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At Nickajack Elementary School, all peanut products are banned, even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Source: Columbus Ledger – Enquirer (August 08, 2002)

If you want to read your favorite book in public to your friends, do it before 2:45 AM.

Sec. 6-18-2. Definitions: Dance hall: A “dance hall” for the purposes of this chapter shall include any business where one of its purposes is conducting, facilitating or promoting public dancing on the premises. Live entertainment: For the purposes of this chapter live entertainment shall include, but is not limited to, any musical performance, theatrical performance, [...]

The flooring of adult bookstores and video stores must be nonabsorbant and smooth textured.

Erotic dancing is prohibited on Sundays.

Section 4.2.1 Erotic dance establishment regulations.

No person, firm, partnership, corporation or other entity shall advertise or cause to be advertised an erotic dance establishment to be located in the City of Roswell without a valid adult business license issued pursuant to this chapter.

No later than March 1 of each year, an erotic dance [...]

Cars may not be driven through playgrounds.

Sec. 15-1. Motor vehicles restricted.

No motorized vehicles of any type shall be allowed on public parks, playgrounds, or school areas under the supervision of the department of parks and recreation unless the person operating such vehicle shall have first received written permission from the director of parks and recreation, with the exception of motorized [...]

It is illegal to play catch in any city street.

Sec. 14-6. Ballplaying.

It shall be unlawful for any person to play ball by throwing, catching, pitching or batting a ball on any public street, alley or sidewalk of the city.

Persons may not wear hoods in public.

Sec. 14-3. Wearing masks, hoods in public places.

It shall be unlawful for any person to be and appear on any of the public streets of the city or in any of the public places of the city wearing a mask, hood or other apparel or regalia in such manner as to conceal his identity, [...]

A person must obtain a permit to spread rat poison.

Sec. 5-2. Putting out poison.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to scatter or put out or otherwise distribute on his premises within the city any poison in any form or manner whatsoever which is or may likely be sufficiently lethal or of such strength as to cause death to any animal or [...]

Rocks may not be thrown at birds.

Sec. 5-1. Molesting birds.

The city is hereby declared a bird sanctuary and no person shall hunt, kill, trap or decoy birds or rob their nests of eggs or young in the city. It shall also be unlawful for any person to shoot at or shoot birds with a gun, pistol, “BB” gun, air rifle, [...]

One may not place a dead bird on a neighbor’s lawn.

Sec. 11-3-7 Dead animals; disposition.

No person shall place any dead animal upon his premises or upon the premises of any other person, or allow any dead animal to remain upon his premises or permit any dead animal belonging to the person to remain upon the premises of another without disposing of same or causing [...]

It is illegal to sit on your porch in an indecent position.

It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday.

The fine for waving a gun in public is higher than actually shooting it.

All Indians must return to their shore of the Chattohoochee River by nightfall.

Bars cannot sell alcohol under price during “Happy Hour”.

It is illegal to set one price for two beers.

Sec. 3-12.1. Same–”Happy” hours; jumbo drinks, two-for-one; etc. All on-premises licensees are prohibited from selling or giving away alcoholic beverages under the following circumstances: (a) Serving multiple drinks for a single price or offering all you can drink for a set price during a set time. (b) Making a single price the basis for a [...]

No person may be buried under a sidewalk of a cemetery.

Sec. 9-1. Burial in streets, etc.; in lots, authorization, holding city harmless. No body shall be buried in any of the streets, lanes, nor walkways in any city cemetery. No body shall be buried in any lot in any city cemetery until after the written interment request has been properly executed by the lot owner [...]

Picnics are prohibited in graveyards.

Sec. 9-7. Injury to property, trees, etc.–Picnicking; firearms. No person in the city cemeteries shall pick flowers of any kind, break branches from shrubs or trees, or climb fences to the cemeteries or trees located therein. Picnicking, lunching, lounging, shooting or loud and boisterous or disorderly conduct are forbidden in the cemeteries. No person with [...]

Stink bombs are not allowed in the city limits.

Sec. 14-7. Annoying substances or devices; use, sale, possession. It shall be unlawful to sell, or keep on hand for sale, or offer for sale, or use, or possess in the city or its police district, any substances or articles commonly known as itch powder, sneeze powder, stink bombs or similar substances or articles. (Ord. [...]

Barber shops may not open on Sundays.

Sec. 14-8. Barber shops; Sunday closing. It shall be unlawful for any barber shop to be kept open or do any business on the Sabbath day. (Code 1914, § 798)

To swim in any pond in the city, one must wear a “suitable bathing suit”.

Sec. 14-9. Bathing in public; suits required when. It shall be unlawful for any one to bathe in any pond or branch within the corporate limits of the city between daylight and dark unless provided with suitable bathing suits, and no person shall bathe in the river anywhere between the north limits of the city [...]

Crosses may be burned on someone else’s property, so long as you have their permission.

Sec. 14-12. Cross, symbol, etc.; burning, placing, painting; consent required. (a) Burning, on private property. It shall be unlawful for any persons to set fire to or burn, or attempt to set fire to or burn, or assist in setting fire to or burning, any cross, symbol or emblem upon private property owned or occupied [...]

It is illegal to wear a hat in a movie theater.

Sec. 14-28. Hats; wearing in theaters. It shall be unlawful for any person to wear a hat or any other covering of the head which obstructs the view of other persons, in any theater, opera house, motion picture theater or any other building where an entertainment is given and an admission charged, during any performance [...]

No one may tease an idiot.

Sec. 14-34. Idiots, etc.; teasing, harassing. It shall be unlawful and disorderly conduct for any person to tease or harass, either by words, signs or acts, on the streets or public places in the city any simple minded, idiotic, or crazy person, or any cripple, or other unfortunate person, and it is hereby made the [...]

Cussing over the telephone is against the law.

Sec. 14-49. Profanity over telephone. It shall be unlawful for any person in the operation of any telephone installed within the city, to make use of any vulgar vituperation or profane language into and over such telephone. (Code 1914, § 663)