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Michigan Crazy Laws, Fun Facts and Trivia

Updated on July 2, 2018
Lake Michigan sunset
Lake Michigan sunset | Source

Crazy Michigan Laws

  • It is illegal to sleep in a bathtub in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Smoking in bed is illegal in the state of Michigan.
  • A woman living in Michigan cannot cut her hair without her husbands permission.
  • It is legal for a robber to file a law suit if he or she got hurt in your house.
  • In Detroit it is illegal to make love in a car unless it is parked on you property.
  • In Rochester, Michigan, anyone wearing a bathing suit must have that bathing suit inspected by an officer of the law.
  • The use of the names of dead presidents to sell alcohol is prohibited in Michigan.
  • The last Sunday in June was named log cabin day on June 16, 1989.
  • Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he or she has not been convicted of a felony.
  • No man may seduce and corrupt an unmarried girl, or he risks five years in prison.
  • You may not swear in front of women or children in the state of Michigan.
  • In Detroit it is illegal to loiter in the city morgue.

Mackinaw city lighthouse
Mackinaw city lighthouse | Source

Michigan Fun Facts and Trivia

  • Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education.
  • Michigan has around 150 lighthouses, the most of any U. S. State.
  • Michigan produces about 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States.
  • Ottawa Indians were Grand Rapids' first inhabitants.
  • Michigan had the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.
  • The painted turtle is Michigan's state reptile.
  • Michigan is home to more public golf courses that any other state.
  • Four flags have flown over Michigan - French, English, Spanish, and United States.
  • Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. The J. W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. They have been operating for 125 years.
  • In 1879 Detroit telephone customers were the first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls.
  • Michigan has more than 4,000 miles of snowmobile trails..
  • Vernors ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.
  • Colon, Michigan is home to the world's largest manufacturer of magic supplies.
  • Grand Rapids was the first city in the U. S. to add floride to its drinking water.
  • Standing anywhere in the state of Michigan a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.

South Haven Pier in winter
South Haven Pier in winter | Source

Brighton and Grand Rapids have laws against being annoying, although Grand Rapids unwilling to foot the bill ,for jailing it's entire populace, is looking to abolish that law ASAP.

Michigan, A Paradise For Nature Lovers

et0biking, and you can even rent a cabin.If you are a nature lovers you don't have to look any farther than Michigan to find the perfect vacation for you. This state is jam paced with spots to enjoy.

  • For those who love hiking and Mother Nature there is a 13 mile hiking trail along the banks of the Grand and Red Cedar rivers. Along the way you will come across parks and historical spots to explore. Take along a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.
  • Sleepy Hollow State Park is 20 minutes north of Lansing is the perfect spot to camp and has plenty of entertainment for the whole family. There is swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, horse back riding, and you can even rent a cabin to sleep in.
  • Who can resist a steamboat ride. Get ready to climb aboard The Michigan Princess for a leisurely ride.
  • You will love the Meridian Historical Village. Let this historical village take you back in time to the19th-century settler life. The Village contains seven historical buildings: a one-room schoolhouse, farmhouse and barn, general store, inn, log cabin and the only remaining plank road tollgate house in Michigan.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Melissa, I'm not sure. It seems to me that it would be hard to conceal anything when your wearing a bathing suit.

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      Melissa 

      7 years ago

      I am never wearing a baithing suit in rochester... Why would a cop need to check ur baithing suit anyway?!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wendy, I love them too. I think in the case of the ice cream law is who in the world would want to carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket?

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      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      I love reading old laws. They are too funny. I live in Maryland and the funniest one I heard was that in Maryland it is against the law to carry and ice cream cone in your back pocket. - Weird. :)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rebecca, if they enforce the law about not falling asleep in the bathtub I'd be in jail. Thanks you

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      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      ha ha! don't fall alseep in the bathtub, and yes, this is voted up and useful, and of course Stumbled Upon for traffic blessings.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, I know that's right. I guess they can't be bothered keeping up with the books. At least some of the old laws are good for a laugh. thanks

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Old laws never die.Everyplace has old obsolete laws that clutter the books. I don't know why they are never repealed.

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