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We are dedicated to building the repository of stupid laws on our puny planet. Whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, Labour Party, or Conservative Party, Obama or Bush, no government has a monopoly on creating stupid laws. Although the bulk of our Stupid Laws come from the United States, we have a large and growing collection of laws from other countries – Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, and many others.
Thanks to many contributors, we now have the largest collection of dumb laws on the Internet!
Feel free to browse our large collection of dumb laws. You’ll find laws categorized by country and state on the left, and laws placed into topics on the right. Our collection is expanding daily, so visit often for updates!
Most Popular Stupid Laws
- If you are released from prison, it is required that you are given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town.
- A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
- You may shoot Native Americans if there are more than five of them on your property at any one time.
- It’s illegal to carry a Bible or to talk to anyone about Jesus Christ.
- Since 1173 it has been illegal to die.
- All business signs in the province of Quebec must be in French. If the business operator wishes to have English on the sign, the French must be at least twice as large as the English is. There are no laws governing the usage of other languages on signs. -Bill 101 (Passed 1976)
- It is considered an offense to shower naked.
- Eating a neighbor’s baby is strictly forbidden.
- All lollipops are banned.
- It is illegal to say any sentence containing more than 4 words in English.
Most Recent Stupid Laws
- In Oregon, a dead person cannot be required to serve on a jury.
- In Illinois, animals can be sent to jail.
- It was once illegal to not wear clothes while taking a bath in a bathtub.
- It is illegal to paint a horse in Vermont.
- It is illegal to own gold
- It is illegal to store your own stuff in your own garage
- Atheists are disqualified from holding office or testifying as witness.
- An invitation from a third party trumps a restraining order
- A statute forbids people in bathing suits from appearing uncovered on the streets and in the shops and eateries in Waikīkī.
- Surfers must express themselves at all times using a vocabulary of no more than one hundred words.
Random Stupid Laws
- Erotic dancing is prohibited on Sundays.
- It is illegal to sell ice cream in a cemetery.
- Corrupting the public morals is defined as a nuisance, and is declared a misdemeanor offense.
- Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish.
- A boat used as a restaurant cannot dock without prior approval of the Mayor
- It is unlawful to walk under a ladder.
- It’s against the law to sing off key.
- You are not allowed to wash your car in the street or park your car in a way that it blocks your own driveway!
- Tanning bed facilities must warn of the risk of getting a sunburn.
- If a steam locomotive is driven on roads, a man must walk in front of the vehicle with a red flag during the day and a red lantern at night to warn passers-by.