Unique Laws in the United States

By: Amanda Jeffery

Laws are made to create a seemingly healthy community in a stable and disciplined fashion. However, when some of those laws become so outdated or increasingly absurd that you giggle your way through even reading them, one wonders what the law makers were thinking while coming up with such laws. Below is a sampling of these such laws from each of the 50 states.

It is considered an offense to open an umbrella on a street, for fear of spooking horses.

It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.

It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.

While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.

When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person possesses.

It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.

Dogs may not bark after 6 PM.

A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.

No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.

Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

Catapults may not be fired at buildings.

It is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.

You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.

It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.

Doors of all public buildings must open outwards.

Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.

No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.

Every head of household must own a gun.

All residents may be fined as a result of not owning a boat.

Billboards are outlawed.

A person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face.

Dirt may not be swept from one’s house into the street.

You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.

It is illegal to give a dog whiskey.

Anyone 14 or older who profanely curses, damns, or swears by the name of God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost, shall be fined one to three dollars for each offense, with a maximum fine of ten dollars per day.

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

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

Ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.

Rabbits may not be shot from motorboats.

If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed.

A woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission.

It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.

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 step out of a plane in flight.

After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.

It’s illegal to throw bales of hay from a second-story window within the city limits.

It is a violation of city code to sell chicks or ducklings to a minor within 1 week of the Easter holiday.

At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.

Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.

Cars may not be sold on Sunday.

A woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.

Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.

All bathtubs must have feet.

Private Citizens may personally arrest any person that disturbs a church service.

A cattle rustling is punishable by hanging.

Minors are not allowed to purchase cap pistols, however they may buy shotguns freely.

It is illegal for more than four unrelated persons to occupy the same dwelling (The Brothel Law).

Seven or more Indians are considered a raiding or war party and it is legal to shoot them.

In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.

If a child burps during church, his parent may be arrested.

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.

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.

New Jersey
It is illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder.

You cannot pump your own gas.

New Mexico
Idiots may not vote.

It’s forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public.

New York
Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 PM.

It is illegal to disrobe in a wagon.

North Carolina
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.

Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.

North Dakota
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.

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

Participating or conducting a duel is prohibited.

No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.

Whaling is illegal.

Cars must be tethered outside of public buildings.

Ice cream may not be eaten on Sundays.

Juggling is strictly prohibited without a license.

Fireworks stores may not sell fireworks to Pennsylvania residents.

Persons convicted of felonies may not operate Bingo games.

Rhode Island
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.

South Carolina
When approaching a four way or blind intersection in a non-horse driven vehicle you must stop 100 ft from the intersection and discharge a firearm into the air to warn horse traffic.

Every adult male must bring a rifle to church on Sunday in order to ward off Indian attacks.

South Dakota
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.

It is a crime to share your Netflix password in Tennessee.

Stealing a horse is punishable by hanging.

It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

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.

Birds have the right of way on all highways.

Daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.

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.

Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

It is illegal to tickle women.

No person may walk about in public if he or she has the common cold.

All lollipops are banned.

West Virginia
Roadkill may be taken home for supper.

For each act of public swearing a person shall be fined one dollar.

As people used to smuggle it in from Illinois, all yellow butter substitute is banned.

It is illegal to kiss on a train.

You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.

It is illegal to spit on the steps of a school.

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