This Is The Most Absurd Law In Your State – But It May Not Be The Craziest In The Country

It’s safe to say that the majority of laws in America exist for a very good reason. But there are some truly baffling rules in place, too. So we’ve taken a closer look at the most bizarre pieces of legislation from each of the 50 states. And once you see the weirdest thing that you’re banned from doing in yours, you’ll probably be left gobsmacked.

50. Connecticut: Junk license

Are you a junk collector? If you are, you might want to avoid any trips to Hartford, Connecticut, going forward. As per the Municode website, it’s illegal to stockpile and pick up refuse there. You’re only given the green light when the “bureau of licenses and inspections” hands over a permit.

49. Alaska: Animal car passengers

Convertibles are an absolute dream for dogs, as the open top lets them feel the full blast of fresh air as you drive along. They love it! Not in Alaska, though. You see, canines aren’t allowed to sit in the backseat of those cars if their tail doesn’t rise at least 46 inches. According to Good Housekeeping, this rule was created because a certain pooch was dubbed a “public nuisance.”

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48. Virginia: No hunting on Sundays… with an exception

For some, Sunday is still the day of rest, a chance for us to relax ahead of the new week. But in Virginia, that concept has been taken to a bizarre level. You’re not permitted to “hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal” in the state over those 24 hours – unless it’s a raccoon. The critters are exempt from the law. Poor guys!

47. Oregon: Use a bathroom

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While you’re on the road, it’s not always possible to reach a bathroom when nature calls. It can’t be helped, right? If that happens to you in Oregon, though, you need to be careful. Business Insider reported that motorists will be hit with a “Class A misdemeanor” should they drop a bottle of urine or poop near a highway.

46. Hawaii: Billboard ban

For those of you who’ve been to Hawaii, do you remember seeing any billboards around? No? Well, there’s a reason for that. During the 1920s a group of women pushed for the “urban beautification” of the islands, which included the eradication of the giant adverts. But as per Business Insider, signposts for public announcements and shops are allowed.

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45. Tennessee: The cost of a duel

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While they mightn’t be the most glamorous of jobs, government positions are still incredibly important across all 50 states. Mind you, Tennessee has a very specific rule for anyone looking to break into the sector. As it turns out, you won’t be admitted if you’ve ever participated in a duel. Yes, you’re reading that correctly!

44. Kansas: No tire screeching

Is there a more irritating sound on the road than that of a screeching tire? It drives many motorists nuts! Then again, if you’re a resident of Kansas, it isn’t really a problem. Good Housekeeping noted that it’s illegal to make that noise in the state because you’d be “disturbing the peace.”

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43. Iowa: Don’t mislabel margarine

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Even though margarine and butter look very similar, it’s important to remember that they’re not the same – especially in Iowa. Why’s that? Well, the Iowa State Legislature passed legislation whereby the former must not be labeled as the latter. If that happens, the offending party will be “deemed guilty of a simple misdemeanor.”

42. Oklahoma: Eavesdropping ban

Let’s be honest here – no one likes an eavesdropper! But at the same time, do the offenders deserve anything more than a dirty look or a telling off? Oklahoma certainly thinks so. Incredibly, the state can hit you with a misdemeanor if you’re listening in to conversations and plan to share the information.

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41. Louisiana: No surprise pizzas

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Surprise pizzas? We’d sign up for that! But not in Louisiana. That’s because if you order a pie and then have it delivered to the wrong house, that’s interpreted as harassment across the state. According to Good Housekeeping, you could even face a fine of $500. That’d be the most expensive pizza of your life.

40. Illinois: Don’t dye your animals

Should you own a rabbit or any type of fowl bird in Chicago, Illinois, we urge you to take this on board. As per the city’s Municipal Code, it’s illegal to show off or trade these animals if they’ve got dyed hair. To avoid the hassle, just leave them as they are. We’re sure they’d appreciate it too!

