Stupid State Laws

Stupid Country Laws

Alligators may not be tied to fire hydrants.

Anyone can keep their cow on Main Street downtown at a cost of 3 cents per day.

Smoking while in bed is illegal.

All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police.

It is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.

It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.

No person shall throw an abandoned hoop skirt into any street or on any sidewalk, under penalty of a five dollar fine for each offense.

It is illegal to let your pig run free unless it has a ring in its nose.

According to history and animal husbandry, it prevents them from “rooting” in the ground for their food.

It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.

Willfully destroying your old radio is prohibited.

Couples are banned from making love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple’s own property.

Putt-putt golf courses must close by 1:00 AM.

Sec. 5-2-6. Hours for golf driving ranges, putting greens, miniature golf courses. No miniature golf course, practice or driving courses or putting greens shall be operated between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. (Code 1964, § 5-2-22; Ord. No. 500-H, § 1, 5-5-82)

There is a law defining what “new” means

Sec. 24-7-4. Articles of bedding sold as new to be of all new material and labeled. No person shall sell as new any article of bedding or filling material unless it is made from all new material and a label, meeting all specifications of division 2 of this article, is securely attached to the outside [...]

It is legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.

Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony.

Cars may not be sold on Sunday.

You may not swear in front of women and children. (Repealed, 2002)

Sec. 337. Indecent, etc., language in presence of women or children — Any person who shall use any indecent, immoral, obscene, vulgar or insulting language in the presence or hearing of any woman or child shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

In 1999, a man was convicted of violating this law after he fell out [...]

There is a 3 cent bounty for each starling and 10 cent bounty for each crow killed in any village, township, or city in the state. (Repealed, 2006)

433.301 Starlings and crows; bounty for killing; resolution of board of supervisors.

Sec. 1.

Every person being an inhabitant of this state, who shall kill a starling or a crow in any organized township, village or city in this state shall be entitled to receive a bounty of 3 cents for each starling thus killed, [...]

The last Sunday in June of every year was named “log cabin day”.

435.241 Log cabin day. Sec.1.

The last Sunday in June of each year shall be known as “log cabin day”.

History: 1989, Act 60, Imd. Eff. June 16, 1989 .

No man may seduce and corrupt an unmarried girl, or else he risks five years in prison.

750.532 Seduction; punishment. Sec. 532.

Punishment. Any man who shall seduce and debauch any unmarried woman shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 5 years or by fine of not more than 2,500 dollars; but no prosecution shall be commenced under this section after 1 year [...]

Adultery is illegal, but can only be punished upon a complaint by the affected husband or wife.

750.30 Adultery; punishment. Sec. 30.

Punishment. Any person who shall commit adultery shall be guilty of a felony; and when the crime is committed between a married woman and a man who is unmarried, the man shall be guilty of adultery, and liable to the same punishment.

History: 1931, Act 328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 [...]

It is illegal to kill a dog using a decompression chamber.

DOG LAW OF 1919

Act 339 of 1919

287.279a Killing dog or other animal; use of high altitude decompression chamber or electrocution prohibited. [M.S.A.12.529(1) ]

Sec. 19a. An animal control officer or other person killing a dog or other animal pursuant to the laws of this state shall not use a high altitude decompression chamber [...]

Persons may not be drunk on trains.

436.201 Drunkenness on train prohibited. Sec. 1.

No person shall while in an offensive state of intoxication enter or be on or remain upon any railway train or interurban car as a passenger.

History: 1913, Act 68, Eff. Aug. 14, 1913 ;–CL 1915, 8443 ;–CL 1929, 11590 ;–CL 1948, 436.201 .

There is a 10 cent bounty for each rat’s head brought into a town office.

A woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.