United States of Absurdity

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Experts: Pradeep Banerjee

Oklahoma still believes that there is a communist conspiracy going on to overthrow the US government, and in Tennessee school kids cannot hold hands as the law considers it a gateway" to sexual activity. Almost every state in the US has such weird and outlandish laws. Let’s have a look!!

Alabama: Using confetti is prohibited and is considered a public safety hazard

The law states that, "It shall be unlawful and an offense against the city for any person to have in possession, keep, store, use, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, give away or handle any confetti or other substance or matters similar thereto, but not serpentine, within the city or within its police jurisdiction."

Alaska: You cannot get drunk in a bar.

So, what are the bars for? By the way, the law states that it is prohibited to "allow a drunken person to enter and remain within licensed premises or to consume an alcoholic beverage within licensed premises."

Arizona: Feeding garbage to pigs without first obtaining a permit is illegal

"No person shall feed garbage to swine without first obtaining a permit from the associate director," states the law.

Arkansas: A pinball machine can't give away more than 25 free games to a player who keeps winning.

Drafted to prohibit machines that encourage gambling, the law in the usual complex legal jargon states, "that takes only one (1) coin for each player for each game and that is equipped with flippers that can be activated by the player to propel a ball back onto the playing surface of the machine so as to prolong the playing time and increase the score attained by the player and upon which not more than twenty-five (25) free games can be won by the player are specifically designated as an amusement device."

California: It is illegal to eat a frog that dies during a frog-jumping contest

"Any person may possess any number of live frogs to use in frog-jumping contests, but if such a frog dies or is killed, it must be destroyed as soon as possible, and may not be eaten or otherwise used for any purpose," goes the law.

Colorado: You have to get a permit to modify the weather.

The law authorizes the Director to "issue permits applicable to weather modification operations pursuant to the Act."

Connecticut: It is against the law to sell a term paper or essay at any education facility supervised by the state.

According to the law, at a state-supervised educational facility, "No person shall prepare, offer to prepare, cause to be prepared, sell or offer for sale any term paper, thesis, dissertation, essay, report or other written, recorded, pictorial, artistic or other assignment..."

Delaware: It is a misdemeanor to sell or barter the fur of a domestic cat or dog.

The law states that "A person is guilty of the unlawful trade in dog or cat by-products in the second degree if the person knowingly or recklessly sells, barters or offers for sale or barter, the fur or hair of a domestic dog or cat or any product made in whole or in part from the fur or hair of a domestic dog or cat."

Florida: Owners of bars, restaurants, and other places selling liquor, may be fined up to $1,000 if they participate in or permit any contest of dwarf-tossing.

The law prohibits, "every person maintaining, owning, or operating a commercial establishment located within this state at which alcoholic beverages are offered for sale on the premises, from undertaking or permitting any contest or promotion or other form of recreational activity involving exploitation endangering the health, safety, and welfare of any person with dwarfism."

Georgia: People engaged in llama-related activities like riding, training, or goofing around at a county fair, are responsible for any personal injuries they suffer

The law says that, "an equine activity sponsor, an equine professional, a llama activity sponsor, a llama professional, or any other person, which shall include a corporation or partnership, shall not be liable for an injury to or the death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities or from the inherent risks of llama activities."

Hawaii: Billboards are banned here, with just a few exceptions.

The law that dates back to 1927 states that, "No person shall erect, maintain, or use a billboard or display any outdoor advertising device..."

Idaho: Cannibalism is permitted under "life-threatening conditions as the only apparent means of survival."

According to the law, "Cannibalism is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding fourteen (14) years."

Illinois: A seller of reptiles must advise the buyers not to kiss it.

The law warns, "Don't nuzzle or kiss your pet reptile."

Indiana: No one may catch a fish with his bare hands.

"...a person may not take fish from waters containing state-owned fish, waters of the state, or boundary waters of the state by the following: (C) The hands alone," says the law.

Iowa: "Renovated butter" must also be labeled as such.

"Renovated butter shall be labeled with the words 'Renovated Butter', and if offered or exposed for sale or sold in prints or rolls the wrapper of each and the container as required above shall be so labeled. If such butter is offered or exposed for sale uncovered and not in a container or package, a placard containing the required label shall be attached to the mass so as to be easily seen by the purchaser," the law instructs.

Kansas: It's illegal to sell liquor by the glass in over 25 counties across Kansas.

