Episode 26: Everything About Is That A Law?!
Thank you Wikipedia:
- dumb laws, weird laws, strange, futile or unnecessary laws…& Blue laws
- some dumb laws are exaggerations of real laws
- or common law results
- Most are there because we’ve forgotten about them and in some cases, lawmakers don’t even know they exist.
- AND SOME aren’t real at all or a twisting of the real law. As an example, no dancing to the Star Spangled Banner in Massachusetts. Well, ya, kinda. See the link below.
Marion, Ohio donut law
Dang it! No cannons at my wedding in Pennsylvania
Don’t sell human organs. Thank you Texas!
No dancing to the Star Spangled Banner in Massachusetts!
Whatcom and Skamania Counties in Washington State and Big Foot: Skamania Law
Stealing crawfish in Louisiana
Also from New Orleans, Fortune Telling and how its against the law…Kinda.
Sec. 54-312. – Fortunetelling.
It shall be unlawful for any person to advertise for or engage in, for a monied consideration, the business of (chronology, phrenology, astrology, palmistry), telling or pretending to tell fortunes, either with cards, hands, water, letters or other devices or methods, or to hold out inducements, either through the press or otherwise, or to set forth his power to settle lovers’ quarrels, to bring together the separated, to locate buried or hidden treasures, jewels, wills, bonds or other valuables, to remove evil influences, to give luck, to effect marriages, to heal sickness, to reveal secrets, to foretell the results of lawsuits, business transactions, investments of whatsoever nature, wills, deeds and/or mortgages, to locate lost or absent friends or relatives, to reveal, remove and avoid domestic troubles or to bring together the bitterest enemies converting them into staunchest friends. But nothing herein contained shall apply to any branch of medical science, or to any religious worship.
Idaho and cannibalism:
So much good stuff at dumblaws.com!
Undiscovered Species Protection Act
The harassing of Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other undiscovered subspecies is a felony punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
Passed in Skamania County, April 1, 1969
the ordinance was amended in 1984 to preclude an insanity defense and to consider such a killing homicide if the creature was proven by the coroner to be humanoid.
Whatcom County, Washington, an Agenda Bill was drafted (92-247) on 6/9/91, which unanimously passed a resolution declaring Whatcom County a Sasquatch Protection and Refuge Area.
Deemed a felony punishable by a fine not to exceed One hundred Thousand Dollars ($100.0000) and/or imprisonment, not to exceed ten (10) years.
Los Angeles, California
football, Frisbee and similar sports are OK, unless the safety of other beachgoers is in danger or a lifeguard demands the activity stop.
Dana Point, California
No person shall urinate or defecate on private property in any area exposed to the public view, or on any public street, sidewalk, alley, park, or other public place, except in a public or private restroom.
(Added by Ord. No. 89-18, 7/11/89)
You may not carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length. (UL)
You may not ride an ugly horse. (Can’t find source)
A law passed in 1912 provided that “The carrying of concealed weapons is forbidden, unless some are exhibited to public view.
A person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face.
https://www.pocatello.us/462/US-Smile-Capital tongue in cheek law which was inadvertently left on the books.
It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.(Can’t find proof, but did find
- If you want to be naked in public then you have to get a parade permit. This is thanks to a controversial nudity ban that went into effect on February 1, 2013. Prior to that you could be naked in public if you so desired but you were required to sit on a towel if you were sitting on a public seat or bench.)
Florida (accidentally) banned all computers and smart phones in internet cafes
When Florida lawmakers recently voted to ban all Internet cafes, they worded the bill so poorly that they effectively outlawed every computer in the state, according to a recent lawsuit.
Doors of all public buildings must open outwards.- NOT a stupid law!
Women may not drive in a house coat. (could not verify)
Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship. (could not verify)
You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows. (claims truth but didn’t cite source https://www.bglawyers.com/blog/2014/04/01/april-fools-silly-but-true-california-laws/)
Peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways. (https://herbertbailbonds.com/top-10-strangest-laws-california/ In Arcadia, Peacocks are citizens. They are accorded all the rights ow humans.)
Baldwin Park, California
Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor)
Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine.