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Arkansas Law




According to Arkansas law, Section 4761, Pope's Digest: "No person shall be permitted under any pretext whatever, to come nearer than fifty feet of any door or window of any polling room, from the opening of the polls until the completion of the count and the certification of the returns."


The Arkansas Legislature passed a law that states that the Arkansas River can rise no higher than to the Main Street bridge in Little Rock.


California Law




In 1930, the City Council of Ontario (California) passed an ordinance forbidding roosters to crow within the city limits.


San Francisco is said to be the only city in the nation to have ordinances guaranteeing sunshine to the masses.


In Cupertino, California, it is illegal to count backwards audibly in hexadecimal.


The good burghers of Redwood City have outlawed the frying of gravy.


In Santa Clara, it is forbidden to dedicate parking spaces to the patron saint of television.


The city of Mountain View proscribes calling pet fish by "names of aggressive content, e.g. 'Biter', 'Killer', 'Sugar-Ray'"


Prostitutes in San Francisco are not obliged to make change for bills larger than $50.


It is illegal to skateboard on walls "or other vertical surfaces" in Palo Alto.


It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.


Bicycles may not be ridden without "appropriate fashion accessories" anywhere in Santa Clara County (de facto law).


From the National Review West:

Starting January 1 1995, it is illegal in California to possess bear gall bladders. Also, it is no longer permissible to trip horses for entertainment.



In Los Angeles, you cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.


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


In Los Angeles, a man is legally entitled to 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.


Colorado Law




In Denver, it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next door neighbor.


Connecticut Law




In Devon, Connecticut, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.


In Harford, Conn., you aren't allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands.


D.C. Law




A D.C. federal judge has ruled that begging is a form of free speech protected by the Constitution. That means that mugging is free speech too, only more persuasive.


Florida Law




In Miami, it's illegal for men to be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.


Georgia Law




It is illegal to say "Oh, Boy" in Jonesboro, Georgia.


Idaho Law




Idaho state law makes it illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.


In Pocatello, Idaho, a law passed in 1912 provided that "The carrying of concealed weapons is forbidden, unless same are exhibited to public view."


Illinois Law




Kirkland, Illinois, law forbids bees to fly over the village or through any of its streets.


Chicago law prohibits eating in a place that is on fire.


It is against the law for a monster to enter the corporate limits of Urbana, Illinois.


In Zion, Ill., it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets.


Indiana Law




In Gary, Ind., persons are prohibited from attending a movie house or other theater and from riding a public streetcar within four hours of eating garlic.


Iowa Law




In Ottumwa, Iowa, "It is unlawful for any male person, within the corporate limits of the (city), to wink at any female person with whom he is unacquainted."


Kansas Law




No one may catch fish with his bare hands in Kansas.


Kansas state law requires pedestrians crossing the highways at night to wear tail lights.


Kentucky Law




A Kentucky statute says: "No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club."
Later, an amendment proposed: "The provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than sixty pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses."


Frankfort, Kentucky, makes it against the law to shoot off a policeman's tie.


Maryland Law




In Baltimore, it's illegal to throw bales of hay from a second-story window within the city limits. It's also illegal to take a lion to the movies.


Massachusetts Law




The state of Massachusetts is drafting regulations prohibiting large-scale bakers to allow the odor of bread to be released into the atmosphere because it contains ethanol, which can break down into ozone, a component of smog. "If people have such a visceral response to this smell, they can bake their own bread," said the engineer at the state Department of Environmental Protection who drafted the regulation.


Michigan Law




In Clawson, Mich., there is a law that makes it LEGAL for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.


In Detroit, couples are banned from making love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple's own property.


In Michigan, a woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.


Missouri Law




In St. Louis, it's illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer from a bucket.


New Hampshire




New Hampshire law forbids you to tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.


New Mexico Law




In Carrizozo, N.M., it's forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public (includes legs and face).


New York Law




In Greene, New York, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks when a concert is on.


From an AP bulletin:

The New York City Transit Authority has ruled that women can ride the city subways topless. New York law dictates that if a man can be somewhere without a shirt, a woman gets the same right. The decision came after arrests of women testing the ordinance on the subways. A transit police spokesman said they would comply with the new rule, but "if they were violating any other rules, like sitting on a subway bench topless smoking a cigarette, then we would take action." Smoking is not allowed in the subways.



In Carmel, N.Y., a man can't go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.


Ohio Law




In Bexley, Ohio, Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses.


In Oxford, Ohio, it's illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man's picture. (ed: ???)


Oklahoma Law




In Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is against the law to open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.


Harthahorne (Oklahoma) City Ordinance, Section 363, states that it shall be unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window.


Tennessee Law




In Memphis, Tennessee, it is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.


In Tennessee, it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.


Pennsylvania Law




The state law of Pennsylvania prohibits singing in the bathtub.


In Pennsylvania, "any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue."


Utah Law




It is against the law to fish from horseback in Utah.


Washington Law




It's illegal in Wilbur, Washington, to ride an ugly horse.


There is/was a law on the books in Washington that states/stated that a motorcar driven at night must be preceded by something like 100 yards by a man carrying a lantern...


In Seattle, Washington, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length.


West Virginia




In Nicholas County, W. Va., no member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.



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