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Crazy Laws in Maine and Fun Facts

Updated on November 15, 2015

Crazy Laws in Maine and Fun Facts

If you plan to 'tickle women under the chin with a feather duster,' do not do it in the state of Maine. It is one of their crazy laws. And 'do not park in front of Dunkin' Donuts.' That is another strange, crazy law.

R.I.P. Duster Dude
R.I.P. Duster Dude | Source

Crazy Laws in the State of Maine

It is unlawful to tickle women under the chin with a feather duster.

Perhaps because the citizen who tried that with a woman he did not know is no longer with us.

It is required by law that all men bring their shotguns to church every Sunday in the event of a Native American attack.

You can’t be too careful these days.

That is NOT me!
That is NOT me! | Source

Maine forbids one from going skydiving by making it illegal to step out of a plane while it is in flight.

I would have no problem whatsoever obeying that law!

An early version of the chance game of Bingo, called Beano, is legally regulated in this state. The legal rules dictate that a person conducting or assisting in the conduct of the game may assist players by playing their cards while they take a restroom break.

Isn’t that carrying customer service just a little too far?

But …this allowance does not apply in high-stakes Beano.

Crazy Laws in the Cities of Maine

In Augusta – it is against the law to stroll down the street playing a violin.

I could easily obey this crazy law; I can’t play a violin even when I’m standing still.

In Biddeford – it is illegal to gamble at the airport.

These days you gamble when you just take a trip to or from the airport.


No person may roller skate on a sidewalk.

Skate in the gutter – it’s much more challenging.

In Ellsworth – If any part of the sign ordinances of the city are more stringent than federal laws, even though they may be in conflict with them, they will prevail.

Does Obama know about this?

It is illegal to expectorate from any second-story window.

If you must spit, go downstairs.

In Wells – deer may not be fed. This law is very explicit and reads: “No person, except the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife or his/her designee or the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service or his/her designee, shall feed or bait deer in the Town of Wells.”

As you can imagine, the deer in Wells are a scrawny bunch.

Donuts are Good for You
Donuts are Good for You | Source

In South Berwick – It is illegal to park in front of Dunkin Donuts.

Do you think it might have been Krispy Kreme Donuts who sponsored that law?

Advertisements may not be placed in cemeteries.

Can’t help but wonder what they would advertise.

Artist's rendition Neanderthals 60,000 years ago
Artist's rendition Neanderthals 60,000 years ago | Source

Fun Facts and Illustrious Information

Maine's earliest inhabitants were descendants of Ice Age hunters.

The earliest culture known to have inhabited Maine, from roughly 3000 B.C. to 1000 B.C., were the Red Paint People, a maritime group known for elaborate burials using red ochre.

The first European settlement in the area was made on St. Croix Island in 1604 by French explorers including Samuel de Champlain. The French named the area Acadia.

The first ship, the Virginia, about 56 feet in length and built by English colonists in America was launched on the Kennebec River in 1607.

France and England fought for control of the New England area during the French and Indian Wars.

The Treaty of Paris ended all French claims to Maine and most of North America in 1763.

Cape Neddick Light at Nubble Rock
Cape Neddick Light at Nubble Rock | Source
Burnham Tavern
Burnham Tavern | Source

York, named for York, England, became the first incorporated city in America in 1642.

Today it is a well-known summer resort town with three 18-hole golf courses, four sandy beaches and picturesque views of famous Cape Neddick Light at Nubble Rock.

With a total area of 33,215 square miles, Maine covers nearly as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.

The first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought off Machias, Maine in 1775. Machias is home to Burnham Tavern, built in 1770, which is now a museum housing mementos from the Battle of Machias.

Fort Knox, Maine panorama
Fort Knox, Maine panorama | Source

Fort Knox was erected in 1844 to protect the Penobscot River Valley from British naval attack. The fort was built of granite quarried from Mount Waldo in Frankfort.

In 1923, the federal government declared the fort excess property and put its 125-acre grounds up for sale. Maine purchased it for $2,121. It is now a U.S. Historical Landmark.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882 | Source

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born in Portland, was considered the most influential poet of his day. His most popular works include ‘The Courtship of Miles Standish,’ ‘Evangeline’ and ‘Hiawatha.’

