The Strangest Laws Ever Passed In The United States

The Strangest Laws Ever Passed In The United States

Mar 16
The Strangest Laws Ever Passed In The United States

Sometimes laws are passed that are simply goofy or that are completely ridiculous. Or, the law may have made sense at the time it was passed and is now irrelevant. This post will go over some of the strangest and funniest laws ever passed in the United States.

No Cussing!

Language has changed immensely over the last several hundred years and what would once be shocking is now part of the everyday chatter. In Virginia, a group of lawmakers is working to repeal a law that was passed in 1792.

This law states that anyone who engages in “profane swearing” can be fined. When the law was created, the fine was just 83 cents. Today, that fine is $250. But what words are considered profane swearing? The law doesn’t say.

Please Don’t Be Blindfolded While You Drive

Yes, you read that right. Apparently, in Alabama, some lawmakers felt the need to make it illegal to drive while blindfolded. No one really wants to ask what inspired this law!

Don’t Let Your Donkey In The Bathtub

Long ago, in 1924, a man set an old bathtub out in his yard in Arizona. Against all reason, his donkey took a liking to the bathtub and began to regularly sleep in it.

Then a nearby dam broke.

Floodwaters carried the donkey away and into a basin where it had to be rescued by locals. Apparently the situation was so upsetting that a law was passed, specifically prohibiting donkeys from sleeping in bathtubs!

Watch Those Pickles Bounce

Way back in the 1800s a group of men sold cucumbers that they had marked as pickles. Buyers were so upset that a law was passed, stating that pickle is only a pickle if it bounces. The question is – who tests this and are the pickles washed after a bouncing test?

No Pizza For You!

In Louisiana, it is considered harassment to have a pizza sent to someone’s house without their permission. Anyone who sends a “surprise pizza” can be fined $500!

Lions, Tigers, And … Well, No Bears

If you wanted to go for a drive with an uncaged bear, be sure to stay out of Missouri, where the law states it is illegal to do so. But note – this only applies to uncaged bears. If you throw your furry friend in a cage feel free to cross that state line!

Duck, Duck, Grey Duck

Not only do Minnesota residents play an odd form of Duck, Duck, Goose (instead substituting “Grey Duck”), it’s also illegal to cross state lines with a duck on your head.

Montana Does Not Like Rats

Some people love their pet rats but in Montana, you can’t give or offer a rat for sale as a pet. Instead, rats can only be raised for the intention of being used as food for reptiles.

Don’t Be Safe While Committing A Crime

In New Jersey, it is illegal for anyone to commit a crime while wearing a bulletproof vest. If a criminal is caught while wearing this type of vest, they can be charged for double the violation.

Don’t Share Your Password In Tennesse

Tennesse has a “Login Law” which prevents residents from sharing their login information for sites like Netflix and iTunes.

Vermont Women Need Permission For Fake Teeth

Married women in the state of Vermont should, according to the law, obtain written permission from their husbands in order to obtain any sort of false teeth. How’s that for extreme!

Weird West Virginia

West Virginia has a couple of, particularly odd laws. For example”

  1. Children cannot go to school if their breath smells of wild onions.
  2. Whistling while underwater is illegal.
  3. Fireman may not whistle or flirt with women while in the firehouse.
  4. A man can beat his wife as long as it is on Sunday, in public, on the courthouse steps.

Let’s go out on a limb here and say that lawmakers in West Virginia might want to review and repeal some of these laws.

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this post on the strangest and funniest laws in the United States! Stay tuned for other humorous posts!