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Updated on November 8, 2015

This is certainly an ever changing world in which we all live in today. With every new generation it seems as though more and more changes are taking place. New ideas are always popping up, and coming along with each and every new generation.

Some of these bright new ideas eventually make it into our locally elected politicians offices. These ideas are widely discussed in both open and closed secret meetings, and from there some of them are even turned into bills. From there these bills are taken to Capital Hill, where they are debated by lawmakers, and sometimes even voted into law.

The thing with change is that not all change is necessarily good. Some change is bad, and even becomes worse as it's turned into a law. Some of these new laws that are coming onto the books today are far surpassing the reasonable realm of common sense. Some of these laws are just plain stupid, and are a reflection of a new generation of law makers.

It's becoming more and more evident lately just how dumb this new generation of politicians have become with some of these ridiculous laws that have recently come into existence. Now a days there seems to be a very fine line where simple common sense and logic used to come into play.

I have collected and listed over 100 ridiculous laws from all 50 states. Some of these laws are brand new, and some of these laws are rather old. If it's an old out of date law, then this new generation of lawmakers should have enough common sense to appeal the law for crying out loud. Also keep in mind that sometimes you have to read a little bit more into these laws, to understand what's really going on. Let's now take a look at some of these laughable laws that fill our state's legal books today.

List of crazy state laws that are on the books -

New Jersey - Recently New Jersey declared that a person is no longer allowed to smile on their drivers license picture, however believe it or not it's against the law for them to frown at a police officer. Law makers in New Jersey also want to out law television shows with their state name in them, like "Jersey Shore", and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey". I guess they are afraid that these shows will tarnish their state image, however in Georgia all is well and good with the Honey BOO BOO show.

Georgia - Now Georgia on the other hand has their own share of interesting state laws. A person isn't allowed to carry an ice cream cone around in their back pocket on Sundays, and people can't keep a donkey in their bathtub either.

West Virginia - In my home state of West Virginia it's illegal to take a snooze on a train, and it's also strictly prohibited to whistle underwater. I can honestly say that I've never whistled underwater.

Wisconsin - Wisconsin state law makes it against the law to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese, and it's also against the law to be kissing on a train.

Florida - Men are not allowed to be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown, and it's considered an offense to shower naked. Also in Florida after 6 pm you may not fart in a public place.

Hawaii - People are not allowed to be put coins in their ears, and residents may also be fined as a result of not owning a boat.

Wyoming - You are not allowed to take a photograph of a rabbit from the months of January to April without an official permit, and it's forbidden to use a firearm to fish.

Virginia - It's against the law to tickle women in Virginia, and children aren't allowed to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Connecticut - In Connecticut a pickle must bounce to officially be considered a pickle, and you can also be stopped by the law for riding a bike over 65 miles per hour.

Washington - In the state of Washington, believe it or not lollipops are banned, and people are not allowed to buy a mattress on Sundays. It's also illegal to pretend that you have rich parents.

Arizona - It's considered a felony in Arizona if you commit a misdemeanor while wearing a red mask, and it's illegal to manufacture imitation cocaine. I hope that this doesn't mean it's legal to make the real stuff.

Vermont - In Vermont before a women can wear false teeth, they must obtain written permission from their husband, and in one Vermont city people must bathe every Saturday night.

Utah - In the state of Utah you are not allowed to go fishing from horseback, and it's illegal for a person not to drink milk.

Alaska - It's against Alaska state law to push a live moose from out of a moving airplane. To the other extreme while it might be legal to shoot bears in Alaska, you are not allowed to wake a sleeping bear up to takes it's picture.

Texas - In Texas it's against the law to milk someone else's cow, and you're also not allowed to drink more than 3 sips of beer while standing up.

Nebraska - A parent can be arrested if their child burps in church, and in the city of Lehigh, Nebraska it's illegal to sell Doughnut holes.

Tennessee - You're not allowed to carry a skunk into the state of Tennessee, and you can't sell hollow logs either. It is also against the law to catch a fish with a lasso.

Alabama - It's against the law to flick boogers into the wind, and it's also illegal for a person to drive a car blindfolded.

Colorado - In Colorado tags can be legally ripped off of pillows & mattresses, and in the city of Denver, Colorado it's against the law for a person to lend their vacuum cleaner to their next-door neighbor.

South Dakota - In South Dakota it's against the law for someone to lie down in a cheese factory and fall asleep, and horses must be wearing pants before they can enter the Fountain inn.

Arkansas - The Arkansas River can't rise any higher than the Main street bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas, and It’s also prohibited to incorrectly pronounce the word Arkansas. I'd like to see them enforce both of these laws, because I'm sure that mother nature has other plans.

California - Everyone is guaranteed good old California sunshine, and a vehicle is not allowed to exceed 60 miles per hour without a driver inside of it.

South Carolina - In South Carolina it's illegal to keep a horse in a bathtub, and on Sundays you're not allowed to sell any musical instruments.

