Monday, January 12, 2009

Strange laws

Strange laws

Did you know?
Although the USA has only 5 percent of the world population it has 70 percent of the worlds lawyers.

 The good 'ol US of A

    * Alabama - It is illegal to maim oneself to escape duty.

    * Alabama - Bear wrestling matches are prohibited.

    * Alabama - Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.

    * Alabama - 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.

    * Alabama - You cannot drive barefooted.

    * Alabama - It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday.

    *  Alabama - Prison guards are forbidden from referring to their spouses as “the old ball 'n' chain.

    * Alaska - you can't look at a moose from an airplane.

    * Alaska - Anchorage -You cannot tie your pet dog to the roof of your car.

    * Alaska - Even though it is legal to shoot a bear, it is illegal to wake a bear for the purpose of taking a photograph.

    * Alaska - Anchorage - Persons may not live in a trailer as it is being hauled across the city.

    * Arizona - you can't walk through a hotel lobby in spurs.

    * Arizona - You could get up to 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.

    * Arizona - If you commit a misdemeanor while wearing a red mask, it is considered a felony.

    * Arizona - Hunting Camels is prohibited.

    * Arizona - It is illegal to manufacture imitation cocaine.

    * California - some Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try to stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.

    * California - law prohibits a woman from driving a car while dressed in a housecoat.

    * California (San Francisco) - there is an ordinance, which bans the picking up and throwing of used confetti.

    * California - More than 3000 sheep cannot be herded down Hollywood Blvd. at any one time.

    * California - a law created in 1925 makes it illegal to wiggle while dancing.

    * California - (Chico) The law says that anybody who detonates a nuclear device within the city limits is liable to a fine of $500.

    * Colorado - a pet cat, if loose, must have a tail-light

    * Colorado - You cannot mutilate a rock in a state park.

    * Connecticut - you can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.

    * Connecticut - you are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.

    * Connecticut - A man cannot write love letters to a girl whose mother or father has forbidden the relationship.

    * Delaware - R rated movies cannot be shown in Drive in Theaters.

    * Delaware - It is illegal to fly over any body of water unless you are carrying sufficient food and drink.

    * Florida - The hair salon and women can be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer.

    * Florida - There is a law prohibiting unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or they risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.

    * Florida - If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

    * Florida - It is illegal to sing in a public place while wearing a swimsuit.

    * Florida - It is illegal to set off torpedoes in the cities.

    * Florida - Men could not be seen public in any kind of strapless gown.

    * Florida - In Miami, it is forbidden to imitate an animal.

    * Florida - It is against the law to put livestock on a school bus.
    * Florida - It is illegal to have sex with a porcupine.

    * Florida ( Miami) it is still illegal for anyone to imitate an animal.

    * Georgia - it is against the law to slap a man on the back or front.

    * Georgia - A barber is not to advertise prices in the State of Georgia.

    * Georgia - it's against the law to spread a false rumor.

    * Hawaii - Any resident that does not own a boat can be fined.

    * Hawaii - Coins cannot be placed in your ears.

    * Idaho - It is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of chocolates that weighs less then 50 lbs.

    * Idaho - You cannot ride a merry-go-round on Sundays.

    * Idaho - You cannot fish from on top of a camels back.

    * Illinois - It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets.

    * Illinois - You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.

    * Illinois - the law is that a car must be driven with the steering wheel.

    * Illinois (Oblong) it is illegal to make love while fishing or hunting on your wedding day.

    * Indiana - bathing is prohibited during the winter.

    * Indiana - Citizens are not allowed to attend a movie house or theater nor ride in a public streetcar within four hours after eating garlic.

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

    * Iowa - Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.

    * Iowa - If a man has a mustache, he cannot kiss a woman in public.

    * Iowa - Tanning bed facilities must warn customers of the risk of getting a sunburn.

    * Iowa- It is illegal for horses to eat fire hydrants.

    * Iowa - it illegal for men to have three sips of beer while they are in bed with their wives.

    * Kansas - you're not allowed to drive a buffalo through a street.

    * Kansas - Rabbits cannot be shot from motorboats.

    * Kansas - When crossing the highways at night, pedestrians must wear tail lights.

