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Funny, Astounding Laws Still on the Books Around the U.S.

Updated on October 26, 2019
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Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. She is married with three children (23, 20, and 14).

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Funny Laws In Various States

Laws! We have to obey them. Federal, state, and municipal. Sometimes they frustrate us. We'd like to drive just a little faster, pay lower taxes, or fix the problems within education or the insurance industry. But...there are some silly or crazy laws still on the books today in every state that we should be very glad are not being enforced today. Here are some examples.

Alabama

You may not wrestle a bear.
It is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket.
It is illegal to spit orange peels onto sidewalks.
A person is allowed only 5 minutes to fill out a voting ballot.
Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.

Alaska

It is illegal to look at a moose from an airplane.
It is illegal to push a moose out of a moving airplane.
No one can possess a bow and arrow within the city limits.
A person may not take their pet into a barber shop.
You may not deny someone a glass of water.

Arizona

Donkeys may not sleep in bathtubs.
Hunting camels is prohibited.
No more than six girls may live in any house.
If you cut down a cactus you could be sentenced for up to 25 years in prison.


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Arkansas

No one may suddenly start or stop their car at McDonalds.
Arkansas must be pronounced "Arkansaw".

California

Anyone wishing to keep a rhinoceros as a pet must obtain a $100 license first.
Growing oleander plants is illegal.
Driving a herd of cattle down the street is illegal.
It is illegal to eat a frog that died during a frog jumping contest.


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Florida

Destin, Florida law says that a cat that viciously chases people is a "bad cat".
Fiddlers and stay at home dads are considered vagrants.
If an elephant is tied to a parking meter, the parking fee must be paid just as it would be for a car.

Georgia

Chickens can not cross the road in Quitman.
In Atlanta, Georga, you can not let your pubic hair grow past 6 inches.

Idaho

A man may not give his fiance a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
In Idaho, it is illegal to ride a motorcycle if you are a 90 year old man.

Minnesota

Red cars can not drive down Lake Street in Minneapolis.
In Shakopee, Minnesota, it is illegal to bulldoze a house when 5 or more cats occupy the ventilation system.
You may not cross state lines with a duck on your head.

Mississippi
A person who disturbs a church service can be subjected to a citizen's arrest.

New Mexico

It is not allowed for a female to be unshaven in public.

North Carolina

Bingo games can not last more than 5 hours.
It is illegal to sing off key.

Oklahoma

It is illegal to take a bite out of a person's hamburger without their permission first.


Ohio

Police are allowed to bite a dog if they think it will calm the dog down in Paulding.
It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.

Rhode Island

You can not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday
Professional sports may not be played on Sunday.

Tennessee

In Tennessee, it is illegal to import, possess, cause to be imported, or sell a skunk.

Texas

It's illegal to sell your eyeballs.

Utah

It is illegal for cousins to marry but only if they are younger than 65.
It is mandatory to drink milk.

Washington

You are not allowed to buy meat on Sunday.
It is illegal to harass bigfoot or any other undiscovered species.

These are just a fraction of the many crazy laws in the US that were imposed and have never been removed. It is amazing that these laws were even considered as necessary, but lawmakers at some time decided that they were important to the safety of society. Do you know what laws you might be breaking?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 TripleAMom

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    • TripleAMom profile imageAUTHOR

      TripleAMom 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Yo Face, you are very welcome. Please make sure any relatives still there know to check for cats before bulldozing a house :)

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      YO FACE!!! 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for adding that law for Shakopee! That's where I grew up. Love this; LOL!!! :)

    • TripleAMom profile imageAUTHOR

      TripleAMom 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Brainy Bunny--too funny. Pretty amazing what laws have been around! Thanks for reading.

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      Brainy Bunny 

      8 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      That law in Atlanta . . . Seriously, how would anyone know if you did? And is it even POSSIBLE?

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      Tim Mitchell 

      8 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Great hub and provided a needed laugh after a long day's work. Have a great day!

    • TripleAMom profile imageAUTHOR

      TripleAMom 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Queen Bumble Bee, from what I can tell, these laws are still on the books but not enforced. There are many websites that give funny laws, but I only took out the ones that actually gave a statute with it. The one like the rhinocerous owning actually states that you can't own an elephant, alligator, etc, etc. I read that the one about the ice cream cone in the back pocket had to do with horse theives that used ice cream cones in back pockets to lure horses away because they weren't technically putting their hands on the horses.

      Thanks to all for the comments. This was really a fun hub to write. My son has an app on his IPOD with funny laws on it and we laugh hysterically at them, so I thought others would enjoy.

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      Queen Bumble Bee 

      8 years ago from My Queendom

      Funny, funny! However, I think most of these are former laws and are not on the books anymore. Of at the very least, these laws are not enforced... I hope!

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      Brooke Lorren 

      8 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I really hope that they're still enforcing that Ohio law about fishing for whales on Sunday. Go ahead and fish for other fish, but definitely not the whales. Give all those whales in the Ohio waters a break!

      Good job.

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      TripleAMom 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Davesworld, that's hysterical. I love reading these laws. You've got to wonder what people were thinking sometimes for these laws to have been created in the first place, but I suppose people in that day would wonder about us too. :) Thanks for the comment.

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      Davesworld 

      8 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      In Blue Earth Minnesota, it is against city ordinance for a child younger than 12 to make a phone call unassisted. (Full disclaimer here: in my misspent youth, I was probably one of the reasons why that ordinance was passed LOL.)

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