Rhode Island - It's against the law for a person to throw pickle juice on a trolley car, and in the city of Newport, Rhode Island after sunset people aren't allowed to smoke a pipe.

Delaware - In the city of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware you're not allowed to be whispering in church, and you're also not allowed to be pretending that you're asleep on a boardwalk bench.

Pennsylvania - In the state of Pennsylvania it's against the law for a person to be singing in their bathtub, and it's also against the law for people to go to sleep outside on top of a refrigerator.

Oregon - In the state of Oregon drivers aren't allowed to pump their own gas, and on Sundays you're not allowed to eat ice cream.

Idaho - Idaho state law bans fishing from off of a camel’s back, and on Sundays you're not allowed to ride merry-go-rounds.

Illinois - In the state of Illinois if you don't have at least one dollar on you, then you could be arrested for vagrancy, and believe it or not the English language is not supposed to be spoken.

Oklahoma - In Oklahoma it's against the law to make ugly faces at dogs, and wearing your boots to bed is also illegal.

Maryland - In the city of Baltimore, Maryland It’s against the law to take a lion to the movies, and it's also against the law to sell baby chicks or ducklings to children within a week of Easter.

Ohio - In Ohio fishing drunk is against the law, and in the city of Bay Village, Ohio it's also against the law to walk a cow down Lake road.

North Dakota - You're not allowed in a bar or restaurant to serve pretzels & beer at the same time, and it's also against the law to fall asleep with your shoes on.

Indiana - In Indiana it's illegal to pass a horse on the street, and you're not permitted to take a bath anytime between the months of October and March.

Kansas - All pedestrians in Kansas must wear tail lights at night when crossing a highway, and it's also against the law to shoot rabbits from a motorboat.

Iowa - In Iowa all one armed piano players must play for free, and it's against the law in public for a man with a mustache to kiss a woman.

North Carolina - In North Carolina it's against the law for anyone to sing off key, and it's also illegal to plow a cotton field with an elephant.

New York - In New York they are not playing around and the penalty for jumping off a building is death, and it's also against the law to wear slippers after ten o'clock at night.

Kentucky - In Kentucky it's frowned upon to throw eggs at a public speaker, and it's also against the law to go fishing with a bow and arrow.

Louisiana - In Louisiana it's against the law while robbing a bank to shoot the bank teller with a water pistol, and there's a stiff penalty on the books for stealing an alligators.

New Hampshire - In New Hampshire you can't sell the clothes off your back to pay a gambling bet, and it's also against the law on the beach to pick seaweed.

Nevada - In Nevada you're not allowed to drive camels on the highways, and in Reno, Nevada it is against the law for a person to lie down on the sidewalk.

Maine - In the state of Maine you're not allowed to step out of a plane while it's in flight, and a person can be fined for having their Christmas decorations up after January 14th.

Massachusetts - In Massachusetts it's against the law to have a gorilla in the back seat of your car, and there may not be anymore more than 1% of alcohol contained in candy.

Montana - In Montana It's against the law to have a sheep in your truck without a chaperone present, and it's also against the law for a wife to open up her husband’s mail.

Michigan - In Michigan a woman must first have her husband's permission to cut her own hair, and it's against the law on Sundays to sell cars.

Missouri - In Missouri it's not against the law to speed, and all single men who are between the ages of 25 & 50 have to pay a one dollar tax every year.

Mississippi - In the state of Mississippi it's against the law to house a horse within fifty foot of any road, and in the center of Main street of the city of Tylertown, Mississippi it's against the law to shave yourself.

Don't do it, it's against the law.
Don't do it, it's against the law.

New Mexico - In New Mexico idiots aren't allowed to vote, and in the city of Deming, New Mexico you're not allowed to hunt anywhere in the mountain view cemetery.

Minnesota - This classic Minnesota state law prohibits a person from crossing the state line with a duck on top of their head, and finally in the city of St. Cloud, Minnesota you can't eat a hamburger on Sunday.

Remember if it's on the Internet, then it must be true.

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    • kj force profile image


      3 years ago from Florida

      I did respond once to this article...couldn't resist again...

      As far as Florida vs strapless gown...obviously that's not true...ever been to " Fantasy Fest " in Key West ? or the Parliament House in Orlando ?

      and the best one..stand outside a : Sonnys" restaurant after 6pm...farts abound !!!! had fun with this article...thanks for the share..loved it

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      Amanda M 

      3 years ago from Unknown

      Hilarious! I love it!

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      3 years ago

      So, being so busy the past two weeks, I just skipped over all the blog posts to yerdtseays. You had a baby?! I feel so out of the loop. She is absolutely beautiful! Honestly, just such a treasure. And how wonderful your inlaws were able to come.

    • HuskyChaos profile image


      4 years ago from England

      Some very funny and ridiculous laws. Seriously, all that wasted money and time making those laws!

    • freecampingaussie profile image


      4 years ago from Southern Spain

      This is a great hub if you want a laugh ! Voting it up as it is so so funny !We better be careful on our trip thru the USA lol !

