Stange laws in your state

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    I'm sure every state has several. I found out last night that in NC you can't have a home-based business unless you own your home. Makes sense, I suppose, but what if you do something like Avon? I wonder if that counts. Doubt it, but I wonder what counts as a home-based business?

    Other weird laws in your state?
     
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  3. Cateacher2b

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    Here's 2 from UtH

    1. It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon 2. In the city of Provo you can be fined $50 for throwing a snowball....
     
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    Wow---the kids get mad because they can't throw snowballs at school!
     
  5. JaimeMarie

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    Are you sure you want to know the stupid laws that have never been taken off the books?

    1)Can't sell cars on sunday unless they are equipped with plumbing.
    2)Shotguns are required to be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack.
    3) You may not step out of a plane in flight.
    4) After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up
    5)
    It's illegal to clean salmon along Maine's upper Kennebec River. Enforcement of this law has been made easier for many years by the fact that, because of a dam, there are no salmon on the upper Kennebec River
    6) In Portland shoelaces must be tied while walking down the street

    There are so many odd laws that I can't even list them all. Here is a link to some of them.
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2656913/oh_those_strange_maine_laws.html?cat=17
     
  6. MathTeacher29

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    Also in NC if a man and a woman who aren't married go to a hotel/motel and register themselves as married, then they are legally considered as married
     
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    haha that is funny.
     
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    That is funny. Maybe I can trick my BF. Haha, jk.
     
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    That was the first thing I thought of when I read the law, lol.
     
  10. Aliceacc

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    What if one of them is already married??

    Then they're polygamists (in addition, of course, to being slime for cheating in the first place.)
     
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    In Delaware, it is illegal to pawn a wooden leg.

    In PA, It is illegal to have over 16 women live in a house together because that constitutes a brothel.

    It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.

    Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.

    A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.

    No more than two packages of beer at a time may be purchased, unless you are buying from an official “beer distributor”.

    All liquor stores must be run by the state.

    Persons convicted of felonies may not operate Bingo games.
     
  12. giraffe326

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    Some of my favorite Michigan ones:
    A woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.
    It is legal for a robber to file a law suit, if he or she got hurt in your house.
    It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday. (Detroit)
    It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.
    All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police. (Rochester)

    And some of my favorite North Carolina ones:
    It’s against the law to sing off key.
    Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.
    While having sex, you must stay in the missionary position and have the shades pulled.
     
  13. Aliceacc

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    Of course, if the shade are pulled, you've got to wonder how they would know about the rest...
     
  14. amakaye

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    In Indiana:

    If any person has a puppet show, wire dancing or tumbling act in the state of Indiana and receives money for it, they will be fined $3 under the Act to Prevent Certain Immoral Practices.

    The value of Pi is 3. (Was proposed in the 1897 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Engrossed Bill No. 246. The bill was passed in the house of representatives, but it was indefinately postponed in the Senate. That status remains today.)

    Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March.

    A man over the age of 18 may be arrested for statutory rape if the passenger in his car is not wearing her socks and shoes, and is under the age of 17.

    Smoking in the state legislature building is banned, except when the legislature is in session.

    Indiana liquor stores may not sell milk.

    Hotel sheets must be exactly 99 inches long and 81 inches wide.

    No one may catch a fish with his bare hands.

    It is illegal for barbers to threaten to cut off kid's ears.
     
  15. gigi

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    Here are some from NH:

    You may not tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.
    Any cattle that crosses state roads must be fitted with a device to gather its feces.
    On Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up.
     
  16. Aliceacc

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    I would HAVE to have that repealed, or move from Indiana!!!I've been fighting the battle against ignorance on this front for too many years to let it slide on the statewide level!
     
  17. amakaye

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    Somehow I knew that one would bother you Alice... ;)
     
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    Here are California's
    It is against the law for women to drive while wearing a bathrobe.

    It is against the law for animals to mate publicly within 1,500 feet of a
    tavern, school, or place of worship.

    In some small community, a law was passed that forbid anyone from trying
    to stop a child from playfully jumping over water puddles.

    Apple Valley - it is illegal for ducks to quack after 10:00 PM within the
    city limits.

    Bellflower - the law states that "a drunken man has as much right to a sidewalk
    as a sober man since he needs it a great deal more."

    Bonsall - it is against the law to read the Sunday paper while sitting in
    a rocking chair on the front porch while church services are in session.

    Berkeley - it is illegal to whistle for a lost canary before 7:00 A.M.

    Beverly Hills - the law states that "no male person shall make remarks to
    or concerning, or cough or whistle at, or do any other act to attract the
    attention of any woman upon or traveling along any of the sidewalks."

    Buena Park - the law prohibits males from "turning and looking at a woman
    in that way" on the Sabbath. If a second offense occurs, the assailant is
    required to "wear horse blinders for a 24-hour period in public."

    Camirillo - it is illegal for any man to purchase liquor without the written
    consent of his wife.

    Carmel - it is against the law to eat ice cream while standing on the
    sidewalk.

    Castaic - the law states that if a dentist accidentally pulls the wrong tooth,
    then the patient has the right to pull one of the dentist's teeth.

    Compton - it is against the law to have hip pockets in pants "since that
    is a good place to hide liquor."

    Costa Mesa - it is illegal to enter a movie theatre within four hours of
    eating garlic.

    Covina - according to this local law, a husband is not guilty of desertion
    if his wife rents his room to a boarder and "crowds him out of his house."

    El Monte - it is against the law for a horse to fall asleep in a bathtub
    unless the rider is sleeping with the horse.

    Gardena - it is illegal for any woman to chew tobacco without having the
    permission of her husband.

    Glendale - the law allows horror films to be shown only on Mondays, Tuesdays,
    and Wednesdays.

