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Funny, Astounding Laws Still on the Books Around the US

Updated on July 7, 2012

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

1. You may not wrestle a bear.
2. It is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket.
3. It is illegal to spit orange peels onto sidewalks.

Alaska

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

Arizona

1. Donkeys may not sleep in bathtubs.
2. Hunting camels is prohibited.
3. No more than six girls may live in any house.

Arkansas

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

California

1. Anyone wishing to keep a rhinocerous as a pet must obtain a $100 license first.
2. Growing oleander plants is illegal.
3. Driving a herd of cattle down the street is illegal.

Florida (My State)

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

Laws From Other States

1. A person is allowed only 5 minutes to fill out a voting ballot. (Alabama)
2. In Atlanta, Georga, you can not let your pubic hair grow past 6 inches.
3. In Idaho, it is illegal to ride a motorcycle if you are a 90 year old man.
4. In Shakopee, Minnesota, it is illegal to bulldoze a house when 5 or more cats occupy the ventilation system.
5. In Ohio, it is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
6. In Oklahoma, it is illegal to take a bite out of a person's hamburger without their permission first.
7. In Tennessee, it is illegal to import, possess, cause to be imported, or sell a skunk.

This is just a fraction of the humorous information I found. I tried to ensure that I included only those laws where the statute was provided, so the above are REAL laws still on the books. It is amazing to note that there were actual reasons in the past for the creation of these laws.

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      TripleAMom 4 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!!! 4 years ago

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

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      Brainy Bunny 5 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 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

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

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      TripleAMom 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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.)