Friday, June 20, 2014

50 Laughable Laws...

and these are just a sampling of the many stupid, ridiculous, outdated laws still on the books.  

 I had to chucked with my state, Arizona, as my son had a skiing accident once and lost a few of his teeth, (had his jaw wired for several weeks etc.) anyway, he is still in the process of implants and bridges and occasionally his temporaries will come loose and fall out. He is over 18 so don't smile, he could be breaking a law. Oh My.

Check out your state. You could be breaking the law too...

(I just could not resist commenting)


It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church. (OMG can't have any fun in church)


It is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting. (figures, Alaska lighten up)


It is illegal for anyone over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling. (too bad for Paul)


Men are not allowed to ask women to dance during the month of July. (it's too hot anyway)


It is illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license. (that's California for ya)


It is illegal to crash into obstacles on a ski slope. (like that's your goal)


It is against the law to see a UFO. (just call it a falling star)


Ugly men are not allowed to go into the city before darkness. (thank goodness!!!)


Fiddlers and stay at home dads are considered vagrants. (I'm drawing a blank on this one)


At Nickajack Elementary School, all peanut products are banned, even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. (ya,  for something healthy like McDonald's probably)


All girls under the age of 12 must own a grass skirt and must take Hawaiian dancing lessons. (sounds good to me, who doesn't need to know how to hula)


Children up to the age of 14 must have a certificate signed by their parents to testify that they regularly brush their teeth. (this must be a no-cavity state)


Bowling is forbidden. (those balls are too dang heavy anyway)


Within four hours of eating garlic, a person may not enter a movie house, theater, or ride a public streetcar. (I have no objection here)


It is illegal to accept a gratuity or tip in Iowa. (20% saving to the consumer, yeah)


Before proceeding through the intersection of Douglas and Broadway, a motorist is required to get out of their vehicle and fire three shot gun rounds into the air. (bet the kids love this one)


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


It is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless her husband is waving a flag in front of it. (my husband actually though there was merit to this one)


You may not step out of a plane in flight. (da, unless you're D.B. Cooper that is)


It is a park rule violation to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt. (maybe they mean if you're over 50)


One may not detonate a nuclear device in the city. (gotta LOL)


All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police. (I'm betting the head of police wrote this one up)


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


You may not walk a dog without dressing it in diapers. (guess this is a prelude to the scoop laws)


Installation of bathtubs with four legs resembling animal paws is prohibited. (???)


In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all. (ya, the men are too nervous the women will outshine them, you go girls)


Doughnut holes may not be sold. (so who eats them?)


You can bet on any sports team except The University of Nevada at Las Vegas. (why? are they afraid of the negative effect it will have on the state when everyone loses their $$$?)

New Hampshire-

On Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up. (thank goodness, I'd hate it if they missed)

New Jersey-

All cats must wear three bells to warn birds of their whereabouts. (don't even have a comeback for this one)

New Mexico-

It is illegal for cab drivers to reach out and pull potential customers into their cabs. (you this one should be enforced)

New York-

A man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match. (Oh sorry honey, you'll need to stay indoors)

North Carolina-

It is against the law for children under seven years of age to go to college. (Thank Goodness, not enough time to add to the college fund this way)

North Dakota-

It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on. (well the feet better not smell)


You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street. (better to for-go the doughnut and  just walk backwards)


You may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer. (WOW)


It’s against the law for a wedding ceremony to be performed at a skating rink. (no tacky weddings allowed in Oregon)


It is illegal to put pretzels in bags. (maybe a box will do)

Rhode Island-

You may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday. (just bring a friend)

South Carolina-

The drinking age on Furman University campus is 60 years old. (Wow, I'm safe then)

South Dakota-

Every hotel room must have twin beds two feet apart and love cannot be made between the beds. (gosh those poor folks who had to squeeze together on one twin bed)


It is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date. (OK)


It is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts. (so who defines unusual)


It is illegal not to drink milk. (the dairy farmers must of had something to do with this one)


All residents shall bathe every Saturday night. (and every other day of the week) 


It is illegal to use the telephone to either sell things or raise funds. (better arrest everyone now)


Persons may not wear a life jacket near the Spokane River. (What?)

West Virginia-

Firemen may not whistle or flirt at any woman passing a firehouse. (darn, I love a good whistle, and especially from a fireman)


Women are not allowed to wear anything red in public. (this must be why I'm commenting in RED)


Citizens may not take showers on Wednesdays. (are they conserving water?)

I have not visited each state and checked out the validity of these, but it's not too hard for me to believe that even if these particular ones are not on the books, there are many actual laws that are equally bizarre.

I think we'd all agree that these are ridiculous and outdated and should be unenforceable.  So do we, as law abiding citizens simply hope that 'some want-to-be hotshot law officer' doesn't get overexcited and start enforcing them. 

 Here's an example I just read about. A gentleman in Massachusetts writes,

"Massachusetts, like most states, lets you pump your own gas. I usually go to one of two stations in Milford, MA near my house. A few weeks ago, I went to one of my normal stations, got out, and tried to start the pump. An attendant came over and told me that I couldn't pump my own gas there anymore. I asked why and he told me that there is actually an ordinance against self-service fillups in Milford but it had never really been enforced. The town Fire Marshall had gotten angry with the owner of that station and decided to stake it out one Friday night and write a fine for every offense. He got a ton of them. The ridiculous part is that none of the other self-service stations are affected. The law is selectively applied to this one only. I go to the other one and continue to fill it up myself."

What is your spin on these ridiculous laws, shouldn't there be a law outlawing them? I'd love to hear your feedback.



  1. I had a good laugh at these laws!! I'm sure no one has bothered to outlaw them as they are all quite outdated for sure! I couldn't decide on the most ridiculous...

  2. Australia is not exempt either. Here's one for your neck of the woods.
    Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb. The fine for abusing this law is 10 pounds.

    Victoria, Australia

  3. This was so funny! Thanks for the laughs!

    1. I guess they still do have some usefulness...that of providing a good laugh. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Such funny laws!! I had a good laugh!

  5. You've gotta wonder... What where they thinking? Thanks for visiting.

  6. These are hilarious! You're responses are the best!

  7. Ya my favorite is the one about the husband needs to wave a flag in front of the car that the women is driving. Oh my...

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