    • Say Yes To Life profile image

      Yoleen Lucas 

      5 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      It really is true you're not supposed to pump your own gas in Oregon! It's to create more jobs for its residents.

      Regarding the offense of showering naked in Florida - I had a friend from California who went to summer camp in Michigan, and the other kids got on her case because she showered without wearing a bathing suit. do they have that same law in Michigan as well?

      I live in Hawaii, and don't own a boat. I guess I'm in serious trouble...

    • AlexK2009 profile image


      5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Umm..... Which country in particular are you talking about? I find it impossible to think of one that is NOT so ruled. Whoever is in power. Perhaps Bhutan is an exception.

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      Dr. Eve Riser-Roberts 

      5 years ago from Santa Fe, NM

      Well, there you are. This country is run by greed and stupidity.

    • DemiT profile image


      5 years ago from Greece

      Great hub!! So funny:) I am speechless...but glad I know that these laws exist, before a visit to USA.

      Still laughing :))

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      Amber Howard 

      5 years ago from Wallkill, New York

      Dear New York, I always wear slippers. Also, the point of jumping off of a building is death. Just so you know. Sincerely, A New Yorker

      Fantastic hub! I can't believe some of them. Making illegal cocaine is worse than the real stuff. Go figure.

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      5 years ago

      A state that won't let me take my lion with me to the theater is no state that I want to live in.

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      Nancy Yager 

      5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I am absolutely sure that I broke the hamburger law in Minnesota. Will I be arrested?

    • catgypsy profile image


      5 years ago from the South

      I live in Alabama...darn, I have to take off my blindflold! Haha...hilarious hub...loved it!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And we vote for these idjits, right?

    • kj force profile image


      5 years ago from Florida

      TheHoleStory...Living in Floriduh...I think ALL of these are in our books and I do believe they are enforced..basically most people here are from somewhere everything you learned elsewhere, once you are in Floriduh ,turn it upside down, sideways, inside out and add a few duh huhs..and it's a law..loved your hub..that was some research..enjoyed whether truth or not...voted up and original...

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      Angela Blair 

      5 years ago from Central Texas

      What a delightful Hub. It's amazing what's on the books in all thee states -- looks like idocy reigns supreme everywhere! Best/Sis

    • AlexK2009 profile image


      5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Of course this hub gives me a long list of things to do before I die.

      The latest idiocy is it is illegal to collect rainwater.

    • AlexK2009 profile image


      5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I don't know if these are all real but a few years ago I read that California's legislators were narrowly defeated on two measures

      (1) They wanted to set the value of Pi, the mathematical constant, to three

      (2) They wanted to pass a lawa that would have made heterosexual intercourse in your own bedroom, using the missionary position, illegal.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Funny stuff! Can you go fishing with handgrenades if you can't use a gun? We've got some archaic laws here as well that were never repealed, such as death by hanging for stealing an apple. There haven't been any hangings lately, though. Judge Jefferies was the last to hang folk for piffling offences, back in the days of James II (I am informed reliably that post-WWII, the church of St Mary Aldermanbury - in the City of London - was dismantled and taken, together with the ghost of Judge Jefferies and rebuilt in Fulton, Missouri. If you've had a spate of hangings for silly offences in Missouri since then, that's the reason).

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      Rob Winters 

      5 years ago

      Cleary a lot of people with too much time (& little sense) on their hands.Up, Interesting & Funny.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great fun hub! I love it! Thank you!

    • GiblinGirl profile image


      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hilarious and totally ridiculous. Thanks for sharing. I actually did a hub about unusual driving laws which are equally absurd.

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      MJ Miller 

      5 years ago from East Tennessee

      Hilarious hub. It really makes you wonder why there was a need for these crazy laws. But I have one question... If I'm driving in Alabama without a blindfold, can I flick boogers in my car while I'm driving into the wind? LOL...

    • justgrace1776 profile image


      5 years ago

      So funny...but just remember, the laws were based on the actions of people, otherwise they wouldn't be laws.

    • benisan85745 profile image


      5 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      Also in Hawai'i, one cannot appear to court barefooted, and your twin cannot work at the same location as you, and one cannot hassle birds on the way to the beach...

      I also reside in Arizona, where in the city of Tombstone, it is illegal to appear in public with no more than 1 visible tooth missing, not that is funny!

      Good Hub


      *note* if I am not mistaken, I believe the pennies in one's ear had something to do with the selling of drugs in town? I'm actually from Maui, I could be wrong...the boat is self explanatory.

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      Alastar Packer 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Some of these are old alright- redundant in today's world. Good research Hole, and funny and ridiculous many of the apparent new laws are.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know whether to laugh or cry! I live in Washington, and in celebration of this hub I'm going out and buy a lollipop! I'll show them!

      Great fun, very interesting, and a little disturbing!

    • flashmakeit profile image


      5 years ago from usa

      I just can not believe Illinois laws. You must always care one dollar on you and the English language is not supposed to be spoken.


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