Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

Well this is the one you’ve all been waiting for. Indecent Exposure! While not so much strange as it is funny that it had to be made into a law, it covers just about everything that deals with sex that you would think of outside of hugging and kissing. No intercourse, no sexual conduct, no […]

The boardwalk is always such a nice place to relax on a sunny day, but don’t get caught sleeping on a bench there, especially in Delaware. Not only is it illegal to sleep on the benches, it’s also illegal to pretend that you’re sleeping. The full text says “No person shall sleep, lie or occupy […]

Oregon sure had a lot of crazy laws, but this one struck me as the strangest. It is unlawful to be associated with a horse tripping event or a bear wrestling exhibition. Does that sound as unorthodox to you as it does to me? This isn’t even a part of some overarching “no animal cruelty” […]

Prison is obviously supposed to be horrible, we can all agree on that. You have almost no rights, certainly no privileges, and no escape. Some people might consider dying as a better option than to continue living in the can. The only thing is, if you’re a prisoner in Louisiana and you inflict any harm […]

“I’m just on my way to the 16th century fashion ball, officer.” This law is going to sound really ridiculous but has a good reason for being passed. In North Carolina, if you are at least 16 years old, you are not allowed to hold a meeting on private property wearing a mask or anything […]