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crossroads
Well I was talkin to a friend about some of the stupid laws out there so decided to share a few from my area with everyone. I Know some of these could be fake but they are good for a laugh anyways and who knows, maybe a few might be real.

If anyone else has some good ones to share please go ahead and add them to this topic. I think we could get a pretty good, and funny, list going to show what kind of goofy laws are around in your area.


It's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license! (Cleveland)

Any map that does not have Lima clearly stated on the map cannot be sold. (Lima)

You may not run out of gas. (Youngstown)

A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him. (Paulding)

No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.

Ordinance number 223, of 09/19/09 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses. (Bexley)

If one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour. (Canton)

It is against the law for an Ohio grocery store to sell corn flakes on Sunday.

There is many more but these are some that I found funny and could think of off the top of my head. Lets hear yours everyone!
socceraggie
I thought this was a fun exercise to see what I could find out there. There is a great website that has dumb laws that you can review based on your state or even local municipality. Here are a few that I really enjoyed from my area of the country - Colorado:
1. Throwing missles at cars is illegal. (Alamosa, CO)
2. Catapults may not be fired at buildings. (Aspen, CO)
3. It is permissable to wear a holstered six-gun within city limits, except on Sunday, Election Day, or holidays. (Colorado Springs, CO)
4. Residents may not own chickens, but may own up to three turkeys. (Louisville, CO)

Check more at: http://www.dumblaws.com/

and enjoy!
Nameless
Speeding fines! Ba-dum-SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEECRRRRRUNCHPOMFtinkletinkleohgodhesbleedingcallanambulanceohgod!
ocalhoun
Where I live, it is legal to shoot any group of 3 or more Native Americans who are walking towards you. (Because that constitutes a raiding party.)

In nearby Wyoming, it is legal to shoot any group of 7 or more Native Americans, for the same reason.
mattyj
In australia

only a licenced electrician is legally allowed to change a light globe
Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons
Children may not purchase cigarettes, but they may smoke them (dumbest of the lot in my book)
Under Australian Communications Authority (ACA) regulations, a modem can’t pick up on the first ring
Greatking
funny stuff going on ha! well in Ghana i have not found or heard or even read about these kinds of laws. will keep u guys posted if anything like that should come up though.
missdixy
I think it's still illegal to spit on a public sidewalk/space in Texas.
QrafTee
Wait... which city can you not get arrested on Sunday or July 4th?
apple
its illegal to spit from/on a bridge here Laughing Laughing
even tho its not enforced, its a very very dumb law to have had in the 1st place. I mean what did people do? stand on the bridge and wait for passersby or vehicles and let it rip? lol Laughing Laughing
socceraggie
Missdixy - I'm from Texas and I've never heard of any kind of spitting being illegal there. Especially if you consider that probably half of the state dips and I know for a fact they don't all use a spit cup Confused
Jinx
In Alabama it's illegal to put salt on railroad tracks, and can be punishable with death.
It's legal to beat your spouse with a stick no larger in diameter than your thumb.
It's illegal to drive a vehicle while blindfolded.

In Massachusetts it's illegal to go to bed without bathing, yet in Boston it's illegal to take a bath on Sunday.
You must buy a license to wear a goatee in Massachusetts.

In Florida, if you leave your elephant tied to a parking meter you must pay the parking fee (feed the meter).
Also, it is illegal to have sexual relations with a porcupine (ouch!)

In Pennsylvania a man must have written permission from his wife to buy alcohol.

In Michigan a man legally owns his wife's hair.

Suspenders are illegal in Nogales, Arizona, and dandelions are illegal in Pueblo, Colorado.

In Washington, D.C. the only legal position for sex is missionary style, and in Washington state one may not have sex with a virgin at any time (including on one's wedding night).
apple
Jinx wrote:
In Alabama it's illegal to put salt on railroad tracks, and can be punishable with death.
It's legal to beat your spouse with a stick no larger in diameter than your thumb.
It's illegal to drive a vehicle while blindfolded.

In Massachusetts it's illegal to go to bed without bathing, yet in Boston it's illegal to take a bath on Sunday.
You must buy a license to wear a goatee in Massachusetts.

In Florida, if you leave your elephant tied to a parking meter you must pay the parking fee (feed the meter).
Also, it is illegal to have sexual relations with a porcupine (ouch!)

In Pennsylvania a man must have written permission from his wife to buy alcohol.

In Michigan a man legally owns his wife's hair.

Suspenders are illegal in Nogales, Arizona, and dandelions are illegal in Pueblo, Colorado.

