|09-11-2009, 05:55 AM||#1|
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Location: Cleveland, Oh
On a lighter note....Weird US laws...
25. In New Jersey (and Oregon) it is illegal for a driver to pump their own gas. This law was put into place because back in the day, the state governments were scared to let average drivers handle flammable materials: gas. So, to this day, in New Jersey and Oregon, you must let a professional pump your gas.
24. In Reno, Nevada, the sale of sex toys, which includes "any device ... designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs," is forbidden. The state of Nevada allows for brothels but it seems the Reno is a little weary of self stimulation. You can pay someone else to do it for you but you can't pay to do it for yourself.
23. In Fairbanks, Alaska, it's illegal to give a moose alcohol and it's also illegal for moose to have sex on city streets. While the first part of this makes sense (a drunk moose would probably be pretty dangerous), the second part sounds like something that might be really hard to enforce. Do you fine these exhibitionist moose or do you just haul them off to jail? Let's face it, if they've been getting it on in the street, they're probably already drunk.
22. No one can suddenly start or stop a car in front of a McDonald's or drive-in restaurants in general in Little Rock, Arkansas. This must have made Bill Clinton's visits to the local McDonald's really interesting back when he was the governor. Maybe that's why he decided to take up jogging instead.
21. An anti-crime law in Texas requires criminals to give their victims notice, oral or written, 24 hours in advance of the the crime their planning to commit and the nature of that crime. It seems unlikely that someone who is already planning to break one law would follow this law and actually put pen to paper: "Dear Karen, I'm planning to break into your house and steal your Wii in 24 hours."
20. In Louisiana, you could go to jail for up to a year for making a false promise so be sure you mean it when you give your vows at your wedding. It's hard to believe that a state would actually make it illegal to essentially lie to someone but apparently somewhere along the line, it pissed off someone so much that they actually had to make a law forbidding it.
19. While in Oregon, a person may not test their physical endurance while driving a car on a highway. Somehow doing so would qualify as speed racing along a highway which holds a penalty for many drivers. It's a Class A traffic violation for any driver to do so within the state according to the state driving laws.
18. An Owensboro, Kentucky woman may not buy a hat without her husband's permission. Perhaps Owensboro is petrified by the fashions worn at the Kentucky Derby every year when it's held a little over two hours away in Louisville. For this reason, they had to put some restriction on how women could buy their hats -- to keep them from getting anything like those monstrosities that take over Churchill Downs.
17. Doughnut holes may not be sold in Lehigh, Nebraska. Why? Maybe Lehigh residents are purists and rather than buying into the doughnut hole craze when it came along, they decided to stay loyal to their favorite doughnuts instead. So, if you every visit Lehigh, you better be prepared to eat the entire doughnut for breakfast, not just that dinky little dougnut hole.
16. New York residents may not greet one another by putting their thumb to their nose and wiggling their fingers. More than likely, this little law fell off the books long ago. Obviously, the law dealt with one very specific circumstance. We like to think that gangs of silly people were roaming the streets and signaling to each other by thumbing their nose and wiggling their fingers. Or maybe it has something to do with that old saying about "thumbing your nose" -- meaning you reject something.
15. In Waynesboro, Virginia, it was once illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main Street unless her husband walks in front of the car waving a red flag. Women were probably barred from driving at all at one time so this might have been a step in the right direction for the women of Waynesboro -- they had to drive behind a big red flag but at least they could get behind the wheel of a car.
14. It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions driving around the state of Washington to stop at city limits and telephone the local chief of police before entering town. Along the lines of the previously mentioned Texas anti-crime law, this measure was put into place to prevent drifters from conning people in several different towns. But, once again, if their intent is to break the law, it's doubtful they'd follow this particular rule.
13. Hunters were once expressly forbidden from going after camels -- in the state of Arizona. Snopes.com actually proves that this law no longer exists under current Arizona provisions but they do note that the law would have made sense in the late 1800s when camels were imported into the state to help haul freight and men. Of course, since the animals were privately owned, they should have fallen under the private property statutes but, regardless, it would have been illegal to hunt camels
12. One-armed piano players who perform in Iowa must do so for free. Now -- that just seems unfair. A one-handed piano player might be just as good or even better than a piano player with two hands. Why shouldn't they get paid? Of course, we have a feeling that this is one of those laws that is no longer official nor still enforced by local authorities.
