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February 12, 2010

Strange Laws in the world

Filed under: Humor — Suramya @ 2:02 AM

As promised in my previous post, I have pulled up the list of silly laws from a backup of my old site. Some of the laws might have been repealed since 2001 but I am not too hopeful as that would indicate that politicians gained some common sense.

Here are the laws sorted by region. The stuff in ()’s is my commentary on the laws


  • In Florida it is illegal to jog with your eyes closed.
    (One too many must have jogged into an obstacle.)


  • It is illegal for a Police Officer to tell a person to have a nice day after pulling that person over in a car
    and issuing them a ticket.

  • After January 14th you can be charged a fine for still having your Christmas decorations displayed.

  • You may not step out of a plane in flight.
    (Like someone would like to…)

New Hampshire

  • You may not tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.

  • You cannot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.

  • It is an offense to check into a hotel under an assumed name.

  • On Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up.

  • If a person is caught raking the beaches, picking up litter, hauling away trash, building a bench for the
    park and many other activities without a permit, he/she may be fined $150 for “maintaining the
    national forest without a permit.”

New Jersey

  • It is against the law to “frown” at a police officer.

  • It is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.

  • You may not slurp your soup.

  • To keep them from forming bad habits, it is illegal to feed whiskey or offer cigarettes to animals at the
    zoo in Manville, New Jersey.


  • It is legal to smoke marijuana on your own property! You just can’t sell it or buy it.

  • Patients do not have the right to know the details about any written or oral discussion of their medical
    treatment that is not recorded voluntarily in their chart by the nurse or doctor.

  • One may not bath without wearing “suitable clothing,” i.e., that which covers one’s body from neck to

  • It is illegal to use foul or suggestive language during sex.

  • You may not pump your own gas in service stations.

  • Canned corn is not to be used as bait for fishing.

South Carolina

  • It is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide.

  • Merchandise may not be sold within a half mile of a church unless fruit is being sold.

  • By law, if a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, the marriage must take place.

  • All schools must prepare a suitable program for Francis Willard Day so that children may be taught
    the evils of intemperance.


  • A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
    (A good way to get your husband in trouble)

  • You cannot have sex in the back of an ambulance if it is responding to an emergency call.
    (Was it such big a problem?)

  • It is illegal not to drink milk.
    (Mother’s would love to live over there)

  • Throwing snowballs is a fineable offense in Provo.

  • Women are prohibited from swearing in Logan.


  • You cannot buy meat of any kind on Sunday.

  • Lollipops are banned. (What!!)

  • It is illegal to pretend that one’s parents are rich. (Not fair!!)

  • It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length. Seattle, WA
    (Just how do we conceal a weapon over six feet on ones body??)

  • Dancing may not occur in the same establishment where alcohol is sold and consumed. Lynden, WA.

Assorted Laws:

  • In Phoenix, Arizona the law states that every man who enters the city limits must wear pants.

  • In Hackberry, Arizona there is a law that prohibits women from eating raw onions while drinking buttermilk on

  • In some parts of the south USA, a widow or divorced woman isn’t allowed to dry her underwear on the front
    porch or on a clothesline before the sun goes down.

  • In some parts of the south, women aren’t allowed to eat pickles with their feet up on porch railings.

  • It is illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas while within the state.

  • The state legislature passed a law that the Arkansas River can raise no higher than the Main Street bridge in Little Rock.

  • In Willowdale, Oregon no man may curse while having sex with his wife.

  • It is illegal to eat oranges while bathing in California.

  • In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.

  • In Fairbanks, Alaska it is illegal to give beer to a moose.

  • Venice has a “Pee-Pee” Tax On Tourists :
    In a bid to tap deeper into its rich stream of non-resident revenue, the watery city overtaken
    by millions of visitors has introduced a “toilet tax”- a steep surcharge on the price of using public
    lavatories. Introduced in September, this tax charges non-residents 1,000 lira (US 52 cents) per visit.

– Suramya


  1. good information.. thank u

    Comment by Basheer vellarakad — February 20, 2010 @ 12:41 AM

  2. •You may not step out of a plane in flight.
    (Like someone would like to…)

    Wouldn’t this law make skydiving technically illegal?

    Comment by Dave — June 25, 2011 @ 7:52 AM

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