Texas

It is illegal to ask about a job

Texas Penal Code § 38.12(a) makes it a felony to talk to someone in hopes of finding employment. (a) A person commits an offense if, with intent to obtain an economic benefit the person: (1) knowingly institutes a suit or claim that the person has not been authorized to pursue; [or] (2) solicits employment, either in person or…

Longyearbyen

It is illegal to die in town

In 1950, it was discovered that bodies were not decomposing in the permafrost. The town passed an ordnance to outlaw dying to protect residents from disease that may spread from bodies in graveyards. Spanish Flu has been extracted from victims of the 1918 breakout since they were preserved in the permafrost.

Missouri

1,000 Hours of training is required to braid hair.

The Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners (an administrative board made up primarily of practicing barbers and cosmetologists, as well as the owners of in-state cosmetology/barbering schools) has declared that anyone wanting to braid hair professionally must be a licensed cosmetologist or barber—despite the fact that neither licensing program offers any training on braiding…

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A $110 license is required for teenagers to mow lawns.

Government officials and professional lawn companies are threatening to go after teens who mow lawns in the city of Gardendale if they do not show proof of a business license, which is required under a city ordinance. Licensing is a tool of crony-capitalism by which existing businesses leverage government to establish artificial barriers to competition…

United Kingdom

It is illegal to ride a cow while drunk.

The Licensing Act of 1872 stipulates that operating a cow, horse or steam engine while intoxicated carries either a prison sentence or a fine. It allegedly carries a penalty fine of up to 1,200 GBP excluding the costs of looking after the cow, horse, etc. So when you go out cow-tipping, just make sure not…