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Crazy Laws in the State of Kentucky and Fun Facts
Crazy Laws in the State of Kentucky and Fun Facts
Here is an example of a typical, crazy Kentucky law: “It is illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing License.”
That is the law. Now, could you please explain it to me?
Crazy Laws in the State of Kentucky
• No person shall dye or color any baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits nor offer to sell same in any quantity less than six (6).
So … you cannot dye or color chicks, ducklings, birds, or rabbits, etc. unless you have six of them to sell? Why not make it illegal to dye just one?
• It is illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing License.
Are you as confused as I am?
• It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow.
As well as darn near impossible.
• It is illegal to display, handle or use any kind of reptile in connection with any religious service or gathering.
Snake charmers are not welcome in Kentucky.
• It is against the law to remarry the same man four times.
It might also be grounds for commitment … to a mental institution.
• Any person who interferes with any person addressing a public audience within this state, who interrupts such a person, while speaking, by the use of insulting or offensive language or opprobrious epithets applied to the speaker or who attempts to interrupt or injure the speaker by throwing missiles of any kind at him shall be fined not less than fifty ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500), or imprisoned for not less than six (6) months nor more than one (1)], or both.
Watch out for those opprobrious epithets – they could get you in a whole lotta trubble.
• All bees entering Kentucky shall be accompanied by certificates of health, stating that the bees are free from contagious or infectious disease.
This law was passed in 1922 but repealed in 1948.
Either the bees bribed the Health Department or learned to print counterfeit certificates.
• No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club.
Later, an amendment proposed: ‘The provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than 60 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses.’
Kentucky wins the award for the most confusing crazy laws … so far!
• It is illegal to release a feral hog into the wild.
This seems to be just another crazy law but it actually makes sense, because wild hogs have been running amok in Kentucky's farmland, destroying crops and spreading disease. Wild hogs are now found in 37 counties in Kentucky, up from 19 counties in 2009.
Crazy Laws in the Cities of Kentucky
• In Fort Thomas – dogs may not molest cars.
Keep your dogs on a leash so the cars they can’t reach.
• In Frankfort – It is against the law to shoot off a policeman's tie.
You would have to be more than stupid to even try!
• In Lexington - by law, anyone who has been drinking is ‘sober’ until he or she ‘cannot hold onto the ground.’
Whatcha talkin’ about, Offisher? Shee! I’m shtanding erect!
• It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.
I remember reading this same crazy law in Carmel, California until Clint Eastwood had it repealed.
• In Owensboro – a woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission.
Were the ladies going crazy over headgear?
Fun Facts and Illustrious Information
• Kentucky was a popular hunting ground for the Shawnee and Cherokee Indian nations prior to being settled by white settlers.
• In 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state of the United States.
• Kentucky is also known for horse racing, bluegrass music, bourbon distilleries, auto manufacturing, tobacco, college basketball … and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
• The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin. Louisville is the Headquarters of KFC.
• Mammoth Cave is the world's longest cave and was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the U.S. Niagara Falls, New York is first.
• The name, Kentucky, may be based on an Iroquoian name meaning ‘on the meadow’ or ‘on the prairie.’
• In 1774, Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg) was established as the first permanent settlement in the Kentucky region. It was named after James Harrod who led a team of area surveyors.
• Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca are buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. Their son Isaac is buried at Blue Licks Battlefield near Carlisle, where he was killed in the last battle of the Revolutionary War fought in Kentucky.
• In the War of 1812 more than half of all Americans killed in action were Kentuckians.
• The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville in 1856.
• The radio (‘wireless telephony’) was invented by Nathan B. Stubblefield of Murray in 1892. It was three years before Marconi made his claim to the invention.
• Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born.
They were born less than one hundred miles from each other, and one or two years apart.
• Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one-room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin County, Kentucky.
• Jefferson Davis was born in 1807 or 1808, on the Davis homestead in Fairview, Kentucky.
The year of his birth is uncertain since he cited both 1807 and 1808 at different times in his life.
• In 1888, ‘Honest Dick’ Tate, the state treasurer, embezzled $247,000 and fled the state.
• In 1829, the first oil well in the U.S. was dug three miles north of Burkesville in Cumberland County. It is usually not recognized as such because the drillers were looking for salt brine.
• Cumberland was the first county in the U.S. to elect a female sheriff, Pearl Carter Pace.
• Kentucky is home to the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the U.S., the largest free-ranging elk herd east of the Mississippi River, and the nation's most productive coal field.
• The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country and has been run every consecutive year since 1875. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.
The Derby is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes.
• ‘Thunder over Louisville’ is the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Derby Festival and is the world's largest fireworks display.
• The Bluegrass Country around Lexington is home to some of the world's finest racehorses.
Bluegrass is not really blue - it is green - but in the spring, bluegrass produces bluish purple buds that when seen in large fields give a blue cast to the grass.
Today Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State.
• The song ‘Happy Birthday to You’ was the creation of two Louisville sisters in 1893.
Patty Hill was a kindergarten principal in Louisville. Mildred J. Hill was a pianist and composer.
The song’s lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages.
The melody comes from the song ‘Good Morning to All.’
