Silly laws in the USA

Brandy - posted on 07/08/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )




Here are a few of my favorites:

A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.

When a person reaches the age of 50, he/she can then marry their cousin.

It is illegal for a woman to drive a car up Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag.

It is legal to beat your wife so long as it is done in public on Sunday, on the courthouse steps.

If three or more Indians are walking down the street together, they can be considered a war party and fired upon.

If one is thought of as offensive looking, it is illegal for him to be in public during the day.

It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane

You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.


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I'm surprised that Louisiana did not have more than this.

It is illegal to gargle in public places.

It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.

Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault."

New Orleans
It illegal for a woman to drive a car unless her husband is waving a flag in front of it.

You may not tie an alligator to a fire hydrant.


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Sarah - posted on 07/13/2010




Silly UK laws:

1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament

2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen’s image upside-down

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

4. Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned

5. If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter

6. In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet

7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen

8. It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing

9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour

10. It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow

11. It is illegal to hang washing in the street

12. It is illegal to beat a carpet in the street

13. It is illegal to fly a kite in the street

14. It is illegal to be drunk in charge of a horse, cow or steam engine

15. It is illegal to fire a cannon close to a dwelling house

16. It is illegal to bet or gamble in the library reading room

17. It is illegal to use any slide upon ice or snow

18. It is illegal to drive cattle through the streets of London

19. It is illegal to sing any profane or obscene song or ballad, or use any profane or obscene language

20. It is illegal to light a firework! (seriously: Section 28 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847)

Jessica - posted on 07/12/2010




More Canadian Ones :D

Canada's criminal code states that anyone, "offending a public place with a bad smell" is liable to two years in jail.

You cannot knowingly sell any defective merchandise to Her Majesty the Queen or her agents. If you do, you may find yourself imprisoned for up to 14 years.

Under Section 456 of Canada's Criminal Code, it is illegal to deface "current coin." This includes the burning or defacing of paper currency.

Never carry a slingshot when entering a national park within Canada's borders. Even if you don't use it, you can be fined up to $200.

It is against the law to drive a sled dog team on a sidewalk in any settlement within the borders of the Northwest Territories.

In Calgary there is a by-law that is still on the books that requires businesses within the city to provide rails for tying up horses.

If you happen upon an injured migratory bird in a Canadian national park, you are required to kill it immediately. If not, you can be fined $300.

Horses are not allowed to stand on Edmonton streets for longer than 20 minutes. This law was passed in 1920, assuring people doing business didn't loiter or stay to chat with merchants.

Street musicans must not give children balloon animals in Victoria, British Columbia.

Everyone loves to ride in a one-horse-open sleigh. On Ontario highways the horse must have two bells attached to its' harness, or two bells must be fastened to the sleigh. The fine for not obeying this law - $5.

Unless you want to face a fine of up to $25,000., you must never release a raccoon out of its' territory in the province of Ontario.

In Fort Qu' Appelle, Saskatchewan all teenagers walking down the main street must have their shoes tied.

In February 1999, a judge in Collingwood, Ontario sent a summons to a retired schoolteacher. The offence - letting the Canadian Flag snap too loudly in the wind.

One old law in British Columbia makes it illegarl to kill a sasquatch (big foot).

Another in Toronto makes it illegal for pigs to run in the streets. This became law in 1834 and has never been changed.

If you live in St. John's, Newfoundland don't keep cows in your house. It's also against the law to drive cattle through the streets of St. John's after 8am.

Nova Scotia's Baby Chick Protection Act makes it illegal to sell, give or display an artifically colored chick. Doing so will bring a fine of $100 or 30 days in jail.

Margarine was banned from Canada in 1886. However, in Quebec it is illegal for margarine to be the same color as butter. For years, it was illegal in that province to have margarine in your refrigerator. It costs $100,000 per month for Quebec to produce non-butter colored margarine.

Johnny - posted on 07/11/2010




Okay, I totally agree with Laci's last one. It should be illegal anywhere to sing 'It Ain't Goin' to Rain No Mo'!!!!! That is a damn good law.

LaCi - posted on 07/10/2010





One must acknowledge a supreme being before being able to hold public office.

It is illegal to sell ones eye.

**When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.

It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.

Up to a felony charge can be levied for promoting the use of, or owning more than six dildos.

**A recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.

(city law) It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster.

And Tennessee, since I'm there a bit.

You can’t shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

Hollow logs may not be sold.

More than 8 women may not live in the same house because that would constitute a brothel.

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

Stealing a horse is punishible by hanging.

No Christian parent may require their children to pick up trash from the highway on Easter day.

It is legal to gather and consume roadkill.

The definition of “dumb animal” includes every living creature.

Skunks may not be carried into the state.

(City Laws) 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.

No person may keep a cheetah as a pet.

To play pinball, one must be 18 years old.

An ordinance forbids anyone to sing the song “It Ain’t Goin’ To Rain No Mo’.

LaCi - posted on 07/10/2010




south carolina is amazing lol. I'm gonna check out texas, they're bound to have some crazy stuff.

Tanya - posted on 07/10/2010




South Carolina Crazy Law

It is considered an offense to get a tattoo.

Performing a U-turn within 1,000 feet of an intersection is illegal.

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All schools must prepare a suitable program for Francis Willard Day.

Dance halls may not operate on Sundays.

Horses may not be kept in bathtubs.

Fortune tellers are required to obtain a special permit from the state.

A railroad my not remove itself from a town of more than five hundred people.

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

It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.

Every adult male must bring a rifle to church on Sunday in order to ward off Indian attacks.