    * Kansas - If two trains meet on the same track, neither one of them can proceed until one of them has passed.

    * Kentucky - By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."
    * Kentucky - It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.

    * Kentucky - it is illegal for a merchant to force a person into his place of business for the purpose of making a sale.

    * Louisiana - It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.

    * Louisiana - Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault."

    * Louisiana - a bill was introduced years ago in the State House of Representatives that fixed a ceiling on haircuts for bald men of 25 cents.

    * Louisiana - It is illegal to gargle in a public place.

    * Louisiana - If you bite someone with your own teeth it is classed as 'Simple assault' but if you bite someone with your dentures it is classed as 'aggravated assault.'

    * Maine - Shotguns must be taken to church in case of a Native American attack.

    * Maine - A person cannot step out of a plane while in flight.

    * Maine - You can be charged a fine if Christmas decorations are still up after January 14th.

    * Maryland - No one can grow thistles in their yard.

    * Maryland - In Baltimore, it was illegal to throw bails of hay from a second story window if in the city limits.

    * Maryland - In Rockville, you cannot swear while on the highway.

    * Massachusetts - Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.

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

    * Massachusetts - it is against the law to put tomatos in clam chowder.

    * Massachusettes - An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.

    * Massachusettes - Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.

    * Massachusetts - it is illegal for mourners to eat no more than three sandwiches at a wake.

    * Michigan - married couples must live together or be imprisoned.

    * Michigan - it is against the law for a lady to lift her skirt more than 6 inches while walking through a mud puddle.

    * Michigan - A person cannot be drunk while on a train.

    * Michigan - In Rochester, anyone bathing in public must have the bathing suit inspected by a police officer.

    * Minnesota - A person cannot cross state lines with a duck on their head.

    * Minnesota - When driving a motorcycle, all men must wear shirts.

    * Minnesota - All bathtubs must have feet.

    * Minnesota- It is still against the law to hang male and female underwear together on the same washing line.

    * Mississippi - A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her.

    * Mississippi - Horses cannot be housed within 50 feet of any road.

    * Mississippi - Private citizens can personally arrest anyone that disturbs a church service.

    * Missouri - a man must have a permit to shave.

    * Missouri - Enacted in 1820, single men between the ages of 21 to 50 must pay an annual tax of $1.00.

    * Montana - It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.

    * Montana - It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.

    * Montana - It is/was illegal for a married woman to fish alone on Sundays and illegal for an unmarried woman to ever fish alone.

    * Montana - No one can pretend to abuse an animal in the presence of a minor.

    * Montana - (Billings) It is illegal to bring a bomb, rocket or flamethrower to city council proceedings.

    * Nebraska - A parent can be arrested if her/his child cannot hold back a burp during a church service.

    * Nebraska - It is illegal to fly a plane while drunk.

    * Nebraska - It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are brewing a kettle of soup while serving it.

    * Nebraska -(Omaha) sneezing is illegal during a church service. 

    * Nebraska -Whaling is illegal. There are, in fact, no whales in Nebraska. Not even in the zoo.

    * New Hampshire - It is illegal to pick seaweed up off of the beach.

    * New Hampshire - You can not tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.

    * New Hampshire - You cannot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.

    * New Jersey - cabbage can't be sold on Sunday.

    * New Jersey - Handcuffs cannot be sold to minors.

    * New Jersey - You cannot pump your own gas.

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

    * New Mexico - Idiots cannot vote.

    * New Mexico - Females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public.

    * New York - it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile.

    * 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.

    * New York - it is against the law for children to pick up or collect cigarette and cigar butts.

    * North Carolina - it is against the law for dogs and cats to fight.

    * North Carolina - it is against the law for a rabbit to race down the street.

    * North Carolina - It's against the law to sing off key.

    * North Carolina - Elephants cannot be used to plow cotton fields.

    * North Carolina - Persons in possession of illegal substances must pay taxes on them.

    * North Carolina - It is illegal to curse/cuss in front of cadavers.

    * North Dakota - Beer and pretzels can't be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.

    * North Dakota - Falling asleep with your shoes on is illegal.

    * North Dakota - If in a covered wagon, it is illegal to shoot an Indian on horseback.

    * Ohio - Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.

    * Ohio - one must have a license to keep a bear.

