Top 13 Most Weirdest Laws in America Today
What are the stupidest & dumbest laws in the US?
There are laws in all 50 states that are a bit “crazy” in today’s terms for a number of reasons. Some laws that may have been appropriate 100 years ago may have just fallen through the cracks, therefore they’re still on the books and seem pretty funny to us now.
Here are the top 13 weirdest laws in the United States!
1. Alabama: No stink bombs or confetti
If you’re a stodgy school principal from a 1980s film, consider moving to Mobile, Alabama: Stink bombs, “funk balls,” and any object “the purpose of which is to create disagreeable odors” are strictly illegal there. Also illegal: “spray string,” confetti, and bathing in public fountains. Think you’re innocent? You’re probably breaking one of these real marriage laws right now.
2. Alaska: No moose on sidewalks
In 1913, the mayor and city council of Fairbanks, Alaska, had had enough of the antics of bartender Pete Buckholtz and his pet moose. Buckholtz refused to stop bringing his oversized pet to work at the local saloon. To prevent the animal from coming inside, officials crafted an ordinance declaring that moose weren’t allowed on city sidewalks, effectively prohibiting the moose from walking on the sidewalk and into the bar or other businesses.
3. Arizona: Illegal for a donkey to sleep in a bathtub
In the 1920s, a local dam broke, flooding a rancher's home. The rancher's donkey had become accustomed to sleeping in the bathtub, which filled with water and whisked him miles away. After working to rescue the animal, the town passed a law that prohibits donkeys from sleeping in the bathtub.
4. Arkansas: Say it right
There is a legal code in Arkansas that explains how the state’s name should be pronounced. While it’s not technically illegal or punishable to say it wrong with a hard “s” at the end of the state’s name, Arkansas is legally supposed to be pronounced “Ar-kan-saw.”
5. Colorado: Whack your weeds
In the city of Pueblo, Colorado, it is illegal for a landowner to not cut, destroy or remove weeds 10 inches or taller, including sunflowers and dandelions. If they don’t do so within 10 days of being notified, the city will do it for them — then send them a bill.
6. California: No nuclear weapons
It is illegal to build, maintain, or use a nuclear weapon within Chico, California city limits. A law that began in the ‘80s as a serious anti-nuke statement has taken on a second life as an Internet joke, mainly due to the purported consequences: In addition to self-annihilation, the infraction also carries a $500 fine.
7. Connecticut: A pickle must be able to bounce
Here's a law that puts Connecticut farmers in quite a pickle. In 1948, two men were arrested for selling pickles that were "unfit for human consumption." Discussing ways to check for good pickles, officials declared that a pickle is legitimate only if it bounces. The pickles in question did not bounce — so the two men were arrested and fined, and the pickles were destroyed!
8. Delaware: Strict trick-or-treating times enforced
To prevent “mischief of any sort,” children in the City of Rehoboth Beach may only go trick-or-treating between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm on Halloween—UNLESS Halloween falls on a Sunday; in that case, “such going door to door and house to house for treats shall take place on the evening of October 30” instead.
9. Florida: No fault for ‘bad dog’
According to a Florida state statute, with a few caveats, a dog’s owner isn’t liable for damages caused by their pet if, at the time of any injury, the owner has “displayed in a prominent place on his or her premises a sign easily readable including the words ‘Bad Dog.’” So in the Sunshine State, it’s best not to ignore any “Beware of Dog” signs.
10. Georgia: Live on a boat for more than 30 days is illegal
Oh, buoy! If you're planning to retire on a boat, the Peach State is definitely not the place for you. According to state law, it is prohibited to live on a boat for more than a month.
11. Hawaii: No billboards
Hawaii has a handful of strange laws, some of which are meant to protect the spectacular views of its natural landscapes. For example, it is illegal to erect, maintain or use a billboard, or display any outdoor advertising device.
12. Idaho: Always smile
The city of Pocatello, Idaho, has embraced its identity as the "U.S. Smile Capital” after the mayor passed an ordinance in 1948 making it illegal not to smile. The "Smile Ordinance" was passed to jokingly boost morale after exceptionally severe winter weather. The law unintentionally remained on the books until it was rediscovered and became a source of pride for Pocatello.
13. Illinois: Underage culinary students to drink alcohol is legal
In 2012, the state passed a law nicknamed "Sip and Spit," which allows culinary students under 21 years of age to legally taste (by sipping and spitting) alcoholic beverages, based on the reasoning that students need to learn how to taste wine during their early years of culinary school. Cheers to a well-rounded, or should we say full-bodied, learning experience!
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