Stupid State Laws

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In Oregon, a dead person cannot be required to serve on a jury.

In Illinois, animals can be sent to jail.

A monkey once served 5 days in a Chicago jail for shoplifting.

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

Executive Order 6102 was signed on April 5, 1933, by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt “forbidding the Hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United States”. The order criminalized the possession of monetary gold by any individual, partnership, association or corporation. This was followed up by the Gold Reserve Act [...]

It is illegal to store your own stuff in your own garage

According to Chapter 6 of the San Francisco Housing Code, “Private and public storage garages in apartment houses and hotels shall be used only for storage of automobiles.” Failing to comply with the law can lead to fines of up to $500.

[Added by Ord. 399-89, App. 11/6/89; amended by Ord. 161-92, App. 6/4/92; Ord. [...]

Atheists are disqualified from holding office or testifying as witness.

Arkansas Constitution Article 19 Section 1 states that no person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court.

An invitation from a third party trumps a restraining order

In College Station, Texas, you can have a restraining order placed on someone from a property (apartment, duplex, business building) however, if the restrained person is invited by another person, they can enter the property legally. Officers can come and tell them there is a restraining order for them at that location, but cannot make [...]

A statute forbids people in bathing suits from appearing uncovered on the streets in Waikīkī.

Surfers must express themselves using a vocabulary of no more than one hundred words.

A surfer can choose which hundred words will be at his beck and call, but once chosen there can be no deviation.

It is illegal to bite a landlord under any circumstances.

It is illegal to park your horse “up wind” on a windy day.

You can be fined $20 for swearing in public.

Police in the town of 22,000 will be writing tickets bearing fines in that amount to those who foul its public places with profanity after residents voted 183-50 in June 2012 that they were mad as *#%@& and weren’t going to take it anymore.

It is illegal not to smile in public

In 1948, the Mayor of the City of Pocatello, George Phillips, passed an ordinance making it illegal not to smile in Pocatello. The “Smile Ordinance” was passed tongue in cheek as a result of an exceptionally severe winter, which had dampened the spirit of city employees and citizens alike.

The ordinance unintentionally remained on the [...]

Massage Therapy is considered an adult, erotic service, and is banned in all zoning districts

Women cannot be employed to dance with men

No female shall be permitted to be employed in any dance hall for the purpose of dancing with male patrons of the dance hall.

No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle

One may not whistle in the bathroom

No person shall stand or climb on any closet, closet seat, basin, partition, or other furniture or fitting; or loiter about, or push, crowd, or otherwise act in disorderly manner; or interfere with any attendant in the discharge of his or her duties; or whistle, dance, sing, skate, or swear, or use obscene, loud, and [...]

An establishment may not allow more than one accordion to be played for entertainment

No entertainment or music shall be provided or permitted for the enjoyment of the patrons of the establishment operated on public space by a permittee other than music as may be furnished by no more than three (3) musicians playing stringed instruments such as the violin, the viola, the cello, the double-base, and the guitar, [...]

One may not operate a surf board while on a hallucinogen

No person shall operate or use any vessel, or use any water skis, aquaplane, surfboard, or similar device, while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or any narcotic drug, barbiturate, or hallucinogen.

One may not take photographs for more than 5 minutes in a public location

While engaged in taking photographs, no person licensed under §521 or §522 of this chapter shall impede traffic as defined in the District of Columbia Traffic Acts; nor shall any photographer remain longer than five (5) minutes at any one (1) location on the streets, sidewalks, or other public spaces.

Bridges must be clear of sheep between 6 and 10 am.

Sheep driven or conducted between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., and when crossing a bridge, shall be in charge of at least six (6) drovers; and the footway and not less than one-third (1/3) of the roadway of the bridge shall be kept free of obstruction by the sheep.

One may not dance for more than twelve hours in any twenty four hour period

No person shall conduct or take part in any race, dance, or contest in which any individual shall participate for more than a total of twelve (12) hours in any consecutive twenty-four (24) hours.

Santa Claus may not be used to sell alcohol

Any statement, picture, or illustration referring to Easter, Holy Week, Mother’s Day, ‘Santa Claus,’ including names synonymous with “Santa Claus”, or a religious holiday or religious symbol, which promotes the sale, service, or consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be prohibited. Nothing in this section shall prohibit references to Christmas or any other holiday season if [...]

No preaching, exhorting, or lecturing shall be conducted for a total of more than thirty days at any single location