Strange and Funny Laws: What Is Necessary to Regulate and Defend?

Maysen Anderson, Staff Writer

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    Got any weekend plans? Well if your weekend plan includes fishing off the back of a camel, you should know that that is actually illegal in Idaho. But before you search for a different mammal to fish from the back of, know that giraffes are off-limits too.

   Lets go around the country and look at some of the strangest laws, shall we. We will skip over a couple of the more boring ones.

    In Alabama there are no stink bombs or confetti allowed.

    In Alaska it is illegal to get drunk in a bar, and a person who is already drunk may not “knowingly” enter a bar to drink more or remain in the bar that got them drunk in the first place.

   Arizona outlawed  spitting “in or on” any public building, park, sidewalk, or road in the town of Goodyear. Offenders may be charged a fine of up to $2,500 and six months in prison.

  In Arkansas it is strictly prohibited to pronounce “Arkansas” incorrectly.

  In Chico, California there is a law stating that It is illegal to build, maintain, or use a nuclear weapon.

     In Connecticut a pickle cannot be sold unless it bounces. According to a 1948 article, this law became a necessity after two scheming pickle packers (say that five times fast) tried to sell pickles “unfit for human consumption” on the sly. Connecticut’s Food and Drug Commissioner at the time proclaimed that a real pickle “should bounce” when dropped from the height of one foot, leading to a new state regulation.

    In Florida it is a felony to sell your children. You think this would be obvious.

    In Georgia it is illegal to eat fried chicken with utensils. The 1961 law added to the city code as a publicity stunt, it is illegal to eat fried chicken in “the poultry capital of the world” with anything other than your fingers. A tourist was “arrested” for such a chicken-forking violation in 2009.

    In Illinois, Galesburg city law strictly prohibits “fancy riding” of any bicycle on city streets, particularly riding with both hands removed from the handlebars, both feet removed from the pedals, or “any acrobatic” shenanigans.

    In Maine It is forbidden to post advertisements on another person’s tombstone in the city of Wells.

    Watch out in Maryland, it is illegal to swear or curse upon any street or highway in Rockville, Maryland. Anyone caught swearing faces a misdemeanor charge, effectively having to add $100 to the city swear jar.