Pointless Laws and Dumb Laws

collection of confusing rules in the US

(Both state and individual city laws shown)

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It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle. (I should hope so...)
Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile.
You must have windshield wipers on your car.
You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time. (Who would want to?)
Masks may not be worn in public. (I wonder what Spiderman thinks of that?)
Men may not spit in front of the opposite sex.
Solitaire may not be played on Sundays.

Alaska Moose may not be viewed from an airplane. (MOOSE!)
While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.
It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane. (What kind of sick person would do that...to a moose?)
It is considered an offense to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose. (Heh-Heh...drunk mooses!)
Owners of flamingos may not let their pet into barber shops.

Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony. (Spiderman just keeps getting persecuted)
Hunting camels is prohibited.
Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.
When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person possess. (What if the criminal has a one of a kind weapon?)
It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.


The Arkansas River can rise no higher than to the Main Street bridge in Little Rock. (Will it get a fine if it disobeys?)
A law provides that school teachers who bob their hair will not get a raise.
A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs.

Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses. (What do they do on cloudy days?)
Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.

One may not mutilate a rock in a state park. (Rocks are people, too!)
Car dealers may not show cars on a Sunday.
It is illegal for liquor stores to sell food or grocery stores to sell any alcohol except beer that is at most 3.2% alcohol.
No liquor may be sold on Sundays or election days.
It is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence.
Tags may be ripped off of pillows and mattresses. (Whewww...that's a relief...)

In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce. (What is it if it doesn't bounce?)
It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades
It is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
You may not educate dogs.
It is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday.
It is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25mph, even when going to a fire. (I bet they have lots of fire problems...)

It is illegal to fly over any body of water, unless one is carrying sufficient supplies of food and drink.
Getting married on a dare is grounds for an annulment.

Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.
A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle. (What would tying an elephant to a parking meter do? It's an ELEPHANT, for crying out loud!)
It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal. (Wouldn't that...hurt?)
It is illegal to skateboard without a license.
You may not fart in a public place after 6 P.M. on Thursdays.
It is considered an offense to shower naked. (How else can you shower?)
You are not allowed to break more than three dishes per day, or chip the edges of more than four cups and/or saucers.
You may not kiss your wife's breasts.
Penalty for horse theft is death by hanging.
Doors of all public buildings must open outwards.
It is illegal to sell your children. (That makes me feel a lot more relieved.)
The state constitution allows for freedom of speech, a trial by jury, and pregnant pigs to not be confined in cages. (Hmmmm...just imagine our founding fathers saying that...)
Chickens are considered a 'protected species'.
A women can be fined (only after death), for being electrocuted in a bath-tub because of using self-beautification utensils. (*blinks* You get fined for killing yourself on accident?)
If you hit a pedestrian you are fined $78.00.

It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office.
Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.
Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs. (I don't think a donkey could fit...)
Signs are required to be written in English.
No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.
All citizens must own a rake.
Against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp. (I wonder who inspired that law?)
It is illegal to say "Oh, Boy."
It is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.
No spitting on the sidewalk is permitted after dark.(St. Mary's, ga)

Billboards are outlawed.
All residents may be fined as a result of not owning a boat.
Coins are not allowed to be placed in one's ears.

Illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds. (...that's a lot of candy...)
You may not fish on a camel's back.
Riding a merry-go-round on Sundays is considered a crime.
Residents may not fish from a giraffe's back. (What's with all these animals' backs?)
A person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face. (It's like the state of Denial...)

You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.
You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.
The English language is not to be spoken. (Uh...I wonder what they speak in Illinois...)(state law)
One may not pee in his neighbor's mouth.
Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.
It is illegal to give a dog whiskey.
It is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe's neck.
Kites may not be flown within the city limits.
Spitting is forbidden
A man with a moustache may not kiss a woman.
No person may keep a smelly dog. (How do you define "smelly"?)
A rooster must step back three hundred feet from any residence if he wishes to crow. Hens that wish to cackle must step two hundred feet back from any residence. (I wonder how they tell the chickens that...)
Ice skating at the Riverside pond during the months of June and August is prohibited. (Ice skating...in June? What is up with this place?)

