Crazy Laws in Georgia and Fun Facts
Crazy Laws in the State of Georgia and Fun Facts
Did the crazy Florida law forbidding you from showering naked make you laugh?
Or the stupid law banning the molestation or abuse of trash cans?
How about the dumb law regarding semi-topless dancing?
Here are 23 more crazy. stupid, dumb, bizarre laws that still remain on the books in Georgia.
Crazy Laws in the state of Georgia
• The term “sadomasochistic abuse” is defined so broadly that it could possibly be applied to one person handcuffing another person wearing a clown suit.
Someone should warn Ronald McDonald.
• Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.
That seems fair – after all, those dedicated legislators are speeding to get to work on time to create some more crazy laws.
• Alabama slingshots may not be used in the city limits.
Support your state. Use only local Georgia slingshots.
• No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.
Why would anyone carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket on Sunday or any other day? Do as I do. Obey the law. Keep it in your front pocket.
• All sex toys are banned.
In 1968, a Fulton County resident was convicted under this law. This is despite the fact that the Fulton-County jury publicly stated that the law was ‘archaic’ and noted that such gadgets can have ‘therapeutic value.’
Just thought you would like to know.
• No person may be buried under a sidewalk of a cemetery.
Did someone actually try to do that?
Crazy Laws in the Cities of Georgia
• In Atlanta – It is against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
Tie your sweet giraffe to a parking meter like they do with elephants in the state of Florida.
• In Athens-Clarke County – It is illegal for one to make a disturbing sound at a fair.
Let’s have a little clarification here. What qualifies as a disturbing sound?
• Owners of mules may not allow their animal to roam around Athens unsupervised.
Don’t you just hate it when you run into an unsupervised mule?
• In Acworth – All citizens must own a rake.
You don’t have a lawn? That’s no excuse.
• In Columbus – It is illegal to carve your initials on a tree, even if it is on your own property.
So … print your name in longhand instead.
• Crosses may be burned on someone else’s property, so long as you have their permission.
And that makes it all right?
• It is illegal to carry a chicken by its feet down Broadway on Sunday.
Carry your chicken upright or make the little darling walk.
• The fine for waving a gun in public is higher than actually shooting it.
That makes about as much sense as all these other crazy laws.
• All Indians must return to their shore of the Chattahoochee River by nightfall.
That has to be a very, very, very old law.
• It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday.
What the … ?
• In Dublin – Persons may not wear hoods in public.
The city would need the National Guard to enforce this one now that hoodies are so popular.
• In Gainesville – Chicken must be eaten with the hands.
Put your shoes back on, Bubba.
• In Jonesboro – It is illegal to say “Oh, Boy!”
You know I had to look up the rationale for this law. After the Civil War, former slaves who were now free had no money and little food. There was almost no work available. When wealthy landowners came to town, often they would want their horses cleaned. Former slaves would fight over who got to clean the horses. Many were killed or injured.
So the city of Jonesboro passed a law that these wealthy men could no longer come to town and call for these former slaves. How had they called for them? You guessed it: ‘Oh, boy!’
• In Kennesaw – Every head of household must own a gun.
The NRA has a STRONG foothold in Kennesaw.
• In Marietta – Though it is illegal to spit from a car or bus, citizens may spit from a truck.
Isn’t that discrimination against cars and buses?
• In Quitman – It is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.
Now I know the answer to that age-old question: ‘Why does a chicken cross the road? To get out of Quitman, that’s why.
• In St. Mary's – No spitting on the sidewalk is permitted after dark.
How would anyone know?
Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Georgia
• The Okefenokee Swamp in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the largest swamp in North America. Over 400,000 acres of canals and cypress trees provide sanctuaries for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife.
Although folklore states that the word, ‘okefenokee,’ is a Native American word meaning ‘land of trembling earth,’ it is actually the anglicization of the Itsate Creek Indian words, ‘oka fenoke,’ which mean ‘water-shaking.’
Do you remember Walt Kelly’s comic strip, ‘Pogo,’ where the characters made their home in the Okefenokee Swamp?
• Cumberland Island National Seashore contains the ruins of Dungeness, the once magnificent Carnegie estate. Wild horses now graze among the wind-swept dunes.
• President John F. Kennedy, Jr. was married to Jackie on Cumberland Island.
• The SS Savannah was the first steamship/sailing ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1818.
• The notorious pirate, Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach, lived on Blackbeard Island. The U.S. Congress designated the 3,000-acre Blackbeard Island as a Wilderness Area in 1975.
• Hernando de Soto was the first European to explore Georgia in 1540.
Remember de Soto from 'Crazy Laws in Florida'?
• In 1832, Auraria was the site of the first Gold Rush in America. Its name derives from ‘aurum,’ the Latin word for gold.
• Coca-Cola was invented in May 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. The name ‘Coca-Cola’ was suggested by Dr. Pemberton's bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. Coca-Cola was first sold at a soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta.
• The World of Coca-Cola is a permanent exhibition in Atlanta featuring the history of the Coca-Cola company as well as a host of entertainment areas and attractions.
I tried sniffing Coke once, but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose.
• The figures of Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee make up the world's largest sculpture.
It is located on the face of Stone Mountain. Robert E. Lee's horse, Traveler, is also carved on the mountain.
• Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women in 1843.
