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Crazy Laws in Arkansas and Fun Facts

Updated on April 21, 2015

Crazy Laws in Arkansas and Fun Facts

If you read the crazy law in Arizona that prohibits donkeys sleeping in bathtubs, then you will not be surprised at the crazy law in Arkansas regarding alligators. Here are eight of the craziest laws enacted in that state.

They took away my bathtub so I'm heading for the river.
They took away my bathtub so I'm heading for the river. | Source

Crazy Laws in Arkansas

Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs.

Of course not. Everyone knows that. It would make an ordinary event like taking a bath an unbelievably dangerous adventure. My question is why would anyone want to keep a gator in the tub in the first place?

It is illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas in that state. It must be pronounced, “Ark-an-saw.”

I do not live in that state so I can mispronounce it all I want: “Ark-an-sass! Ark-an-sass! Ark-an-sass!”

You know that this is such a crazy law I just had to do more research. The correct pronunciation of Arkansas is Ark-an-saw. The name is a French pronunciation of a Sioux word, ‘acansa,’ that means ‘the land of downriver people.’ The law was enacted in 1881 and is still on the books although no consequences are enforced when it is mispronounced. Yet.

An Arkansas legislator not long ago proposed that the state provide growth hormones to dwarfs.

That lawmaker may have been unduly influenced by the Equal Opportunity laws. Although his heart was in the right place, I cannot say the same thing for his brain.

If I could whisper, we would both be rich!
If I could whisper, we would both be rich! | Source

In Little Rock, dogs may not bark after 6 pm.

Shut your mouth, Fido, it’s after six pm. If you have something to tell me, whisper!

A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.

Wait a minute. Arizona has that same crazy law. Must have been an Arizona legislator who moved to Arkansas.

It is unlawful to walk one’s cow down Main Street after 1:00 pm on Sunday.

That is one crazy law that is easy to obey. Either run with Elsie … or take a side street.

At Arkansas State University two people cannot hold hands while standing in a doorway unless they belong to a union.

I have no explanation whatsoever for that crazy law. If you can figure it out, please explain it to me.

The Arkansas legislature passed a law that states that the Arkansas River can rise no higher than to the Main Street Bridge in Little Rock.

I do believe that is how we got the saying: “Don’t raise the bridge, boys, lower the river!”

Walmart HQ Bentonville
Walmart HQ Bentonville | Source

Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Arkansas

Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes, 9,700 miles of streams and rivers, 6 national park sites, 2.5 million acres of national forests, 50 state parks . . . and Wal-Mart's headquarters.

Sam Walton founded his Walmart stores in Bentonville in 1962. There are now 11,000 stores in 27 countries.

Mount Magazine is the state's highest point at 2,753 feet above sea level. It is popular with rock climbers, hang glider pilots and those looking for places to get high.

The Hot Springs alligator farm and petting zoo established in 1902 contains over 200 alligators.

But none of the alligators are allowed to sleep in bathtubs.

The elongated fiddle known as a dulcimer.
The elongated fiddle known as a dulcimer. | Source

Mountain View, population 2,439, is called the Folk Capital of America. This tiny town puts its pioneer way of life on display for visitors at the Ozark Folk Center State Park from March through October.

The largest producer of handmade dulcimers in the world is located in Mountain View.

Since the 1830s the area now known as Hot Springs National Park with its famous hot springs has served celebrities like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone.

47 hot springs flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain at an average temperature of 143 F.

Located just outside of Murfreesboro, the Crater of Diamonds State Park allows dedicated amateur prospectors to search for precious gems including diamonds, amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, and quartz.

Diamonds were first discovered by John W. Huddleston in 1906 where Crater of Diamonds State Park stands now.

Huddleston purchased a 160-acre farm as a home for his family. While crawling on the ground – don’t ask me why – he discovered a fiery pebble different from any he had seen before. He saddled his mule and headed for Murfreesboro. Another glittering pebble caught his eye and he picked it up out of the dirt.

Those pebbles turned out to be two blue-white diamonds of fine grade. He later sold his valuable property for $36,000.

The mockingbird is the official state bird. The apple blossom is the official state flower. The pine tree is the official state tree. The honeybee is the official state insect. The mockingbird is the official state bird. The fiddle is the official state instrument.

The state mineral is the quartz crystal. They are mined in the Ouachita Mountains and are sometimes called ‘Arkansas diamonds.’

Clark Bluff overlooking the St. Francis River contains enough chalk to supply the nation for years.

Bauxite - the penny is for contrast
Bauxite - the penny is for contrast | Source

Bauxite is the principal source of aluminum for making soft drink cans and aluminum foil. Saline County, Arkansas is home to the largest bauxite deposit in the U.S.

The World's Championship Duck Calling Contest is held annually in Stuttgart.

The Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi-Missouri river system. Its total length is 1,450 miles.

Milk is the official state beverage because of the importance of dairy farming.