One may not sniff glue.
Baths may not be taken between the months of October and March. (state law)
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.
It is against the law to pass a horse on the street.
It is illegal for a liquor store to sell cold soft drinks.
Liquor stores may not sell milk.
Check forgery can be punished with public flogging up to 100 stripes.
Pedestrians crossing the highway at night are prohibited from wearing tail lights. (Darn...there goes the latest fall season...)
No one may catch a fish with his bare hands.
"Spiteful Gossip" and "talking behind a person's back" are illegal.
All males 18 to 50 years old must work six days a year on public roads.
Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans.
Hotel sheets must be exactly 99 inches long and 81 inches wide.
The value of Pi is 3.2, and not 3.1415. (Eventually, I'm gonna come across a law outlawing gravity...)
It is illegal for barbers to threaten to cut off kid's ears.
No one may throw an old computer across the street at their neighbor.

Tanning bed facilities must warn of the risk of getting a sunburn
A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
One-armed piano players must perform for free. (That's not fair! They should play for half price!)
Kisses may last for no more than five minutes.
The fire department is required to practice fire fighting for fifteen minutes before attending a fire.
The "Ice Cream Man" and his truck are banned. (see longest text ever to laugh at the evil truck people...long live TV!)
Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants. (Is that physically possible?)

Rabbits may not be shot from motorboats.
Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear tail lights.
No one may catch fish with his bare hands.
The state game rule prohibits the use of mules to hunt ducks.
If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed. (so...they just sit there daring the other to break the law?)
Hitting a vending machine that stole your money is illegal. (after all, at least 5 U.S. military personel died by toppling vending machines onto themselves..)
The installation of bathtubs is prohibited.

Throwing eggs at a public speaker could result in up to one year in prison. (What about tomatoes?)
One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.
It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.
It's illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing License.
Dogs may not molest cars.
It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.
A woman may not buy a hat without her husband's permission

It is illegal to shoot lasers at police officers. (I'm glad that's clarified...)
One could land in jail for up to a year for making a false promise.
Every time a person is seriously burned, he must report the injury to the fire marshal.
It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.
Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault."
Persons could land in jail for up to ten years for stealing an alligator.
It is a $500 fine to instruct a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to your friend without them knowing.
You may not tie an alligator to a fire hydrant.
It illegal for a woman to drive a car unless her husband is waving a flag in front of it. (So...she has to be running him over?)
No person may predict another's future.
It is illegal to be an alcoholic. (I thought alcoholism was a disease...)

Shotguns are required to be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack.
You may not step out of a plane in flight. (Kind of hard to punish someone for doing that...)
After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.
To stroll down the street playing a violin is against the law.
Advertisements may not be placed in cemeteries. (Darn...)

Thistles may not grow in one's yard.
It's illegal to take a lion to the movies.
It is illegal to remove a public building by writing on it.

At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches. (But grief is hungry work...especially after all those McDonald's ads in the cemetary...)
Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.
All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday.
Hunting on Sundays is prohibited. (Then why bring a rifle to church?)
It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath.
No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car.
Children may smoke, but they may not purchase cigarettes. (I guess those evil Tobacco executives own Massachusetts...)
Quakers and witches are banned. (Is there a difference...no wait...Puritanswere witches...)
Bullets may not be used as currency.
Candy may not contain more than 1% of alcohol. (What kind of candy do they make over there?)
Duels to the death permitted on the common on Sundays provided that the Governor is present.
No one may take a bath without a prescription.
It is illegal for two men to carry a bathtub across the town green.
One may not detonate a nuclear device in the city. (Uh....how is that gonna be enforced?)
An ordinance prohibits the use of space guns.

A woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.
There is a 3 cent bounty for each starling and 10 cent bounty for each crow killed in any village, township, or city in the state.
It is legal for a robber to file a law suit, if he or she got hurt in your house.
It is illegal to kill a dog using a decompression chamber. (I'm not sure I want to know how that came about...)
It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.
It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.
It is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.

The land of 10,000 lakes declares mosquitos a public nuisance.
A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head. (Minnesota is starting to worry me...)
All bathtubs must have feet.
You're not allowed to park your elephant on Main Street.