    * Ohio - It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.

    * Ohio - In Cleveland, it is unlawful to leave chewing gum in public places.

    * Ohio - It is illegal to get a fish drunk.

    * Ohio - No one can be arrested on Sunday or the 4th of July.

    * Ohio (Oxford) it is still illegal for a woman to undress in front of a picture of a man.

    * Oklahoma - Anyone making funny faces at a dog can be fined, arrested, or jailed.

    * Oklahoma - Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.

    * Oklahoma - no baseball team can hit the ball over the fence or out of a ballpark.

    * Oklahoma - Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.

    * Oregon - Driver's must yield to pedestrians standing on the sidewalk.

    * Oregon - It is illegal to place a container filled with human fecal matter on the side of any highway.

    * Oregon - A door on a car may not be left open longer than is necessary.

    * Oregon - Dishes must drip dry.

    * Pennsylvania - A special cleaning ordinance bans homemakers from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.

    * Pennsylvania - No man may purchase alcohol without written consent from his wife.

    * Pennsylvania - In Philadelphia, you can't put pretzels in bags based on an Act of 1760.

    * Rhode Island - Cap guns are illegal.

    * Rhode Island - No one can bite off another person's leg.

    * Rhode Island - In Providence, it is against the law to jump off a bridge.

    * Rhode Island - Professional sports, except ice polo and hockey, must obtain a license to play games on Sunday.

    * Rhode Island - It is considered an offense to throw pickle juice on a trolley.

    * South Carolina - It is illegal to display a confederate flag on a courthouse.

    * South Carolina - If a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, the marriage must take place.

    * South Carolina - Railroad companies can be held liable for scaring horses.

    * South Carolina - Musical instruments cannot be sold on Sundays.

    * South Dakota - No horses are allowed in Fountain inn unless they are wearing pants.

    * South Dakota - Falling asleep in a cheese factory is illegal.

    * South Dakota - Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden.

    * Tennessee - It is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.

    * Tennessee - You can't shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

    * Tennessee - It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.

    * Tennessee - You can't sell bologna on Sundays.

    * Texas - It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.

    * Texas - It is illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

    * Texas (Kingsville) It is against the law for pigs to have sex on airport property.

    * Texas - It's against the law for anyone to have a pair of pliers in his or her possession.
    * Texas - Criminals are still required to give their victims at least 24 hours oral or written notice giving details of the crime they are about to commit.

    * Texas - The compete Encyclopedia Britannica is banned because it contains a formula for making beer at home.

    * Utah - it is illegal to cause a catastrophe.

    * Utah - It is illegal to fish while on horseback.

    * Utah - Birds have the right of way on any public highway

    * Utah - Daylight must be visible between dancing couples.

    * Utah - A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.

    * Vermont - Lawmakers made it obligatory for everybody to take at least one bath each week- - on Saturday night.

    * Virginia - Chickens cannot lay eggs before 8:00 a.m., and must be done before 4:00 p.m.

    * Virginia - You cannot drive without wearing shoes.

    * Virginia - The Code of 1930 has a statute which prohibits corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than political candidates.

    * Virginia - It is illegal to tickle women.

    * Virginia - Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.

    * Washington - All lollipops are banned.

    * Washington - 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.

    * Washington - You can't carry a concealed weapon that is over 6 feet in length.

    * Washington - X-rays may not be used to fit shoes.

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

    * West Virginia - No children may attend school with their breath smelling of "wild onions."

    * West Virginia - Only babies can ride in a baby carriage.

    * West Virginia -One can't cook sauerkraut or cabbage due to the odors and the offense is subject to imprisonment.

    * West Virginia - Any person who commits adultery shall be fined at least twenty dollars.

    * West Virginia - A tax of 1 cent is levied for every 16 and 9 ounces of coke sold in a store.

    * West Virginia - A person may not hold public office if he or she has ever participated in a duel.

    * West Virginia - If you wear a hat inside a theater, you may be fined.

    * West Virginia - Whistling underwater is prohibited.

    * Wisconsin - Butter substitutes are not allowed to be served in state prisons.

    * Wisconsin - At one time, margarine was illegal.

    * Wisconsin - It is illegal to kiss on a train.