11. A person must be over the age of 18 to use a pinball machine in the state of South Carolina. This law almost makes sense -- especially if you've seen those really racy pinball machines with images of half-naked ladies and violence painted all over them. Who would want a minor looking at all that stuff while they're playing an arcade game. Well, certainly not the state of South Carolina.
10. Beavers in Michigan could be fined up to $10,000 per day for building unlicensed dams, according to letters that the state once sent certain beavers in Grand Rapids. This actually happened. After complaints about flooding on neighboring property, the state sent a letter to the land owner ordering him to remove unauthorized wood debris dams. The reply sent by the landowner was widely circulated around the Internet as he pointed out that the "wood debris dams" belonged to beavers and he was not responsible for it. Eventually the matter was dropped and it seems unlikely that this would actually happen again.
9. In Alabama, it's illegal to wear a funny fake mustache to church. If you want a mustache in Alabama but you also want to go to church -- just don't fake it. Grow your own because otherwise you'll cause a stir. Church is a serious matter and if you plan on wearing a funny fake mustache then you should go somewhere else besides your local church.
8. In New Hampshire, you may not tap your feet, nod your head or in any way keep time with the music played in a tavern, restaurant or cafe. This sounds very similar to cabaret laws in New York City which prevent dancing in most bars. But this law really gets down to the nitty gritty and prevents any outward sign that you're enjoying a piece of music at all. And that just seems a little grouchy.
7. Chicago forbids fishing while sitting on a giraffe's neck. While we can't imagine why someone would be riding on a giraffe's neck in Chicago, let alone fishing, it does make sense. The combination of giraffe-level altitude and sharp hooks just doesn't mix. The giraffe, the fisher, passersby or all of these people could get hurt.
6. A person may be jailed in Fargo, North Dakota for wearing a hat while dancing or wearing a hat to an event where dancing is taking place. This is probably another of those laws that is no longer current nor enforced in Fargo but it is funny to think that at one time, hats and dancing in Fargo just didn't mix. In many other places wearing a hat while dancing is fine but if you aren't wearing pants, then you're in trouble.
5. Skunks may not be carried into the state of Tennessee. Look, skunks are gross no matter where they are and they tend to carry rabies which is something that you don't want to find anywhere. Tennessee is simply trying to keep skunks out and make their state smell better in addition to keeping rabies well outside of the entire state. They may still have a ways to go.
4. No one may cross Minnesota state lines with a duck on top of their head. This one is a little harder to explain than the Tennessee skunk law. First of all, who doesn't like ducks? Secondly, why can't they be carried on one's head? Perhaps this is just another disease prevention measure -- maybe residents in neighboring states tend to carry their ducks around on their heads.
3. In Ohio, It's illegal to get a fish drunk. How one would even attempt to feed alcohol to a fish is beyond us unless they have the little buggers swimming in it. And that just seems cruel and dangerous. So there's no reason to disagree with this particular law -- except there's no real indication as to how this law could regularly be enforced.
2. Next door neighbors may not lend each other vacuum cleaners in Denver, Colorado. We feel bad for people who live in Denver and don't own their own vacuum cleaners and we probably won't be visiting those people anytime soon due to the fact that it's probably been some time since they've cleaned the carpets. However, this law more than likely fell off the books long ago and is no longer enforced. So vacuum cleaner owners of Denver, lend away!
1. If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter in Florida, the parking fee must be paid just as if a car had parked there. While this may seem very odd, it's actually not unusual for a circus elephant to end up in Florida. The Ringling Museum, located in the house where John Ringling lived, is located in Sarasota, Florida. The entire state is pretty proud of their circus elephants.
|09-11-2009, 06:51 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Twixt Hell & Highwater
I can't get my fish drunk? Nazi bastards. I'm being repressed.
|09-11-2009, 08:41 AM||#3|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Mile High
One must wonder who, why and what prompted these laws.
|09-11-2009, 09:59 AM||#4|
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