It is illegal to teach others what polygamy is.
Vagrancy is punishable by either 30 days in prison or a $250 fine.
The fine for waving a gun in public is higher than actually shooting it. (So...It's better to shoot then bluff...I'll remember that...)
It is unlawful to shave in the center of main street.

Single men between the ages of twenty-one and fifty must pay an annual tax of one dollar (enacted 1820).
It is not illegal to speed. (I remember this! They think speed limits are unconsitutional!)
Hard objects may not be thrown by hand.
Worrying squirrels will not be tolerated. (It's just part of the skwerel conspiracy...)
Minors are not allowed to purchase cap pistols, however they may buy shotguns freely. (...uh...that makes absolutly no sense...)
Frightening a baby is in violation of the law.
It shall be unlawful to provide beer or other intoxicants to elephants. (Almost as good as the drunk mooses!)
It is illegal to throw stones at birds in the city limits

It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.
It is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict acts of felonious crime. (...Even Disney movies show stealing and stuff...think Aladdin...)
One may not pretend to abuse an animal in the presence of a minor.
It is illegal to bring a bomb or rocket at city council proceedings. (Their city council proceedings must be really fun)
No person shall raise pet rats.

If a child burps during church, his parent may be arrested.
It is Illegal to go whale fishing.
It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.
It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license.
Doughnut holes may not be sold.

It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
It's still "legal" to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property.
Everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask. (Finnaly, a law that favors Spiderman)
Men who wear moustaches are forbidden from kissing women.(What's up with the whole moustaches thing?)
It is illegal to lie down on the sidewalk.
Benches may not be placed in the middle of any street. <

New Hampshire
You may not tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.
You cannot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.
It is considered an offense to check into a hotel under an assumed name.
Any cattle that crosses state roads must be fitted with a device to gather its feces.
It is illegal to pick seaweed up off of the beach.
You may not run machinery on Sundays.
On Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up
If a person is caught raking the beaches, picking up litter, hauling away trash, building a bench for the park, or many other kind things without a permit, he/she may be fined $150 for ''maintaining the national forest without a permit''. (Darn environmentalists...)

New Jersey
One must yield a phone line to a person if it is an emergency.
It is illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder. (I don't think a murderer will mind breaking the law...)
You cannot pump your own gas. All gas stations are full service and full service only.
It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.
It is against the law to "frown" at a police officer.
In an attempt to "foster kindness" in the citizens of New Jersey, the month of May is designated "Kindness Awareness Month".
If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, you may never again apply for personalized license plates.
The third Thursday of October is designated as "New Jersey Credit Union Day" and citizens of the state should observe the day with "appropriate activities and programs".
You may not slurp your soup. (Yes...mother)
Automobiles are not to pass horse drawn carriages on the street.
It is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.
Spray paint may not be sold without a posted sign warning juveliles of the penalty for creating graffiti.
Handcuffs may not be sold to minors.
All motorists must honk before passing another car, bicyclist, skater, and even a skateboarder.
It is illegal to frown as the town is a "Frown-Free Town Zone". (Denial, anyone?)
No street-side trees may be planted that "obscure the air". (How do you "obscure the air" exactly?)
All cats must wear three bells to warn birds of their whereabouts.
No one may annoy someone of the opposite sex. (That puts annoying little brothers out of a job...)
It is illegal to offer whiskey or cigarettes to animals a the local zoo.
It is illegal to get drunk and annoy others in your house.
It is illegal to sell ice cream after 6pm, unless the customer has a note from his doctor. (...A note...requireing ice cream...from a doctor...I wanna go to that doctor!)
Raw hamburger may not be sold.
You may not throw a bad pickle in the street.
Pickles are not to be consumed on Sundays.

New Mexico
State officials ordered 400 words of "sexually explicit material" to be cut from Romeo and Juliet.
Idiots may not vote.
Hunting is prohibited in Mountain View Cemetery. (I bet they'll change their minds when the zombies start attacking...)
One may not lead goats down the sidewalks of the city
You may not carry a lunchbox down Main Street.

