Stupid Laws


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."

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

In Pennsylvania it is illegal to have over 16 women live in a
house together because that constitutes a brothel...however
up to 120 men can live together, without breaking the law.

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

printed in the local paper....

In New York, it is against the law to throw a ball at
someone's head for fun.

The state of Washington has passed a law stating it is
illegal, I repeat, illegal, to paint polka dots on the American

In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle in
Connecticut, it must bounce.

To keep any of the incarcerated beast from picking up bad
habits, the town of Manville , NJ decreed that it is illegal to
feed whiskey or offer cigarettes to animals at the local zoo.

If you sell hollow logs in Tennessee, you are breaking the

Compulsive gamblers stay out of Richmond, VA: it is even
illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for the

Don't bother the butterflies in Pacific Grove, CA unless you
have an extra $500 for the offense.

The same is true for bullfrogs and cottontails in Hayden, AZ.
disturbing them in the city limits is against the law.

Have it your way, but don't share it in OK. This state forbids
a person from taking a bite out of another person's

Need a radio on Sunday? In Spokane, WA, you can buy one
on the Sabbath, but forget about purchasing a television!

In the state of New York, you need a license to use a
clothesline outdoors.

What happens to doughnut holes? Well, they won't be found
in Lehigh NE. Selling doughnut holes in this city is verboten.

And if any retirees from the circus are thinking about settling
down and farming in NC, they are forwarned right here and
now that it is against the law in this state to use elephants to
plow cotton fields!

It is illegal to take more than 2 baths a month within Boston

Two people cannot kiss in front of a church.

All Public Displays of Affection (PDAs) are forbidden on

Pedestrians always have the right of way.

Anyone may let their sheep and cows graze in the public
gardens/commons at any time except Sundays.

In Calgary there is a by-law that is still on the books that
requires businesses within the city to provide rails for tying
up horses.

In the England it is illegal to sell most goods on a Sunday,
(this law is mostly ignored), it is however legal to sell a
carrot. It is also legal to sell it at any price and to give free
gifts with it, such as anything else one might want to buy on
a Sunday!


In certain sections of Pennsylvania many years ago, the
Farmer's Anti-Automobile society set up some "rules of the
road." In effect, they said:

1. "Automobiles travelling on country roads at night must
send up a rocket every mile, then wait ten minutes for the
road to clear."

2. "If a driver sees a team of horses, he is to pull to one side
of the road and cover his machine with a blanket or dust
cover that has been painted to blend into the scenery."

3. "In the event that a horse refuses to pass a car on the
road, the owner must take his car apart and conceal the
parts in the bushes."


It is against the law to fish from horseback.


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


Back in 1924, a monkey was convicted in South Bend of the
crime of smoking a cigarette and sentenced to pay a 25
dollar fine and the trial costs.


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


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


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

These excerpts are from the book "Loony Laws" by Robert
Pelton (Walker; $8.95) Enjoy!

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

In Kentucky, "No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any
highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least
two officers or unless she be armed with a club"

An amendment to the above legislation: "The provisions of
this statuate shall not apply to females weighing less than 90
pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, nor shall it apply to
female horses."

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