Stupid State Laws

Stupid Country Laws

It is illegal to spit on any sidewalk which women may walk down.

It is illegal to dig for ginseng on your neighbor’s lawn without their permission.

Doctors and dentists may not place a woman under anesthesia unless a third person is present.

A tax of 1 cent is levied for every 16 and 9 ounces of coke sold in a store.

11-19-2. Excise tax on bottled soft drinks, syrups and dry mixtures; disposition thereof.

For the purpose of providing revenue for the construction, maintenance and operation of a four-year school of medicine, dentistry and nursing of West Virginia University, an excise tax is hereby levied and imposed on and after midnight of the last day of [...]

It used to be illegal to leave home without knowing where you were going.

No member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.

It is legal to beat your wife so long as it is done in public on Sunday, on the courthouse steps.

Firemen may not whistle or flirt at any woman passing a firehouse.

One may not walk a lion, tiger or leopard, even on a leash.

For each act of public swearing a person shall be fined one dollar.

61-8-15. Profane swearing and drunkenness; penalty.

If any person arrived at the age of discretion profanely curse or swear or get drunk in public, he shall be fined by a justice one dollar for each offense.

A person may not hold public office if he or she has ever participated in a duel.

6-5-7. Disqualification by duelling.

Any citizen of this state who shall, either in or out of the state, fight a duel with deadly weapons, or send or accept a challenge so to do, or who shall act as a second, or knowingly aid or assist in such duel, shall ever thereafter be incapable of holding [...]

A person may be placed in jail for up to six months for making fun of someone who does not accept a challege.

61-2-24. Taunting for nonparticipation in duel; penalty.

If any person post another, or in writing or in print use any reproachful or contemptuous language to or concerning another, for not fighting a duel, or for not sending or accepting a challenge, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be confined in [...]

A tax of 1 cent is levied for every 16 and 9 ounces of coke sold in a store.

It is legal for a male to have sex with an animal as long as it does not exceed 40 lbs.

Any person who commits adultery shall be fined at least twenty dollars.

61-8-3. Adultery and fornication; penalty.

If any person commit adultery or fornication, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than twenty dollars.

Unmarried couples who live together and “lewdly associate” with one another may face up to a year in prison.

61-8-4. Lewd and lascivious cohabitation and conduct; penalty; when persons presumed to be unmarried.

If any persons, not married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or, whether married or not, be guilty of open or gross lewdness and lasciviousness, they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be [...]

Whistling underwater is prohibited.

When a railroad passes within 1 mile of a community of 100 or more people in it, they must build a station and stop there regularly to pick up and drop off passengers.

According to the state constitution, it is unlawful for anyone to own a red or a black flag.

61-1-6. Display of red or black flag unlawful.

It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession or to display any red or black flag, or to display any other flag, emblem, device or sign of any nature whatever, indicating sympathy with or support of ideals, institutions or forms of government, hostile, [...]

It is illegal to snooze on a train

Doctors and dentists may not place a woman under anesthesia unless a third person is present.

No children may attend school with their breath smelling of “wild onions.”

Roadkill may be taken home for supper.

If you wear a hat inside a theater, you may be fined.

61-6-16. Wearing hats in theaters and places of amusement; penalty.

No person attending any performance at any theater, hall or opera house, or any such building where theatrical or other performances are given, when an admission fee is charged, shall wear upon his or her head any hat, bonnet or covering for the head which [...]