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Crazy Laws in the Cities of Michigan and Fun Facts Part Two

Updated on October 13, 2015

Were you amazed to read about those crazy Michigan state laws in Part One about teenagers and handguns ... drunks on trains ... house robbers?

Then prepare to be astonished again when you read the craziest law about farmers and their lovable livestock, and 12 more strange, weird laws in the cities of Michigan.

What the ... ?
What the ... ? | Source

Crazy Laws in the Cities of Michigan

In Clawson – there is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs,

his cows,

his horses,

his goats,

and his chickens.

With his chickens?

I would really like to interview the legislator who initiated this cock-eyed law.

Take me out to the hockey game.
Take me out to the hockey game. | Source

• In Detroit – security guards at the Joe Louis Arena will confiscate any item that they feel might be thrown onto the ice.

Do you know what citizens were tossing onto the ice? Dead octopi!

The first octopus was tossed on the ice on April 15, 1952, during the Red Wings' (hockey team) Stanley Cup playoff run.

Devoted fans of the team, brothers Pete and Jerry Cusimano, tossed it onto the ice during the game. The Wings won the Cup that year, and since then, octopi have made periodic appearances on the ice in the stadium.

No person shall sell as new any article of bedding unless it is made from all new material and a label is securely attached to the outside covering.

This may have an adverse impact on Craigslist sales.

Any comment would be superfluous.
Any comment would be superfluous. | Source

It is illegal to let your pig run free in Detroit unless it has a ring in its nose.

Do you think that refers to an engagement ring? (See Clawson law)

Couples are banned from making love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple’s own property.

Every voyeur in town must be on the waiting list to join the public safety department that monitors this activity.

Willfully destroying your old radio is prohibited.

What’s a radio? Can you watch it? Just kidding.

The law may cramp his style.
The law may cramp his style. | Source

In Flint – the city passed a law in 2008 that gave police the authority to arrest anyone whose pants sagged so low as to expose their undies or bare bottoms.

That ‘droopy drawers’ law may aggravate certain members of the Plumber’s Union.

In Grand Haven – no person shall throw an abandoned hoop skirt into any street or on any sidewalk, under penalty of a five-dollar fine for each offense.

What? Women are still wearing hoop skirts in Grand Haven? Who knew?

In Harper Woods – it is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.

Were some Harper Woodsians really doing that?

This police detective loves his job.
This police detective loves his job. | Source

In Rochester – all bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police.

Inspected for what?

In Kalamazoo – it is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.

I suspect that tone-deaf ‘serenaders’ are responsible for this law.

In Soo – Smoking while in bed is illegal.

… and VERY dangerous.

In Wayland – anyone can keep their cow on Main Street downtown at a cost of 3 cents per day.

Be warned, you know what they say: “How can you keep them down on the farm once they have seen Paree – I mean, Main Street.”

Whitefish Point Light Tower
Whitefish Point Light Tower | Source

Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Michigan

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is located at the Whitefish Point Light Station which was built in 1848.

Its stone tower was replaced with a steel tower by order of President Lincoln in 1861.

In 1942, we learned to spell ‘Kalamazoo’ when the Glenn Miller song, ‘I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo,’ hit the top of the charts.

The Kalamazoo Mall, opened in 1959, was the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the U.S.

Today, T-shirts are sold in Kalamazoo with the phrase: ‘Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo.’

Kalamazoo was also the original home of Gibson Guitars founded in 1902

A budget model produced in the ’60s and ’70s was called the Kalamazoo.

Speaking of Kalamazoo,Climax is a village in Kalamazoo County, population about 800, settled in 1838. How did it get its name? When a fellow named Daniel Eldred first visited, he said, ‘This (place) caps the climax.’

Traditional paczki
Traditional paczki | Source

Hamtramck has an annual Paczki Day celebration devoted to the greater glory of this Polish version of a jelly doughnut. Paczki are made from especially rich dough containing eggs, fats, sugar, yeast and sometimes milk.

They feature a variety of fruit and cream fillings and can be glazed, or covered with powdered sugar.

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island | Source

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island on Lake Huron is a historic hotel and coastal resort built in the late 19th century that advertises the ‘world’s largest porch.’

Famous guests have included five U.S. presidents, Vladimir Putin, Thomas Edison and Mark Twain.

Mackinac Island has prohibited private automobiles since 1898 except for snowmobiles during winter and emergency vehicles. You can travel on the island by foot, bicycle, or horse-drawn carriage.

Lilacs thrive on the island and residents have celebrated the lilacs with an annual 10-day festival since 1949.

Wolverine Wildcat at Michigan's Adventure Park
Wolverine Wildcat at Michigan's Adventure Park | Source
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum | Source
Il Cavallo at Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
Il Cavallo at Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids | Source

Michigan is often called the ‘Wolverine State’ but few wolverines can be found in the state today.