Musical instruments may not be sold on Sunday.

When approaching a four way or blind intersection in a non-horse driven vehicle you must stop 100 ft from the intersection and discharge a firearm into the air to warn horse traffic.

It is illegal to sell any alcoholic beverages on Sunday, unless you own a private club. (Repealed November 2000)

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

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

It is illegal to communicate with a woman using obscene messages.

No work may be done on Sunday.

An exception to the above law is that light bulbs may be sold.

Railroad companies may be held liable in some instances for scaring horses.

It is illegal to display a confederate flag on a courthouse.


It is against the law to drive a motorized vehicle on King Street.

The Fire Department may blow up your house. This law was made so that the fire department could create a fire brake.

Fountain Inn

Horses are to wear pants at all times.

Lancaster County

It is illegal to dance in public in Lancaster.


Eating watermelons in the Magnolia Street cemetery is forbidden.

My state really doesn't need crazy laws to look silly.

They actually interviewed the horse lover on the nightly news.

Jodi - posted on 07/09/2010




Here are some from Australia:

Residents in one jurisdiction need to apply for a $100 permit to set up a tent in their own backyard. The rule applies even in the case of children wanting to have an overnight camp-out in their backyard.

No doormats outside shops for tradies to wipe their boots, must be 1.5m outside the door - Cardinia Shire Council

No singing in parks - Bass Coast Shire Council

No "boisterous" behaviour in parks or public areas - Alpine Shire (I think my kids would be in the shit with that one)

Pigeons can only be exercised for two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset - Wyndham City Council

Children may not purchase cigarettes, but they may smoke them.

It is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burgular.

Taxi cabs are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk.

Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons.

Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb.

It is illegal to wear hot pink pants after midday Sunday.

You must have a neck to knee swimsuit in order to swim at Brighton Beach

LaCi - posted on 07/09/2010




Well we better have speedy horses since another law is that it's illegal to pass a horse! lol.

Brandy - posted on 07/09/2010




Thanks for the Canadian ones Carol. I'm Canadian too. I didn't even think of searching for Canadian ones, somebody posted this link on facebook and I thought some other people would like to read it.

Johnny - posted on 07/09/2010




Here's some from Canada:

1. In Nova Scotia a person is not allowed to water their grass when it's raining. Not like someone would do this, but it's against the law in Nova Scotia!

2. In Cobourg, Ontario if you have a water trough in your front yard, it must be filled by 5:00am!

3. In Guelph, Ontario, the city is classified as a no pee zone!

4. In Toronto, Ontario, where I lived, it's illegal to drag a dead horse down Younge St on a Sunday!

5. In Montreal, Ontario you are not allowed to wash your car in the street or park your car in a way that it blocks your own driveway!

6. In Ottawa, Ontario you are not allowed to eat ice cream on Bank St on a Sunday!

7. In Beaconsfield, Canada it's considered an offense to have more than two colours on your house; and you are not allowed to own a log cabin!

8. In Uxbridge, Ontario it's illegal to have an internet connection faster than 56k!

9. In Kanata, Ontario, believe this, it's illegal to have a clothes line in your back yard!

10. Finally, in Oshawa, Ontario it's illegal to climb trees!

In relation to #9, in Vancouver they just passed a by-law that makes it illegal for strata developments or co-operatives to ban clotheslines.

Erin - posted on 07/09/2010




Our horses have a speed limit of 5 mph. Man Laci, you got some speedy horses where you live.

Erin - posted on 07/09/2010




My state :o)

It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.

Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.

It is illegal to get a fish drunk.

The Ohio driver's education manual states that you must honk the horn whenever you pass another car.

No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.

Participating or conducting a duel is prohibited.

Breast feeding is not allowed in public.

In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker's stand, you can be fined $25.00.

It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house.

Bay Village
It is illegal to walk a cow down Lake Road.

Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses.

Clinton County
Any person who leans against a public building will be subject to fines.

It's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license!

Women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear.

It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday.

Fairview Park
It's against the law to honk your horn "excessively". A grandmother was fined for honking her horn twice at her neighbor.

Items left on a tree lawn become city property. A young man was fined for removing an item from a tree lawn even though he had the owner's permission.

Cross-dressing is against the law.

Any map that does not have Lima clearly stated on the map cannot be sold.

It is unlawful to run a horse over five miles per hour.

You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street.

North Canton
It is against the law to roller skate without notifying the police.

Your goose may not paraded down Main Street.

It's illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man's picture.

A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him.

Throwing a snake at anyone is illegal.

Catch 22 is banned.

Riding on the roof of a taxi cab is not allowed.

You may not run out of gas.

LaCi - posted on 07/09/2010




I'll start with my states ;D

Indiana Laws:

You can't throw a couch at your neighbor.

A man over the age of 18 may be arrested for statutory rape if the passenger in his car is not wearing her socks and shoes, and is under the age of 17.

may not back into a parking spot becasue it prevents police officers from seeing the license plate.

If any person has a puppet show, wire dancing or tumbling act in the state of Indiana and receives money for it, they will be fined $3 under the Act to Prevent Certain Immoral Practices.

No one may catch a fish with his bare hands.

Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to habitually kiss other humans.

(Gary Indiana) Within four hours of eating garlic, a person may not enter a movie house, theater, or ride a public streetcar.

(Indy) One may only throw a stone at a bird in self-defense.

(Indy) Horses have a speed limit of 10 mph

Kentucky laws:

One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.

(Owensboro ky) A woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission.

(Ft Wayne) Dogs may not molest cars

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