In Washington, D.C. the only legal position for sex is missionary style, and in Washington state one may not have sex with a virgin at any time (including on one's wedding night).


Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing @ ALL of these
hunnyhiteshseth
Here in India legal age to vote is 18 years but legal age to start consuming alcohol is 25 years!

That means between age of 18 to 25 you are mature enough to choose future of country but not mature enough to decide on your future. Laughing
ocalhoun
hunnyhiteshseth wrote:
Here in India legal age to vote is 18 years but legal age to start consuming alcohol is 25 years!

That means between age of 18 to 25 you are mature enough to choose future of country but not mature enough to decide on your future. Laughing

A similar one in the USA:
The minimum age to enlist in the military is 17.
Minimum voting age is 18.

So, at 17, you are old enough to make the decision to fight and die for your country, but not old enough to help decide who leads it.

(And we have the same drinking age problem; legal drinking age is 21, 3 years after voting age.)
ssweat
what state this one is from? Or is it just a general law for the US?
No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July im sure its an outdated law anyhow lol. These are great entertainment however. Thanks
Vrythramax
In Massachusetts (where I live) Tattooing and Body Piercing was illegal until just a couple of years ago.
jabce85
hahahaha!! these are great!... they're absolutely hilarious. I had a big list saved one time.... I'll have to try and dig it up. Thanks for sharing!
Helios
Few funny (and real) laws in Israel:
These aren't usually enforced, but they do exist... I'll try my best translating.

From the law of penalty:
Paragraph 492 states: A hotel keeper must have a source of light active in the yard during the night, or he may get arrested and held in prison for up to a month.

Paragraph 492 states: Any business must accept any bill or coin or other official form of currency. Meaning that you can pay for your cellphone bill using a bag of quarters and the company must accept it (there was a guy who did that as an act of protest last year I think), or else it's up to 3 months in prison.

Paragraph 491 states: This one has the weirdest wording: a person who refuses to aid a public servant who is facing any law violation or whilst on a capsized ship, may be held in prison for up to one month. Don't bother trying to figure this one out.

Paragraph 169 states: A pirate may be held for up to 20 years in prison. Aye, me lad!


From the law of imprisonment:
1. A prisoner who, on purpose, pollutes a well is committing a discipline violation. - That is if he can find a well in prison...

2. A new set of clothes allowed to be given, by the warden, to a prisoner whose original clothes got destroyed, according to the prisoner's status. Imagine a clown got arrested...


Circular definitions defined by a legislature, as usual I'll translate directly to keep the original wording:

1.A "fish" is any aquatic animal, whether it's a fish or not, including sponges, clams, crustaceans, turtles and marine mammals.
2. A "house" is, in addition to any house, a part of a house and any building or structure.


I highly doubt that there aren't any more such laws, but I also highly doubt I can find them.
crossroads
Here is some more that Ive found to be pretty good ones:

Here are some from Kentucky:

You may beat your wife with a stick no thicker than the thickness of your thumb. Hence rule of thumb

It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.

One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.

Here are some from Ohio:

Its illegal to go whale hunting in lake Erie.

On sundays, its permissable to beat your wife on the courthouse steps.
AftershockVibe
I always thought it was bizarre that in the UK (and probably a lot of other places, including the US), in the eyes of the law the age of sexual consent is sixteen, yet to legally buy pornography you must be eighteen.
TiffxMaggot
so done it and haven't gotten arrested or anything

Quote:
It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.
ocalhoun
TiffxMaggot wrote:
so done it and haven't gotten arrested or anything

Quote:
It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.

I guess that means the game of dodge-ball is illegal, unless you're not having fun.
deanhills
Looks as though someone is working on a "funny" law making divorce illegal in the State of California:
Quote:
In a movement that seems ripped from the pages of Comedy Channel writers, John Marcotte wants to put a measure on the ballot next year to ban divorce in California.

The effort is meant to be a satirical statement after California voters outlawed gay marriage in 2008, largely on the argument that a ban is needed to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. If that's the case, then Marcotte reasons voters should have no problem banning divorce.

"Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more," the 38-year-old married father of two said.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_banning_divorce
apple
Laughing Laughing Laughing

just loving the new ones. hahahaa, these are great! keep them coming guys Laughing
missdixy
Jinx wrote:
In Washington, D.C. the only legal position for sex is missionary style, and in Washington state one may not have sex with a virgin at any time (including on one's wedding night).


