Wild & Strange Laws From Across the Nation

Wild & Strange Laws From Across the Nation

Wild & Strange Laws From Across the Nation

by Steve Gamel

Since the theme of this month’s magazine is legal, we decided to do something a little off the beaten path and create a list of what we feel are the weirdest laws from across our great nation. These are rumored to either still exist or existed at one point but have since been repealed or amended to catch up with the times. Either way, they’re hilarious. 

ALASKA
• In Alaska, it is illegal to wake a sleeping bear to take a photo

ARKANSAS
• It is illegal in Arkansas to mispronounce Arkansas

ARIZONA
• In Arizona, no one can feed garbage to a pig without first obtaining a permit
• In Mohave County, Arizona, if anyone steals soap, he or she must wash themselves with it until the soap is gone

CALIFORNIA
• In California, a frog that dies during a frog-jumping contest cannot legally be eaten

COLORADO
• Colorado has banned catapulting, though you can own a catapult in Aspen
• In Colorado, you have to get a permit to modify the weather.
• A man is forbidden to kiss a woman while she’s sleep in Logan County, Colorado

CONNECTICUT
• In Connecticut, a pickle cannot be sold unless it bounces

DELAWARE
• In Delaware, it’s a misdemeanor to sell, barter, or offer the fur of a domestic dog or cat

GEORGIA
• In Georgia, it is illegal to eat fried chicken with utensils
• In Quitman, Georgia, chickens may not cross the road

IDAHO
• Idaho has banned cannibalism 

ILLINOIS
• In Illinois, you are breaking the law if you fall asleep in a cheese shop

KANSAS
• In Kansas, two trains meeting at a crossing both must come to a full stop and neither can move until the other has gone

LOUISIANA
• In Louisiana, it is illegal to steal someone else’s crawfish

MICHIGAN
• It is against Michigan state law to tie a crocodile to a fire hydrant

NEW HAMPSHIRE
• In New Hampshire, you cannot have a picnic in cemeteries

OHIO
• In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk

PENNSYLVANIA
• In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to walk down the street with another man’s wife

SOUTH CAROLINA
• You can legally play pinball in South Carolina if you are at least 18 years old

SOUTH DAKOTA
• In Huron, South Dakota, it is illegal to cause static between 7 am and 11 pm

TENNESSEE
• In Tennessee, you cannot use someone else’s Netflix account

TEXAS
• It is illegal to sell your eyes in Texas
• If you want to walk around barefoot in Texas, you first need to get a special $5 permit
• In Texas, you cannot shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel
• In Texas, it is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster
• It is illegal in Texas to milk another person’s cow

UTAH
• First cousins do have the option of marrying each other in Utah, but only after they’re 65
• In Utah, you cannot buy alcohol during an emergency. This is because no one can sell alcohol during an emergency

VIRGINIA
• In Virginia, children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween

WASHINGTON
• It’s illegal to ride an ugly horse in Wilbur, Washington 

WISCONSIN
• In Wisconsin, you can face up to six months in jail for selling home-baked cookies

WYOMING
• In Wyoming, you can be fined $750 for failing to close a fence behind you
• In Wyoming, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit

 

 


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