New York
A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking "at a woman in that way." A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a "pair of horse-blinders" wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.
It is against the law to throw a ball at someone's head for fun.
A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.
The penalty for jumping off a building is death. (Nah...you think?)
A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.
While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door. (That explains New Yorkers famous friendliness...)
Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 P.M.
A man can't go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.
Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business.
It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing "body hugging clothing." (Um...these last two laws contradict each other...)
Citizens may not greet each other by "putting one's thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers".
It is illegal for a father to call his son a "faggot" or "queer" in an effort to curb "girlie behavior."
You may only water your lawn if the hose is held in your hand.

North Carolina
Persons in possession of illegal substances must pay taxes on them. However, paying taxes on these items does not make them legal.
Organizations may not hold their meetings while the members present are in costume.
No one may be a professional fortune-teller, and if one wishes to pursue the practice as an amateur, it must be practiced in a school or church.
It's against the law to sing off key. (I guess I'm not aloud to sing...:( )
Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.
If a man and a woman who aren't married go to a hotel/motel and register themselves as married then, according to state law, they are legally married.
The mere possession of a lottery ticket is illegal in North Carolina and may result in a $2,000 fine. (Hey, if you win, it's worth it.)
Fights between cats and dogs are prohibited.
It is illegal to drive cars through city cemeteries for pleasure.
No one may visit their departed loved ones late at night. (It'll wake the dead...)
You must stop and call City Hall before entering town in an automobile. This is so the townspeople will have time to go out and hold their horses until you get through town.

North Dakota
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
Beer and pretzels can't be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.
It is legal to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon. (Uh...shouldn't they have repealed this law?)
One may be jailed for wearing a hat while dancing, or even for wearing a hat to a function where dancing is taking place.

In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker's stand, you can be fined $25.00.
Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.
It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
The Ohio driver's education manual states that you must honk the horn whenever you pass another car. (Must be real loud in Ohio...)
Participating or conducting a duel is prohibited.
Breast feeding is not allowed in public.
It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house.
It is illegal to mistreat anything of great importance. (Who decides what is of great importance?)
No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July. (Good to know...)
Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses.
Electric fences are banned.
If one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour. (It's just good manners)
Women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear.
It's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday.
It's against the law to honk your horn "excessively".
Any map that does not have Lima clearly stated on the map cannot be sold. (Law in Lima...duh...)
You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street.
Your duck may not paraded down Ohio Avenue. (Awww...Mr. Quacky's gonna be disapointed...)
It is against the law to roller skate without notifying the police.
It's illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man's picture.
A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him. (Shouldn't it be the other way around?)
Catch 22 is banned.
You may not run out of gas. (How do they stop that?)
Riding on the roof of a taxi cab is not allowed. (I wonder why?)

Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.
Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property. (It's to prevent their eventual world domination.
Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another's hamburger. (I'm glad Oklahoma cares...)
It is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle.
Whaling is illegal.
It is illegal to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots. (Why? Edit: *sweatdrop* Oh...now I know...a reader who understandably wishes to remain un-named writes: " I'm not sure you really want to know the answer to your question here, but.. If you place the animal's hind legs (let's say a sheep) in the front of your boots... well... it makes it more difficult for the animal to move away from you. And you don't want the animal to move away from you because you really, really like said animal. (Perhaps you even "love" that animal.) Umm. are you getting the picture here?")
Residents are taxed for the furniture in their homes, and any other personal belongings.
People who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
Cars must be tethered outside of public buildings. (Tethered?)
It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.
Fish may not be contained in fishbowls while on a public bus.
It is illegal for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to pretend to have sex with a buffalo. (Don't want to know...)
If you wear New York Jets clothing, you may be put in jail.
No person may own more than two adult cats.
It is illegal to cause "annoying vibrations" in the city limits.
It is unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window.
No one may walk backwards downtown while eating a hamburger.
The mayor may not go on strike.
One may not tip over a casket at a funeral.
It is illegal to own a stink bomb.
You may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer. (a licensed engineer of what?)
Elephants are not to be taken into the downtown area.
While passing another vehicle, you must honk your horn.