Wait, so how is the population of Washington D.C supposed to procreate? Surprised
mattyj
missdixy wrote:
Jinx wrote:
In Washington, D.C. the only legal position for sex is missionary style, and in Washington state one may not have sex with a virgin at any time (including on one's wedding night).


Wait, so how is the population of Washington D.C supposed to procreate? Surprised


Duh, Virgins obviously have to leave the city to lose their virginity Smile
ocalhoun
Here's a scary one enacted in Atlanta, Georgia.

It is illegal to "act in a manner unusual for law abiding citizens".

People could be, and were, arrested and sent to jail for 6 months simply for any 'unusual' behavior.

It was enacted to clean homeless out before the Olympic games, which was bad enough, but what makes it truly terrifying was that it was actually enforced, and could easily be interpreted to mean forced conformity.
apple
ocalhoun wrote:
Here's a scary one enacted in Atlanta, Georgia.

It is illegal to "act in a manner unusual for law abiding citizens".

People could be, and were, arrested and sent to jail for 6 months simply for any 'unusual' behavior.

It was enacted to clean homeless out before the Olympic games, which was bad enough, but what makes it truly terrifying was that it was actually enforced, and could easily be interpreted to mean forced conformity.


Shocked Confused Confused

wow! that is a strange one!
supernova1987a
crossroads wrote:
Well I was talkin to a friend about some of the stupid laws out there so decided to share a few from my area with everyone. I Know some of these could be fake but they are good for a laugh anyways and who knows, maybe a few might be real.

If anyone else has some good ones to share please go ahead and add them to this topic. I think we could get a pretty good, and funny, list going to show what kind of goofy laws are around in your area.


It's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license! (Cleveland)

Any map that does not have Lima clearly stated on the map cannot be sold. (Lima)

You may not run out of gas. (Youngstown)

A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him. (Paulding)

No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.

Ordinance number 223, of 09/19/09 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses. (Bexley)

If one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour. (Canton)

It is against the law for an Ohio grocery store to sell corn flakes on Sunday.

There is many more but these are some that I found funny and could think of off the top of my head. Lets hear yours everyone!


illegal to catch a mouse? lol
Wow, didnt know any of these before.... but
why cant anyone be arrested on fourth of july or sunday? it must be crap. if someone is a criminal and wanted by police and found on that day, what will they do? just let them go?
hamza1122
lol the Ohio one about selling cornflakes..lol. Those laws are so weird and stupid
Ghost900
Though I imagine some of these are fake they are still funny anyway. As for the real ones, I can't imagie who wrote these things.

I love the one about being able to die for your country at 17 but not being able to vote until you are 18. This is so true and it is a little messed up.

I have heard that it is not illegal to commit suicide, but it is illegal to attempt suicide, not sure if this is true or not.
paskifire
ocalhoun wrote:
Here's a scary one enacted in Atlanta, Georgia.

It is illegal to "act in a manner unusual for law abiding citizens".

People could be, and were, arrested and sent to jail for 6 months simply for any 'unusual' behavior.

It was enacted to clean homeless out before the Olympic games, which was bad enough, but what makes it truly terrifying was that it was actually enforced, and could easily be interpreted to mean forced conformity.


pretty scary but what about those who are in an abnormal state of consciousness?
deanhills
ocalhoun wrote:
Here's a scary one enacted in Atlanta, Georgia.

It is illegal to "act in a manner unusual for law abiding citizens".

People could be, and were, arrested and sent to jail for 6 months simply for any 'unusual' behavior.

It was enacted to clean homeless out before the Olympic games, which was bad enough, but what makes it truly terrifying was that it was actually enforced, and could easily be interpreted to mean forced conformity.
Reminds me a little of that movie with Angelina Jolie: "The Changeling" in which the LAPD had sufficient power to put her in an asylum in order to get her to stay quiet as they didn't want to admit their mistake. It was a true story:
Quote:
Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power?

Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0824747/plotsummary
Ghost900
It is a ticket-able offense to run out of gas on a highway. I am not sure if it is just Minnesota or elsewhere.

While I see that they don't want us just running out of gas all the time, its not like people want it to happen anyway and we try to avoid it. Just seems kinda dumb in my opinion. Smile
carlospro7
In Chillicothe, Ohio it is illegal to throw rice at weddings.

Ohio: it's against the law to kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church without a license

Ohio: You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street.
john49
crossroads wrote:
Well I was talkin to a friend about some of the stupid laws out there so decided to share a few from my area with everyone. I Know some of these could be fake but they are good for a laugh anyways and who knows, maybe a few might be real.

