Most weird laws were put on the books years ago and no one has bothered to repeal them. They make us wonder what the legislature was thinking when they enacted them. We've grouped these stupid laws into Categories by state so you can see which one has the nuttiest laws.
We're always on the hunt for more dumb laws to add to our collection so if you have one, leave us the info in the Comments.
And check back with us on a regular basis as our compilation of funny laws grows. We're hoping the local, state and national politicians don't gets wise and decide to delete them because then what would we have to laugh at?
Laws are a collection of rules adopted by society to regulate the state’s affairs and the actions of the people within it. They are a reflection of that society’s principles and ideals. Laws illustrate what a culture believes in as being right or wrong and what is acceptable social and personal conduct. Moreover, they echo what that society thinks is important at a given time. Like people, norms... [Read more]
Check this out – Tennessee law 39-3-101 states: “In this part, and in every law relating to or affecting animals, the words animal or dumb animal shall be held to include every living creature; the words torture, torment, or cruelty shall be held to include every act, omission, or neglect whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death is caused or permitted; but nothing herein... [Read more]
Allegedly, a city law exists in Fairbanks, Alaska that states that it is illegal to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose. That law is pretty reasonable. After all, moose are big, and wild, and strong. While they are not normally aggressive, it is possible to provoke them into charging, which would be a really bad thing. Odds are, if you fed one a shot of tequila or a nip of single malt scotch... [Read more]
Because of a recent trip to Kentucky (I type this post from the Blue Grass State itself, in fact) I thought I’d see what types of crazy laws they have here. Lucky for me, I stumbled upon KRS 437.050 which states: “Any person who interferes with any person addressing a public audience within this state, who interrupts such a person, while speaking, by the use of insulting or offensive... [Read more]
OK. I don’t usually pick laws that I can’t find at least SOME documentation on, but I liked this one so much I thought I’d tell you what it was, do a little bit of speculation, and then open it up to you for interpretation, dissection, and conversation. So don’t be shy this time, folks. It’s your time to shine! This is the gem I found: “Dogs must have a... [Read more]
Ever let a friend use your Netflix account? If so, prepare yourself for the potential of a massive fine and jail time—if you’re in Tennessee, at least. State legislators in Tennessee passed a bill in 2011 making it illegal to share your password for any of the various subscription streaming sites, including Hulu, Rhapsody, and, of course, Netflix. Violations of the law with damages under $500... [Read more]
In the neat little book I found, it says that there is a law in West Virginia that states: “If any person post another, or in writing or in print use any reproachful or contemptuous language to or concerning another, for not fighting a duel, or for not sending or accepting a challenge, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be confined in jail not more than six months,... [Read more]
OK. The law, as a gazillion different places on the internet states, is that “it is illegal to stab yourself to gain someone’s pity.” As it turns out, this is an inaccurate rewording of the actual law. It makes it funnier. Did you laugh? The real law is Section 13A-14-1 which says, “Maiming one’s self to escape duty or obtain alms” is illegal. Here’s... [Read more]
There’s no shortage of stories about strange or stupid laws in effect all over the US. While many of them are just that – stories, there actually are some rather unusual laws that have made the books. Here’s a list of 10 actual, weird laws that have graced the legislative halls of different states across the country. A law was created in Arkansas in 1881 to enforce the correct pronunciation... [Read more]
The Celestial Emperor. The Lord of Ten Thousand Years. The Enthroned One. He Who is Above. The Son of Heaven. Big names for an almost-three year old. P’u Yi, also known as all the names above, also known as Henry, ascended to the throne of China at 2 years and 10 months old. Treated as a deity, had 200 chefs to cook his foods, over 100 doctors to attend to his ailments, and he kept... [Read more]
So, I bought this book on funny laws. Mostly because I write for this website, and there is only so much out there on the interwebs for me to use. I had to turn to the printed word. Sheesh. Next thing you know I’ll be going through actual LAW books instead of watching old episodes of Ally McBeal. Naw. That won’t happen. You’re just lucky I don’t rehash old episodes... [Read more]
Up until it was repealed on July 1, 2011, Utah had quite an interesting law on its books. It banned individuals or companies from selling any kind of alcoholic product during an emergency. Wait a minute; isn’t that when booze is needed the most? After all, there’s nothing like nursing your problems with a little whiskey to make you forget that you are in the middle of an emergency situation. You... [Read more]
photo by UF Digital Collections The collegiate life has been peppered with rumors and legends for as long as organized education has existed. Stories featuring secret societies, legendary hazing rituals and haunted buildings are some of the more common (and colorful) tales known to be whispered in the corners of campus classrooms. However, one of the most prominent urban legends that can be found... [Read more]
photo by dano272 Wild leeks or ramps, technically known as Allium tricoccum, are sort of like a cross between garlic and a green onion. They look like green onions, taste sort of like a cross between onions and garlic, and smell like nothing else on earth. Ramps are a popular side dish in the Appalachian Region of the United States. Personally, I’m from West Virginia, and they grow wild there,... [Read more]
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