15 meteorites have been discovered in Arkansas

A person from Arkansas is usually called an Arkansan although several famous writers have used Arkansawyer. The residents are split on what they really prefer.

Keep dancing! I heard "Dancing with the Stars" is searching for contestants.
Keep dancing! I heard "Dancing with the Stars" is searching for contestants. | Source

Tyson Foods, now the world’s largest producer and marketer of chicken, began with a single truck shipping chickens from Arkansas to Chicago in 1935.

The makeup company, Maybelline, is headquartered in New York, but its factory has been based in Little Rock since 1975, selling an average of 1.7 tubes of mascara every second.

Hope is the watermelon capital of the world – also Bill Clinton’s birthplace.

In Kansas, the Arkansas River is called the Ar Kansas River but when it crosses the state line its name changes. In 1881 the legislature declared it to be AR kan saw.

The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas (49,000 population) was named America's most dangerous small town last year with its crime rate second only to Detroit (1.8 million population).

Judge Parker known as the Hanging Judge
Judge Parker known as the Hanging Judge | Source

Fort Smith was founded at Belle Point on the Arkansas River in 1817 and was frontier America at its worst. Its motley citizens included outlaws, bushwhackers, gun runners, gold miners and ladies of the night. It was known as ‘Hell on the Border.’

A federal judge, Isaac Parker, aided by U.S. marshals sent 79 outlaws to the gallows.

An item nicknamed ‘Uncle Sam” was found near Murfreesboro in 1924. Do you know what it was?

A 40.23 carat white diamond which was the largest ever unearthed in the U.S.

Arkansas is the leading producer of rice in the U.S.

Arkansas is the only state mentioned in the Bible!!! Noah looked out of the Ark an Saw water! The debbil made me do it!

Anything carbonated and filled with sugar gets called “coke.” While some parts of the country prefer “soda” or “pop,” Arkansans always order with the brand name, knowing they’ll have to clarify what type of “coke” they actually want to drink.

Celebrities who are Arkansans

Mary Steenburgen, General Douglas MacArthur, Johnny Cash, Scott Joplin, Al Green, Alan Ladd, Billy Bob Thornton, Dick Powell, Glen Campbell, Helen Gurley Brown, Josh Lucas.

John Grisham was born in Jonesboro and lived throughout Northeast Arkansas before his career took off, selling over 225 million copies of his books.

Take a Tour of Arkansas

Dinner Is Lunch. Supper Is Dinner. Arkansans, especially the older ones, tend to call their midday meal “dinner,” and their nightly meal “supper.”

Toad Suck, a most unusual town name, was a legendary steamboat landing on the Arkansas River. The site reportedly had a popular tavern where liquor flowed freely. Legend says the river men would "suck whiskey until they swelled like toads."

Have you ever wondered how some Arkansas towns received such funny short names? Apt, Gid, and Ink are prime examples. When railroad crews designated a junction site in Craighead County over a century ago, local farmers wondered about a name. One man joked that the "railroad people will be apt to name it." The name Apt stuck.

A few men were gathered in an Izard County country store in 1888, arguing over a name for their proposed post office. Finally they agreed to name it for the next person to enter the store."Gid" Bruce provided the funny city name for Gid, Arkansas.

Local tradition says that a Polk County school teacher sent out notes to parents requesting possible names for their new post office. Fearing penciled entries might be difficult to read, she requested that they please "write in ink." Many did...and Ink was the winner.

Funny one-liner: “An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out." – Will Rogers

© 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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    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've been an Arkansan (pronounce it like it looks, no "saw" in this version) for nearly 24 years and I loved reading about our crazy laws and interesting trivia. We have great people here and lots of smiles, as you can probably imagine. Thanks for profiling our great state!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to make your acquaintance, Sonya. I'm sure Massachusetts does have some humdingers of crazy laws - I can't wait either 'til I do that research. You are so welcome for the giggles and smiles and you have a great week, too. And weekend!

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      3 years ago

      I can’t wait unit you get to Massachusetts. We have some hum dingers. Have a great week, and thanks for the giggles and smiles. :-)

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Jodah. I am continually surprised by these crazy laws and fun facts, too. Just proves you never know what you may learn on Hubpages. I had heard of a dulcimer but never saw one in the flesh, I mean, wood. Sounds much like a fiddle I'm told. Thanks for the visit and the Up, m'dear.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Alicia, for loving my sense of humor. Now there are two of us. :) And the state laws education is my pleasure.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Yes, Nell, because you are British you have special dispensation to pronounce Arkansas any way you wish. Just do not do it in Arkansas. They are very sensitive it seems. Thanks for finding this a fun hub. Cheers!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      You are so welcome, Genna, thanks for loving this crazy law/fun facts series. I promise I will get to Mass. It's taking me a while to learn how to spell the entire word. ;)

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      So interesting to learn your Arkansas history, Ruby. Happy about your son in Imboden; regret that Pocahontas period. How nice that you have visited Mountain View - did you learn to play the dulcimer there? Thanks for finding this stuff hilarious. Makes my day.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Delighted that the Ink story amused you, Peg. I promise not to tell any one that your grandma kept baby gators in her bathtub. Just wonderin' - how did she find them in the first place?

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      I like your solution for barking dogs, peachpurple. But where do you purchase that muffler? At an auto accessories store? A clothing shop? Or a pet emporium?

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, shanmarie. You must be living in a very interesting neighborhood with horses, donkeys, roosters and cows nearby. If your laws permit, then by all means, walk the cow. :)

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow drbj, I am amazed by all these crazy laws. Interesting facts too. Who would believe that Mountain View is the largest producer of handmade dulcimers in the world? Never heard of or seen one before..still...Funny hub, voted up.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your sense of humour, drbj. I love the education I'm getting while reading your state law hubs, too!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Faith. So happy to learn that these (laws) just keep getting better and better. Just when I think I've seen them all, another crazy law pops up.

      You never kept a gator in a tub, m'dear? Must have been a deprived childhood. (laughing)

      That lunch is dinner and dinner is supper seems to be rather popular in many states. I'll mention your remark about discrimination to cows to some senators I know in Congress. They love to constantly make more regulations.

      The sweet little puppy says Hi and appreciates your caring empathy. Thanks as always for your visits, dear Faith, and the Up and the pinning and the sharing and etc. Your laughter is my reward.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      To answer your query, Frog, nope - not yet. But speaking about breeding - some interesting crazy laws are on the way ... soon.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks you, Will, for that generous comment. In Illinois we called the noon meal dinner and the evening meal supper, too. And you are so right - it was not called the 'Last Dinner.' (laughing)

      Nice to see you here. What are you up to these days? Just wonderin'.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      I knew that wasn't really you who wrote that, Billy. It was the debbil made you do it. Delighted that you found this to be fun. Me, too.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      It seems there are crazy laws all over the place! lol! love the Ark joke! I always make the mistake of calling it Ark an sas! but I am british so that's okay, I am allowed too....LOL! fun hub!

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Lol…I love this, state by state, tour of crazy laws along with some fun facts. I can’t wait unit you get to Massachusetts. We have some hum dingers. Have a great week, and thanks for the giggles and smiles. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is hilarious! I've been to Ark. many, many times since my son lives in Imboden.I really enjoy going to Mountain View. It is beautiful during the season. I got married in Pocahontas when I was seventeen and lived to regret it. Hee. I loved this, ' Noah looked out of the ark an saw water. ' Thank's for the laugh...

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      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Funny ones, Drbj. I liked the one about Ink, Arkansas. Don't tell anyone, but my grandmother used to keep baby alligators in the bathtub. She had a wire fenced pond out back for when they got bigger.

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Dogs cannot bark after 6pm, you have to pyt a muffler

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Aw, come in! Good thing I don't live in Arkansass. Where I live, this neighborhood has people riding horses, donkeys callung, and roosters crowing. Cows too. It would be a shame not to be able to walk the poor cow.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Hahaha ... they just keep getting better and better, drbj! Well, I must admit something, that I am not surprised about the alligator in the tubs for some reason LOL, not because I've ever had an alligator in a tub.

      Oh, it seems here we too say dinner at lunch and supper in the evenings, but really dinner here at lunch is only said on Sundays mostly, but supper is said throughout the week LOL ... don't ask me why.

      Well, when in the world is one supposed to walk one's cow, of not at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, especially on Main Street ...that is discrimination! Tee hee

      Oh, poor little fluffy ... that is a cruel one there and they should get right on removing that one from the books!

      Up +++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

      Thank you for the tons of laughs this night. Making others laugh is a true and wonderful gift.

      Bless you

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Good to know, Patricia that you will leave your cows at home this Sunday. Loved your comment: so much trivia, so little time. Ain't that the truth about life? Thank you for the voting, the sharing and the pinning. And keep a few Angels handy, m'dear, for yourself.

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      The Frog Prince 

      3 years ago from Arlington, TX

      You find anything on the books about removing the third eye from babies born due to cousins inbreeding? Just asking...

      The Frog

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      3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      You certainly haven't lost your superb sense of humor!

      BTW, in Iowa we too always called the noon meal 'dinner' and the evening meal 'supper'. I still do that here in Arizona, and when someone snickers, I remind them that it was not called 'The Last Dinner'.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aren't crazy laws expected in Arkansas? LOL Now I'm in trouble. Scratch that remark. Someone stole my computer and wrote that. I would never do that. :)

      Great fun my friend.

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Love much trivia, so little time. I am now stoked up for a game show especially if questions are about


      I see your humor bone is in full swing today...and I will not be walking any cows any time on Sunday, anywhere. :D

      Angels are on the way to you ps

      Voted up++++ shared and Pinned to Awesome HubPages.


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