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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 03:53 PM
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What are the Dumb Laws in your state?
The cohabitation ban in NC being struck down today (YAY!!, Not like anybody pays attention to it anyway) got me to thinking what are some other equally silly laws still on the books around the good old USofA.


  • Arizona - You may not have more than two dildos in a house.
  • California - Bathhouses are against the law.
  • FloriDUH - Unmarried couples may not commit "lewd acts" and live together in the same residence.
  • Maine - You may not step out of a plane in flight.
  • Pennsylvania - It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
  • Washington - It is illegal to entice girls away from the Maple Lane School for girls.



Which goofy laws does your state still have on the books?

http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/washington/
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 03:56 PM
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1. New Jersey
Drivers must warn those who they pass on highways before they do so.

Spray paint may not be sold without a posted sign warning juveliles of the penalty for creating graffiti.

Handcuffs may not be sold to minors.

It is illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder.

One must yield a phone line to a person if it is an emergency.

All motorists must honk before passing another car, bicyclist, skater, and even a skateboarder.

You cannot pump your own gas. (I think this is a smart law though)

It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

It is against the law to "frown" at a police officer.

In an attempt to "foster kindness" in the citizens of New Jersey, the month of May is designated "Kindness Awareness Month".

If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, you may never again apply for personalized license plates.

The third Thursday of October is designated as "New Jersey Credit Union Day" and citizens of the state should observe the day with "appropriate activities and programs".

Car dealerships are forbidden from opening on Sunday.

You may not slurp your soup.

Automobiles are not to pass horse drawn carriages on the street.

It is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 03:59 PM
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2. This cracks me up
It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

:wtf: He is required by law to go fishing, then? :rofl:
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 04:02 PM
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4. I have a copy around here somewhere of our state Fish & Game laws.
I don't seem to recall anything about knitting in it. I think men need to be aware of the illegality of knitting during the fishing season. Also, what fishing season? There's something in season all year round.
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:12 PM
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13. Hmmm...
Drivers must warn those who they pass on highways before they do so.

Wisconsin has this law, too. Technically, you're required to honk before you pass. Insurance Companies like to take this law into account when determining who's at fault in an accident.

Spray paint may not be sold without a posted sign warning juveliles of the penalty for creating graffiti.

I think Milwaukee's got similar legislation. It was part of an effort to curb graffiti

Handcuffs may not be sold to minors.

Probably the result of a knee-jerk reaction to an incident where a kid got seriously hurt or killed in a situation involving handcuffs

One must yield a phone line to a person if it is an emergency.

This law's most likley a holdover from the days of party lines, where rural telephone customers were connected to the same local loop.

If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, you may never again apply for personalized license plates.

I think this is a good law, nothing dumb about it.

Car dealerships are forbidden from opening on Sunday.

Yeah, Wisconsin has this, too. Frankly, I don't see why these archaic blue laws are still in force.
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:50 PM
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28. Well,
If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, you may never again apply for personalized license plates.

I think this is a good law, nothing dumb about it.


I'm not sure. Seems like it would be easier to remember a personalized license plate if you needed to report them when they do it next time.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 03:59 PM
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3. Maryland.....
Laws prohibit the selling of condoms through vending machines in gas stations and stores-with one major exception. Prophylactics mat be dispensed by vending machines only "in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises"

In Halethrope it is illegal to kiss for more than one second.

In Baltimore it is illegal to mistreat oysters.

It's not the maid! In Baltimore it is illegal to wash or scrub sinks, no matter how dirty they get.

In Baltimore it's illegal to throw bales of hay from a second-story window within the city limits. (Loony Laws" by Robert Pelton)

In Baltimore it's also illegal to take a lion to the movies. Could it have anything to do with them getting all worked up when that MGM lion starts roaring before the flick starts?

