Weird State Laws: Top 20 Strangest Laws Still Active Today!

April 1, 2011
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Have you ever noticed that your state has some odd rules on its books? Weird state laws made back in the day are still on the books in some states, so here’s a list of my 20 favorite!

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For some of these, you can kind of guess why they were written at the time. But others are just plain strange!

In alphabetical order by state, here’s my top 20 weird state laws!

Alabama – It is illegal to wear a fake moustache in church and cause “unseemly laughter.”

California, Apple Valley – It is unlawful for ducks to quack after 10:00 PM.

California, Castaic – If a dentist accidentally pulls the wrong tooth of a patient, then the patient has the right to pull one of the dentist’s teeth. (I think this should be a law everywhere!)

California, Hesperia – No one is allowed to duel if the opponent selects water pistols as weapons.

Colorado, Sterling – It’s illegal to allow a pet cat to run loose without a tail-light.

Connecticut, Devon – It’s unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.

Delaware – It is against the law to sell a wooden leg at a pawn broker.

Florida- It is unlawful for men to be seen in public wearing a strapless gown.

Georgia, Quitman – It is against the law for chickens to cross streets. (That joke is probably also illegal here)

Idaho – It’s illegal for a man to give his “sweetheart” a box of candy weighing anything less than 50 pounds. (They must dread Valentines Day!)

Illinois, Oblong – It is illegal to make love while fishing on your wedding day.

Indiana – The law states, once your breath leaves your body, it is no longer your property.

Iowa, Marshalltown – It is illegal for horses to eat fire hydrants.

Kansas, Natoma – You’d be breaking the law if you practiced knife throwing at men in striped suits.

Maine, Portland –It’s illegal to tickle a girl under the chin with a feather.

Massachusets – It is illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder. (Right on!)

New York, New York City – The state law actually states: “it is legal for a woman to ride the subway topless since it is legal for a man to ride the subway topless.”

North Carolina – It’s unlawful to sing out of tune.

Tennessee, Memphis – it is illegal for a woman to pilot a car unless there is a man running or walking in front of it, waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.

Washington, Seattle – it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon that is longer than 6 feet.

Well there you have it! What’s your favorite weird state law? Do you know any other crazy regulations from your state? Let me know in the comment section!


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11 Responses to “Weird State Laws: Top 20 Strangest Laws Still Active Today!”

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    Monica Says:

    Now I don’t know about you,But these laws may possibly be the most stupidest the Indiana one,Portland,especially Memphis

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    Ed Says:

    I think the Memphis one makes a lot of sense. Now the Memphis police need to get out there and enforce it.

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    Mr. Ed Says:

    I don’t know if it still exists but Riverside Calif. had a law, at one time that forbid anyone from carrying a lunch box on the streets of Riverside.

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    Sophia Says:

    It’s illeagal to sleep ontop of a refridgirator outside in Okalhoma.

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    Sophia Says:

    It’s illeagal to sleep ontop of a refridgirator outside in Okalhoma.And you cant wash your clothes in a birdbath in Oklahoma or go whaling there arent any whale in Oklahoma…let alone an ocean.And in Alabama you cant flush the toilet after 10:00 P.M. in an apartment.

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    SunnySonni Says:

    These are great! I believe there was one in Santa Ana, CA that stated- it is illegal to swim on the side walk … o.O

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    milissa Says:

    In Caldwell, NJ it is illegal to walk your pet pig down the street on Sundays

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    Chuck Norris Says:

    Anyone ever notice Marijuana is still illegal some places… not here tho ;)

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    Amy Says:

    It is illegal to get married in your bathing suit in Cleveland, Ohio

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    You are not going to believe these real laws Says:

    Weird West Virginia State laws:

    Unmarried couple who live together and “lewdly associate” with one another may face up to a year in prison.

    Not only is it illegal to have sex with the lights on, one may not have sex in any position other than missionary.

    There is a state law prohibiting “corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates.

    Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.

    Police radar detectors are illegal.

    No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.

    It is illegal to tickle women.

    Only babies can ride in a baby carriage.

    Any person who commits adultery shall be fined at least twenty dollars.

    A person may be placed in jail for up to six months for making fun of someone who does not accept a challenge.

    For each act of public swearing a person shall be fined one dollar.

    Whistling underwater is prohibited.

    If you wear a hat inside a theater, you may be fined.

    Alderson, WV: One may not walk a lion, tiger or leopard, even on a leash.

    Huntington, WV: Firemen may not whistle or flirt at any woman passing a firehouse.

    It is legal to beat your wife so long as it is done in public on Sunday, on the courthouse steps.

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