    Hesperia - the law states that "no one is allowed to duel if the opponent
    selects water pistols as weapons."

    Inglewood - it is unlawful "for any male person, within the corporate limits
    of the city of Inglewood, to wink at any female person with whom he is
    unacquainted."

    Long Beach - any female attending a dance "must be found wearing a corset.
    A physician is required to inspect each female at the dance."

    Los Angeles - it is against the law to bathe two babies in the same bathtub
    at the same time.

    Los Angeles - a man can legally beat his wife with a leather belt or strap,
    as long as the strap is no wider than 2 inches. The wife must give her consent
    in order for him to legally beat her with a wider strap.

    Los Angeles - it is illegal for the customer of a meat market to poke
    turkey to see how tender it is.

    Malibu - it is against the law to laugh out loud in a movie theatre.

    Monrovia - the law states that in order to get married, a man must "prove
    his manhood" by shooting six blackbirds or three crows and bringing them
    to his prospective father-in-law.

    Ojai - it is against the law for a woman to stand within five feet of a bar
    when she takes a drink in any public establishment serving alcoholic
    beverages.

    Ontario - rooster crowing is outlawed within the city limits.

    Pacific Grove - bothering the butterflies carries a $500 fine.

    Pico River - it is against the law for women weighing over 200 pounds that
    are attired in shorts to ride a horse.

    Pomona - the law states that "no person shall hallo, shout, bawl, scream,
    use profane language, dance, sing, whoop, quarrel, or make any unusual noise
    or sound in any house in such a manner as to disturb the peace and quiet
    of the neighborhood."

    Prunedale - it is illegal to have two indoor bathtubs in your house.

    Rosemead - it is against the law to eat ice cream in public with a fork.

    Riverside - it is illegal to carry a lunchbucket on the street.

    Riverside - it is illegal to stick your tongue out "in the direction of"
    a dog.

    San Francisco - there is a law that guarantees sunshine for the people.

    Santa Ana - it is illegal to swim on dry land.

    Santa Ana - it is against the law for a horse to sleep in a bakery.

    Santa Monica - the law states that "any person who shall in the city of Santa
    Monica use or carry a concealed or unconcealed any bean snapper or like article,
    shall, upon conviction, be fined."

    Temecula - it is illegal to play cards with children or pregnant women on the curb of a street.

    Upland - it is unlawful for the owner or keeper of horses, mules, cattle,
    sheep, goats, and hogs to "run at large."

    Ventura - it is illegal to make "ugly faces" at dogs that are found "freely
    roaming the community".

    Victorville - it is against the law to shoot open canned goods with a
    revolver.

    Whittier - the law states "two vehicles which are passing each other in opposite
    directions shall have the right of way."
     
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    It is illegal to swim on dry land??? That gave me a good laugh yarnwoman! :)
     
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    Just moved to NC, there's a hotel down the road... My boyfriend of 5 years will never know what hit him. hahaha THANKS! :lol:
     
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    those are funny
     
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    In Arizona....
    It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.
    Hunting camels is prohibited.
     
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    In Florida...
    - It is considered an offense to shower naked.
    - It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
    - You may not fart in a public place after 6 P.M. on Thursdays.
    - Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
    - Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.

    In Tampa...
    It is illegal to eat cottage cheese on Sunday after 6:00 P.M.
     
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    Lol...Thursdays
     
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    Seriously...what happened to come up with these rules??? Haha
     
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    Coral Gables, FL: It is illegal to park a truck (of any kind) outside after 6pm. This has become a problem for all the bored rich men who bought jazzed up pick up trucks and SUV's only to find they had to build a larger garage, or be fined some rediculous amount.
     
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    In Texas:

    One must acknowledge a supreme being before being able to hold public office.

    It's illegal to sell one's eye.

    When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.

    Up to a felony charge can be levied for promoting the use of, or owning more than six... um... adult toys. (And this is a NEW law!)
     
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    A few good ones from Iowa:

    A man with a mustache may never kiss a woman in public.

    One-armed piano players must perform for free.

    Kisses may last for no more than five minutes.

    Fort Madison: The fire department is required to practice fire fighting for fifteen minutes before attending a fire.

    Marshalltown: Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.
     
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    Laws in Virginia:
    1)Not only is it illegal to have sex with the lights on, one may not have sex in any position other than missionary.

    2) If one is not married, it is illegal for him to have sexual relations.

    3) Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.

    4) It is illegal to tickle women.

    In Norfolk Virginia

    Women must wear a corsette after sundown and be in the company of male chaperone.

    Stafford County, Virginia

    It is legal for a man to beat his wife on the courthouse steps so long as it is before 8:00 pm.
     
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    In North Dakota:

    It is illegal to lie down fall asleep with your shoes on

    Beer and pretzels can't be served at the same time

    It is illegal to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon

    In Devil's Lake, fireworks can't be set off after 11pm

    In Fargo, you can be jailed for wearing a hat while dancing, or even wearing a hat to an even where dancing will be taking place.
     
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    This one is for Sarge...

    In CT, it is illegal to ride a bike at more than 65mph. :)
     
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    thanks for the site~mm
     
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    Here are a few good ones from Oregon:

    -Canned corn is not to be used as bait for fishing.
    -Hood River: Juggling is strictly prohibited without a license.
    -Dishes must drip dry.
    -In Oregon anyone with a bad reputation is prohibited from distributing malt beverages.
    -It is illegal to whisper "dirty" things in your lover's ear during sex.
    -Klamath Falls: It's illegal to walk down a sidewalk and knock a snakes head off with your cane.
    -Myrtle Creek: One may not box with a kangaroo.
    -One may not bathe without wearing "suitable clothing," i.e., that which covers one's body from neck to knee.
    -People may not whistle underwater.
    -You cannot wear roller skates in restrooms.
     

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