Monday, May 4th, 2015

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 […]

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 […]

We’ve all heard stories about weird laws: no chewing gum on Sundays, no riding horses backwards, no concealed weapons over 6 feet long. However, there’s a whole subset of weird laws that have a certain local flair that can’t be found in any other part of the country. Here are a few of the strangest […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is it really illegal to buy or sell blue lightbulbs in Arkansas? After a considerable amount of time on the telephone, I’m afraid the answer I have to give is…I dunno.  It may be true, in some dusty old tome in an Arkansas law firm some where, but if it is nobody is talking.  I […]

As you’ve probably already guessed, I get a lot of these laws from websites dedicated to listing crazy and weird laws from different states and countries.  And, as you can probably imagine, there is no “truth checker” that automatically tells me whether or not the law is real.  So, that’s my new mission with this […]

Some recent research has turned up an interesting tidbit. Allegedly, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon…in France. I’m going to go ahead and start off by saying that this is most likely not true.  At least not anymore.  I can certainly see it being illegal to name ANYTHING Napoleon during Napoleon’s time.  He […]

OK, so this isn’t really illegal anymore, but it is so weird that it had to be written about.  So, apparently, there used to be this law in Arizona that stated that if you committed a misdemeanor wearing a red mask that it automatically turns into a felony. I know!  Bask in that for a […]

I’m happy to report that there is a law in Alabama that prohibits you from wearing a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.  Why does that make me happy?  Because it’s a two-parter, and they are my favorite.  It’s not illegal just to wear a fake mustache.  Nor is it illegal if you cause […]