Togus is the site of the first Veteran's Hospital in the United States founded in 1866.

Mineral springs on the site were originally described by Native Americans as ‘worromontogus’ (translated as ‘place of the mineral spring’).

When the 134-room Togus Springs Hotel closed, it was purchased by the federal government for $50,000, and began operations as the Eastern Branch of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

Eastport cannery workers 1911
Eastport cannery workers 1911 | Source

The morning sun shines first on Eastport, the most eastern city in the U.S. Lubec is the most easternmost town.

The first sardine factory was built in Eastport in 1875. By 1886, the town contained 13 sardine factories, operating day and night during the season, and producing about 5,000 cases per week.

About 800 men, women and children worked in the plants.

Eastport hosts the largest Fourth of July celebration in Maine.

John D. Rockefeller, Sr. and John D., Jr.
John D. Rockefeller, Sr. and John D., Jr. | Source

John D. Rockefeller, Jr., youngest child of Standard Oil co-founder Rockefeller Sr., funded the majority of Acadia National Park’s carriage roads and trail systems constructed from 1915 to 1933.

Cut granite stones were placed along the edges of the carriage roads to act as guard rails of sort and are known as ‘coping stones’ to help visitors cope with the steep edges.

They are also nicknamed ‘Rockefeller's teeth.’

Acadia National Park, created in 1919, is one of the most visited U.S. National Parks with over 2 million annual visitors. It consists of more than 47,000 acres. Only Yellowstone Park has more visitors.

Charles Lindbergh with his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis  1927
Charles Lindbergh with his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis 1927 | Source
Bath City Hall 1909
Bath City Hall 1909 | Source

Wilton is known for being the location of Maine's first cotton mill started in 1810 by Solomon Adams.

In 1876, George Henry Bass founded G.H. Bass & Co. and became the best-known businessman in Wilton's history. The factory closed in 1998.

Charles Lindbergh was wearing Bass shoes from Maine when he flew across the Atlantic.

Bath is known as the ‘City of Ships.’ Shipbuilding began here in 1743 when Jonathan Philbrook and his sons built 2 vessels.

Since then, roughly 5,000 vessels have been launched in the area, which at one time had more than 200 shipbuilding firms.

During World War II, Bath Iron Works launched a new ship an average of every 17 days.

The shipyard is a major regional employer, and operates today as a division of General Dynamics Corporation.

Whoopie Pie with sugar dusting
Whoopie Pie with sugar dusting | Source

How did the Whoopie Pie get its name? Legend says that Amish women would bake desserts known as hucklebucks or creamy turtles at the time, and put them in lunch pails.

When farmers found the treats in their lunch, they would shout, ‘Whoopie!’ The original Whoopie pies may have been baked from cake batter leftovers.

The Whoopie Pie is the official state treat of Maine (not to be confused with the official state dessert, which is blueberry pie.) Nicknames for this treat are black moon, gob, black and white, bob, BFO, and (my favorite) Big Fat Oreo.

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse | Source

West Quoddy Head in Lubec is the closest point to Europe from the fifty States. It overlooks Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Canada and the U.S.

Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the waterway. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858.

Mount Katahdin is the state's highest point at 5,270 feet above sea level. Penobscot Indians named it, ‘The Greatest Mountain.’

Penobscot Marine Museum
Penobscot Marine Museum | Source
Excalibur roller coaster
Excalibur roller coaster | Source

Maine’s oldest maritime museum built in 1936 is the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport which houses numerous historic buildings and marine memorabilia.

Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline – more than California (3,427), and over 5,000 miles of coast if you include all the islands as well. Only Florida and Louisiana (mostly bayou) have more miles of coastline.

Maine has 3,166 off-shore islands – only about 1,200 of them comprise an acre or more.

Funtown Splashtown U.S.A., is an amusement park located in Saco with 25 different rides. The park features Maine’s only wooden roller coaster, the Excalibur.

Some Notable Mainers

F. Lee Bailey (attorney), John Ford (6 Academy Awards), Melville Fuller (U.S. Supreme Court), Edna St. Vincent Millay (poet), George Putnam (publisher), Nelson Rockefeller (41st VP, U.S.), Milton Bradley (board game manufacturer)

McLobster Roll
McLobster Roll | Source
L.L. Bean Boot Car - Freeport
L.L. Bean Boot Car - Freeport | Source

Maine lobster yield annually is 40 million pounds.

A traditional lobster roll is a sandwich filled with lobster meat soaked in butter and served on a steamed roll similar to a hamburger roll but the opening is on the top rather than on the side.

McDonald’s serves a lobster roll called McLobster.

Freeport is home to the L.L. Bean Company, the first retail clothier to be open 24/7/365, founded in 1912. In 2012, annual sales were $1.52 billion.

A 16-foot-tall rubber bottom boot sculpture stands in front of the L.L. Bean store. And an L.L. Bean boot car travels the streets of Freeport.

Maine's coastline has so many deep harbors it could provide anchorage for all the Navy fleets in the world.

Stephen King
Stephen King | Source

One of the most well-known Maine residents is the author of horror and supernatural novels, Stephen King, who has sold more than 350 million copies of his books.

He lives in Bangor with his wife, Tabitha, in a magnificent downtown house built in 1858.

The wrought iron fencing around his home is appropriately decorated with bats, spiders and spider webs.

Stephen King wrote his first novel, ‘Carrie,’ while working as a school teacher in Bangor. His novels are famously set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine.

Downtown Farmington
Downtown Farmington | Source
Nancy Hoffman, founder of the umbrella cover museum
Nancy Hoffman, founder of the umbrella cover museum | Source

Chester Greenwood (1858-1937) of Farmington invented the ear muff in 1873, at the age of 15.He thought of the idea while ice skating, and had his grandmother sew tufts of fur between loops of wire.His patent was named improved ear protectors.

His invention provided jobs for people in the Farmington area for nearly 60 years.

Chester also patented a whistling tea kettle, a steel-toothed rake, an advertising matchbox, and a machine used to produce wooden spools for wire and thread.

Peaks Island, Maine is home to a museum dedicated solely to umbrella covers - over 700 of them. Not umbrellas, only umbrella covers.

Open trolley at Seashore Trolley Museum
Open trolley at Seashore Trolley Museum | Source
Maine Italian sandwich
Maine Italian sandwich | Source

Founded in 1939, the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport displays more than 250 trolleys, streetcars, and other historic forms of public transportation.

The first purchase was a 12-bench open trolley for $150.

The original Maine Italian sandwich was served during the early 1900s by Giovanni Amato to workers on the docks of Portland.

The ingredients in this sandwich are salami or ham, cheese, chopped onions, tomatoes, green peppers, pickles, black olives, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a freshly baked roll.

Red hot dogs can be found in Maine. Locally known as ‘red snappers,' the casing of a red hot dog gets its color from a natural food coloring. The casing also makes a snapping sound when you bite into the hot dog.

Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862
Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 | Source
Bull Moose
Bull Moose | Source

Henry David Thoreau, born in Massachusetts, began making trips to northern Maine in 1838.

He was enchanted by the state's wilderness but deeply troubled by the increasing logging industry. He is sometimes known as the ‘first environmentalist.’

It has been said that Thoreau’s dying word was: ‘Moose!’

Speaking of moose, an adult Bull Moose stands about 7 feet tall at the shoulders and can weigh over 1,600 pounds. The top of its antlers may stand as much as 10 feet off the ground and weigh 60 pounds.

Moose can be found feeding in ponds with lots of vegetation on the bottom. They can eat around 30 pounds of food a day.

Maine has more moose per mile than any other state. The state’s moose population during the 2013-2014 winter was estimated at 76,000.

Strong was the ‘Toothpick Capital of the World’ when the Strong Wood Products plant manufactured 20 million toothpicks per day. It closed in 2003.

Speaking of strong, Mainers (Maine citizens) like to advise newcomers: ‘When you are driving, what is the difference between hitting a deer and hitting a moose?’

Answer: ‘If you hit a deer, the deer dies; if you hit a moose, you die.'

Maine Coon cat
Maine Coon cat | Source

State Symbols

State Nicknames: Vacation State or Vacationland or Pine Tree State

State Bird: Chickadee

State Tree: White pine

State Fish: Landlocked salmon

State Berry: Wild Maine blueberry

State Flower: White pine cone and tassel.

State Animal: Moose

State Insect: Honeybee (officially) – Mosquito on the coast and Black fly in the mountains (unofficially)

State Herb: Wintergreen

State Dessert: Blueberry pie baked with wild Maine blueberries

State Gemstone: Tourmaline

State Treat: Whoopie pie

State Cat: Maine coon cat

In the 17th and 18th centuries, domestic cats brought from Europe faced very severe winters in New England; only the strongest, most adaptable cats survived.

The Maine Coon Cat developed into a large, rugged cat with a water-resistant, thick coat and a hardy constitution.

'The Cider House Rules,' (1999) based on John Irving's novel, was set in fictional Maine towns.

''In the Bedroom,' (2001) nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture was set in Rockland, Owls Head, Rockport, Camden, Thomaston, Trevette and Old Orchard Beach.

'West Hot American Summer' (2001) was set near Waterville.

'Dreamcatcher,' (2003) based on Stephen King's novel, was set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine.

'Welcome to Mooseport,' (2004) was set in the fictional town of Mooseport.

'Empire Falls,' (2005) 2-part TV miniseries was based on Richard Russo's novel and filmed in Waterville and Skowhegan.

'The Mist,' (2007) based on Stephen King's novel, was set in Maine.

'Home Alone 5' (2012) takes place in Rockland.

Notable Films Made in Maine

'Peyton Place,' (1957) was set in New Hampshire but filmed in Camden, Maine.

'Carrie,' (1976) based on Stephen King's novel, was set in Maine.

'The Whales of August,' (1987) based on David Berry's play, was filmed on Cliff Island.

'Pet Sematary.' (1989) based on Stephen King's novel, was filmed in Ludlow.

' Graveyard Shift,' (1990) film adaptation of the Steven King novel, was filmed in Harmony.

'The Man Without a Face,' (1993) was filmed throughout Mid Coast Maine.

'The Shawshank Redemption,' (1994) was set in Maine.

'Lake Placid,' (1999) was set by a fictional Maine lake.

More Maine Fun Facts

Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has one syllable.

Maine is the only state that shares a border with only one other state – New Hampshire.

Maine contains 542,629 acres of state and national parks.

Maine is rich in gems - among the biggest zinc and copper deposits in the country plus tourmaline, amethyst, topaz and garnet.

Maine is the third biggest producer of pure maple syrup in the country.

Maine produces 25% of all blueberries in North America with 60,020 acres under cultivation.

Note: Maine citizens find the term, ‘Mainer,’ acceptable. The term, ‘Mainiac,’ – not so much!

© 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 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Delighted you enjoyed reading about Maine, Vellur. It IS an interesting state with many fun facts as well. Thanks for the visit and the positive comments.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading all about Maine, it was fun and interesting. Great hub, voted up.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Paula. Lobster is one of my favorite foods but like you, it is a luxury for very special occasions. Your secret recipe must be a doozie to have so many requests.

      As you pointed out, although I love to eat that precious food, I don't think I would last long constantly preparing and serving them without equal opportunity of eating them. Only on your birthday? You ARE a strong woman, m'dear.

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      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      A Whole Baked Maine Lobster become commonplace? Not in this lifetime. It remains a luxury for "special occasions," due to expense of course, but I get an awful lot of requests for our secret recipe.

      My family & friends are a bit more comfortable. They actually will ask me to prepare them for them!

      As for being "readily available" through the years of our restaurant.....successful business owners shy far away from eating and/or drinking up their profits......So this should end your jealousy. How would like to have to prepare them and serve them and rarely get a smidgeon!? Torture.

