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Weirdest Laws in the United States – Part 4

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TR Robertson — What is more amazing about many of the weird and unusual laws in the U.S. is that many of the states have similar laws which means some of the states were looking at laws established in neighboring states and felt that they too need a law to cover some similar event in their state. What is scarier is that some of these laws make sense. We begin with the state of Minnesota for Part 4. Part 5 will begin with the state of New York.

Minnesota

  • Any game in which participants attempt to capture a greased or oiled pig is illegal.
  • A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his or her head.
  • Airplanes may not be landed in city parks.
  • No child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent.
  • You may not swear in front of women and children.
  • All bathtubs must have feet.
  • Every man is required to grow a beard.
  • No man can make love to his wife with the smell of garlic, onions, or sardines on his breath.
  • It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.
  • It is illegal to sleep naked.

Mississippi

  • If a person is a parent to two illegitimate children, that person will spend a month in jail.
  • You can be arrested for disturbing a church service.
  • You can be fined for using profane language in a public place in front of two or more people.
  • You cannot walk a dog without dressing it in diapers.
  • It is illegal to drive around the town square more than 100 times in a single session.
  • Cattle rustling is punishable by hanging.
  • Horses are not to be housed within 50 feet of any road.
  • It is illegal to attempt to stop someone from walking down the sidewalk by parking a motorhome in their path.
  • It is illegal for a man to be sexually aroused in public.

Missouri

  • It is illegal to drive a car with an uncaged bear.
  • You can only hold a garage sale between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm and it cannot last more than three days.
  • You cannot drink in a bar between 2 and 6 am.
  • You cannot bother squirrels.
  • Four women may not rent an apartment together.
  • Hard objects cannot be thrown by hand.
  • Frightening a baby is a violation.
  • Dancing is prohibited.
  • Door to door salesmen cannot sell their goods in the road.
  • Anyone under the age of 21 who takes out trash containing empty alcohol beverage containers can be charged with possession of alcohol.
  • Yard waste may be burned any day except Sunday.

Montana

  • You cannot pretend to abuse an animal in the presence of a minor.
  • Once you start a performance on stage you are committed to finishing the performance.
  • Guiding sheep onto a railroad track with the intent to injure a train is prohibited.
  • It is illegal to have a pet rat.
  • It is illegal to have sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
  • A woman cannot dance on the table in a saloon unless she is wearing at least 3 lbs. 2 ounces of clothing.
  • A wife cannot open her husband’s mail.
  • It is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict acts of felonious crime.
  • The only sexual position allowed is the missionary position.

Nebraska

  • You cannot get married if you have an STD.
  • You cannot purchase a cocktail that mixes liquor and beer.
  • Barbers are forbidden from eating onions between 7 am and 7 pm.
  • Barbers are forbidden to shave a man’s chest.
  • It is illegal to sleep naked in a motel or hotel room.
  • It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license.
  • Owners of a hotel are required to provide guests with a night shirt.
  • Men are not allowed to run around with a shaved chest.
  • It is illegal to go whale fishing.

Nevada

  • Sex toys are outlawed.
  • It is illegal to throw anything from a chairlift.
  • It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
  • It is illegal to hang someone for shooting your dog.
  • Men are forbidden for buying drinks for more than three people other than himself.
  • It is against the law to pawn your dentures.
  • You can bet on any team in a casino except the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

New Hampshire

  • It is illegal to carry away or collect seaweed at night.
  • You cannot hold picnics in cemeteries.
  • Any cattle that cross state roads must be fitted with a device to collect its feces.
  • It is illegal to inhale bus fumes.
  • You may not run machinery on Sundays.
  • You cannot check into a hotel under an assumed name.
  • You cannot tap your feet, nod your head or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or café.
  • It is illegal to pawn the clothes off your back to pay gambling debts.
  • On Sundays, citizens may not use the bathroom while looking up.
  • If a person is caught raking the beach, picking up litter, hauling away trash, building a bench for a park without a permit can be fined.

New Jersey

  • All motorists must honk before passing another car, bicyclist, skater, or skateboarder.
  • You are not allowed to pump your own gas.
  • It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.
  • You cannot slurp your soup.
  • You cannot walk your cattle on the street on Sundays.
  • You cannot throw a bad pickle on the street and pickles are not to be consumed on Sundays.
  • It is against the law to frown at a police office.

New Mexico

  • You cannot misuse the national or state anthems.
  • You cannot spit on the steps of the opera house.
  • It is forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public.
  • You may not carry a lunchbox down Main Street.
  • It is illegal for a cab driver to reach out and pull customers into their cabs.
  • Gambling on bicycle racing is legal.
  • It is legal for couples to have sex in their cars during their lunch break if there are curtains in the car.
  • State official have banned 400 words from “Romeo and Juliet”.

They just keep getting stranger. We begin with New York in the next article.

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