled filling between each layer.
Through the years there have been many different recipes for this cake ad filling. People have been adding their own touches.
I included a youtube video with one of the favorite recipes. I hope you enjoy it.
Official State Dessert of Alabama. Alabama designated Lane cake as the official state dessert in 2016. A symbol of Southern culture and identity, Lane cake was mentioned in the Pulitzer Prize
winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee (born in Monroeville
I would like to leave you with a video of the ten most haunted places in Alabama. To me, this is the first thing I would do if I get to visit this state is visit one of these scary spots. There are some pretty creepy places to visit. Maybe I will see you there.are some pretty
© 2009 Susan Hazelton