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39. Maryland: Fortune telling is barred

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For any fortune tellers out there, you should avoid Maryland like the plague. Surprisingly, the act is banned in the state and it’ll earn you a misdemeanor. At best, you’ll walk away with a $500 fine, and you could also find yourself behind bars. Not even the cards could’ve predicted that!

38. Georgia: Put your fork away

When you ingest fried chicken, do you use cutlery or just go with your hands? If it’s the former, you’d be in trouble in Georgia. Back in the early 1960s a law was put in place by Gainesville to ensure that people didn’t consume the items with forks. The city wanted to be seen as a “poultry center.” So yes, put them away.

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37. Michigan: Adultery is illegal

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In a moral sense, cheating on your partner is probably one of the worst things you can do. But in Michigan, it goes up a notch. As per Business Insider, the act became illegal there after a law was passed in the early 1930s. Now, the Michigan State Legislature says that adulterers could be fined and jailed for four years.

36. Colorado: Keep your sofas indoors

If you live in Boulder, Colorado, you should take this on board. Since 2001 it’s been illegal to place sofas or any other living-room chairs at the front of your home. The city claimed that the rule was brought in for health and safety reasons. So keep them inside!

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35. Missouri: Bear wrestling ban

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When it comes to dangerous activities, bear wrestling has to be right up there. Mind you, scuffles of that nature aren’t just frowned upon in Missouri. You’d actually be breaking the law there. Good Housekeeping reported that this ban was brought in because the fights were deemed to constitute “animal cruelty.”

34. West Virginia: Take off your hat

If you love going to the theater in West Virginia, we’ve got a question for you. Have you ever noticed another member of the audience wearing a hat? No? Well, that’s thanks to local legislation. Incredibly, the offending party will be hit with a misdemeanor charge for distracting their fellow guests.

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33. Nevada: X-rays and shoe sizes

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Of all the things to be pulled up on in Nevada, this is certainly… unexpected. To say the least! As per the Nevada State Legislature, it’s illegal to utilize “shoe-fitting fluoroscopes” to gauge an individual’s foot size. It might emit radiation, apparently. And breaking this law will result in a misdemeanor charge.

32. Wyoming: Art is a must

Construction doesn’t come cheap, but if a building in Wyoming reaches a price tag of $100,000 or more, a certain rule has to be followed. Apparently, a percentage of that money needs to be spent on artworks to be displayed inside. The state passed it after the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies looked to bolster the sector.

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31. Delaware: You can’t pawn artificial limbs

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Prosthetic limbs can change a person’s life, and they’re only improving as time goes on. But if you’re looking to get rid of an old leg, don’t go to pawn shops in Delaware. The state code bans brokers from accepting the item. On top of that, the person behind the counter can’t procure wheelchairs either.

30. South Carolina: Pinball is 18+

Who doesn’t love a game of pinball every now and again? It’s a lot of fun! But the children of South Carolina can’t even touch these machines. Surprisingly, you have to be over 18 years of age to play them there. By breaking that particular law, Good Housekeeping notes that youngsters will face a “status offense violation.”

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29. New Hampshire: Don’t collect seaweed at night

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Of all the things you could be doing in New Hampshire during the evening, holding on to seaweed probably isn’t near the top of the list. Yet for those who do partake in that activity, we have got some news for you: it’s against the law. Business Insider revealed that seaweed can create things like fertilizer, so it’s a commodity.

28. Kentucky: Keep reptiles out of churches

If you ever go to Kentucky, it’s unlikely that you’ll spot any kind of reptile being utilized during a church sermon. It’s illegal! According to USA Today, the rule was probably put in place to snuff out “snake-handling” in holy buildings, after the practice gained popularity at the start of the 1900s. By violating it, you’d be hit with a $50 fine.

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27. New Jersey: Bullet-proof vests and crimes

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When a person’s caught after pulling off a serious crime, they face major consequences. But in New Jersey, a strange law was added to that. According to the state, if you do something illegal while sporting a bullet-proof vest, the latter action is judged as a separate charge. So it’ll be a double whammy!