      We were each allowed on our Birthdays.....that's it!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you for your visit, oh, Poetic Mistress. Delighted you found this to be fun.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Well this was fun!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Ahh, Eric, that's the nicest thing you ever said to me. 'The master ... ' I am overcome. Thank you, thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      This was just great. There is just no better way to learn about a state than from the master -- you.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Gee, am I impressed, Paula. A family restaurant that served whole baked lobsters? I would have been in heaven. Are you still fond of that treat? Or perhaps having them so readily available became commonplace. I'm still jealous nevertheless.

      Yes, a BFO would be much preferred to a UFO, for example. I knew you would appreciate the Maine film info since we seem to share an interest in movies. Speaking of an ebook of this series, I have contemplated such from time to time. We'll see.

      Thanks for your loyal visits, m'luv, as well as the Up, tweeting and pinning.

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      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      A State I have always wanted to visit!...My family had a restaurant that featured whole Maine Baked Lobsters. We were famous for them because no other place in our area served them, and certainly not the way we prepared them. My Uncle drove to the Airport once a week to pick up the shipment of live lobsters!

      A lot of interesting facts about Maine....even the "WHOOPIE!!" pie story. (I like big fat oreo too.) All the New England States are great places for vacations, but my choice would be Maine.

      Interesting to know what movies were set in Maine....Your entire series is such an education. I'd love to have an ebook of this work, Doc....hint, hint!.....Give it some serious thought! UP+++tweeted & Pinned

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Nell. If you like donuts as much as I do, you will enjoy my hub: 'Donuts are Good for You.' Well, if not physically, certainly psychologically. Right?

      Stephen King has very appropriate spiderish gates considering most of his novels are horror stories. Thanks for laughing at this series, m'dear.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      lol! this series of yours always makes me laugh! yep I like donuts,! so funny! and I learned something new about Stephen King too, he has funny gates!

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      I thought about that, too, Genna. Cemeteries and crematories would not advertise - it's too late for that. Ditto insurance companies and trust attorneys.

      Ah, I just got a flash of insight. Maybe florists! Whatcha think? Thanks for the sublime comments and the loyal visits, m'luv.

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      That would be most prudent of you, Say Yes. Do your wing-suit-flying training in another state. Maine has so much coastline because it has so many islands and inlets. And much of the state is forested which is appealing for the moose.

      Thanks for stopping by, m'dear.

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "• Advertisements may not be placed in cemeteries.

      Can’t help but wonder what they would advertise."

      Solicitors are not welcome. Okay -- solicitors of what? This installment is yet another delight and a highlight of my week. Thank you! :-)

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Now I know not to train for wing suit flying in Maine!

      I'm surprised it has more coastline than California. I'm also surprised it has more moose per square mile than Alaska. Tiny state like that, it sounds scary!

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      How nice to see you again, Ann. Thanks for checking in and saying Hello. Hello backatcha. So, what have you been up to? Happy you are busy but miss you of course.

      I will continue to stay happy. You, too, and be well.

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Peg. I may put this series on crazy laws into book form - thanks for the reminder. Delighted you enjoyed reading them. Have a rewarding weekend, m'dear.

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      So happy, Alicia, to know that you are learning a lot about the U.S. by reading this series of crazy law hubs. But please do not judge all our legislators by the few who dreamed up these crazy state laws. Except for the bunch in Washington, of course, who apparently were their mentors.

      You are most welcome for the illustrious information, too.

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Dear Liz - How nice that you are familiar with some of these famous Maine landmarks. I am particularly enamored of the McLobster Roll - good to know that it is also available in Massachusetts.

      As far as I know you are entitled to all moose parts you inherit, one way or another, as long as you have the necessary permit and hunted the moose in the given hunting season. And if it was a 'cow' moose, you submitted the necessary parts to whomever (see my comment to Bill above).

      I, too, could never murder anyone or anything ... except maybe a mosquito. Thanks for the Up and sharing, m'luv.

      Voted up+++ and shared.

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Dear Liz - How nice that you are familiar with some of these famous Maine landmarks. I am particularly enamored of the McLobster Roll - good to know that it is also available in Massachusetts.

      As far as I know you are entitled to all moose parts you inherit, one way or another, as long as you have the necessary permit and hunted the moose in the given hunting season. And if it was a 'cow' moose, you submitted the necessary parts to whomever (see my comment to Bill above).

