Stupid State Laws

Stupid Country Laws

Unmarried people are prohibited from having sex.

However, if caught, the lovers are both fined only 10 dollars

It’s a misdemeanor to keep more than 11 inoperable vehicles in front of a house.

It is illegal to keep a flock of chickens in your motorhome if you live in a trailer park.

It is illegal to use water on even-numbered days for the sole purpose of watering plants, gardens, or lawns.

It is illegal to drive down any street with beer in your car, even if it is unopened.

Sec. 8-4. Possession, consumption of alcoholic beverages on town property.

(a) No person shall be in possession of alcoholic beverages upon any lands owned or controlled by the town without permission of the town council, nor shall any person consume any alcoholic beverage within or upon any land so controlled or upon any street, highway, […]

You may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.

It is illegal to wear transparent clothing.

There is not an appeals process for exemption of property tax due to a disability or poverty.

You cannot smoke a pipe after sunset.

No one may bite off another’s leg

TITLE 11 Criminal Offenses CHAPTER 11-29 Mayhem SECTION 11-29-1

§ 11-29-1 Penalty for mutilation or disabling. Every person who shall voluntarily, maliciously or of purpose put out an eye, slit the nose, ear, or lip, or cut off, bite off, or disable any limb or member of another, shall be imprisoned not exceeding twenty (20) […]

One must make a loud noise before passing a car on the left.

31-15-4 Overtaking on left.

The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions, and special rules stated in this section:

(1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall give a timely, audible signal and shall pass […]

Impersonating a town sealer, auctioneer, corder of wood, or a fence-viewer is against the law.

TITLE 11 Criminal Offenses CHAPTER 11-14 False Personation SECTION 11-14-2

§ 11-14-2 Impersonation of town sealer, auctioneer, corder, or fence-viewer. Every person who shall falsely assume or pretend to be a town sealer of weights and measures, auctioneer, corder of wood, or fence-viewer, and shall act as such, shall be fined not less than twenty […]

Ropes may not be strung across a highway.

TITLE 11 Criminal Offenses CHAPTER 11-22 Highways SECTION 11-22-15

§ 11-22-15 Wire strung across highways. No wire shall be strung across a highway less than fourteen (14) feet above the surface of the highway. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined […]

Cap guns are illegal.

Picture thanks to: skand

TITLE 11 Criminal Offenses CHAPTER 11-13 Explosives and Fireworks SECTION 11-13-4

§ 11-13-4 Toy canes or devices for firing blanks. No person or persons shall sell, expose for sale, possess with intent to sell or use, or discharge or use, within this state, any repeating toy cane for discharging any […]

Any marriage where either of the parties is an idiot or lunatic is null and void.

SECTION 11-40-1

Professional sports, except ice polo and hockey, must obtain a license to play games on Sunday.

TITLE 41 Sports, Racing, and Athletics CHAPTER 41-6 Athletic Games on Sunday SECTION 41-6-3

§ 41-6-3 Professional games permissible by license. Professional athletic games, except ice polo and hockey, may be played and held in any city or town on the first day of the week under a license therefor issued by the licensing authorities […]

Rhode Island recently applied to the US Government to make all the coastal waters of Rhode Island a “No Discharge Zone”.

The ostensible purpose was to prohibit the discharge of sewage by boats into the state’s waters. However, discharge of raw sewage into the state waters was already illegal. What the “No Discharge Zone” actually did was make it illegal to discharge TREATED sewage from a boat into state waters. What now happens is that boats […]

It is considered an offense to throw pickle juice on a trolley.

It is illegal to place a windmill within twenty-five (25) rods of any traveled street or road.

Impersonating a town sealer, auctioneer, corder of wood, or a fence-viewer is against the law. Penalty: $20 to $100 fine.

It is illegal to coast downhill in your car with your transmission in neutral, or with the clutch disengaged.

Exercising any labor, business, or work, or using any game, sport, play, or recreation, or causing any of the above to be done to or by your children, servants, or apprentices on the first day of the week (Sunday) results in a penalty of $5 for the first offense and $10 for the second.

TITLE 11 Criminal Offenses CHAPTER 11-40 Sunday Laws SECTION 11-40-1

§ 11-40-1 Work or recreation on Sunday prohibited. Except as provided in § 5-22-6 § 5-22-11, inclusive, every person who shall do or exercise any labor or business or work of his or her ordinary calling, or use any game, sport, play, or recreation on […]

Riding a horse over any public highway for the purpose of racing, or testing the speed of the horse is illegal. Penalty: Maximum $20 fine and imprisonment for 10 days.

TITLE 11 Criminal Offenses CHAPTER 11-22 Highways SECTION 11-22-11

§ 11-22-11 Testing speed of horse. Every person who shall drive any horse over any of the public highways, for the purpose of racing or trying the speed of the horse, shall be fined not more than twenty dollars ($20.00) or imprisoned not exceeding ten (10) […]

It is illegal to challenge someone to a duel, or accept a duel, even it it is never actually fought. Penalty: Imprisonment for one to seven years.