I’m Under Arrest for What?

Fifty Bizarre U.S. Laws
I’ve never claimed to have extensive knowledge of U.S. legislation throughout history, but it’s safe to say that I and most people I associate with are law-abiding citizens … or not. As it turns out, every state in this country has at least one wacky law that could land residents in trouble if they don’t comply. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

It’s illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.

Whispering in someone’s ear while he’s moose hunting is prohibited.

Cutting down a cactus may earn you a twenty-five-year prison term.

It’s illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas.

You may not eat an orange in your bathtub.

It’s unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor (Denver).

A pickle cannot actually be a pickle unless it bounces.

It’s illegal to get married on a dare.

Washington, D.C.
It’s against the law to post a public notice calling someone a coward for refusing to accept a challenge to duel.

If you tie an elephant to a parking meter, you must pay the same parking fee as you would for a vehicle.

It’s illegal to change the clothes on a storefront mannequin unless you draw the shades first.

All residents may be fined for not owning a boat.

A man must not give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing fewer than fifty pounds.

It’s illegal to take a French poodle to the opera (Chicago).

The value of pi is 4, and not 3.1415.

One-armed piano players must perform for free.

It’s illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits (Natoma).

Every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.

Biting someone with your natural teeth constitutes simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth classifies as aggravated assault.

If you keep your Christmas decorations on display after January 14, you’ll be fined.

It’s against the law to wash or scrub a sink, no matter how dirty it is (Baltimore).

No gorilla is allowed in the backseat of any car.

A woman may not cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.

It’s illegal to paint a sparrow with the intent of selling it as a parakeet (Harper Woods).

Walking a dog without dressing it in diapers is forbidden (Temperance).

Children may buy shotguns in Kansas City, but not toy cap guns.

It’s a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.

Bar owners may not sell beer unless they brew a kettle of soup simultaneously.

It’s illegal for men with mustaches to kiss women.

New Hampshire
It’s forbidden to sell the clothes you’re wearing to pay off a gambling debt.

New Jersey
It’s against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

New Mexico
Females may not appear unshaven in public.

New York
While riding in an elevator, you must talk to no one, fold your hands, and look toward the door.

North Carolina
It’s against the law to sing off-key.

North Dakota
It’s illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.

You must honk the horn whenever you pass another car, according to the state’s driver’s education manual.

It’s forbidden to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.

State law requires dishes to be drip-dried.

It’s illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.

Rhode Island
You may not bite off another person’s leg.


South Carolina
If a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, he is required by law to keep his promise.

South Dakota
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.

Selling hollow logs is strictly forbidden.

You may not shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

It is illegal not to drink milk.

Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

Tickling a woman is unlawful.

It’s illegal to pretend that one’s parents are wealthy.

West Virginia
If you make fun of someone who does not accept a challenge, you risk a six-month prison sentence.

Unless a customer specifically requests it, margarine may not be substituted for butter in a restaurant.

Unless you have an official permit, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April.

Whew! With all this legislation, it’s a wonder we’re not all sharing a prison cell right now. Granted, something tells me the Los Angeles Police Department has bigger fish to fry than popping people who dare to eat oranges while bathing, and that most people who saw me catching some shut-eye on top of a fridge in Pennsylvania wouldn’t call the cops on me, but you never know when you might come across that rare whistle-blower who wants you persecuted to the fullest extent of the law, so it’s probably better to be safe than sorry. The next time I tie up my elephant at a parking meter in Florida, I’ll be sure to bring a pocket full of quarters.

Have a GREAT Friday and weekend/


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10 Responses to I’m Under Arrest for What?

  1. Tom says:

    Actually the California law banning eating oranges in the bathtub has been remarkably successful in curbing this dangerous behavior. Now if we could just cut down on nusiance murders

  2. CAROL says:

    These crack me up.. I mean Holy Cow.. are they crazy or what??? Glad you are still at Spaces.. a lot are jumping ship for otherplaces. Are you on Facebook yet?? Glad to see you post!!

  3. Hey Jude says:

    lol heya, Bob! I better make sure this comment is short enough, lest the MSN gurus tell me they won’t post it……..I tell ya, if I didn’t need a place to vent my daily frustrations, I’d give this up altogether and go back to an old-fashioned diary……..Hmm, maybe I’ll switch to blogspot or some other place like that…..then again, maybe not! hahaHope you’re doing well and staying out of trouble, dude! 😛

  4. Joe says:

    Those were some real knee slappers Bob…wait, I hope that’s legal here in my state LOL! I’m moving from here to blogspot…there’s just one too many straws on this camel’s back…if that’s legal that is.

  5. maillady says:

    I would like to know the stories behind some of these laws. People must actually have caused trouble doing them. LOL Thanks for the chuckles.

  6. john says:

    Bobthose are great, may i copy and store away for future laughs

  7. Sue says:

    Those are just CRAZY! Love to read them, though. Hope YOU aren’t leaving us here at Spaces…

  8. Jade says:

    Geez I couldn’t find my way to anyones blog!Pantpant, hi bob!

  9. GreatGranny says:

    Such weird laws are a hoot. I remember reading a law about it being illegal to sleep nude except in some state…don’t recall where. Maybe you can research it. Thanks for the laughs.

  10. Lisa R. says:

    Thanks for the laughs Bob! Your friend, Lisa.

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