However, this is not the only stupid american law that exists. there are countless laws that … to put it mildly, are really, really stupid. Some of them are so outdated that it is amazing they are still in the books.
I have gathered a few nice examples here:
- ALABAMA – Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
- CALIFORNIA – In L.A. it is against the law to complain through the mail that a hotel has cockroaches, even if it is true.
- FLORIDA – A special law prohibits unmarried women (whether single, divorced or widowed) from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
- FLORIDA – If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
- IDAHO – It is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.
- IDAHO – Fishing from the back of any animal is illegal.
- KENTUCKY – Anyone who has been drinking is “sober” until he or she”cannot hold onto the ground.”
- KENTUCKY – “No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club.”
An amendment to the above legislation: “The provisions of this statute shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, nor shall it apply to female horses.”
- MARYLAND – In Baltimore its illegal to take a lion to the movies.
- NEBRASKA – A parent can be arrested if his child cannot hold back a burp during a church service.
- NEVADA – It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway
- NEW JERSEY – It is illegal to raise chicken in bottles
- ALABAMA – You are not allowed to chain your alligator to a fire hydrant.
- DELAWARE – You may not sell dead people for money without a license.
- GEORGIA – In Atlanta, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
- ALASKA – It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.
- ALASKA – Kangaroos are not allowed in barber shops at any time.
- TEXAS – It’s legal for a chicken to have sex with you, but it’s illegal to reciprocate.
- TEXAS – It is illegal for a person to shoot a buffalo from the second story of their hotel.
- TEXAS – It is legal to commit a homicide as long as you tell the person when, and how you are going to kill them.
- TEXAS – You can be legally married by publicly introducing a person as your husband or wife 3 times.
- CALIFORNIA – It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
Where to find more stupid american (and other) laws: