Thursday, September 29, 2011

Today's Trivia - Wacky Laws (Part 2)

Below is a list of wacky laws from around the world that I’ve assembled from many sources around the internet. Some of them are so extreme that you have to wonder whether they’re real or not. I also assume that some of them made sense when they were created, which, in many cases, was a very long time ago. Either way, most of them are, at the very least, entertaining.


- In Canada, It is illegal to leave your horse in front of the Country Squire without hitching it securely to the hitching post.

- In Canada, it’s illegal to board a plane while it’s in flight. (Just in case you get the urge to do some crazy Hollywood stunt, right?)

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

- In Chester, Welshmen are banned from entering the city before sunrise and from staying after sunset.

- It is forbidden to eat in a place that’s on fire in Chicago.

- It’s illegal to take a French poodle to the opera in Chicago, Illinois.

- In Chico, California, you'll receive a $500 fine for letting off a nuclear bomb in the city limits. (I think the city would have bigger things to worry about if you did.)

- In Columbus, it is illegal to sit on one's porch in an indecent position.

- In Columbus, Ohio, it is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday.

- In Connecticut, night watchmen are forbidden from drinking decaf coffee while working.

- You can be stopped by police in Connecticut if you are biking over 65 miles per hour.

- In Cresskill, New Jersey, cats must wear three bells to warn birds of their whereabouts. (Oh, I like this law!)

- In Danville, Pennsylvania, all fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires. (Because you just know when a fire is going to start... )

- In Delaware, you'll get in trouble if you try to pawn your wooden leg.

- In Denmark it is illegal to start your car without first checking to see if there are any children asleep underneath it. (Might as well check for cats, too, while you’re at it...)

- 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 to walk backwards after sunset in Devon, Connecticut.

- In Dyersburg, Tennessee, it is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date.

- In England, all men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day.

- In England, in 1837, if a man kissed a woman against her will, she could legally bite off his nose. (Nice...)

- In England, in 1865, a law was passed stating that any self-propelled carriage on an English highway had to have a crew of three; one of whom had to walk in front of the carriage with a red flag to warn horse drawn vehicles of its approach.

- In England, it is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.

- In Eureka, Nevada, USA, it is illegal for men with moustaches to kiss women. (Even if you’re a couple?)

- In Florida, it is illegal to have sex with a porcupine. (I don’t want to know how this law came to be...)

- In Florida, men seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown can be fined.

- In 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.

- In Florida, women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.

- In France, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., 70 percent of the music on the radio must be by French composers.

- It’s against the law in France to sell a doll with a face that’s not human.


- It is illegal in France to name or address a pig as Napoleon.

- In Georgia, it’s illegal to teach a child under 5 the words “penis” and “vagina.” (Because teaching children correct names for body parts instead of made-up words is a bad thing...)

- In Greene, New York, it's illegal to eat peanuts and walk backward down the street while a concert is on.

- In Halifax, no citizen is allowed to chop wood on the sidewalk.

- Hotels must legally provide you with night clothes in Hastings, Nebraska,

- It’s against the law in Hawaii for you to insert pennies in your ear.

- In hotels in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, every room is required to have twin beds. And the beds must always be a minimum of two feet apart when a couple rents a room for only one night.

- It was once against the law to own a pet dog in Iceland.

- It is illegal for any person to give a box of chocolates to his sweetheart that is less than 50 pounds in weight in Idaho. (No doubt created by chocolate lovers...)

- In Illinois, animals can be sent to jail. A monkey served five days in a Chicago jail for shoplifting. Similarly, in South Bend, Indiana, a monkey was convicted of the crime of smoking a cigarette and sentenced to pay a fine of $25 plus the cost of the trial.

- A woman may marry a goat in India.

- In India, it is illegal to maim or kill an animal worth more than 10 Rupees (22 cents).

- In Indiana, bathing is prohibited during the winter.

- In Indiana, it’s against the law to dress “Barbie” in “Ken’s” clothes. (Are children arrested for this?)

- Monkeys are forbidden to smoke cigarettes in South Bend, Indiana.

- In Indonesia, the punishment for masturbation is execution by decapitation.

- In International Falls, Minnesota, you can be fined if you let your dog chase a cat up a telegraph pole.

- In Devon, Texas, it is against the law to make furniture while you are nude.

- In Iowa, kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.

- It is illegal for horses to eat fire hydrants in Iowa, USA.

- In Ireland, it is illegal for a student to walk through Trinity College without a sword.

- In Italy, anyone considered “obese” is forbidden from wearing polyester.

- In 1979, in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, women were banned from using hotel swimming pools.

- In Kenilworth, Illinois, roosters must be at least 200 feet away from any residence if they wish to crow. (Are the roosters aware of this law?)

- In Kentucky it is illegal to sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange, display, or possess living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits that have been dyed or colored. It is also illegal to dye or color baby chicks, ducklings, fowl or rabbits. And unless they are at least two months old, the aforementioned animals must be sold in batches of six.

- In Kentucky, “no female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway…unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she is armed with a club”. (Huh?)

- In Kentucky, by law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground”.

- It is illegal to paint your lawn red in Kentucky.

- 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 Lebanon, Virginia it is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.

- In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless in public except as a clerk in a tropical fish store or in a bank handling foreign currency.

- In Logan County, Colorado, kissing a woman while she sleeps is illegal.

- In London, England, wife beating is legal just as long as it is not after 9 PM and it doesn't disturb the neighbours.

- In London, England, there is still a law that states London Taxi cabs must carry a bale of hay at all times.

- In London, it is illegal to throw a stick to your dog.

- It is against the law to use a tripod in any park in London.

- In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague.

- In Los Angeles, it is illegal to lick a toad.

- In Los Angeles, a man can legally beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, but the belt can't be wider than 2 inches, unless he has his wife's consent to beat her with a wider strap. Consent should be given prior to the event, as is carefully stipulated.

- In Los Angeles, customers in meat markets are prohibited from poking a turkey to see how tender it is.

- In Los Angeles, it’s illegal for a waiter to tell a customer “I’m really an actor”.

- In Louisiana, it is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol. (What about if you use a real gun?)

- In Maryland, Randy Newman's song 'Short people' is still banned on the radio.

- In Massachusetts, it is illegal to go to bed without first having a bath. (However, another law prohibits bathing on Sunday)

- Mourners are breaking the law if they consume more than 3 sandwiches at a wake in Massachusetts.

- In McLough, Kansas, it's illegal to wash your false teeth in a public drinking fountain.

- It is illegal for a woman to drive by herself in Memphis, Tennessee. "A man must walk or run in front of the vehicle, waving a red flag in order to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists”. (Too funny...)

- In Merryville, Missouri, women are prohibited from wearing corsets because "the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male”.

- In Miami, Florida, imitating animals is illegal.

- Skateboarding is against the law inside a police station in Miami, Florida,.

- In Michigan, a woman's hair legally belongs to her husband. Consequently she's not allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.

- 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 while you’re visiting hospitals and funerals.

- Every man in Brainerd, Minnesota is required by law to grow a beard.

- Hanging male and female under garments on the same washing line is against the law in Minnesota.

- In Mobile, Alabama, it is illegal for pigeons to eat pebbles from composite roofs. (And the pigeons understand this...)

- In Munster, in 1670, the courts banished a plague of fleas from the city, prohibiting them from returning for ten years. (Too funny...)

- If a child burps during a church service in Omaha, Nebraska, his or her parents may be arrested.

- In New Jersey it's illegal to buy ice cream after 6 pm unless you have a written note from your doctor.

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