Criminal Justice Resources: The Top 50 Strangest Laws
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Laws are designed to keep people safe and ensure that order is maintained in a society. There are federal laws, which apply to the entire United States, and there are also state by state laws, which only apply to the residents of that particular state, or to visitors of the state. Some state laws, however, are rather odd and unusual. Many of these laws were created a long time ago and might not be enforced today, but they are still on the books. These weird and sometimes completely confusing laws are often still written in the state's legislature, but no one really holds the "law breakers" accountable.
AlabamaIt is not permitted to playing the game of dominos on Sundays.
AlaskaYou cannot wake a bear up in order to take a picture with it in the state of Alaska.
ArizonaAccording to a law in Tucson, Arizona, women are not allowed to wear pants.
ArkansasMen can beat their wives, but only once per month in Arkansas.
CaliforniaMousetraps cannot be used in California without an official hunting license.
ColoradoIn Pueblo, Colorado, dandelions cannot be grown within the city limits.
ConnecticutDogs cannot get an education in Hartford, Connecticut.
DelawareA marriage can be annulled if the marriage occurred because of a dare.
FloridaIt is against the law to imitate an animal in the city of Miami.
GeorgiaBarbers cannot advertise the price of a haircut or any other services in the state of Georgia.
HawaiiIronically, the laws of Hawaii say you cannot appear in public wearing only swimming trunks.
IdahoIf you're giving your sweetheart a box of candy in Idaho, it must weigh more than 50 pounds.
IllinoisIt is very clearly stated that all cars in Illinois must be driven with a steering wheel included.
IndianaIn South Bend, Indiana, monkeys cannot smoke cigarettes.
IowaNo one can be charged an admission cost to see a one-armed piano player in the state of Iowa.
KansasCherry pie a la mode cannot be served on Sundays in Kansas.
KentuckyKentucky law states that people must bathe at least once per year.
LouisianaGargling in public is illegal in Louisiana.
MaineYou cannot win more than three dollars from gambling in the state of Maine.
MarylandOysters must be treated properly in Maryland by law.
MassachusettsTomatoes are not permitted in clam chowder in the state of Massachusetts.
MichiganA woman's hair is her husband's legal property in Michigan.
MinnesotaWomen impersonating Santa Claus can face up to thirty days in prison.
MississippiYou cannot kill your “servant” in Mississippi.
MissouriMen must have permits to shave in the state of Missouri.
MontanaWives cannot open their husbands' mail or else they face felony charges.
NebraskaSoup must be made at the same time bartenders serve beer in Nebraska.
NevadaCamels cannot be driven on the highway in Nevada.
New HampshireYou cannot check into a hotel under a false name in New Hampshire.
New JerseyForget buying cabbage on Sunday in New Jersey: it's illegal!
New MexicoThe city of Carlsbad has banned the Miriam-Webster collegiate dictionary.
New YorkIt is illegal in New York to throw a ball at a person's head for fun.
North CarolinaThe city of Ashland prohibits public sneezing on city streets.
North DakotaYou cannot fall asleep with your shoes still on in North Dakota.
OhioIn the state of Ohio you cannot have a bear without a license.
OklahomaNo ugly or funny faces shall be made at dogs in the state of Oklahoma.
OregonNo one can bathe without wearing acceptable clothing that covers their body from the neck to their knees.
PennsylvaniaMarriages cannot be performed if either the bride or groom is drunk.
Rhode IslandIt is illegal to throw pickle juice on a trolley in Rhode Island.
South CarolinaEveryone living in South Carolina must take their gun to church with them.
South DakotaYou cannot fall asleep while in a cheese factory in South Dakota.
TennesseeYou are not allowed to drive and sleep in the state of Tennessee.
TexasIn the state of Texas, no one is allowed to have a pair of pliers on them at any time.
UtahAll birds are granted the right of way on highways in Utah.
VermontYou must not deny that God exists in Vermont.
VirginiaIn Richmond, Virginia, it's illegal to flip a coin to determine who will buy the coffee.
WashingtonIt's against the law to pretend your parents are rich in Washington state.
West VirginiaNo adults allowed: In the state of West Virginia, only babies are allowed to ride in baby carriages.
WisconsinThere will be no kissing on trains in Wisconsin!
WyomingWomen cannot stand within five feet of a bar.
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