• The town of Murray is home to the Boy Scouts of America Scouting Museum located on the campus of Murray State University.
• Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville.
•The Chevrolet Corvette is currently manufactured in Bowling Green, and is the official sports car of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
• Christian County is wet while Bourbon County is dry.
• Barren County has the most fertile land in the state.
• The first Miss America from Kentucky is Heather Renee French Henry of Maysville. She was crowned September 18, 1999 with the title of Miss America 2000.
Heather competed in the Miss Kentucky Pageant four times before winning the title on her fifth attempt.
In 2000, she married Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry, 21 years her senior, in Louisville.
Heather was born in 1974.
• More than 100 native Kentuckians have been elected governors of other states.
• Kentucky-born Alben W. Barkley was the oldest United States Vice President when he assumed office in 1949. He was 71 years old.
• The Red River Gorge is also known as a popular destination for rock climbers, with numerous cliffs in the gorge itself and in the surrounding areas.
• Cumberland Falls near Corbin, KY is one of the few waterfalls in the world to regularly display a moonbow.
• Fleming County is recognized as the Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky.
• Shelby County used to be a dry county but the city of Shelbyville is now wet (retail alcohol sales allowed). The county now allows restaurants outside Shelbyville to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink if they seat at least 100 patrons and derive 70% of their total sales from food.
Today, Shelby County is officially classified as a ‘moist’ county.
• The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington has 82 stained-glass windows including the world's largest hand-blown one.
The window measures 24 feet wide by 67 feet high and depicts the Council of Ephesus with 134 life-sized figures.
• Joe Bowen holds the world record for stilt walking endurance. He walked 3,008 miles on stilts from Bowen, Kentucky to Los Angeles, California.
Speaking of stilt walking . . . Cary Grant (born Archibald Alexander Leach) once performed as a stilt walker. He joined the ‘Bob Pender Stage Troupe’ in England and in 1920, at age 16, he traveled with the group on a 2-year tour of the U.S.
When the troupe returned home, Cary decided to stay in the U.S. and continue his stage career.
No, he was not born in Kentucky, but I could not resist including his photo – for all my lovable female followers. (The debbil made me do it.)
• Middlesboro is the only city in the United States built within a meteor crater – the Middlesboro Basin.
• The Middlesboro Canal is home to numerous populations and species of duck.
All these ducks are considered to be honorary citizens of the city, despite the traffic headaches they may cause.
Traffic and pedestrians must yield the right of way to the ducks at all times.
.Anyone caught harming the ducks could face fines or jail time
• Kentucky sponsors an official Tug-of-War Championship annually in Fordsville (population 531).
Speaking of War . . .
• The great Man o' War (Lexington, KY) won all of his horse races except one which he lost to a horse named Upset.
During his career just after World War I, he won 20 of 21 races and $249,465 in purses.
Would you like to know how Man o’ War’s only loss occurred? In the early 1900s, there were no starting gates. Horses circled around and then lined up behind webbing known as the barrier, and began the race when it was raised.
In Man o' War's only loss, he was still circling with his back to the starting line when the barrier was raised. He lost the race by half a length.
• Carrie Nation, the spokesperson against rum, tobacco, pornography, and corsets was born near Lancaster in Garrard County.
• The public saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville.
Thomas Edison introduced his incandescent light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in 1883.
• High Bridge located near Nicholasville is the highest railroad bridge over navigable water in the United States.
High Bridge was opened in 1876 and was the first cantilever bridge in North America.
The 1876 bridge was replaced in 1911 by a more robust bridge in the same place. The current bridge stands 308 feet above the river.
• Post-It Notes are manufactured at the 3M factory in Cynthiana (population 6,402). Today, it still accounts for nearly all of the world's production.
• The Hatfield and McCoy Reunion Festival and Marathon are held annually in June in Pikeville, KY as well as Matewan and Williamson, WV. The festival commemorates the famed feud and includes a marathon and half-marathon.
The motto is ‘no feudin', just runnin'.
• More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world.
• Frederick M. Vinson who was born in Louisa is the only Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court known to be born in jail.
Vinson was born in the newly built, eight-room, red brick house in front of the Lawrence County Jail in Louisa where his father served as the Lawrence County Jailer.
• The Lost River Cave and Valley Bowling Green contains the largest cave opening east of the Mississippi. It includes a cave with the shortest and deepest underground river in the world.
• The swimsuit Mark Spitz wore in the 1972 Olympic Games was manufactured in Paris, Kentucky.
State fruit – Blackberry
State gemstone – Freshwater pearl
State grass – Kentucky bluegrass
State motto – ‘United we stand, divided we fail’
State game species – Gray squirrel
State song – ‘My Old Kentucky Home’
State music – Bluegrass music
State automobile – Chevrolet Corvette
Kentucky State Symbols
State bird – Cardinal
State butterfly – Viceroy butterfly
State dance – Clogging
State beverage – Milk
State fish – Kentucky spotted bass
State fossil – Brachiopod (similar to clams and oysters but not related)
State flower – Goldenrod
State tree – Tulip tree
“I grew up in Kentucky, but … I had heat, and I didn't have to shoot my dinner or anything.” – Jennifer Lawrence (actress)
© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."