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Strangest Laws Still in Effect Today

ra STRANGEST LAWS Sun in Ebt Effect Today Law making is a strange process and one that has been in effect for centuries. Quite naturally then, there are plenty of laws that may have made sense in the past but now are just bizarre relics of the quirks you'll find in certain states. ? STATES WITH THE STRANGEST LAWS Washington Jdaho 3.415 Ohio Indiana Maland Nevada Utah Korth Carolina Arizona Geongia Texas UTAH GEORGIA ARIZONA TII:||| • Having sex with animals is • In the town of Quitman, • In Mohave County, should a illegal, but only if you do it chickens are not permitted to person be found stealing soap, they must wash themselves until the bar of soap has been for money. cross the road. • It is illegal for first cousins to • It is against the law to use completely used up. marry - but this no longer profanity in front of a corpse. applies if over the age of 65. • If you cut down a cactus, you could be sentenced to 25 years in prison. NORTH CAROLINA • It is illegal to own more than 2 INDIANA sex toys. 3.1415 TC = 4 IDAHO • The value of pi is 4, and not 3.1415. • It is illegal to sing off-key. • In Gary, it is against the law to attend a public gathering or use public transport within • Bingo games may not exceed a 50S duration of 5 hours. 4 hours of eating an onion or garlic. TEXAS • It is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy that weighs more than 50 Ibs. MARYLAND • It is against the law to kiss in public for more than 18 minutes. It is considered against the law WASHINGTON to sell your eyeball. • In San Antonio, flirting is considered illegal. • It is illegal to mistreat oysters. • In Halethorpe, it is illegal to kiss for longer than 60 seconds. OHIO NEVADA • You can be arrested or fined for harassing Bigfoot. • It is illegal to have sex with an animal that weighs more than 40lbs. • It is illegal to get a fish drunk. • In Paulding, policemen are • In Eureka, it is illegal for men permitted to bite a dog if with moustaches to kiss they believe it will calm the women. dog down. A ENFORCING THE LAWS When it comes to enforcing strange laws, sometimes the archaic laws are treated in odd ways. faws that are still in effect Still in effect but taken no notice of ENFORCED IGNORED In Woburn, Massachusetts, it is In Memphis, Tennessee, illegal to stand and hold an women aren't allowed to drive alcoholic beverage - only a car unless a man walks in front of them waving a red flag. waiters may do so. Patrons are liable to a fine. It is still considered illegal to In North Carolina, a man and a woman living together in a way drive an automobile in Las Vegas, as the noise would frighten horses - the law is ignored as it would be too costly to repeal. which is deemed "lewd" are still liable to pay a $1,000 fine. In Gainesville, Georgia, it is illegal to eat fried chicken any other way than with your hands. In 2009, an elderly woman was almost arrested Still in effect but have been altered for using a fork. AMENDED California once banned bathhouses, but this was BAN HOUSE altered to specifically ban those bathhouses that encouraged Attempts have been made to change them REPEALED unprotected sex. In Carmel, California, it is Massachusetts originally against the law to wear shoes with heels more than 2 inches passed a law in 1648 that permitted parents to put to high, or with a less-than-one-square-inch death a stubborn son. The law was only repealed much later. base. The law, while seldom enforced, was also amended, making it possible to get a "heel permit" from city hall. O THE HISTORY OF IT ALL Seme laws are kept in place because of their historical place in society "Blue laws" in particular Dating back to the 17th Century, these laws represented Puritan origins in America and often restrict activities such as drinking, shopping, working, and hunting. are those that prohibit certain types of activities BLUE on Sundays due to religious reasons. LAW SUN In Alabama, a whole host FOR SALE In Maine, the selling of of Sunday activities are prohibited, and even something like playing motor vehicles on a Sunday is against the law, as decided in Title 17, Section 3203. This cards could result in a carries sentence of six a $1,000 fine. Selling motor homes, however, is perfectly legal $10-100 fine. Things like months in jail and $100 FINE hunting or shooting could even result in jail time. seven days a week. Some laws are considered archaic and are currently being repealed ADULTERY ) knon (DLnarHEMY In Massachusetts, there are They wish to eliminate those laws that ban adultery, fornication, blasphemy and make it illegal to provide Cynthia S. Creem is movements to repeal the law of "Crimes Against presently trying to revoke the archaic elements of this Chastity, Morality, Decency law which refer to a variety and Good Order." of sex crimes, abortion and information about abortion contraception. and birth control. Some laws are kept in place but ignored: In many cases, laws that are considered archaic are kept in place because it would be too costly and a waste of time to remove them. Banning camel hunting in the Nevada desert only made sense when camels were being used, temporarily, during military options. Now, the law holds little effect for anybody. In such cases, these "infractions" are simply overlooked. CONCLUSION Ultimately, there are so many of these strange laws that repealing them all would be far too costly and time consuming. Instead, we are left shaking our heads in embarrassment at what was once considered legal and what still might be. Sources upcounsel Peopiene enforced

Strangest Laws Still in Effect Today

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Did you know it is illegal to kiss a man with a mustache in Nevada?! Find out other crazy laws in the U.S. with this hilarious infographic.




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