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Banana
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2005-12-27, 02:41

I found those gems:

http://www.totallyuselessknowledge.com/laws.php
http://www.loonylaws.com/

Good laughs.

My personal favorite is the one requiring all criminals to give their victims a 24 hour notice of the crime to be commited and the nature thereof.
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alcimedes
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2005-12-27, 03:09

"It is illegal to pass a cow in Pine Island District without tipping your hat. Imagine that! We've gone from that to cow tipping for sport!

Hold back on pizza night! No man is allowed to make love to his wife with the smell of garlic, onions, or sardines on his breath in Alexandria. If his wife so requests, law mandates that he must brush his teeth."

Could be worse I guess. The only two listed for MN.

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Banana
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2005-12-27, 03:45

I think you will like www.dumblaws.com, it seems to be more detailed and has more on MN.
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Ryan
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2005-12-27, 04:27

It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
In Pacific Grove, "molesting" butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
It is illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license.
In Long Beach, it is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.
It is illegal to cry on the witness stand in Los Angeles courts.

Y'know, none of those surprise me. It's California, weirder things have happened.

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2005-12-27, 09:29

I got a book of these for a stocking stuffer...

Among the gems:

Boarding a plane while it is in flight is illegal.

In B.C. it is an offence to kill a sasquatch.

It is illegal to park or land a flying saucer in any vineyard across France.

Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits of Chico, California results in a USD $500 fine.

In Florida, conducting sexual relations with a porcupine is unlawful

In Boise, Idaho, residents may not fish from a giraffe's back.

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spotcatbug
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2005-12-27, 09:37

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In Florida, conducting sexual relations with a porcupine is unlawful

In Boise, Idaho, residents may not fish from a giraffe's back.
These two make me believe that these incidents must have occurred at least once. Wow.

Either that, or the legislators in Floirda and Boise really like to cover their bases.

Ugh.
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2005-12-27, 10:25

Which is the state where it's illegal to have a visible *cough* erection in your pants?
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autodata
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2005-12-27, 11:11

A lot of those are taken out of context or just plain false. In fact, none of the 3 I just looked up are true.
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2005-12-27, 11:27

You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.

You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.

The English language is not to be spoken.


Specifically from Chicago:

All businesses entering into contracts with the city must sift through their records and report any business they had dealing with slaves during the era of slavery.

Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.


It is illegal to give a dog whiskey.

It is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe's neck.

Kites may not be flown within the city limits.

In the Pullman area, it is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on the curb.

It is legal to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen years of age and have legal permits.

Come waste your time with me
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2005-12-27, 12:19

"It is illegal in Michigan to hitch a crocodile to a fire hydrant."

Um. Yeah. With all the snow crocs people have as pets up here I can see this being a problem.

So it goes.
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psmith2.0
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2005-12-27, 12:24

For Tennessee:

• It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.

• In Dyersburg, it is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date glad I don't live in that festering, backwards hell-hole of a so-called town

• In Bristol it is illegal for a woman to stop in the street to adjust, straighten or pull up her stockings.

• In Memphis it is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians. As it should be [ducks from objects thrown by Carol, xionja, etc.]

• In Tennessee it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile. well, seeing as how we're LAND-LOCKED...what, did someone try this and succeed?
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2005-12-27, 13:14

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Originally Posted by CubeDude
It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
In Pacific Grove, "molesting" butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
It is illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license.
In Long Beach, it is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.
It is illegal to cry on the witness stand in Los Angeles courts.

Y'know, none of those surprise me. It's California, weirder things have happened.

Actually the Pacific Grove one is OK.

molest dictionary entry
Inflected forms: mo·lest·ed, mo·lest·ing, mo·lests
1. To disturb, interfere with, or annoy.

PG is a wintering over haven for Monarchs, 100s of thousands all cram into a few dozen trees in one park. Quite stunning, and the law deters drunk teenagers from chuckking stuff at the trees which is why the law had to be written in the first place.
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2005-12-27, 13:30

Some of they ones they have listed for pennsylvania aren't so dumb…

-Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
Doesn't' that just sound like a good idea?

-No more than two packages of beer at a time may be purchased, unless you are buying from an official "beer distributor".
Not a big deal considering I'm sure you need a license for that.

-All liquor stores must be run by the state.
Kinda annoying, but I can tell you the price of a bottle of wine in Erie is the same as Philly

-Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish.
That's just good law making.

-Though you do not need a fishing license to fish on your own land, but a hunting license is required to hunt on your own land.
Fishing poles aren't nearly as dangerous as a gun.
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2005-12-27, 13:31

"In Minneapolis, double-parkers can be put on a chain gang."

Better watch out Luca!
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billybobsky
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2005-12-27, 14:20

Ok... so like I am from Charleston, SC...

And the one with the Horse wearing diapers actually makes sense... Have you ever stepped into a pile of unmarked horseshit?

Yeah, not at all pleasant.

The horses wear diapers...

eh...
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2005-12-27, 15:56

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Originally Posted by pscates2.0

• In Memphis it is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.


Okay, that's pretty funny. heh.

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As it should be [ducks from objects thrown by Carol, xionja, etc.]
...but my amusement doesn't alter the fact that you're in *big* trouble now, pscates.
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spotcatbug
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2005-12-27, 17:37

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In Tennessee it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
Knowing some of the smart asses I work with, I can almost see how this may have happened. Suppose you need to create a law barring people from shooting game from moving cars. By itself, that one doesn't sound too odd. So you introduce it. But... then you've got Joe Smartass in your ranks and he's always trying to come up with something to debate about, so he's like, "Any game? What about whales?" And, you being smart and wanting to shoot him down right-quick and not take the bait, simply state, "Very good, Mr. Smartass. Any game other than whales" and you bang the gavel. Law.

