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The use of cash has been outlawed

A new Louisiana law, House bill 195, passed earlier this year says that those who buy or sell secondhand goods are prohibited from using cash.

State representative Rickey Hardy, who co-authored the bill, says: “They can give a check or a [...]

You may not ride a bike without any hands.

It is illegal to play a musical instrument for the purpose of attracting attention, without a license.

Communism is against the law.

Saying obscene things on the telephone is illegal.

Sec. 8-136. Telephone communications, improper language, harassment.

(a) No person shall:

(1) Engage in or institute a telephone call, telephone conversation, or telephone conference, with another person, anonymously or otherwise, and therein use obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature or threaten any illegal [...]

It is illegal to be an alcoholic.

Sec. 8-135. Vagrancy.

Vagrancy is hereby declared to be unlawful and the following persons are and shall be guilty of vagrancy:

(1) Habitual drunkards;

(Code 1970, § 10-60)

It is illegal to have sex with a cow.

Sec. 8-131. Crime against nature.

Crime against nature is unlawful and is:

(1) The unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal, except that anal sexual intercourse between two (2) human beings shall not be deemed as a crime against nature when done [...]

Drive-thru liquor stores are outlawed.

Sec. 3-4. Selling alcoholic beverages to persons in motor vehicles prohibited.

The selling of any alcoholic beverage directly to any person while in, on or otherwise occupying any automobile or other motor vehicle is expressly prohibited within the city.

(Ord. No. 280, 3-14-83)

Only two people may picket on a sidewalk at a time, and they must stay at least five feet apart at all times.

Sec. 54-11. Limit on number of pickets.

It shall be unlawful for more than two people to picket on private property or on the streets and sidewalks of the city in front of a residence, a place of business, or public building. Such two pickets must stay five feet apart at all times and not [...]

No person may predict another’s future.

Sec. 54-8. Fortunetelling prohibited.

It shall be unlawful to practice or engage in fortunetelling, palmistry, reading futures and the like.

(Ord. No. 9-1974, § 7(art. 78), 11-13-1974; Code 1982, § 17-22)

It illegal for a woman to drive a car unless her husband is waving a flag in front of it.

You may not tie an alligator to a fire hydrant.

Television reporters may not throw candy to the crowd during a parade.

Sec. 34-27. Throwers restricted. (a) Riders or maskers are prohibited from tossing throws or favors to the rear and/or front of their floats or trucks and in the parade formation and disbanding areas. (b) No parade participant other than the members or float riders in the parade of the carnival organization and its special guest [...]

No one may throw a bottle of Coke at a parade float.

Sec. 34-29. Throwbacks. It shall be unlawful for a person to throw any object at a float or at any participant in a carnival parade. (M.C.S., Ord. No. 19,314, § 1, 7-15-99)

Condoms may not be thrown from parade floats during Mardi Gras.

Sec. 34-28. Prohibited throws. (a) No Mardi Gras parade participant, while participating in a parade on the parade route, in a parade staging area or in a parade disbanding area, shall possess or have in his custody or control any of the following: (1) Any life-threatening objects or safety-threatening objects, including, but not limited to [...]

“No Smoking” signs shall be placed on all floats used during a parade.

Sec. 34-18. Smoking prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to smoke while participating in a carnival parade or truck parade. A “no smoking” sign shall be securely attached and plainly visible to all occupants of a float, minifloat or tandem float. (M.C.S., Ord. No. 19,314, § 1, 7-15-99)

Snakes are not allowed within 200 yards of the Mardi Gras parade route.

Sec. 34-21. Animals prohibited. No reptiles shall be allowed within 200 yards of a Mardi Gras parade route not less than two hours before the published scheduled start of a parade, nor within 200 yards of the actual end of a parade for not less than one hour after the actual end of the parade [...]

It is illegal to practice voodoo in the city limits.

Sec. 54-312. Fortunetelling. It shall be unlawful for any person to advertise for or engage in, for a monied consideration, the business of (chronology, phrenology, astrology, palmistry), telling or pretending to tell fortunes, either with cards, hands, water, letters or other devices or methods, or to hold out inducements, either through the press or otherwise, [...]

City commission members may not drink during a public meeting or risk a $50 fine.

Sec. 54-409. Drinking during public meetings. (a) It shall be unlawful for councilmembers, board or commission members, directors, and employees of the city, or any other person, to consume alcoholic beverages in the council chamber or any other public meeting room or facility owned, rented or leased by the city during any public meeting as [...]

“Mardi Gras Beads” may not be thrown from a third story window.

Sec. 54-413. Throwing prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast, or propel any substance from any aperture, window, door, staircase, balcony, or roof that is eight or more feet above street level onto any public place, way, street, sidewalk, neutral ground or highway within the city. (Code 1956, § 42-80.1)

Chasing fish in a city park is against the law.

Sec. 106-166. Fishing in parks without permission or during closed season prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to kill, take, snare, pursue, catch or have in possession any fish within the limits of the city parks without the authority of the board of commissioners of such parks or during the closed season, as [...]

One may not host a game of marbles at Lafayette Square unless he or she first obtains a written permit from the parkway and park commission.

Sec. 106-170. Permit required for game or meeting in Lafayette Square. It shall be unlawful to hold or conduct any baseball game, football game, game of skill or games of any kind or public meeting of any kind in Lafayette Square without first obtaining a written permit from the parkway and park commission. (Code 1956, [...]

Horses may not be tied to a tree on a public highway.

Sec. 106-215. Animals, use of vehicles. No person shall: (1) Ride horseback or drive cattle on neutral ground or fasten any animal to a tree in a public highway, neutral ground, park, public place, triangle or sidewalk in the city; (2) Cause any animal to stand so that such animal can injure a tree; (3) [...]

You cannot plant trees on public highways

Sec. 106-217. Planting of trees, etc., in public places by private persons. No shade or ornamental tree or shrub shall be planted in any of the public highways, sidewalks, streets, neutral grounds or public places of the city by any person without the written permission of the parkway and park commission and any tree, plant [...]

Electric wires can’t be attached to trees.

Sec. 106-222. Electric wires, etc., not to be attached to trees. No person shall attach any electric wire insulator or any device for the holding of any electric wire to any tree growing upon any public highway of the city. Every person having any wire charged with electricity running through a public highway shall securely [...]