Dishes must drip dry.
It is illegal to buy or sell marijuana, but it is legal to smoke it on your own property.
One may not bathe without wearing "suitable clothing," i.e., that which covers one's body from neck to knee. (I've never seen a bathing suit like that...)
Canned corn is not to be used as bait for fishing.
Juggling is strictly prohibited without a license.
It's illegal to walk down a sidewalk and knock a snakes head off with your cane.
Kids may not race their bikes (Okay...)
Ministers are forbidden from eating garlic or onions before delivering a sermon.
One may not box with a kangaroo. (I wouldn't want to...it's suicidal...)
No one may attempt to cause someone to think that their property may be subjected to "offensive physical contact".
It's against the law for a wedding ceremony to be performed at a skating rink.
People may not whistle underwater.
You cannot wear roller skates in restrooms.
It is illegal to predict the future.
No one may allow their cellar door to remain open.

It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding.
It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors. (Okay...what about freezers?)
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.
You may not sing in the bathtub.
Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
You may not catch a fish with your hands.
You may not catch a fish by any body part except the mouth.
Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish. (Gee...you learn something new everyday...)
Though you do not need a fishing license to fish on your own land, but a hunting license is required to hunt on your own land.
One's pants may be worn no lower than five inches below the waist.
All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires. (How can you tell when a fire will happen?)
It is required that a woman have a permit to wear cosmetics.
No one is allowed to sleep on a refrigerator.
It is still illegal to bring a donkey or a mule onto a trolley car. (What?! STILL illegal?!)
Horses are not to be tied to parking meters.

Rhode Island
One must make a loud noise before passing a car on the left.
Professional sports, except ice polo and hockey, must obtain a license to play games on Sunday.
Any marriage where either of the parties is an idiot or lunatic is null and void. -SECTION 11-40-1
It is considered an offense to throw pickle juice on a trolley. (But...officer...I thought that the trolley LIKED pickle juice!)
Cap guns are illegal.
No one may bite off another’s leg. (Is that possible?)
You may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.

South Carolina
It is illegal to display a confederate flag on a courthouse.
By law, if a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, the marriage must take place.
Fortune tellers are required to obtain a special permit from the state.
No work may be done on Sunday.
Musical instruments may not be sold on Sunday.
Horses may not be kept in bathtubs. (Why do people keep ANY animal in a tub?)
A permit must be obtained to fire a missle.
It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays. (*blinks* What were they smoking when the wrote THAT?)
Every adult male must bring a rifle to church on Sunday in order to ward off Indian attacks.
It is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide.
A person must be eighteen years old to play a pinball machine.
The Fire Department may blow up your house. This law was made so that the fire department could create a fire brake. (I wanna join the Fire Department!) The drinking age on Furman University campus is 60 years old.

South Dakota
No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants. (Why must horses wear pants?)
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.
Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden.
If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property you may shoot them. (When is this gonna be repealed?)

The definition of "dumb animal" includes every living creature. (Repealed)
It is illegal to dare a child to purchase a beer.
Skunks may not be carried into the state.
You can't shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile. (Why persecute the whales?)
Hollow logs may not be sold.
It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish. (Why does anyone care how you catch a fish?)
Driving is not to be done while asleep. (That's a relief...)
It is legal to gather and consume roadkill.
When you pull up to a stop sign you must fire a gun out the window to warn horse carriages that you are coming.
Illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians. (What, women are bad drivers?)
It's illegal for frogs to croak after 11 PM.
No person may keep a cheetah as a pet.
An ordinance forbids anyone to sing the song "It Ain't Goin' To Rain No Mo'."

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. (This sounds familar)
It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
It is illegal to milk another person's cow.
A recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed. (This is just STUPID!)
The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home. (I never knew that!)
The Bluebonnet is the official song of the state flower
It is illegal to sell one’s eye.
A program has been created in the state that attempts to control the weather. (What'd I tell you!? Next, they'll outlaw gravity! Just see if they don't!)
It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster.
No person shall inhale fumes from model glue.
One needs permission from the director of parks and recreation before getting drunk in any city park.
It is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday.
Beer may not be purchased after midnight on a Sunday, but it may be purchased on Monday. (Uh...correct me if I'm wrong...but it's the same thing.)
It is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.
Obnoxious odors may not be emitted while in an elevator.
It is illegal to urinate on the Alamo.
Owners of horses may not ride them at night without tail lights.