    * Wisconsin - One may not camp in a wagon on any public highway or risk a fine of up to ten dollars.

    * Wisconsin (Racine)- it illegal to shoot missiles at parade participants.

    * Wyoming - It is illegal to wear a hat that obstructs people's view in a public theater or place of amusement.

    * Wyoming - Using a firearm to fish is strictly forbidden.

    * Wyoming - It is illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking.

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

Other strange laws around the world. 

In the UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants – even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet.

Also in the UK a police officer may not arrest you unless wearing their hat.

In Birmingham, England, it is illegal for a man and a woman to have sex on church steps after sundwon.

In London England wife beating is illegal just as long as it is not after 9pm and it doesn't disturb the neighbours.

In England, it is illegal for a cab in the City of London to carry rabid dogs or corpses.

In England, it is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down.

In England, it is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day.

In Liverpool it is illegal for any women to appear topless in public unless she is a clerk in some tropical fish store.

In the city of York, it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow.

In the UK it is also illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.

In Australia walking on the right hand side of the pavement is illegal.

In Australia it is illegal to name an animal that you plan to eat.

In Victoria Australia, only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a lightbulb.

Also in Victoria Australia it is forbidden to wear pink hot pants after mid-day on a Sunday.

In Burma it is illegal to get internet access. If a person is found in possession of a modem he can be imprisoned.

In Canada, by law, 1 out of every 5 songs on the radio must be sung by a Canadian.

In Alberta a released convict is entitled to a gun and a horse to ride out of town on.

In Canada, its illegal to ride a moose backwords down the right side of the sidewalk Monday from 6 to 7pm.

In British Columbia it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch or Bigfoot if one is ever found.

In Toronto in Canada, it is illegal to drive a street car on a Sunday if you have been eating garlic.

In Toronto it is illegal for people to drag a horse that is dead down the Yonge Street on a Sunday.

In Philippines, cars whose license plates end with a 1 or 2 are not allowed on the roads on Monday, 3 or 4 on Tuesday, 5 or 6 on Wednesday, 7 or 8 on Thursday, and 9 or 0 on Friday from 7:00 AM onwards to keep roads free of traffic jams.

In Hong Kong, a woman can kill her husband if he has cheated on her. She must use her bare hand though. This isn't a requirement for the man's lover, who can be killed by any means necessary.

In Singapore chewing gum is illegal.

In Singapore it is illegal for a person to walk around the house naked and not flushing the toilet. Also a person can be executed if they are found in possession of more than 200g of cannabis resin.
Also Oral sex is banned unless it is used only during foreplay and if a person is caught littering the streets he is forced to make an appearance on TV with a bib around his neck saying "I'm a litterer."

In Thailand it is illegal to step on a banknote, leave your house without wearing underwear and if you drop a piece of bubblegum on the pavement you can be fined $600.
Also all cinema goers must stand up during the National Anthem before a film starts.

In Paraguay duelling is legal just as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

In Italy anyone who is regarded as obese is not allowed to wear polyester.

In Milan, Italy, there is still a law that requires citizens to smile at all times or risk a hefty fine. The only exceptions are visiting hospitals and funerals.

In Switzerland every citizen is required by law to have access to a bomb shelter.

Also in Switzerland it is against the law for men to urinate standing up after 10pm which is the same time that it is illegal to flush the toilet.

In Denmark it is not illegal for a convicted prisoner to escape from prison. If the escapee is caught he only serves the rest of his sentence.
It is illegal however to start your car without first checking to see if there are any children asleep underneath it!

Also in Denmark: While driving someone is needed to be present before the car with a flag so that horse drawn carriages can be warned about the car.

In Cannes, France, wearing a Jerry Lewis mask is illegal.

In Portugal it is illegal to pee in the ocean.

In Sweden, prostitution is legal but it is illegal to use the services of a prostitute.

In Iceland, it is illegal to blow on lampposts.

In Iraq all Karate films are banned.

In Lebanon men are allowed to have sex with any other animal just as long as it is a female. If a man is caught having sex with a male animal then the penalty is death.

In Israel, it is illegal to pick your nose on a Sunday.

In Samoa, it is illegal to forget your wife's birthday. 
Amusing :)

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