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 [...]

Adult bookstores may not sell alcohol.

Sec. 6-11-21. Alcoholic beverages–Prohibition, exceptions. (a) No person, association, partnership, corporation, or other entity licensed under chapter 6-11 (section 6-11-1 et seq.) of the Code of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this section shall serve, sell, distribute or suffer the consumption or possession of any intoxicating liquor, beer [...]

Against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.

All citizens must own a rake.

Acworth passed this law in jest, after a nearby city (Kennesaw) passed the same law.

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

All sex toys are banned.

Chitwood, Tim. “Toying With Issues”. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 16 Oct. 2002.

—— In 1968 a Fulton-county resident was convicted under this law, despite the fact that the Fulton County jury publicly stated that the law was “archaic” and noted such gadgets can have therapeutic value.

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

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

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)

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

Blow guns are not allowed to be used within the city limits.

Sec. 14-58. Slingshots, similar devices. It shall be unlawful to shoot gravel, shot or marble, or any other thing out of a gravel shooter, blow gun or marble sling, or other device or implement of like character. (Code 1914, § 652)

Can’t cut off a chicken’s head on Sunday.

Cars are not to drive on sidewalks.

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 [...]

Chicken must be eaten with the hands.

Gainesville is the Poultry Capital of the World. The local police department played a joke on some visiting Atlanta DJ’s several years ago, and they actually created an ordinance to go with it.

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 [...]

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)

Dances are not allowed between 2:45 and 7am.

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, [...]

Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs.

Drinking on buses is illegal.

Sec. 3-5-20. Alcoholic beverages on public transportation system vehicles. It shall be unlawful for any person to use alcoholic beverages on any vehicle used by any public transportation system operated by Athens-Clarke County. (Ord. of 5-5-92, § 1)

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 [...]

Every head of household must possess a firearm of some kind.

On May 1, 1982 the city passed an ordinance [Sec 34-1a] requiring every head of household to maintain a firearm together with ammunition. It was passed partly in response to a 1981 handgun ban in Morton Grove, Illinois. Kennesaw’s law was amended in 1983 to exempt those who conscientiously object to owning a firearm, convicted [...]

Goldfish may not be given away to entice someone to enter a game of bingo.

Sec. 4-1-9. Animal giveaway. No person in Athens-Clarke County shall give away any live animal, fish, reptile or bird as a prize for, or as an inducement to enter, any contest, game, or other competition, or as an inducement to enter a place of amusement, or offer such animal as an incentive to enter into [...]

If an organization non registered as “non-profit” fails to register their raffle with the local sheriff, that group risks paying up to $10,000 in fines and spending five years in jail.

Any person who operates a raffle without a valid license issued by the sheriff as provided in this Code section commits the offense of commercial gambling as defined in Code Section 16-12-22 and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished accordingly. Any person who knowingly aids, abets, or otherwise assists in the operation of a raffle [...]

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, [...]

It is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.