Oh, wait, there is the Wolverine Wildcat – a wooden roller coaster at Michigan’s Adventure, an amusement park near Muskegon.

Gerald R. Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the U.S.

He attended the University of Michigan where he was a defensive football star.

He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years.

Ford is buried with his wife, Betty, at the Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.

The furniture industry got its start in Grand Rapids (nicknamed the ‘Furniture City’) in the second half of the 19th century, thanks to the nearby source of lumber. Today, Grand Rapids is home to five of the world's leading office furniture companies.

Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot replica of the Leonardo da Vinci horse, ‘Il Cavallo,’ the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere.

There's a hot dog in there somewhere.
There's a hot dog in there somewhere. | Source

Hygrade Food Products is the exclusive supplier of hot dogs to the Detroit Tigers Stadium. They launched a contest in 1959 for their employees to come up with the best brand name for their hot dogs.

Mary Ann Kurk, salesperson, won the contest with the name, ‘Ball Park Franks.’ She won a leather living room chair and a cash prize of $25 (worth $202 today).

Hebrew National, which produces hot dogs and sausages, moved to Indianapolis in 1989. In 2005, operations were consolidated with ConAgra and located in Quincy.

'You Are the Sunshine of My Life' - 1973

Stevland Hardaway Judkins Morris, born in 1950 in Saginaw, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Stevland was a child prodigy who signed his first record contract with Motown Records when he was eleven years old in 1961. He has sold over 100 million records. So far.

You probably know him by his stage name, Stevie Wonder.

White-tailed Deer

Moose swimming in Lake Superior
Moose swimming in Lake Superior | Source

Michigan ranks first in the nation in licensed hunters (over one million) who contribute $2 billion annually to its economy.

Over three-quarters of a million hunters participate in white-tailed deer season alone.

Michigan has the largest state park and state forest system of any state with 78 state parks, 19 state recreation areas, and 6 state forests.

Isle Royale, the largest island in Lake Superior, shelters one of the largest remaining moose herds in the U.S.

Michigan also has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.

You are never more than six miles from a natural water source or more than 85 miles from a Great Lakes shoreline.

Soo Locks
Soo Locks | Source

Sault Ste. Marie is the home of the Soo Locks and the Sault Ste.Marie International Bridge.

The locks on the St. Marys River enable ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes between the Upper Peninsula and Ontario.

They bypass the river’s rapids where the water falls 21 feet.

An average of 10,000 ships each year passes through the locks.

Tulips in downtown Holland
Tulips in downtown Holland | Source

Holland is the home of the Tulip Time Festival which began in 1930 when 250,000 tulips were planted for the event.

About one million visitors attend the May event each year.

Colon (no, not that colon) is named after Colon, Panama.

It is the former home and burial site of the famous magician, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and calls itself the ‘Magic Capital of the World.’

It is also home to several magic supply manufacturers: Abbott Magic Company, Sterlini Magic Mfg. Company and FAB Magic – all well known to magicians.

Speaking of well-known magicians, Harry Houdini, who performed in Detroit numerous times, died there in Grace Hospital on Halloween in 1926 at the age of 52. The diagnosis was peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix.

J. W. Westcott II floating post office
J. W. Westcott II floating post office | Source
Baklava | Source

The J.W. Westcott II, established in 1895, is the only floating post office (boat) in the world that delivers mail to ships as they are underway.

Speaking of shipping, the Shatila Bakery in Dearborn has some of the tastiest baklava produced in the U.S., and will ship massive trays of their gooey, pistachio-laced products almost anywhere.

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of flaky dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.

Speaking of delicious food . . . you can get the best pastrami sandwich of your life at Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor according to the ‘The New York Times.’

Bronner''s CHRISTmas Wonderland
Bronner''s CHRISTmas Wonderland | Source

Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland is a retail store in Frankenmuth that is the ‘World's Largest Christmas Store.’

How large is it? One and a half football fields in length.

Founded in 1945 by Wally Bronner, it is visited annually by over two million shoppers. The capitalization is Wally’s creation.

As a horse-and-wagon salesman, Hamilton Carhartt of Dearborn started his company in 1889 selling five-and-dime goods.

Today, a work-clothing dynasty, Carhartt , headquartered in Detroit, is a global company with 800 products and a retail network that includes corporate-owned stores and hundreds of retailers.

The leading actors in the movie, 'Interstellar' (2014), wear Carhartt jackets. Who am I talkin' about? Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sleeping Bear Dunes | Source

The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes. The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan.

How did the Dunes get their name?

According to a Chippewa legend, a fire drove a mother bear and her two cubs into the lake to escape. After several miles of swimming, the cubs lagged behind.

