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Real (Strange) Laws

You've heard it said that fact is often stranger than fiction. That's especially true when it comes to these real, but absurd, laws.

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In Louisiana, it's against the law to gargle in public.
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In Maine, it's illegal to catch lobsters with your bare hands.

In Louisiana, it's against the law to gargle in public.

In Quitman, Georgia, it is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.

It is illegal to a wake a bear for the purpose of photography in Alaska.

In Hawaii, one is legally prohibited from putting coins in one's ears.

In New Orleans, Louisiana, fire trucks are legally required to stop at all red lights.

A local ordinance in Atwoodville, Connecticut prohibits people from playing Scrabble while waiting for a politician to speak.

In Alabama, it is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in a church.

In North Carolina, it is illegal to sing off key.

In California, it's illegal to eat oranges in a bathtub.

In Oregon, it is against the law to use canned corn as bait for fishing.

In Logan County, Colorado, it is illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she sleeps.

Monkeys are forbidden from smoke cigarettes in South Bend, Indiana.

In the state of Indiana, liquor stores may not sell milk.

In North Carolina, elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.

A Virginia law requires all bathtubs to be kept out in the yards, not inside the houses.

It is illegal to ride a streetcar on Sunday if have been eating garlic in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

In the country of Turkey, in the 16th and 17th centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.

Before the enactment of the 1978 law that made it mandatory for dog owners in New York City to clean up after their pets, approximately 40 million pounds of dog excrement were deposited on the streets every year.

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania it is illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a tollbooth.

Louisiana law prohibits couples who are shopping for a new bed from putting it to the "ultimate test"-- in other words, from trying it out by making love on it, or even simulating this activity.

In Kentucky, by law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."

In Kentucky, it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.

In Louisiana, it is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.

In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault."

In Massachusetts, mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.

In Massachusetts, snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.

In Massachusetts, an old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.

In Willowdale, Oregon, no man may curse while having sex with his wife.

In Texas, sixteen-year old divorced girls are prohibited from talking about sex during high school extracurricular activities.

In Florida, a special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.

In 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.

In Florida, it is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.

In Florida, men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.

In Illinois, it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets.

In Indiana, bathing is prohibited during the winter.

In Indiana citizens are not allowed to attend a movie house or theater nor ride in a public streetcar within at least four hours after eating garlic.

In Massachusetts, taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.

During lunch breaks in Carlsbad, New Mexico, no couple should engage in a sexual act while parked in their vehicle, unless their car has curtains.

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