In some states, including California, Florida, Nevada, Alaska and
Hawaii, a motorist can be cited for driving too slowly. (Actually that
is an indication of driving under the influence.)
In counties in Alabama having populations of not less than 56,500 nor
more than 59,000, according to the 1970 or any subsequent federal
decennial census, domino games shall be lawful in billiard rooms or
other rooms in which billiard tables are located.
A United States Federal law states one can be fined up to $1,000,000
for partaking in the act of Genocide.
A United States federal law makes it illegal to issue a fake Weather
In Alabama, the State code allows only five minutes for one to vote.
(So what happens if you take six? Do you get arrested?)
Arkansas — Arkansas drive-ins aren’t very convenient, thanks to this
law… No person shall drive a motor vehicle onto the premises of a
drive-in restaurant and leave the premises without parking such motor
vehicle, unless there is no unoccupied parking space available on the
Sounding of horns at sandwich shops. No person shall sound the horn on
a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served
after 9:00 p.m.
California — In Los Angeles, it is not legal to bathe two babies at
the same time in the same tub. (What about twins?)
In Riverside, kissing on the lips, unless both parties wipe their lips
with carbonized rose water, is against the local health ordinance.
In Walnut, no person shall wear a mask or disguise on a public street
without a permit from the sheriff. (Lots of criminals on Halloween)
Also in Walnut, it shall be unlawful for any person to fly above an
altitude of ten feet above the ground, or near any electrical
conductive public utility wires or facilities, any kite or balloon
which has a body or any parts, tail, string or ribbon. Source: 17-1
Kite flying restricted.
China — According to a law in China, you must be intelligent to go to
college. (Guess the guy who wrote this did NOT go to college.)
Colorado — Colorado Water laws prohibit the use of rain barrels or any
methods to catch rain for use. They claim the rain has already been
legally allocated to the state and an individual may not capture and
use water to which he/she does not have a right
Connecticut — No hanky panky allowed in Connecticut.. A person who
commits any unnatural and lascivious act with another person commits a
misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s[tate
law]. It is illegal for unmarried couples to commit lewd acts and live
Illinois— A state law requires that a man’s female companion shall
call him “master” while out on a date. The law does not apply to
In Zion, It is illegal for anyone to give cats, dogs, or other
domesticated animals a lighted cigar. (Is this really a problem? Are
they going to bust those velvet paintings?)
Indiana — In Indianapolis, no horse shall be driven or ridden on any
street in the city at a speed in excess of ten (10) miles per hour.
Iowa — In Ottumwa, it is illegal for any man, within the corporate
city limits, to wink at any female with whom he is “unacquainted.”
Kansas — In Topeka, servers are forbidden to serve wine in teacups.
(What about tea in wineglasses?)
Kentucky — A female shall not appear in a bathing suit on any highway
within this state.
Louisiana — In Mansfield, anyone caught wearing sagging pants that
expose underwear will be subject to a fine of up to $150 plus court
costs, or face up to 15 days in jail. A court later overturned the
law, declaring it unconstitutional.
In New Orleans, Fire Code outlaws the cursing of firefighters while
they are in the performance of their duties.
Maryland — In Baltimore, It is illegal to take a lion to the movies.
Minnesota — Many municipalities in Minnesota (including Anoka County)
still have a Vagrancy law on the books that makes it a misdemeanor for
a person with the ability to work, who is without lawful means of
support, and who does not seek employment, and is not under 18 years
of age, to not work.
Mississippi — A state law prohibits the seduction of a female over the
age of 18 by a promised or pretended marriage.
Nebraska — It is not legal for a tavern owner to serve beer unless a
nice kettle of soup is also brewing.
Nevada — In Reno, it is unlawful for any person to carry on, conduct
or maintain any marathon dancing or marathon walking.
New Jersey — In Bergen County, Blue Laws are still in effect. The only
retail outlets permitted to be open on Sundays are grocery stores and
New York — It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.
A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.
A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically
prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking “at a
woman in that way.” A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude
calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a pair of
“horse-blinders” wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.
In Carmel, A man cannot be seen in public while wearing a jacket and
pants that do not match. (Good thing they don’t have this law in Las
In Greene, during a concert, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk
backwards on the sidewalks.
In Ocean City, it is illegal to eat in the street in residential
neighborhoods, and the only beverage you can drink on the beach is
water in a clear plastic bottle.
Also in Ocean City, it is illegal for men to go topless in the center of town.
In Staten Island, you may only water your lawn if the hose is held in your hand.
Also in Staten Island, it is illegal for a father to call his son a
“faggot” or “queer” in an effort to curb “girlie behavior.”
New York City — You may not smoke within 100 feet of the entrance to a
Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business.
It is illegal to have permit dancing in an establishment that sells
food without a cabaret license.
It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing “ body hugging
clothing.” ( HAH!)
Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose
and wiggling the fingers.”
North Carolina — It is illegal to hold more than two sessions of Bingo
per week, and those sessions may not exceed 5 hours each session.
Ohio — In Oxford, it is unlawful for a woman to appear in public while
unshaven. This includes legs and face.
In Youngstown, you may not run out of gas. Source: Youngstown City
Ordinances, Section 331.44 Link
Oklahoma — It is illegal to have a sleeping donkey In your bathtub after 7 p.m.
South Carolina — There’s no place for fun… It is unlawful for a
minor under the age of eighteen to play a pinball machine.
Tennessee — It is unlawful for any person to import, possess, or cause
to be imported into this state any type of live skunk; or to sell,
barter, exchange or otherwise transfer any live skunk, except that the
prohibitions of this section shall not apply to bona fide zoological
parks and research institutions.
You must believe in God to be elected into office. You also are not
permitted into office if you were a contestant in a duel. Source:
Tennessee Constitution – Article IX
Vermont — In Montpelier, no law was violated when 42 cyclists rode
through Vermont’s capital naked on May 14, 2009. The Barre-Montpelier
Times Argus reported that Vermont has no ban on public nudity.
Disrobing in public is a crime, but the cyclists disrobed before
venturing out and would not be charged. (I’d hate to clean those
West Virginia — If any person [at or above] the age of discretion
profanely curses or swears or gets drunk in public, he shall be fined
by a justice one dollar for each offense.
It is illegal to taunt someone for not accepting a challenge for a
duel. Actual: If any person posts another, or in writing or in print
uses any reproachful or contemptuous language to or concerning
another, for not fighting a duel, or for not sending or accepting a
challenge, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction,
shall be confined in jail not more than six months, or fined not
exceeding one hundred dollars.
State code deems it unlawful for any person to have in his possession
or to display any red or black flag. (Better be careful when buying
Wisconsin — The serving of colored oleomargarine or margarine at a
public eating place as a substitute for table butter is prohibited
unless it is ordered by the customer.
In Sun Prairie, no rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the
handlebars or practice any trick or fancy riding in any street in the
city, nor shall any bicycle rider carry or ride any other person so
that two persons are on the bicycle at one time, unless a seat is
provided for a second person. Manner of operation restricted.
In Wauwatosa, no person shall spit… upon the floor or stairways of
any public hall or building or upon the floor …or upon any sidewalk
abutting on any public street or alley of said city.
So there they are. Remember this the next time you say “There oughtta be a law!”
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Mace J. Yampolsky is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, 625
South Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101; He can be reached at: Phone
702-385-9777 or fax 702-385-300. His website is located at:
In some states, including California, Florida, Nevada, Alaska and