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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 04:05 PM
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5. Oklahoma absolutely forbids Whaling
Whaling is illegal.
Good thing, since we have no ocean nearby. :rofl:

Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another's hamburger.
Another good thing, I think. Get your own damn burger & leave mine alone. :mad:

People who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
Lucky dogs! I wish people couldn't make ugly faces at me. :cry:

It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.
I wonder if that means with or without spurs? :shrug:
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:43 PM
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24. Maybe we could get Oklahoma to join the IWC
:-) Of course, the way things are going in OK, they'd probably end up backing Japan :grr:
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 04:12 PM
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6. Baltimore, Maryland
Oral sex can not be given or received anywhere. :o

Though you may spit on a city roadway, spitting on city sidewalks is prohibited.

It is a violation of city code to sell chicks or ducklings to a minor within 1 week of the Easter holiday.

You may not curse inside the city limits. :o
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NewWaveChick1981 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 08:31 PM
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7. Also in NC, it takes a year to get a divorce once a couple has separated.
:grr: I know couples who have been so pissed off at that. NC still has anti-sodomy laws.
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 08:59 PM
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8. Some of these I wish they actually enforced! (Maine)
Shotguns are required to be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack.

You may not step out of a plane in flight.

After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.--How I wish!

More at http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/maine /

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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:02 PM
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9. I seem to recall that in Nebraska you can't shoot fish from an airplane.
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:03 PM
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10. Some of the stuff on that site is bullshit
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LaraMN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:07 PM
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11. MN- Oral sex is prohibited and we can't sleep naked.
I feel like such a rebel.
:P
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:08 PM
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12. Oregon - Can't pump your own gas.
I am the winner.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:14 PM
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14. No, you tie with New Jersey.
See #1. Can't pump it there either. (insert crude Viagra joke here)

Next, we go to penalty kicks; NJ also has about a dozen other dumb laws listed up there. How about you guys?
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:18 PM
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15. Don't know. Haven't checked the site.
Our initiative process is an out-of-control disaster, though, I do know that.
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tinfoil tiaras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:19 PM
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16. I think in Mississippi it's illegal to kill a dog
but legal to kill a cat :wtf:
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unsavedtrash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:20 PM
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17. Alabama- Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
You may not drive barefooted.
Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.
It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
Men who deflower virgins, regardless of age or marital status, may face up to five years in jail.
Most locales do not have this problem, but Mobile found it necessary to ban bicycles from the interstate highways.
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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:24 PM
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18. Florida - Shoot at will.
Just because they pissed you off.

You know you want to.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:24 PM
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19. "Chewing Gum" isn't a justifiable excuse for killing the useless.
To me, killing a gum chewer should be classified under "euthanasia of the terminally ill".
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liberaltrucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:28 PM
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20. Alabama
Bear wrestling matches are prohibited


Incestuous marriages are legal.
West Virginia, eat your heart out :rofl:

It is illegal to impersonate a person of the clergy.

It is illegal to maim oneself to escape duty.

Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.

It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.

Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
My personal favorite!

Women are able to retain all property they owned prior to marriage in the case of divorce. However, this provision does not apply to men.

I'll add one comment. DRY COUNTIES SUCK!!!!
:grr:
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:31 PM
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21. Here are some from CT:
A local ordinance in Atwoodville, Connecticut prohibits people from playing Scrabble while waiting for a politician to speak.
A pickle is not officially a pickle unless it bounces
Guilford: Only white Christmas lights are allowed for display.
Hartford: You aren't allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands;
In Connecticut any dogs with tattoos must be reported to the police.
In Connecticut it is illegal to pirouette while crossing the street
In Hartford, Connecticut, it is illegal to kiss your wife on Sunday.
New Britain: It is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25mph, even when going to a fire.
Waterbury: It is illegal for any beautician to hum, whistle, or sing while working on a customer.
You are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.
You may not educate dogs.


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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:36 PM
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22. I was just going to post CT!
Beat me to it! :hi:
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:41 PM
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23. .....
I think my beutician hums. Should I report her? :hi:
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:45 PM
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25. Do it!
Unless you like her! :)
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RockaFowler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:46 PM
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26. Pennsylvania has one of the best "dumb laws"
Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.

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.
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Dukkha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:48 PM
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27. Ohio - Breast feeding is not allowed in public.
I knew that one without looking it up. I believe that was repealed recently.
Now we must repeal that fascist law that breastfeeding has to be with a baby!
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