The mother bear reached the shore exhausted and waited for her cubs who, unfortunately, had drowned. The winds buried the sleeping bear where she still waits.

Jackson 5 - Ed Sullivan show - 1969

More Fun Facts

Detroit has been home to some of the most influential musicians ever: Diana Ross, the Temptations, Smoky Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and the Jackson 5, among others.

The two-day weekend has its origins in the Michigan labor movement. Henry Ford gave his workers two days off back in the early 1900s, even though the federal government didn’t mandate the 40-hour work-week until 1938.

Michigan Limestone, founded in 1910, operates the world's largest open pit limestone quarry located in Rogers City. The limestone produced is almost pure white as well as high quality.

The Simplicity Pattern Company manufactures sewing pattern guides for people who enjoy sewing fashionable garments themselves at home. The guides have been manufactured in Niles since 1931.

Michigan’s total of more than 81 beer makers ranks fifth nationally with several more planned to open this year.

The Upper Michigan Copper Country has the largest commercial deposits of native copper in the world.

The Thomas M. Cooley Law School of Western Michigan University is the largest law school in the nation. The main campus is located in downtown Lansing with satellites in Grand Rapids, Auburn Hills, and Kalamazoo. (As well as Tampa, FL)

Would you like to attend? The total cost of a debt-financed attendance for three years is estimated to be only $258,232. That includes the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses.

Did you know that 4 out of 5 Great Lakes prefer Michigan? True!

© 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

      Hi, Patricia. Wayland does seem to be a charming town that may have been caught in a time warp. Good luck with those bovine creatures. Don't flagellate yourself, m'dear, I learn more with each state I investigate. Angels to you, too, m'luv.

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Woo hoo I am moving to Wayland and I definitely will live on Main all I need is some cows....:D

      Who would have thunk it??? How much I did not know?

      Angels are on the way to you this morning my

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      You are so right, Larry, 'Plumbers beware!' But I have a feeling they just don't care! Thanks for stopping by - hope your Sunday is spectacular.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Plumbers beware, saggy pants shall be ticketed:-)

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Enelle. I researched the 'saggy pants' syndrome observed by many of our youths. Discovered that these misguided youngsters were emulating their icons - jail prisoners who were forced to surrender their belts while incarcerated. Sort of a medal of honor thing.

      Thanks for enjoying this hub. You made my day, too with your kind comments.

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      Enelle Lamb 

      3 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I have to say I agree with the saggy pants law...lumber's crack is running rampant among today's population! LOL Great hub - most enjoyable to read :D Thanks for making my day...

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Alicia for loving the crazy laws and fun facts in this series. So happy to learn that you look forward to each installment - my kind of follower, m'dear.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      You put your finger on it, bp, most of us still seem to be off our rockers. Present company excluded, of course.

      Speaking of rocking chairs, I would be remiss not to mention that some days the only exercise I get is trying to get out of my rocking chair!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Mary. Thanks for that estimable, unforgettable comment: 'Your research is only topped by your sense of humor.' You are indeed perspicacious, m'dear.

      And you are, of course, most welcome.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Ruby. As you pointed out, I doubt that the Rochester police department has to advertise for new applicants with that bathing-suit-law in place.

      Happy you enjoyed the videos and find the read to be fun. What more could I ask?

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Chantelle, for visiting and letting me know that Kalamazoo does not cap Climax. Good to know, m'dear.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      3 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for noting and appreciating my extensive research, Bill. I'm still laughing over your comment: 'Well the state is divided into two parts. What do you expect?' You got that right.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the combination of strange laws and interesting facts in your hubs, drbj. Thanks for continuing the series. I'm looking forward to the next installment!

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      3 years ago

      I have come to the conclusion that as a society we were always off our rockers!

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      This one is so chock full I think I'll have to read it twice to let all the facts sink in! Your research is only topped by your sense of humor. Thanks for another great "Crazy Laws".

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      All I can say is that the police in Rochester must really love their job! I love the videos. MJ is soo missed. Stevie is wonderful as well. It must take you all week to do the research on this fun series. A fun read!

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      II Cavallo kind of reminds me of a Trojan Horse. Have they checked it lately. Thanks for more funny and obsolete laws. I always get a kick out of them. My aunt’s husband was from Detroit, and they retired in Holland until his death in I forget what year. Now I know where it got its name. Great fun facts, but it’s a sad story about the bears.

      Lots of research went into this one because your variety is so widespread. Good job.

    • Chantelle Porter profile image

      Chantelle Porter 

      3 years ago from Chicago

      I've been to kalamazoo and it does not cap climax. Just sayin :)

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well the state is divided into two parts. What do you expect????

      Great research on this series. I don't think I've told you that before, but it's obvious you did a ton of research before writing. Well done my friend.


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