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10 Crazy Laws Still In Effect in the USA

Updated on September 28, 2015
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The Great Nation of the United States of America (And the Crazy Laws That Are Still in Effect)

Welcome to the overwhelming, sometimes archaic, definitely confusing, legal system of the United States. Despite 200+ years of law-making (and law-breaking!), the evolution of the laws that govern our country has not kept pace with common sense. I have listed below some of my favorite "laws" that are still active. Perhaps not enforced, but legally active. Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite.

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Say What?

According to Arkansas Code 1-4-105, it is illegal to mispronounce the state name.

From the Arkansas State Code "Be it therefore resolved by both houses of the General Assembly, that the only true pronunciation of the name of the state, in the opinion of this body, is that received by the French from the native Indians and committed to writing in the French word representing the sound." Wow.

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This Must Have Been an Issue if a Law Was Passed.

In Colorado, it is unlawful for you to fire your catapult at a building.

From Colorado Code Section 15.04.210 Unlawful to throw stones, snowballs or discharge guns and other missiles.

It shall be unlawful for any person to throw any stone, snowball or other missile, or discharge any bow, blowgun, slingshot, gun, catapult, or other device, upon or at any vehicle, building, or other public or private property, or upon or at any person, or in any public way or place which is public in nature.

Well, why else would you even have a catapult?

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But Officer, It's the Only Way I Can Dance!

It is illegal for nightclubs in Delaware to serve alcoholic beverages if there is dancing happening also.


Delaware code 134-13. Alcoholic beverages prohibited.

No person shall sell, give, dispense, provide or keep or cause to be sold, given, dispensed, provided or kept any alcoholic beverage on the premises of any dance hall establishment.

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Come on in! (or out!)

In Florida, it is a law that the doors of all public buildings must open outwards.

According to Florida code 823.06 "All buildings erected in this state for theatrical, operatic, or other public entertainments of whatsoever kind shall be so constructed that the shutters to all entrances to said building shall open outwardly and be so arranged as to readily allow any person inside said building to escape therefrom in case of fire or other accident. Any owner, manager, lessee, or other person having charge of any public building for the use expressed herein who fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree." Did you get that last part - it is a FELONY to have a door open inward on a public building in Florida.

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But I Forgot My Fishing Pole!

It is against the law to catch a fish with using only your hands in Indiana.

Indiana Code 14-22-9-1: Unlawful means of taking fish.

Sec. 1. (a) Except as allowed by section 3 of this chapter, a person may not take fish from waters containing state owned fish, waters of the state, or boundary waters of the state by the following:

(1) Means of:
(A) a weir;
(B) an electric current;
(C) dynamite or other explosive;
(D) a net;
(E) a seine;
(F) a trap; or
(G) any other substance that has a tendency to stupefy or poison fish.

(2) Means of the following:
(A) A firearm.
(B) A crossbow.
(C) The hands alone.

(b) The methods or devices in this section may be possessed and used:

(1) under special permit issued by the director under rules that the director provides; or

(2) as otherwise provided by law.

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Aren't They All Fake?

Louisiana law prohibits fake wrestling matches.

Louisiana Law RS 4:75 Sham or fake contests or exhibitions

Whoever conducts or is a party to any sham or fake boxing contest or wrestling exhibition shall forfeit his license and shall not thereafter be entitled to receive any license pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

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How am I Supposed to Get to Work on Monday?

The sale of cars on Sundays are illegal in Michigan.

Michigan Code 435.251 Motor vehicles; sale on Sunday unlawful, exception.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of buying, selling, trading or exchanging new, used or second-hand motor vehicles or offering to buy, sell, trade or exchange, or participate in the negotiation thereof, or attempt to buy, sell, trade or exchange any motor vehicle or interest therein, or of any written instrument pertaining thereto, on the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday.

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How One Night Can Affect Your Life...

It is illegal for a person with genital warts to get married in Nebraska.

Nebraska code 42-102: Minimum age; affliction with venereal disease, disqualification.

At the time of the marriage the male must be of the age of seventeen years or upward, and the female of the age of seventeen years or upward. No person who is afflicted with a venereal disease shall marry in this state.

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What's that Smell?

It is against the law to smuggle skunks into Tennessee.

From Tennessee Code 70-4-208. Unlawful importation of skunks - Penalty.

(a) It is unlawful for any person to import, possess, or cause to be imported into this state any type of live skunk, or to sell, barter, exchange or otherwise transfer any live skunk, except that the prohibitions of this section shall not apply to bona fide zoological parks and research institutions.

Perhaps they are concerned about the air quality in the Rocky Top state.

(b) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

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It's the DMV, Not an Art Museum!

In Wyoming, all new buildings, costing $100,000 or more, must allocate 1% of the cost towards artwork for the building.

Wyoming Code 16-6-802. Construction of new public buildings; state funds.

(a) The original construction of any new building shall include works of art for public display, which shall be included by the agency in determining total construction costs of the building at an amount equal to one percent (1%) of total costs but not to exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) on any one (1) project. Any new construction project for which the total cost is less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) is exempt from this subsection.

At least it is capped at $100,000. So go ahead and build that $1.1 billion new building, it will only cost you $100,000 in finger paintings.

Cast Your Vote!

Which state's law seems the most ridiculous?

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Arkansas:
Arkansas

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According to Arkansas Code 1-4-105, it is illegal to mispronounce the state name.

B
Colorado:
Colorado, USA

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In Colorado, it is unlawful for you to fire your catapult at a building.

C
Delaware:
Delaware, USA

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It is illegal for nightclubs in Delaware to serve alcoholic beverages if there is dancing happening also.

D
Florida:
Florida, USA

get directions

In Florida, it is a law that the doors of all public buildings must open outwards.

E
Indiana:
Indiana, USA

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It is against the law to catch a fish with using only your hands in Indiana.

F
Louisiana:
Louisiana, USA

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Louisiana law prohibits fake wrestling matches.

G
Michigan:
Michigan, USA

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The sale of cars on Sundays are illegal in Michigan.

H
Nebraska:
Nebraska, USA

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It is illegal for a person with genital warts to get married in Nebraska.

I
Tennessee:
Tennessee, USA

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It is against the law to smuggle skunks into Tennessee.

J
Wyoming:
Wyoming, USA

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In Wyoming, all new buildings, costing $100,000 or more, must allocate 1% of the cost towards artwork for the building.

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