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Weirdest Laws in the United States – Part 6

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TR Robertson — The final list of strange, unusual, and bizarre laws that have existed and still exist in the U.S. will take you from South Carolina to Wyoming. The extensive list in the articles just shows you that you might have to be a little more careful, depending on where you live, if your life takes an unusual turn and you break one or more of the laws many of the states have on the books. We can laugh at many of the older laws today but imagine what life must have been like when some of these laws were enforced. Remember most of these laws were unique to certain cities in each state, most were not state laws.

South Carolina

  • All schools must prepare a suitable program for Francis Willard Day.
  • It is illegal to communicate with a woman using obscene gestures.
  • It is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide.
  • It is illegal to dance in public.
  • A person must be 18 years old to play a pinball machine.
  • It is an offense to get a tattoo.

South Dakota

  • Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden.
  • It is illegal to sleep in a cheese factory.
  • Agricultural producers may set off fireworks or other explosives to safeguard their sunflower crop.
  • Every hotel room is required to have twin beds at least two feet apart.
  • It is illegal to try and convince a pacifist to renounce his beliefs by threatening to arm-wrestle him.
  • No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.
  • There were numerous laws concerning Native Americans that were very offensive, fortunately they have all been removed as laws.

Tennessee

  • It is illegal to share your Netflix password.
  • Students may not hold hands while in school.
  • “Crimes against nature” are prohibited.
  • Driving is not to be done while asleep.
  • It is illegal for frogs to croak after 11 pm.
  • It is illegal to use a lasso to catch fish.
  • It is illegal to take unfinished pie home.
  • The age of consent is 16, but 12 if the girl is a virgin.
  • It is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn motorists.

Texas

  • You are not allowed to pee on the Alamo.
  • It is illegal to sell one’s eyes.
  • Criminals must give their victims 24 hours’ notice to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
  • It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster.
  • It is against law for pigs to have sex on airport property.
  • It is illegal for kids to have unusual haircuts.
  • 16-year-old divorced girls are prohibited from talking about sex during high school extracurricular activities.
  • Obnoxious odors may not be emitted while in an elevator.

Utah

  • It is illegal not to drink milk.
  • You cannot purchase alcohol during an emergency.
  • A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
  • Women may not swear.
  • No woman can have sex with a man while riding in an ambulance.
  • Pharmacists may not sell gunpowder to cure headaches.
  • Birds have the right of way on all highways.
  • Daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.
  • The word refreshing may not be used to describe any alcoholic beverage.

Vermont

  • Clotheslines can be put up anywhere.
  • Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.
  • All residents shall bathe every Saturday night.
  • It is illegal to paint landscapes in times of war.
  • It is illegal to deny the existence of God.
  • It is against the lay to whistle underwater.

Virginia

  • Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
  • You cannot kill any “nuisance species” before 1 pm except raccoons.
  • All bathtubs must be kept out in yards.
  • Spitting on a seagull is not allowed.
  • It is illegal to have sex with the lights on.
  • Sex is banned except for married couples.
  • It is illegal to leave home without knowing where you are going.
  • It is illegal to tickle women.
  • It is illegal to flip a coin to determine who purchases coffee.

Washington

  • Harassing Sasquatch or Bigfoot is a felony.
  • It is illegal to interrupt a religious service with a horse race.
  • It is illegal to catch a fish by throwing a rock at it.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must have parental permission to throw a tear gas cannister.
  • It is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.
  • It is illegal to pretend one’s parents are rich.
  • It is illegal to ride an ugly horse.
  • Fake wrestling is not allowed.
  • X-ray may not be used to fit shoes.

West Virginia

  • You can be fined for cursing in public.
  • It is illegal to use a ferret for hunting.
  • It is against the law for a man to have sex with any animal over 40 lbs. in weight.
  • A person cannot hold a public office if they were involved in a duel.
  • Doctors and dentist cannot place a woman under anesthesia without a third-party present.
  • You can be fined for wearing a hat in a theater.
  • No member of the clergy can tell jokes from the pulpit during a service.
  • It is unlawful for chickens to lay eggs before 8 am or after 4 pm.

Wisconsin

  • Cheese must be delicious or at least “highly pleasing”.
  • It is illegal to serve butter substitutes in prison.
  • Margarine may not be substituted for butter in restaurants.
  • It is illegal to sell home-baked cookies.
  • You must manually flush all urinals in a building.
  • Car dealerships cannot sell cars on Sundays.
  • Citizens may not murder their enemies.
  • You must have a cheese makers license to make cheese.
  • Anyone under the age of 17 cannot jump onto a moving railroad train.

Wyoming

  • Junk dealers man not make any business transactions with a drunk person.
  • You must close all fence gates behind you.
  • You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without a permit.
  • Showers may not be taken on Wednesdays.
  • It is illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking.
  • You cannot wear a hat that obstructs peoples views in a public theater or place of amusement.
  • You cannot tattoo a horse to make it unrecognizable to its owner.
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