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Maryland Crazy Laws, Fun Facts and Trivia
Crazy Maryland Laws
- A law from the early 1900s prohibits men, in Ocean City, from going topless on the Boardwalk.
- It is illegal to wash or scrub sinks in Baltimore no matter how dirty they become.
- Clotheslines are banned however, you can drape your clothes on a fence to dry.
- No person who is a “tramp” or “vagrant” shall loiter in any park at any time.
- In Halethrope, kisses lasting longer than one second are illegal.
- In Rockville citizens may not swim in the public fountains within the city limits.
- It is illegal to throw bales of hay from a second story window within the city limits of Baltimore.
- It is illegal to remove a public building by writing on it.
- You may not curse inside the city limits of Baltimore.
- In Caroline County you can receive is a $100 fine or six months in jail for forecasting or pretending to tell the future.
- You may not grow thistles in your yard.
In Baltimore it is illegal to mistreat oysters.
- It is illegal in Columbia to have clotheslines.
- A woman may not go through her husbands pocket while he is asleep.
- Eating while swimming in the ocean is prohibited.
- Wearing a sleeveless shirt in a public park is a park rule violation in Baltimore
- In Baltimore there is a $1 fine for blocking the sidewalk with a box.
- It is illegal to sell condoms from a vending machine unless the vending machine is in a place where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption.
Maryland Fun Facts and Trivia
- The USS Constellation docked in Baltimore is the last ship to survive the civil war.
- Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world.
- The Baltimore Ravens are named after Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, The Raven.
- On June 24, 1784 in Baltimore, 13 year old Edward Warren went airborne in the first successful manned balloon launch in the US.
- Mary Pickersgill designed the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the was of 1812.
- During revolutionary times Rockville was known as Hungerford's Tavern the name of the most famous landmark. One of the first calls to freedom from British rule was heard at the tavern in 1774.
- Known for its clean beaches and feral ponies, Assateague Island is visited by over 2.1 million people annually.
- Best-selling espionage author Tom Clancy was born at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore in 1947 and grew up in Northwood.
- America's national anthem was written by Frances Scott Key, who was a Maryland lawyer. It is said that he wrote it on September 14, 1818 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor.
- Maryland is the only state to have developed a distinct breed of dog-the Chesapeake Bay retriever.
- Founded in 1727 by William Parks, the Maryland Gazette is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the country.
- King Williams School opened in 1696, it was the first school in the US.
- Maryland gave up some of its land to help form Washington DC.
- The American flag has flown continuously over the monument of Francis Scott Key’s birthplace in Keymar, Maryland since May 30, 1849.
- Chincoteague's are famous ponies from Assateague Island.
- The Maryland Gazette founded in 1727 is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the US.
- Founded in 1683, Oxford gained it's prominence in colonial days by being mandated in 1684 by Maryland legislation as the first and only port of entry on the eastern shore.
- Although Maryland was a slave state below the Mason-Dixon Line, the state did not join the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
- The Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge in Savage is made of both cast iron and wrought iron. It is the only open railroad bridge of its type anywhere in the world.
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