Ugh.
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2005-12-27, 17:40

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Originally Posted by spotcatbug
Knowing some of the smart asses I work with, I can almost see how this may have happened. Suppose you need to create a law barring people from shooting game from moving cars. By itself, that one doesn't sound too odd. So you introduce it. But... then you've got Joe Smartass in your ranks and he's always trying to come up with something to debate about, so he's like, "Any game? What about whales?" And, you being smart and wanting to shoot him down right-quick and not take the bait, simply state, "Very good, Mr. Smartass. Any game other than whales" and you bang the gavel. Law.

How would you hunt whales, other than by moving vehicle?

I actually think this is fairly reasonable except for the fact that it is tennessee...
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Wrao
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2005-12-27, 17:56

In Cupertino, California, it is illegal to count backwards audibly in hexadecimal.

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2005-12-27, 18:31

I've lived for a time in the following states, plus two or three others.

Can you picture the whole scenario for the Alaska moose law? A mother is appalled that her little darlings (children) have beheld the shocking sight of moose conjugal relations during a recent trip that she and her kiddies made to the public library. What city councilperson could afford to vote in *favor* of moose eroticism? I wonder if the police are in charge of enforcing this law? Do they use stun guns on the poor creatures ( ), or some other kind of deterrent? I mean, a hormone-crazed bull moose (weighing what, 1,000 pounds?) would be a rather formidable adversary, I would imagine.

ALASKA
A law in Fairbanks does not allow moose to have intimate relations with one another on city streets.

COLORADO
In Denver, it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next door neighbor.

NEW MEXICO
In Carrizozo, N.M., it's forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public (includes legs and face). (Loony Laws" by Robert Pelton)

In Carlsbad, New Mexico, it's *legal* for couples to have sex in a parked vehicle during their lunch break from work, as long as the car or van has drawn curtains to stop strangers from peeking in.

MONTANA
Bozeman has a law that bans all sexual activity between members of the opposite sex in the front yard of a home after sundown, but only if they're *nude*. That may explain the late night run for a pair of socks in this town!

In Helena a woman can't dance on a table in a saloon or bar unless she has on at least three pounds, two ounces of clothing.

NORTH DAKOTA
Beer & pretzels can't be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.

In Fargo a man can't smoke a cigarette in front of a woman.

It's against the law in North Dakota to go to bed wearing shoes.
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LudwigVan
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2005-12-27, 20:04

I'm a little dubious about some of the laws on these sites. The summaries there could just be interpretations of well-meaning(?) laws.

Of course, sometimes the laws as written may cause some head-scratching too. Here's one from the Minnesota 2005 Statutes:

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343.32 Artificially colored animals; sale.

No chick, duckling, gosling, or rabbit that has been dyed
or otherwise colored artificially may be sold or offered for
sale; raffled; offered or given as a prize, premium, or
advertising device; or displayed in any store, shop, carnival,
or other public place.

HIST: 1965 c 620 s 1
There goes my Saturday.
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alcimedes
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2005-12-27, 20:30

sounds like Easter marketing gone cruelty to animals.
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2005-12-27, 21:03

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From an AP bulletin: The New York City Transit Authority has ruled that women can ride the city subways topless. New York law dictates that if a man can be somewhere without a shirt, a woman gets the same right. The decision came after arrests of women testing the ordinance on the subways. A transit police spokesman said they would comply with the new rule, but "if they were violating any other rules, like sitting on a subway bench topless smoking a cigarette, then we would take action." Smoking is not allowed in the subways.
I've actually been to a state park, where a park ranger was trying to kick a woman out of the park for walking around topless.
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2005-12-27, 21:22

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Originally Posted by atomicbartbeans
I've actually been to a state park, where a park ranger was trying to kick a woman out of the park for walking around topless.
Good job too...
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2005-12-27, 21:37

I like the one in Columbus, OH...

It is illegal to sell Corn Flakes on Sunday.
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2005-12-27, 21:59

New Jersey

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

In Newark, it is illegal to sell ice cream after 6pm, unless the customer has a note from his doctor.

It is illegal to slurp soup.

In Trenton, it is illegal to throw a bad pickle in the street.

In Manville, NJ, it is illegal to feed animals whiskey or cigarettes in a public park.

It is illegal to raise chickens in bottles in New Jersey.

It is illegal to knock on doors or ring doorbells in Barker, NJ.

Lovers in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, should avoid satisfying their lustful urges in a parked car. If the horn accidentally sounds while they are frolicking behind the wheel, the couple can face a jail term.

It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.
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2005-12-27, 22:13

guys...


it is against the law for a monster to enter the corporate limits of Urbana, Illinois.
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alcimedes
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2005-12-27, 22:36

Quote:
Originally Posted by atomicbartbeans
I've actually been to a state park, where a park ranger was trying to kick a woman out of the park for walking around topless.
That was either a wonderful thing or a terrible thing.

It all depends on the women.
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Banana
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2007-11-07, 00:46

Looks like looney laws aren't limited to US.

Whoever said Englishmen were sane?
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2007-11-07, 01:16

I'm buying all my tropical fish in Liverpool from now on.


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3. It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store
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