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The Weirdest Laws in Every State
The United States is a nation of laws. The best of these are designed to protect citizens and to define the structure of government at every level from local to federal. But most of the laws that you are about to read have nothing to do with any of that — because over time, crazy court cases, altercations, and hilarious historical events have happened to put quite a few weird and entertaining laws in place.
Since no one has the time to go through every law in the country, state by state, to analyze what every law really means, old laws tend to be ignored — and so they grow outdated. In 2019, there is no need for your pickle to bounce before you eat it, but that’s just the way it is in Connecticut, even after all this time. No wonder some of these states are so stressed!
The Active Times has rounded up the weirdest law in every state for you to learn — and who knows, maybe even enforce. Maybe you’ll take up mandatory bathing on Saturday nights if you live in one particular Vermont town, or refuse to kiss a woman in public if you have a mustache while living in Iowa. Maybe you’ll correct your illegal behaviors or feel compelled to expose them all over these American towns after reading about the weirdest law in your state.
Alaska: No Booze for Moose
Animals shouldn’t drink beer in general, but it has been declared against the law for anyone to serve alcohol to a moose–one of the world's most dangerous animals– in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Arkansas: Pronounce It Right
There is a legal code instituted in Arkansas that explains how the state’s name should, and shouldn’t, be pronounced. While you probably won’t get fined for pronouncing the last “s” in the state’s name, it is technically illegal to mispronounce it while in “Ar-kan-saw.”
California: Don't Wash Without Permission
It might seem like a nice thing to do, but it’s illegal. In the city of Los Angeles, you can’t wash your neighbor’s car without their permission. However, you can make a right turn on a red light, so Los Angeles is still a great place to live.
Colorado: Sharing Isn’t Caring
You may have heard that cleanliness is next to godliness, but not when it comes to lending your neighbor a vacuum. It is currently against the law to do so in Denver, Colorado. Plus, there are hidden dangers of spring cleaning!
Delaware: Strict Halloween Rules
Halloween is particularly strict in Delaware. To prevent mischievous actions by youngsters on October 31, children can only go trick-or-treating between 6 and 8 p.m. Oh, and if the 31st falls on a Sunday, the trick-or-treating will take place the night before, also from 6 to 8 p.m. Hopefully the earlier hours means families will show up in adorable family costumes!
Hawaii: No Boat? Big Problem
Hawaii has a handful of strange laws with regard to billboards and general safety measures, but one of the weirder ones is the law that stipulates residents can be fined for not owning a boat.
Illinois: Be Nice To Dogs
In the city of Normal, it is illegal to make faces at dogs. Maybe this is to keep its inhabitants safe, as some dogs can be pretty nasty if teased.
Kentucky: Dye Your Duckling This Way
There are very specific rules for dyeing and selling live ducks in Kentucky. The law extends to dyeing any live baby chicks, duckling, other fowl, or rabbits, and the illegality of selling them in groups smaller than six. Violating this rule can land you a fine of $100 to $500.
Louisiana: No Biting
The people of Louisiana must spend a lot of their time biting each other, since there is a law in place that determines the difference between a bite that is considered simple assault or aggravated assault. The difference between the two comes down to whether you use your natural teeth or false teeth, respectively.
Maine: No Roller Skating On Sidewalks
In Biddeford, Maine, you will be fined $10 for roller skating or biking on the sidewalks. Who roller skates anywhere but a rink nowadays? Evidently this person loves inline skating...
Maryland: No Lions At The Movies
The only lion you should see before a film is in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo, and Maryland knows this. The state has made it illegal to bring a lion to a movie. Hopefully the lions aren't going to other places like restaurants or malls. That might make Maryland one of the most dangerous states in America!
Montana: ‘Folf” Rules
If you want to play “folf” (or “Frisbee golf”) in Helena, Montana, you must play it on the designated “folf course.” What is folf exactly? It follows the same idea as golf — just as golfers have to make it into the hole with as few strokes as possible, folfers aim to sink their disc into the hole with the lowest number of throws. Folfing and golfing actually burn a ton of calories.
Nevada: You Can Punish Someone Who Hurts Your Dog
Although it’s no longer practiced or enforced, the old Nevada law making it legal to hang someone for killing your dog on your property is still on the books, even if the dog attacked you first. This is one of those weird laws lingering from the days of the Wild West.
New Jersey: No Bulletproof Vests For Murderers
In New Jersey, if someone who is attempting to commit murder is wearing a bulletproof vest, it is considered an offense. However, if they’re going through with such an awful act — which will land them serious prison time anyway — we don’t think they’ll be too concerned about their wardrobe offense. (Just a guess.)
New York: No Flirting in NYC
New Yorkers love to break the law! You can technically be fined up to $25 for flirting in New York. It’s unclear exactly what this law defines as “flirting,” but some believe it has more to do with the act of soliciting, not just batting your lashes and asking, “Have you been working out?”
Ohio: No Intoxicated Fish
People seem to love to get animals drunk all the time! In Ohio you can’t give all your drinks to a fish and get them drunk. You can only drink like a fish. These are the best fishing spots...keep the beer to yourself, though.
Oklahoma: No Skunk Glue
It’s illegal to make glue out of dead skunks in Oklahoma. Good thing all we really want to do in this state is go to the Pioneer Woman’s new hotel.
Rhode Island: Accidental Mutilation Is Okay
There’s an interesting law in Rhode Island that defines the legality of biting off your friend’s limbs. In case you’re wondering, if you bite any limbs off on purpose you’ll be looking at somewhere between 1 to 20 years of jail time. However, if it’s an accidental mutilation you won’t face any punishment.
Utah: No Keg Parties
College students in Utah, get those keg party ideas out of your mind — there is no way you’ll be having one in this state. It is illegal to have beer in a container larger than 2 liters unless you are a wholesaler. Too bad they don't realize why beer is good for you!
Virginia: No Tickling
It is considered illegal to tickle women throughout the state of Virginia. Trying to flirt? Buy them chocolate from one of the best chocolate shops in the state instead.
Washington: Announce Your Criminal Intentions
The most bizarre law in Washington states that any “motorist with criminal intentions [must] stop at the city limits and telephone the police as he is entering the town.” If only all criminals did this, it would make arresting them so much easier.
Wyoming: No Getting Mine Drunk
If you’re ever drunk in Wyoming, don’t be drunk in a mine. You could go to jail for up to a year. Plus, who wants to be drunk in a mine? Luckily, mine culture in Wyoming can be explained at The Buffalo Bill Center of the West. It's the best museum in Wyoming and one of the fun indoor places you can check out if it's too cold or rainy outside.
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