26. North Carolina: Don’t wear costumes in meetings

Yes, we know what you’re thinking: that’s a very specific law! Surely a costume would liven up work meetings when the occasion calls for it? But the rule exists for a good reason in North Carolina. As per USA Today, it might’ve been brought in to fight against Ku Klux Klan gatherings in the past.

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25. Mississippi: Watch your language

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It’s not always wise to use bad language when you’re out and about. At the same time, though, you wouldn’t really expect to be arrested for it. Well, that used to happen in Mississippi, as a single bad word might leave you behind bars for a month in 2010. The ruling has since been dropped, yet Business Insider reports that signs containing swearing remain banned in the state.

24. Arkansas: Horns and sandwich shops

Sometimes, a quick toot of your car horn is necessary on the road. Blaring it at sandwich stores probably isn’t, though! Good Housekeeping revealed that motorists in Arkansas will be accused of disturbing the peace if they do it from 9:00 p.m. onwards. The doors are normally shut by then, so no one will answer!

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23. Indiana: Hold your horses

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When push comes to shove, horses can reach some pretty impressive speeds. Mind you, riders have to be careful in Indiana. As it stands, you’ll be breaking state law if your equine runs faster than ten miles per hour. Is there a reason for that? Well, it’s thought that the horse-racing of the past brought the rule into existence.

22. New Mexico: “Idiots” can’t vote

More than 100 years ago, a controversial piece of legislation was passed in New Mexico. It stated that “idiots” couldn’t participate when voting came up. Shockingly, the term was describing those who suffered with mental ailments. How harsh is that?! USA Today noted that the rule was eventually binned – but not until 2016.

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21. Ohio: Keep your animals close

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Should there ever come a time when you’re traveling through Ohio with a dangerous animal, bear this in mind. According to the state, you must contact officials if it goes missing. And you only have a 60-minute window in which to do so. By flouting the process, though, you could end up with a first degree misdemeanor charge.

20. Rhode Island: No biting

There’s no denying the fact that a human bite is incredibly painful. But if you go the whole hog and rip off an individual’s extremity in Rhode Island, you’ll be hit with a somewhat flexible punishment. As per Business Insider, the jail sentence could be anywhere between 12 months and two decades. Should it have been an accident, though, the act isn’t deemed illegal.

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19. Vermont: False teeth law

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For any ladies living in Vermont, it’s worth noting down this next law. If there comes a time when you require a set of dentures, you can’t just get them yourself. Good Housekeeping reported that you’ll actually need your husband’s consent in writing first. And no, we’re not joking!

18. Wisconsin: Only delicious cheese will do

You can’t go wrong with a block of cheese, right? Well, providers of the dairy product in Wisconsin certainly hope so. Items such as cheddar, Monterey Jack and Muenster need to hit a specific standard in the state. If they’re anything less than delicious, that could be deemed an illegal act.

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17. Arizona: Donkeys can’t sleep in bathtubs

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Yes, you’re reading that correctly! Why can’t donkeys get some shut-eye in the bath, though? Well, Good Housekeeping traced the rule back to a bizarre incident around 100 years ago. At that time, one of the animals was swept from their house in Arizona by a flood. It was resting inside a tub at the time, you see. So to ensure it didn’t happen again, a state ruling was made.

16. South Dakota: Alcoholic candy

If you love candy and liquor, alcoholic sweets are perfect nibbles to enjoy of an evening. Yet according to Business Insider, you’ll struggle to find a big selection of them in South Dakota. As it turns out, it’s illegal for shops across the state to trade those products if they house over .5 percent alcohol.

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15. Pennsylvania: Don’t sell your babies

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It goes without saying that trading an actual person is a truly horrible act – even more so if they’re a baby. On that note, Pennsylvania made the latter illegal. But all is not as it seems. The state notes that the offending party will be hit with a misdemeanor charge, and not a felony.

14. Montana: Don’t leave the stage

Live shows in Billings, Montana, are unlike any others across America. Why’s that? Well, USA Today reported that entertainers can’t leave the stage until their sets are over. They’d be acting unlawfully if they did. So to any bands in the nearby area – we hope you don’t need a quick rest between songs!

