Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Thirteen - 13 Dumb U.S. Laws

I've always been fascinated by stupid laws in the United States, most left over from days gone by, but there are some laws on the book that just make you go:  WTF?    And the best things is, they don't even require commentary.  They WTFery pretty much speaks for itself:

1.  Monkey's are forbidden to smoke cigarettes in South Bend, Indiana.

2.  North Andover, Massachusetts prohibits its citizens from carrying space guns.

Not in North Andover, you don't!
3.  In Michigan, a law stipulates that a woman's hair is property of her husband.

4.  It is illegal to whistle underwater in Vermont.

5.  It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish in Tennessee.

6.  In Memphis, Tennessee it is illegal for a woman to drive by herself; "A man must walk or run in front of the vehicle, waving a red flag in order to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists." 

7.  In Pennsylvania, "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes."

8.  Unmarried women who parachute on Sunday's will be jailed in Florida.

9.  In Nebraska, if a child burps during a church service in Omaha, his or her parents may be arrested.

Not on Sunday in Columbus!

10.  In Columbus, Ohio, it is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday.

11.  In Oxford, Ohio, it is illegal for a woman to disrobe in front of a man's picture.

12.  In Minnesota, it is illegal to tease skunks.
Nanny-nanny You stink!?! 
(Okay, so I put in one comment, but seriously, you know someone had to try it for the law to be made. )

13.  In Oklahoma, whale hunting is strictly forbidden.

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  1. I LOVE stuff like this! It always makes me laugh because they are so fantastically random!

    " 8. Unmarried women who parachute on Sunday's will be jailed in Florida." LOL!

  2. Those laws are utterly bizarre. Is 6. actually upheld, does anyone know?

  3. These are all WTFers but 6 & 7 had me on the floor laughing out loud! Seriously?!?!

  4. Had to stop myself from laughing at number 3, after that they were just beyond ridiculous, really want to see someone take their car apart...

  5. Wow, where to begin? I think the taking one's car apart piece by piece and hiding it in the bush wins.

  6. I love things like this! It's (almost) hard to believe that people can come up with such ridiculous stuff!

  7. After the week I've had on the road, #6 might be sensible. I am the kind of driver that makes women look bad. Sorry ladies. I stink.

  8. The stupidity seemed to know no bounds, then a whale law had to be passed for a land-locked state.



  9. know us Tennesseans. If you're going to fish with something it better not be a lasso.

    I cannot speak for Memphis. I'm a Nashville gal :D