      I, too, could never murder anyone or anything ... except maybe a mosquito. Thanks for the Up pluses and sharing, m'luv.

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Audrey. Thanks for the commendation. It seems that research has always been an important tool no matter what kind of work I have been involved in. I may not be the 'fastest researcher in the West' but I like to think I am more thorough than most. Delighted that you visit my hubs for fun, laughter, information and entertainment. What more could I ask?

      Thank you as always for the visit and the sharing. Hope your weekend is amazing!

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      3 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hello drbj....checking in to see what's going on with the hubpages. Thought I'd say hello. Hello.

      See you're still typing them out! Great! Wish I had the time to get back on, but so busy with stuff, I can't give it proper time.

      Stay happy, Ann Davis

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      G'day, BlossomSB. You are most welcome m'dear. Anyone who finds my articles delightful and also informative is my kind of 'best friend.' And thanks for the Up.

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, sweet Ruby, for agreeing with Larry and your generous comments. Funny , yet educational, is my mission. We do have a lot in common, m'dear. A lobster roll would be my favorite food if McDonald ever offered them in Florida (doubtful). And I enjoyed the Shawshank movie, too. In fact, I watched it the other evening again on cable TV. Still as good as the first time.

      Thanks for the Up and awesome. So are you!

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Larry. And I want you to know that my day isn't complete until I read one of you kind comments. Trust me.

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Didja know, bp, that Alaska has a crazy law that one cannot push a moose out of an airplane? Isn't it strange that Maine does not have a similar law? (laughing)

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      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      To assuage your confusion, Bill, be advised that there is a 'Maine Moose Hunters Guide' - only 31 pages - containing all the laws and caveats pertaining to moose hunting. Most of them make sense but this one: "... the reproductive parts of a slain cow including the ovaries must be brought to the 'station'."

      Thanks for loving this series.

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      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      This collection of fun facts and history notes on different states would make a great book, Drbj. Hope you're thinking of putting one together. Ask Mckbirdbks for some publishing help if you do.

      I really enjoy reading these.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm learning a lot about the United States by reading your Crazy Law hubs, drbj! Thanks for sharing another very informative article.

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      Liz Elias 

      3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, my--I'm homesick by proxy. I am not from Maine; neither were either of my parents. However, one of my grand-aunts and her husband used to go on camping vacations to Maine from their home in Massachusetts, quite often. So, I am familiar with some of the place names; Mt. Katahdin; Penobscot; West Quoddy Head; Kennebunkport (brought to mind by your mention of the Kennebec River); and other things, not towns, such as the lobster roll (also known and served in Massachusetts).

      You've provided many interesting facts and tidbits of Maine lore, as well. I had to laugh about the moose/deer distinction. Once upon a time, I rue to recall and admit, I had to go to traffic school for a minor infraction. It was one of the comedy-style classes they used to have. The instructor told of an odd law that exists in only 2 states: Maine and Alaska. That being, "if you hit a moose, you can keep the meat." Supposedly, compensation for the fact that it will total your car! (As a vegetarian, that allowance holds no appeal for me; I'd simply be very upset at having harmed another living creature.)

      Voted up+++ and shared.

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      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Drbj - Another one of your funny hubs is born. This one took a lot of research for which I must commend you. I can imagine you are very quick at research. I love to come to your site for fun and laughs and information. You think of more subjects to entertain than any other hubber, I think. Three cheers for Maine. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Such fun and so interesting. Thank you for these articles which delight but also teach. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with Larry (Above ) Not only are they funny they are educational, I did not know that Maine had more coastlines than Calif. I want a lobster roll. Finally you mentioned one of my favorite movies, The Shawshank Redemption. Voted up and awesome.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Always a good part of my day when I get a chance to read one of your "Crazy Laws" articles:-)

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      3 years ago

      I won't be flying over Maine anytime soon. If I need to stretch my legs in flight, I m going out the door!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was looking for a law regarding moose. I can't believe there aren't any. It's just people and moose there, right? Maybe the moose have their own laws about feeding the people???? I'm so confused.

      But I love this series, so I'll put up with the confusion.


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