Stupid State Laws

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Within the city limits, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know.

All softball diamond lights must be turned off by 10:30 PM.

47.06 SOFTBALL DIAMOND LIGHTS.

The lights at the Mount Vernon softball diamond shall be used only for organized games and tournaments unless permission is obtained from the Parks and Recreation Director. In no event shall the lights at the ballpark be on after 10:30 p.m. on any night.

No person may pick a flower from a city park.

47.01 TREES AND FLOWERS.

No trees or flowers shall be cut in the City parks.

One must obtain written permission from the City Council before throwing bricks onto a highway.

41.09 THROWING AND SHOOTING.

It is unlawful for a person to throw stones, bricks or missiles of any kind or to shoot arrows, rubber guns, slingshots, air rifles or other dangerous instruments or toys on or into any street, alley, highway, sidewalk, public way, public ground or public building, without written consent of the Council.

Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.

The “Ice Cream Man” and his truck are banned.

The fire department is required to practice fire fighting for fifteen minutes before attending a fire.

Any hotel in the city limits must have a water bucket and a hitching post in front of the building.

It is illegal to read peoples palms in the city limits.

62.25 FORTUNE TELLING.

No person shall tell fortunes or practice phrenology, palmistry or clairvoyancy in the city.

Liquor stores may not place advertisements for beer outside the store.

Sec. 5 1/2-20. Beer Brand Signs Prohibited

No signs or other matter advertising any brand of beer shall be erected or placed upon the outside of any premises occupied by a licensee or permittee authorized to sell beer at retail. All such signs formerly erected shall be removed by the owner of same by July […]

An owner or employee of an establishment in Iowa that sells alcohol can’t legally consume a drink there after closing for business.

All boxes used to pick hops must be exactly 36 inches long.

Chapter 195.

Protection of Hop-Growing Interests.

Section 4. Size of boxes for picking hops.

The standard size for all boxes used in picking hops shall be 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 23 1/4 inches deep, inside measure.

Doctors who treat a person with gonorrhea must report this to the local board of health and include the disease’s “probable origin”.

Chapter 299

The Public Health

Section 2. Local boards of health – diseased persons – physicians to report.

It shall be the duty of every licensed physician, of every superintendent or manager of a hospital dispensary and of every person who gives treatment for a venereal disease, to mail to the local board of health […]

It is illegal to hunt from an aircraft.

Ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.

Chapter 221

Wines for Sacraments, etc.

Section 1. Wines for sacraments, etc. – purchase and transportation – permit.

Any minister, priest, rabbi, of any church, sect, denomination or creed which uses wines in its sacraficial ceremonies or sacraments, and who desires to purchase and have transported by either intrastate or interstate common carriers and have […]

You may shoot Native Americans if more than five of them are on your property.

A board was created to regulate among other things, hearing aids.

154A.2 Establishment of board.

A board for the licensing and regulation of hearing aid dealers is established. The board shall consist of three licensed hearing aid dealers and two members who are not licensed hearing aid dealers who shall represent the general public. Members, who shall be residents of the state of Iowa, shall be […]

Tanning bed facilities must warn of the risk of getting a sunburn.

136D.4 Warning signs–written warning statements.

1. A tanning facility shall post the following warning signs that describe the hazards associated with the use of tanning devices:

a. A warning sign in a conspicuous location readily visible to persons entering the establishment. The signs shall comply with rules adopted by the department.

b. A warning sign […]

Riverboat gamblers have a 5$ maximum bet.

It is illegal to accept a gratuity or tip in Iowa.

One-armed piano players must perform for free.

Kisses may last for no more than five minutes.

A man with a mustache may never kiss a woman in public.

It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp.