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Crazy Laws in Alabama and Fun Facts

Updated on May 31, 2015
If marriage is out of the question, could you adopt me?
If marriage is out of the question, could you adopt me? | Source

Crazy Laws in Alabama and Fun Facts

Every state in the United States has at one time or another enacted crazy, dumb, strange, stupid laws. Here are twelve of the craziest laws I could find that are still on the books in Alabama.

It is illegal to marry any animal that is not already a relation.

I cannot even begin to find a rationale for this crazy law. Perhaps the befuddled legislator who enacted this law was a student of animal husbandry who confused the care and breeding of domestic animals with actually breeding with domestic animals.

In Alabama, putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.

Would you call this condemnation by condiment?

You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.

No problem. Put it in your front pocket. Or side pocket. Or handbag.

You cannot chain your alligator to a fire hydrant.

You would not want to scare away a firefighter who needs to utilize the fire hydrant. Find a parking meter instead for your precious gator pet.

You must have windshield wipers on your car.
Duh!

It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
Double Duh!

Non-churchgoer with fake funny mustache
Non-churchgoer with fake funny mustache | Source

In Alabama, it's illegal to wear a funny fake mustache to church.

If you must wear a fake mustache to church, make sure it is a serious version.

Bear wrestling matches are prohibited.
Teach your pet bears how to box instead.

It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile.
But the law does not indicate that your lantern must be lit.

In Linden, Alabama, all women of ‘uncertain chastity’ have to be off the streets by 9pm.
Where do I go to sign up for the ‘Chastity Police’?

In Lee County, it is illegal to sell peanuts after sundown on Wednesday.
Hmmmmm! Why peanuts? Why after sundown? Why Wednesday?

In the case of divorce, women are able to retain all property they owned prior to marriage. However, this provision does NOT apply to men.
Do you think there were a majority of women in the state legislature when that law was enacted?

Boll Weevil Monument, Enterprise, Alabama
Boll Weevil Monument, Enterprise, Alabama | Source

Some famous sports celebrities born in Alabama are: Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays, Charles Barkley, Bobby Bowden, Bo Jackson, Jesse Owens, and Bart Starr.

Some famous actors and musicians: Courtney Cox, Channing Tatum, Tallulah Bankhead, Jim Nabors, Octavia Spencer, W.C. Handy, Lionel Richie, Hank Williams, Nat King Cole, Percy Sledge, Tammy Wynette, and Jimmy Buffett.

Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Alabama

The Boll Weevil monument in Enterprise, Alabama is the only monument dedicated to and glorifying an insect pest.

In 1919, the city of Enterprise erected this statue of the boll weevil in recognition of the destructive insect’s role in saving the county’s economy.

How? By encouraging farmers to grow more lucrative crops such as peanuts instead of traditional cotton.

The Saturn V rocket that made it possible for humans to land on the moon was designed in Huntsville, Alabama – the Rocket Capital of the World.

Rosa Park's refusal to change seats on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955 was the hallmark for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the landmarks in the American civil rights movement.

The Confederacy was founded at Montgomery in February 1861, and, for a time, the city was the Confederate capital.

The name, Alabama, arises from the Choctaw language and means “thicket-clearers” or “vegetation-gatherers.”

In 1886, the first electric streetcar (trolley) in the world ran down Dexter Avenue in Montgomery.

Clang, clang goes the trolley!

Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1836.

Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world in Mobile in 1703, fifteen years before New Orleans' carnival began.

On August 5, 1864, during the Battle of Mobile Bay, Admiral David Farragut issued his unforgettable command, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead."

Dothan, Alabama is the Peanut Capital of the world. 50% of all the peanuts produced in the U.S. are grown within 100 miles of Dothan.

But the State Nut is the pecan. Go figure.

Alabama's State Constitution contains more than 100,000 words and 700-plus amendments, making it one of the longest in the United States.

Funny one-liner: "My uncle is a Southern planter. He's an undertaker in Alabama." - Fred Allen

© 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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    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      2 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Patricia. I haven't a clue why Wednesday was selected as 'No Peanuts Day,' but when in Alabama, do as the Albanians, I mean, Alabamians do. Regarding your comment, I have to confess that even in my wildest moments of imagination, I cannot see you, my dear, leading anyone astray. Trust me.

      Hope all is well with you and yours, too. And say Hello to sis.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      so no peanuts on Wednesday...cuz peanuts go so well with beer + Wednesday night is prayer meeting nite for many churches...wouldn't want to lead anyone down the garden path astray...by having peanuts for sale, especially at the dusky time of day..

      love this as usual, drbj...hoping all is good with you

      Angels are on the way to you once again today ps

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      We have those same Don't Feed the Gators signs in Florida, shanmarie, but curious visitors persist in doing so. There are several rest stops along Alligator Alley (connecting Ft. Lauderdale to Naples) where you can park your car and watch the gators sunning themselves. There are also ramps to put small boats in the water. I keep visualizing a gator one day using the ramp to grab a tourist for lunch. It could happen!

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 years ago from Texas

      I missed this one. YThe alligator law made me think of the signs down in the wetlands of Southeast Texas and Louisiana instructing people not to feed the gators, as if I needed to be told once not to get that close.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Genna, for that generous comment. Breath of fresh air, you say. Wait 'til you read about the fart law. (laughing) You are so right. Every state has crazy, weird laws still on the books and they are fun to read and research.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      I, too, remember all the publicity about those gators winding up in NY sewers, Mary. Never was quite sure if they really flourished down there or it was all a publicity stunt.

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Lol. There are many silly laws still on the books in this country, and we see that Alabama shares in this. I kinda hope they leave them on. They are definitely worth a giggle, and provide us with lessons in social history. Loved this breath-of-fresh-air hub.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      No MizB, I remember too, but here in NY they wound up in the sewers!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      You make a good point, Don. All these antiquated, foolish, crazy laws should be swept off the books. But that requires time, effort, expense and common sense. In the meantime they do provide a few great laughs.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Happy to help you start your day off, Mary. with a few laughs. With all the negative news lately on TV and online, we need all the laughter we can find. Thanks for the Up and the sharing, m'dear. You are the greatest!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Love these old laws and trying to figure out what inspired them. However, I am also of the opinion that outdated laws should be rescinded and unclutter the law.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Just what I needed to start my day! I can't decide which crazy law made me laugh the most.

      Voted this one UP, and shared.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      They are strange and crazy, Alicia, but Alabama is only one of the 50 states with weird laws still on the books. Wait 'til you read about the others. Thanks for your kind comments and the visit, m'dear.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The laws that you've described are the strangest that I've ever heard! Thanks for another entertaining and very enjoyable hub, drbj.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, MizB, for your return visit to back up my gator claim. Your dad was a smart fellow - turtles are much less expensive to raise. :)

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      It would be a fun course to take in school, Mary, I agree. Thanks for appreciating the balance. At one time little baby gators were available for sale not in pet stores but in the five and dime. Trust me. Thanks for the generous comments and the Up. You are most appreciated, m'dear.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Faith. No way am I picking only on your state. They will all have their turn ... if I last that long. Georgia has some doozies, too. Let me know if you think of that crazy law that escaped your memory for the moment.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Eric. You are correct - every state carries very stupid laws on their books. Thanks for finding this fun, funny and interesting. my perceptive friend.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, MizBejabbers. Delighted you found this as hilarious as I did. That first law I cited is a doozy, isn't it? I hope to include Arkansas in this series so if you find some really crazy obsolete laws I do not list, please let me know.

      Loved your comments though ole George Wallace might not agree. :)

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Reviewing these crazy laws is a great idea for a political science class, Billy. The students in your class must have been great fans of yours.

      I am!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      Tillsontitan, I must be much older than you. When I was a kid, the local 5 and dime store sold baby alligators for pets. Of course the ones that survived infancy ended up in the lakes and rivers, and that's why we have alligators in Arkansas.

      My dad let us have pet turtles from the river, but he was wise enough to nix pet alligators.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Definitely should be taught in school to lighten the load. I do like the way you added some of the attributes of Alabama to balance things out.

      I do wonder though, how many alligators were ever pets in Alabama?

      Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Lol ...now why are you picking on my state alone. I had no clue about the crazy laws still on the books. Loved the other interesting historical facts. I grew up in Georgia but have been imported in here lol. There is one crazy law that you have not mention but I can't remember it at the moment. You should do one of these for every state!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very fun, funny and interesting hub. At least all states share stupid laws in common. Alabama is surely a very interesting state.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      Absolutely hilarious! Your no. 1 is no. 1 in my book, and I read law every day. We have had some plenty crazy ones in Arkansas, but that one tops ours. I am an editor of the law books in our state, and several years ago, we went through and got rid of a bunch of obsolete laws, including some crazy ones. It was a lot of fun, and I hope that file is still around. Oh, the alligator chained to the fire hydrant, I figured that was to keep it from eating your dog, and I thought your state nut was George Wallace. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I used to teach a political science class and occasionally we would take a look at laws like these. Way too funny and great for a belly laugh or three. :)

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