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13. Idaho: Watch where you sweep

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To our friends from Idaho – have you ever noticed any rubbish on your roads? For those of you who are out of the loop, a state statute makes it illegal to leave “debris” on the streets there. So sweepers need to be careful! By brushing it off the sidewalk, they could face a $150 fine for a first time offence.

12. North Dakota: Firework timetable

Late night fireworks can be truly spectacular, but don’t expect to see too many of them in Devils Lake, North Dakota. As per Good Housekeeping, you’ll be breaking the law if you release any from 11:00 p.m. onwards. Don’t fret, though. You can start again at 8:00 a.m. should you fancy it. We’re sure your neighbors would be thrilled.

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11. Alabama: Plastic confetti is banned

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A nice sprinkling of confetti can really add to a special moment. Yet you’ve got to watch yourself in Mobile, Alabama. The Municode Library states that plastic confetti is illegal there. And the rule is so strict that you can’t even carry any on your person while you’re in the area.

10. Maine: No dancing in bars

Whether we like to admit it or not, plenty of us have tried to bust a move on a night out in a bar. But some residents of Maine can’t say the same. If the local clubs don’t carry a “special amusement permit,” it’s illegal to dance in them. Why are we getting Footloose vibes?

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9. Utah: Boxing and biting

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It’s fair to say that there are a lot of rules to follow in boxing. In Utah, though, one particular transgression would actually be seen as breaking the law. Yes, Good Housekeeping noted that fighters are strictly forbidden from biting each other in the state. The matches should be clean at least.

8. Washington: Don’t kill Bigfoot

Almost everyone’s heard of Bigfoot, right? But did you know that trappers aren’t allowed to kill the mythical creature in Skamania County, Washington? This rule came into being at the end of the 1960s, and those who are found guilty will receive felony charges. On top of that, there’s a five-year jail sentence as well.

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7. Minnesota: Clean your tires

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Keeping your car clean can be a challenge at times – especially if you’re traveling across a messy road. Yet you’ll receive a bit more than a disparaging look when you drive a dirty vehicle into Minnesota. You see, filthy tires are illegal in the state, as they muck up the streets.

6. Florida: Animal parking fees

If there ever comes a time when you ride a horse around Florida, keep this in mind. Animals aren’t exempt from parking fees in the Sunshine State, so be ready to get your wallet out. Country Living reported that the rule was passed back in the 1920s, just as the Ringling Bros. Circus made its home there.

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5. Massachusetts: The national anthem

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While the “Star Spangled Banner” is one of the world’s most recognizable national anthems, you still might forget the odd lyric or two. That shouldn’t be an issue – unless you’re a resident of Massachusetts. As per the state, a few slip-ups could cost you in the region of $100. What a bizarre fine!

4. California: Frogs

Have you ever heard of the Calaveras County Fair & Frog Jumping Jubilee? This event is held in California every year, and the amphibians take center stage. Should one of them die there, though, a law’s in place to prevent people from consuming the body. Instead, it has to be quickly disposed of in another way.

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3. Texas: Atheists can’t run for office

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We’re sure that there are many individuals living in Texas who’d love a spot in the local government. But according to Business Insider, they won’t get too far in that pursuit if they don’t believe in God. Essentially, the Lone Star State has legislation that pretty much excludes atheists altogether.

2. New York: Masks are banned

Dressing up into a costume can be a lot of fun, as you get to flex your imagination. Yet you could face a few problems in New York if that outfit includes a mask. Unless you’re going to a special event, you’ll be violating a state rule that’s been debated for more than 170 years.

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1. Nebraska: Marriage and venereal diseases

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If a couple love each other, nothing should stop them from getting married, right? Well, Business Insider notes that people with venereal diseases can’t technically tie the knot in Nebraska. But at the same time, it’s a very difficult rule to apply, as you don’t need to be tested before a wedding. Officials just have to take your word for it!

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