If anyone else has some good ones to share please go ahead and add them to this topic. I think we could get a pretty good, and funny, list going to show what kind of goofy laws are around in your area.


It's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license! (Cleveland)

Any map that does not have Lima clearly stated on the map cannot be sold. (Lima)

You may not run out of gas. (Youngstown)

A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him. (Paulding)

No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.

Ordinance number 223, of 09/19/09 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses. (Bexley)

If one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour. (Canton)

It is against the law for an Ohio grocery store to sell corn flakes on Sunday.

There is many more but these are some that I found funny and could think of off the top of my head. Lets hear yours everyone!



I have just read some stupid or dumb laws, so i think it will be good that i should share it with you.
Some laws of such kind are.

1. Dogs may not bark after 6pm.
2. No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
3. It is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
4. It is considered an offense to shower naked.

You can also find more info related to such laws from here.

http://www.elistmania.com/still/50_stupid_laws_from_50_states/
ProfessorY91
It's probably been said already, but the one about carrying ice cream in your back pocket. I've always tried to figure out a safe way to do this, just for the hell of doing it. It doesn't work. Kentucky, or thereabouts.
fisher97
“A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.”

Law school has been described as a place for the accumulation of learning. First-year students bring some in; third-year students take none away. Hence it accumulates.


Lawyers are always more ready to get a man into troubles than out of them.

A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns.
Hello_World
A search found these Aussie laws.

It is illegal to crush a beercan between your breasts. (Don't know)

It is illegal to buy cats or dogs for the purposes of eating. (Don't know).

Hook turns in Melbourne, this is certainly true and hardly anyone not from Melbourne won't drive in the city because of it. To turn right in a hook turn intersection, you need to be in the left lane, move forward and a bit left, then all the straight traffic goes through on the right lane, you have to wait and then you can turn right. Actually its not hard really but it really seems to freak people out.

It is illegal to have alcohol in some places. True.

No joking in the airports. And that is true, there is signs everywhere about it. Because people kept on making jokes about bombs.

No musical instruments on the bus in NT. Don't know.

No nude bathing in Qld. True.

It is illegal to take rubbish from other peoples nature strips. True. But people do it anyway.

It is illegal to pay sperm donors, organ donors, blood donors, suggogates, etc. True.

It is illegal to live off the earnings of a prostitute (who is not yourself).

I found a bunch of other laws which the internet calls weird but are pretty normal... they include: illegal to do donuts and burnouts etc, illegal to ride a bike without a helmet, illegal to not get your name signed off on voting day, illegal to kill crocs, illegal to take anything from national parks, illegal to bring food into Oz.
deanhills
Interesting laws, especially about not allowing people to kill crocs. I guess one can do that however in self defense ..... hopefully. Very Happy

Hello_World wrote:
It is illegal to live off the earnings of a prostitute (who is not yourself).
Interesting way of wording something that probably means no pimping allowed?
ocalhoun
deanhills wrote:
Hello_World wrote:
It is illegal to live off the earnings of a prostitute (who is not yourself).
Interesting way of wording something that probably means no pimping allowed?

A precise way of wording it...

Otherwise you'd have "Hey, man, that's a real pimpin' outfit!"
"Oh, no! Why'd you have to say that!?!"
*arrested for pimping*
@the cops: "come on guys, it's just an expression!"
FastDebrid
crossroads wrote:


It's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license! (Cleveland)

Any map that does not have Lima clearly stated on the map cannot be sold. (Lima)

You may not run out of gas. (Youngstown)

A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him. (Paulding)

No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July.

Ordinance number 223, of 09/19/09 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses. (Bexley)

If one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour. (Canton)

It is against the law for an Ohio grocery store to sell corn flakes on Sunday.


These are quite some laws. I remember in Ripley's believe it or not, there was a law somewhere that it is illegal to wear heels.
Flegit
Some laws of physics, like gravitation for example, can be pretty funny when applied to drunk people =)
spinout
we have a utterly stupid law - you must fix ABS brake yellow lamp before driving... Also for the air bags... here in Sweden...
deanhills
Flegit wrote:
Some laws of physics, like gravitation for example, can be pretty funny when applied to drunk people =)
How does that work? Confused
vikaskumar11233
Hey it was interesting post and yes there are many laws , rule and regulation in the world that are very funny but still in use.
ocalhoun
spinout wrote:
we have a utterly stupid law - you must fix ABS brake yellow lamp before driving... Also for the air bags... here in Sweden...

*smash*
Look, the light went out! All fixed now.

... And I'd hate to have to explain to them my '67 ford, which has neither.
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