No one will argue that there are logical and undeniable reasons to have laws. Obviously, it would be preferable if people could go without inflicting harm on their fellow humans, but, just in case, it’s good to have a set legal recourse. Some laws, however, are anything but logical and undeniable; in fact, they’re downright weird!
Since their individual beginnings, each state has formed a legislature and put laws on the book, unique to their own jurisdiction. But all the rules put in place since then aren’t always so applicable to present-day life … and sometimes the laws put in place recently aren’t so easy to understand, either (we’re looking at you, Tennessee!).
Alabama: It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
Alaska: It is illegal to wake a sleeping bear to take a photo.
Arizona: It is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs.
Arkansas: It is illegal to mispronounce “Arkansas.”
California: A frog that dies during a frog-jumping contest cannot legally be eaten.
Colorado: It is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence.
Connecticut: A pickle cannot legally be considered a pickle unless it bounces.
Delaware: R-rated movies shall not be shown at drive-in theaters.
Florida: If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would be for vehicles.
Georgia: It is illegal to keep an ice cream cone in your back pocket on Sundays.
Hawaii: Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.
Idaho: It is illegal to give your sweetheart a box of chocolates weighing more than 50 pounds.
Illinois: It is legal for a minor to drink as long as he or she is enrolled in a culinary program.
Indiana: Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans.
Iowa: One-armed piano players must, by law, perform for free.
Kansas: A poorly-worded law states that if two trains meet on the same track, neither should proceed until the other has passed.
Kentucky: One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale, unless more than six are for sale at once.
Louisiana: You can be fined $500 for sending a pizza order to someone’s house without his or her knowledge.
Maryland: It is a violation to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt. $10 fine.
Maine: It is illegal to keep Christmas decorations up after January 14.
Massachusetts: It is illegal to own an explosive golf ball.
Michigan: It is illegal for women to cut their own hair without their husband’s permission.
Minnesota: A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his or her head.
Mississippi: One may be fined up to $100 for using profane language in public places.
Missouri: It is illegal to drive with an uncaged bear.
Montana: Guiding sheep onto a railroad track with intent to injure the train is subject to a fine up to $50,000 and serving at most five years in prison.
Nevada: It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
Nebraska: It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license.
New Jersey: It is against the law for a man to knit during fishing season.
New Hampshire: As of 1973, it is illegal to carry away or collect seaweed at night.
New York: Slippers are not to be worn after 10 p.m.
New Mexico: State officials ordered 400 words of sexually explicit material to be cut from Romeo and Juliet.
North Carolina: Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.
North Dakota: It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
Ohio: It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
Oklahoma: It is illegal to wrestle a bear.
Oregon: It is illegal to go hunting in a cemetery.
Pennsylvania: It is illegal to tell a fortune teller where to dig for buried treasure.
Rhode Island: Biting off someone’s limb will result in 1 – 20 years in prison.
South Carolina: Horses must not be kept in bathtubs.
South Dakota: It is illegal to sleep in a cheese factory.
Tennessee: It is illegal to share your Netflix password.
Texas: It is illegal to sell one’s eye.
Utah: It is illegal NOT to drink milk.
Vermont: Women must obtain written permission from their husband to wear false teeth.
Virginia: Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Washington: The harassing of Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other undiscovered subspecies is a felony punishable by a fine and/or punishment.
West Virginia: Whistling underwater is prohibited.
Wisconsin: It is illegal to serve butter substitutes in prison.
Wyoming: You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.