Alcohol may not be sold during an emergency.
Boxing matches that allow biting are not allowed.
It is illegal to cause a catastrophe. (Why?)
It is against the law to fish from horseback.
It is illegal not to drink milk. (What if your lactose intolerent?)
It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon. You can have them, but you just can't detonate them. (Oooo...I'm movin' there!)
Birds have the right of way on all highways.
A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
It is a felony to persistently tread on the cracks between paving stones on the sidewalk of a state highway. (That's a little superstitions...)
Throwing snowballs will result in a $50 fine.
Pharmacists may not sell gunpowder to cure headaches.

Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.
At one time it was illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole.
Whistling underwater is illegal
It is illegal to deny the existence of God. (What about religious freedom?)
All residents shall bathe every Saturday night.

No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.
You may not engage in business on Sundays, with the exception of almost every industry.
Driving while not wearing shoes is prohibited.
Police radar detectors are illegal.
Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.
Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween. It is illegal to tickle women.
No one may wash a mule on the sidewalk.
It is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.
Spitting on a sea gull is not tolerated.
A man may face 60 days in jail for patting a woman's derriere.
Women must wear a corsette after sundown and be in the company of male chaperone.
No person may keep a skunk as a pet.
It is illegal to cuss about another.
It is illegal to park a car on railroad tracks.
It is illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for a coffee.
It is legal for a man to beat his wife on the courthouse steps so long as it is before 8:00 pm.
If you are drunk and not driving your car, and the person who is driving the car is drunk as well, you may both receive DUI's.
It is illegal for a person to ride on the handlebars of a bike.
It is illegal to use profanity on Atlantic Avenue or the boardwalk.
It is also unlawful to drive by the same place within 30 minutes on Atlantic Avenue (I'm never getting lost there...)
It is illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag. (Repealed) (I still don't get these kind of laws...)

Washington All lollipops are banned.
A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town." (They must have such polite criminals...)
It is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.
People may not buy a mattress on Sunday.
All motor vehicles must be preceded by a man carrying a red flag (daytime) or a red lantern (nighttime) fifty feet in front of said vehicle.
It is illegal to pretend that one's parents are rich.
When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed.
You cannot buy meat of any kind on Sunday.
It is illegal to attach a vending machine to a utility pole without prior consent from the utility company. Furthermore, if permission is granted, the vending machine may not be less than twelve feet from the ground.
No person may walk about in public if he or she has the common cold.
X-rays may not be used to fit shoes.
It is illegal to display a hypnotized or allegedly hypnotized person in a store window.
One may not spit on a bus.
Women who sit on men's laps on buses or trains without placing a pillow between them face an automatic six-month jail term.
No one may set fire to another person's property without prior permission.
It is illegal to carry a fishbowl or aquarium onto a bus because the sound of the water sloshing may disturb other passengers.
TV's may not be bought on Sundays.
Persons may not wear a life jacket near the Spokane River. (So...they're NOT aloud to save their lives?)
It is illegal to give noxious substances to a bird in any city park.
You may not ride an ugly horse.

West Virginia
No children may attend school with their breath smelling of "wild onions."
A person may be placed in jail for up to six months for making fun of someone who does not accept a challenge.
It is illegal to snooze on a train.
A person may not hold public office if he or she has ever participated in a duel.
For each act of public swearing a person shall be fined one dollar.
According to the state constitution, it is unlawful for anyone to own a red or a black flag.
If you wear a hat inside a theater, you may be fined.
Roadkill may be taken home for supper.
Whistling underwater is prohibited. (I still don't get what people have against whistling underwater...)
One may not walk a lion, tiger or leopard, even on a leash.
Firemen may not whistle or flirt at any woman passing a firehouse.
It is legal to beat your wife so long as it is done in public on Sunday, on the courthouse steps.
No member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.

One may not camp in a wagon on any public highway or risk a fine of up to ten dollars.
It is a class A misdemeanor to wave a burning torch around in the air.
Livestock have the right-of-way on public roads.
The government may not prohibit manual flushed urinals.
Margarine may not be substituted for butter in restaurants unless it is requested by the customer.
Butter substitutes are not allowed to be served in state prisons.
Whenever two trains meet at an intersection of said tracks, neither shall proceed until the other has.
As people used to smuggle it in from Illinois, all yellow butter substitute is banned. (These people are obsessed with butter...At one time, margarine was illegal. )
State Law made it illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.
It is illegal to kiss on a train.
It is illegal to cut a woman's hair. (I'm movin' there...I love-d my hair!)
Tattooing is illegal unless it is done for medical purposes.(Medical tattooing...how dumb do you have to be? Edit: An un-named reader writes: "Medical tattoos include adding nipples after reconstructive breast surgery. Some people are also tattooed with "target" marks for radiation purposes. (Just to let you know there really are such things as medical tattoos.") )
It is unlawful for one to allow another to use the first person's telephone in order to make prank phone calls.
It is illegal to display an unclothed mannequin in a store window.
It is illegal to play checkers in public.
You cannot "worry a squirrel."
If one is thought of as offensive looking, it is illegal for him to be in public during the day. (Now, that's just mean...)
It is illegal to wake a fireman when he is asleep. (What if there's a fire?)
Missiles may not be shot at parade participants.
Only police officers may shoot birds in the city.
No person may water his lawn in such a way as to annoy his or her neighbor.
Women are not allowed to wear anything red in public.
Nuclear weapons may not be manufactured in the city limits.
Cats are forbidden from entering cemeteries. (How do you enforce it?)

Junk dealers may not make any business transactions with drunk persons.
It is illegal to wear a hat that obstructs people's view in a public theater or place of amusement.
Using a firearm to fish is strictly forbidden. (I'm sick of these fish laws...)
Any person who fails to close a fence is subject to a fine of up to seven hundred and fifty dollars.
You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.
All new buildings that cost over $100,000 to build must have %1 of funds spent on art work for the building.
Skiing under the influence of alcohol is prohibited.
Citizens may not take showers on Wednesdays.

...Wow. ^^;; A member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent me information describing the non-pointless nature of the following user-submitted law. ^^;; I'll post the reason at the bottom of the law

A Big Thanks to 'A Non' anyways for sending me this info on even MORE pointless laws ^^

Chapter 8.07



8.07.010 Unlawful to sell or give away in quantities less than six.

8.07.020 Artificial coloring prohibited.

8.07.030 Application of chapter.

8.07.040 Penalty for violations.

8.07.010 Unlawful to sell or give away in
quantities less than six. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell or offer for sale, barter or give away, living baby chicks, rabbits, ducklings or other fowl under two months of age in any quantity less than six. (Ord. 16066 § 1; passed Mar. 24, 1958)

8.07.020 Artificial coloring prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell, offer for sale, barter, give away, or display living baby chicks, rabbits, ducklings or other fowl, which have been dyed, colored or otherwise treated so as to impart to them an artificial color. (Ord. 16066 § 2; passed Mar. 24, 1958)

8.07.030 Application of chapter.
This chapter shall not be construed to prohibit the sale or display of natural baby chicks, rabbits, ducklings, or other fowl in proper brooder facilities by hatcheries or stores engaged in the business of selling them for commercial purposes. (Ord. 16066 § 3; passed Mar. 24, 1958)

8.07.040 Penalty for violations.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in a sum not exceeding $500.00, or be imprisoned in the Pierce County Jail for a period of not more than six months, or be both so fined and imprisoned. (Ord. 22600 § 4; passed Dec. 29, 1981: Ord. 16066 § 4; passed Mar. 24, 1958)
" Tacoma's law to prohibit the sale of baby chicks in quantities less than 6 is actually for an important public health reason. Baby chicks and ducklings are often sold as gifts around Easter time for small children. Many parents do not realize that chicks and ducklings carry a harmful bacteria called Salmonella and that many children and some postal workers(!) have become seriously ill from handling the chicks. The law to prevent dying the chicks and selling small quantities was instituted to protect small children and persons with weak immune systems. "

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