Dumb and Dumber- In Idaho a box of chocolates given must weigh 50lbs or more, and more unusual laws in the U.S. part 3
You'll never guess where you shouldn't pee when you're in Illinois!
We’re beginning with Idaho today. I may have to do more than one law from each state, as I can’t seem to control myself once I get started.
The thought that keeps going through my mind as I read these is “What the hell was going on at the time that made the lawmakers feel as though they needed to make this law?”
I can’t imagine that a city councilman just randomly asked for a law to be passed that made sure no one could fish from the back of a giraffe. (Idaho law) Something had to have happened. Did his brother-in-law break into the local zoo and take a giraffe out to dinner, a movie, and some night fishing? Did his wife ask for a giraffe to fish off of for her birthday? Did a giraffe donate a ton of money to the lawmaker’s re-election campaign… along with a nod and a wink? I would love, love, love to know!
I’m going to attempt to answer this question on the laws I choose today. If you have any ideas as well, and I’m sure you do, feel free to let me know. If you actually know why these laws were made-keep it to yourself. It’s like magic, once you know, the mystery is gone and it’s no fun. Just kidding. You can tell us. We’ll call you names, but deep down we’ll be happy for the knowledge. At least some of us will.
A man cannot give his sweetheart a box of chocolates weighing less than 50 pounds.
What happened? I’m thinking this was either a councilwoman who was tired of getting the 4-piece sample box of chocolates for Valentine's Day; or (and I believe this to be more likely) this was a man who wanted an excuse not to give his sweetheart chocolates… ever. “Honey, I looked and looked, but no one makes a box of chocolates over 50 pounds. It’s not my fault. It’s the dang ol’ law!"
The English language may not be spoken.
What happened?The congressman’s wife knew only one language. He was tired of hearing her yap.
In Normal, IL, it is unlawful to make faces at a dog.
What happened? I’m going to go out on a limb here. It’s normal, Illinois. People might not think making faces at a dog is considered normal. I think it is. I make faces at my dog all the time. My dog makes faces back. It’s our thing, and it’s normal. Get a grip, Illinois.
In Champaign, Illinois it’s illegal to pee in your neighbor’s mouth.
What the hell? I just heard a collective “ewwww”. Yeah, well I didn’t write it, I’m just reporting it. You do have to really wonder about this law. Especially since the law was written in CHAMPAIGN. I don’t want to begin to envision the scenarios that may have led up to the writing, debating, and passing of this law. I’ll let you figure out this one.
The value of pi is 3.
What happened? I actually think I may know the answer to this one for realsies. I grew up in Indiana, and while I love my state, I would be lying to say our schools were top notch, or middle notch, or even a notch. We had a sign in front of our school that read “Slow School”… and we meant it. Decimals were not taught so much as suggested. They must have gotten tired of suggesting, and dropped the .14. It makes all kinds of sense.
In Indiana one may also not sniff glue. This was a favorite pastime of students and teacher’s alike. Hence the whole “pi” thing
One must obtain written permission from the City Council before throwing bricks into a highway.
What happened? The City Councilmen were bored with all their boring boringness and wanted some excitement. By making people obtain permission to throw the bricks, the Council could legally get a piece of the action.
No one may scream at a haunted house.
What happened? If you notice the law says no one may scream “at” the haunted house, not “in” the haunted house. This one is obvious. A haunted house, with a lot of extra cash, got tired of kids screaming, “You’re a scary house!” Now they can’t. Well, they can, but they’ll be hauled off to jail. Way to go Haunted House!
Also in Kansas:
The installation of bathtubs is prohibited.
What happened? I’m going to go out on a limb here, and assume there were a bunch of dirty congressmen; kind of reminds me of modern times.
Throwing eggs at a public speaker could result in up to one year in prison.
What happened? I thought this was a little tough, until I saw that it was repealed in 1975… just in time for President Gerald Ford. Coincidence? I think not.
It is illegal to shoot lasers at police officers.
What happened? I’m going to assume there were some pretty embarrassed police men when they peed on themselves after being shot with a Star Trek laser gun set on “stun”. Now, if it had been set on “kill”, they wouldn’t have had to be so embarrassed. Those things are wicked scary on "kill".
You may not step out of a plane in flight.
What happened?I’ve lived in northern Maine. As sad as it may seem, this law actually needed to be made. I still wipe a tear from my eye when I think of all the lives that could have been saved had this law only been passed sooner.
And the last one for today…
It is illegal to take a lion to the movies.
What happened?You might think this is an odd law, yet if you think about it..., ok, it’s still an odd law. I believe the ratio of lions to single men in Maryland is quite high. There was a group of young men tired of being upstaged by the lion and his fluffy mane who got this law passed. Tired, and also a little frightened. The few who actually managed to get dates lost them during the movie credits. We're not sure what happened exactly, but the lions that were there looked pretty happy. Happy and full. It was a tough time to be single in Maryland before they finally passed this important law.
That’s it for today. I see that Massachusetts is coming up next. That state may take an entire hub for their dumb laws! Until next time, stay up to date, and try to stay out of jail!
This is the site where I found this information. I only used a few of the laws, there are TONS more on this site for each state!
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