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Massachusetts Crazy Laws And Fun Facts

Updated on August 3, 2015
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Crazy Massachusetts Laws

  • Candy may not contain more than 1% alcohol.
  • An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
  • Goatees are illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
  • Children may smoke, but they may not purchase cigarettes.
  • It is unlawful to deliver diapers on a Sunday, regardless of emergencies.
  • It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients.
  • In Marlboro, Massachusetts it is illegal to buy, sell or possess a squirt gun.
  • It is illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder.
  • It is illegal to snore unless you have your bedroom windows closed and locked.
  • You may not have colored lights on your house if they can be seen from Main Street. If you live on Main street and want to paint your house, the colors must be approved by the historical society.
  • In 1659 the state of Massachusetts outlawed Christmas.
  • It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath.
  • It is illegal to play a fiddle.
  • Defacing a milk carton is punishable by a $10 fine.


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Massachusetts fun facts, trivia and tidbits

  • The birth control pill was invented at Clark University in Worchester.
  • 552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • The Boston Cream Pie is the official dessert of Massachusetts.
  • The Boston Terrier is the official state dog.
  • On June 1, 1660, Mary Dyer was hanged on Boston Common for repeatedly defying a law banning Quakers from the colony. She is believed to be the last religious martyr in North America.
  • There is a house in Rockport built entirely out of newspaper.
  • The first American lighthouse was built in the Boston Harbor in 1716.
  • The visible part of Plymouth Rock is about the size of a coffee table and has the date 1620 carved on it's surface. It is not located near the head of Plymouth Harbor.
  • The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.
  • Harvard was the first college established in North America.
  • Between June 14, 1962 and January 4, 1964 thirteen single women between the ages of 19 and 85 were murdered by the infamous Boston Strangler.
  • The Pilgrim National Wax Museum in Plymouth is the only wax museum devoted entirely to the Pilgrim's story.
  • Webster Lake’s real name is Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, the longest geographic name (and hardest spelling bee word) in the U.S., and the longest lake name in the world.
  • The Boston Common became the first public park in America in 1634.
  • The American Revolution began in Lowell which is also Americas first planned industrial city.


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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      It seems like so many states have these crazy old laws on the books and MA certainly has some unusual ones. Very entertaining.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It's true, Pamela. Each state has their own special group of crazy laws. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the comment.

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      Tony Lawrence 6 years ago from SE MA

      I have lived in Massachusetts all my life and have been guilty of at least two of these crimes.

      After breakfast, I'll go turn myself in.

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      Patti Ann 6 years ago from Florida

      Great hub! Wonder what made them write those crazy laws.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Hey, Pcunix, if it makes you feel good do it. lol My only question is which two? Thanks

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patti Ann, I think there were a few people with too much time on their hands so they decided to mess with people's mind. They may be crazy but they are fun to read.

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      nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub. Very interesting old laws. I wonder why they don't change them?

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      nancy, I think it's more fun for them to have on the books. Thanks for stopping in.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'd love to see that house made of newspaper - and will research further. I love these hubs of yours! Thanks a lot!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      BK, It does make you wonder what the newpaper house looks like and how it is still standing. Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comments.

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      JS Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Very interesting read! I was not aware of a lot of these things in spite of living in MA my entire life. Up and shared.

      JSMatthew~

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