•The locomotive engine popularly known as The General is housed in the Big Shanty Museum in Kennesaw. It was hijacked in the Andrews Railroad Raid in 1862 and later depicted in the movie, ‘The Great Locomotive Chase.’
• Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon is the largest archeological development east of the Mississippi River. It contains major earthworks built more than 1,000 years ago including the Great Temple and other ceremonial mounds.
• Chehaw Park in Albany is a well-known wild animal park. The park is named for the Chiha or Chehaw, a tribe of Creek Native Americans who once inhabited the property and befriended Caucasian settlers.
• The Little White House in Warm Springs was the recuperative home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who suffered from polio.
Note: FDR was attracted to the Warm Springs area by the warm water with supposed curative powers.
• Marshall Forest in Rome is the only natural forest within a city limits in the United States.
• Berry College in Rome has the world's largest college campus consisting of more than 27,000 acres of fields, falls, lakes, forests, and Lavender Mountain.
• Providence Canyon State Park, near Lumpkin, is often called the Little Grand Canyon of Georgia.
• Brasstown Bald Mountain with an elevation of 4,784 feet is the highest point in Georgia.
• James Earl (Jimmy) Carter was the 39th President of the U.S. from 1977 to 1981.
Born in the small farming town of Plains, Georgia (Pop, 776), he was the governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975.
• Atlanta played host to the greatest rout in football history - a 1916 contest in which Georgia Tech blew out tiny Cumberland College 222-0.
Using the 'jump-shift' offense, John Heisman's Golden Tornado team won the most lopsided victory in the history of college football.
• The popular theme park - Six Flags over Georgia, was actually named for six flags that flew over Georgia: the United Kingdom, Spain, France, the Confederate States of America, the U.S., and the state of Georgia.
Note: How would you like to ride this free-fall attraction, the appropriately-named Acrophobia?
• The original name for Atlanta was Terminus because the city was originally located at the end of a railroad.
• Stone Mountain near Atlanta is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world.
• The annual Masters Golf Tournament is played at the Augusta National in Augusta every first week of April.
• The oldest portable steam engine in the United States is on display at Historic Railroad Shops in Savannah.
• Known as the sweetest onion in the world, the Vidalia onion can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville.
Note: The Vidalia is unusually sweet because of the low amount of sulfur in the soil in which it is grown.
• Cordele claims to be the watermelon capital of the world and hosts an annual Watermelon Festival each June.
• In 1995, the Georgia Assembly designated Georgia as the poultry capital of the world.
It produces over 40% of all chickens in the United States and ranks fifth in the world in chicken production.
• Each year Georgia serves as a host to the International Poultry Trade Show, the largest poultry convention in the world.
• The largest wild hog ever discovered was found and killed in Alapaha.
Weighing in at 800 pounds and measuring 8½ feet in length, the creature was nicknamed ‘Hogzilla.’
• Charles Lindbergh made his first solo cross-country flight from Americus to Montgomery in a World War I surplus Curtiss JN-4 ‘Jenny’ that he purchased for $500.
• Wackiest street intersection names in Albany: Lonesome and Hardup . . . I kid you not.
• The Georgia State Capitol building is gilded with 43 ounces of locally-mined gold from the first gold rush in 1830.
• Juliette Gordon Low, born in Savannah, was the founder of the Girl Scouts of America with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts. Her birthplace is now a Girl Scout museum.
• Georgia is often called the Empire State of the South, the Peach State, the Goober (peanut) State and the Cracker State.
• State fish – largemouth bass
• State flower – Cherokee rose
• State tree - live oak tree
• State bird – brown thrasher
The Georgia Guidestones, a granite monument erected in 1980 in Elbert County, is often referred to as an American Stonehenge.
A message consisting of ten guidelines is engraved in eight different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Hebrew, Hindi, Arabic and Swahili.
1- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2- Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
3- Unite humanity with a living new language.
4- Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
5- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8- Balance personal rights with social duties.
9- Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
10- Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
• Georgia's Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in the western hemisphere with more than 10 million gallons of water and 100,000 fish and mammals representing 500 species.
• Much of Atlanta was destroyed during the Civil War. Only 400 buildings survived. That’s why the city’s symbol is a phoenix.
Note: In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.
Bet You Didn't Know:
• Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts in the U.S. and produces twice as many peanuts as the next leading state.
• Georgia, through its pine forests, produces 50% of the world's resin and turpentine.
• Georgia is the number one producer of pecans in the world – the region around Albany is the center of pecan production.
• Georgia leads the nation in the production of paper and board, tufted textile products, and processed chicken.
• Georgia is one of the top five growers of blueberries.
• Dalton is known as the Carpet Capital of the World. It produces 65-70% of all American carpets. There are over 100 outlet stores in the city.
Crazy, bizarre but true story
• The ‘Tree That Owns Itself’ is a white oak widely assumed to have legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet of its base. The tree is located at the corner of South Finley and Dearing Streets in Athens, Georgia.
Note: The original tree fell in 1942, but a new tree was grown from one of its acorns and planted in the same location. The current tree is sometimes referred to as the ‘Son of The Tree That Owns Itself.’
How did this all come about? In the early 1800s, Col. William Henry Jackson had cherished childhood memories of this white oak tree and to protect it, deeded to it ownership of itself.
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“I enjoy performing for heavily armed people. It’s easier than going to Georgia.” – Robin Williams
Robin must have spent some time in Kennesaw.
© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."