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Kentucky Crazy Laws and Trivia

Updated on June 3, 2019
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Kentucky, the beautiful home state of my father. It is a wonderful state to camp in and relax in. The rolling green fields and beautiful s

Kentucky horse farm
Kentucky horse farm | Source

Crazy Kentucky Laws

  1. All bees entering Kentucky shall be accompanied by certificates of health, stating the apiary from which the bees came from was free from contagious or infectious disease.
  2. In Bellevue, Kentucky it is illegal for pigeons to fly over the town.
  3. It is illegal to force a person into a store in order to make a sale.
  4. In Lexington, Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.
  5. No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within the state of Kentucky unless she is escorted by at least two officers of the law or unless she is armed with a club.
  6. Any person who displays, handles, or otherwise uses a reptile in a religious ceremony will be charged no less than $50.
  7. Kentucky requires that every citizen take a shower once a year.
  8. No person shall sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange, display or possess living baby chicks, ducklings, or rabbits which have been dyed or colored. In other words, you can sell a blue chick.
  9. By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground".
  10. In Frankfort, Kentucky it is illegal to shoot off a policeman's tie.
  11. It's illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing Lisense.
  12. A woman may not buy a hat without her husbands permission.

Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby | Source

Kentucky Trivia

  1. Lynn's Paradise Cafe in Louisville, Kentucky sponsors the Ugly Lamp Contest every year at the Kentucky State Fair. Some of the winning lamps end up displayed at the cafe.
  2. The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant that was owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is in Corbin, Kentucky.
  3. Fleming County is recognized as the covered bridge capital of Kentucky. At one time, there were more than 400 covered bridges in the area, but now only 13 have been preserved.
  4. In 1908, two years before the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated, the Eagle Troop in Burnside, Kentucky was organized by Myra Green Bass. This troop guided boys in camping and hiking using the official handbook of English scouting. Many think of this as the first American Boy Scout Troop.
  5. More than 100 native Kentuckians have been elected governors of other states.
  6. The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville, Kentucky in 1856.
  7. The World Peace Bell is the world’s largest free swinging bell, and it is located in Newport Kentucky.
  8. The Kentucky derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.
  9. Teacher Mary S. Wilson held the first observation of Mother's Day in Henderson, Kentucky in 1887. It was made a national holiday in 1916.
  10. Frederick Vinson who was born in Louisa is the only Chief Justice of the U S Supreme Court known to have been born in jail.
  11. The state's only island park is General Burnside Island Park, which is surrounded by Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky.
  12. Although none of the battles fought during the War of 1812 actually took place in Kentucky, more than half of the soldiers killed were from the state.
  13. The first American performance of a Beethoven symphony was in Lexington, Kentucky in 1817.
  14. Kentenia State Forest in Harlan County is the oldest state-owned forest. It was a gift in 1919 from Kentenia-Cantron Corp and covers 4,277 acres on Pine Mountain.
  15. The first official state tree was the Kentucky coffee tree. It was changed to the tulip tree in 1976.
  16. The song "Happy Birthday" was created by two sisters living in Louisville, Kentucky in 1893.
  17. Every year the city of Pikesville leads the country in the consumption of Pepsi-Cola.
  18. The only city in the U. S. to be built within a meteor crater is Middlesoror, Kentucky.
  19. In the 1800's a close-knit clan in Troublesome Creek became known as the "Blue Fugates" because of their bluish colored skin. The blue skin was caused by an inherited blood disorder which affected the ability of the hemoglobin to carry oxygen.
  20. In 1774 Harrodstown, known now as Harrodsburg, was the first permanent settlement established in the Kentucky region. It was named after James Harrod who led a team of area surveyors.
  21. Abraham Lincoln , President of the Union and Jefferson David, President of the Confederacy, were both born in Kentucky less than 100 miles apart.
  22. There is a statue at the Boone Public Library in Burlington honoring Mary Draper Ingles. She was taken captive in 1755 by Shawnee Indians from her Virginia home and brought to Boone County. She escaped and traveled 100's of miles on foot over the coarse of six weeks to arrive at home nearly starved, unclothed and totally white haired at the age of 23.
  23. It has been said, but unverified, that Stephen Foster wrote "My Old Kentucky" in 1852 after visiting relatives in Kentucky.

Brush Mountain Schoolhouse in the Hensley Settlement Historic District, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky
Brush Mountain Schoolhouse in the Hensley Settlement Historic District, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky | Source

The “Happy Birthday” song originated in Louisville in the late 19th century. Patty Hill, a teacher at the Louisville Experimental Kindergarten School, collaborated with her sister Mildred, a piano instructor, on a song called “Good Morning to All” that became a greeting teachers would sing to students. It’s unclear how, exactly, the tune morphed into “Happy Birthday to You,” but today it’s the most recognizable song in the English language.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton


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