The law prohibits "the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink in public places within the county."

Kentucky: Every legislator, public officer, and lawyer must under oath state that they have not fought a duel with deadly weapons.

The law requires every legislator, public officer, and lawyer to take an oath proclaiming "[I] have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God."

Louisiana: Fake wrestling matches are prohibited.

The law warns that "whoever conducts or is a party to any sham or fake boxing contest or mixed technique event shall forfeit his license and shall not thereafter be entitled to receive any license pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter."

Maine: In a game of Beano a person may assist a player by playing his cards while he takes a bathroom break.

The law states that "a person conducting or assisting in the conduct of beano may assist a player by playing that player's cards while the player takes a restroom break."

Massachusetts: Singing or playing only part of the national anthem or remixing it as dance music is punishable.

"Whoever plays, sings or renders the ''Star Spangled Banner'' in any public place, theatre, motion picture hall, restaurant or cafe, or at any public entertainment, other than as a whole and separate composition or number, without embellishment or addition in the way of national or other melodies, or whoever plays, sings or renders the ''Star Spangled Banner'', or any part thereof, as dance music, as an exit march or as a part of a medley of any kind, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars," reads the law.

Michigan: Cars cannot be sold on a Sunday.

The law makes it unlawful "for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of buying, selling, trading or exchanging new, used or second-hand motor vehicles or offering to buy, sell, trade or exchange, or participate in the negotiation thereof, or attempt to buy, sell, trade or exchange any motor vehicle or interest therein, or of any written instrument pertaining thereto, on the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday."

Minnesota: In the city of Cottage Grove, watering of lawns and/or gardens is permitted on even-numbered days for a property with even-numbered addresses and on odd-numbered days for a property with odd-numbered addresses.

The law reads: The watering and sprinkling of lawns and/or gardens shall be permitted on even-numbered days for a property with even-numbered addresses and on odd-numbered days for a property with odd-numbered addresses. No property may be watered on the thirty-first day of any month. In addition, watering is only allowed before noon or after 4 p.m. each day, even on your day to water. Watering during the heat of the day wastes water.

Mississippi: If one is a parent to two illegitimate children, that person will go to jail for at least one month.

As per the law: If any person, who shall have previously become the natural parent of an illegitimate child within or without this state by coition within or without this state, shall again become the natural parent of an illegitimate child born within this state, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than thirty days.

Missouri: If a bull or ram over the age of one year runs rampant for more than 3 days, it can be castrated.

For the law to be applied, 3 town residents must attest in writing that the animal is loose, and its owner must have failed to reclaim or confine the beast after the notice is given.

Nebraska: A person afflicted with a sexually transmitted disease cannot marry.

"No person who is afflicted with a venereal disease shall marry in this state," the law states.

Nevada: Using an X-ray machine to determine a person's shoe size is a misdemeanor.

As per the law: A person shall not operate or maintain any shoe-fitting device or shoe-fitting machine which uses fluoroscopic, X-ray, or radiation principles.

New Hampshire: It is illegal to carry away or collect seaweed at night.

According to the law: "If any person shall carry away or collect for the purpose of carrying away any seaweed or rockweed from the seashore below high-water mark, between daylight in the evening and daylight in the morning, he shall be guilty of a violation."

New Jersey: Committing robbery wearing a bulletproof vest is illegal.

The law says that a person is guilty if "he uses or wears a body vest while engaged in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit murder, manslaughter, robbery..."

New Mexico: Until 2016, idiots were not allowed to vote.

This archaic law was revoked in 2016. But till then the law considered people will IQ less than 30 as idiots.

New York: It is illegal to congregate in public with 2 or more people while each wearing a mask or any face covering which disguises your identity.

According to the law, it is illegal to be "masked or in any manner disguised by unusual or unnatural attire or facial alteration, loiters, remains or congregates in a public place with other persons so masked or disguised."

North Carolina: A game of Bingo must not last over 5 hours.

North Carolina law dictates that "The number of sessions of bingo conducted or sponsored by an exempt organization shall be limited to two sessions per week and such sessions must not exceed a period of five hours each per session."

Ohio: Toilets in underground coal mines must be adequately stacked with toilet papers.

The law states that "an adequate supply of toilet paper shall be provided with each toilet." It is worrying to think that without the law, Americans coal mine owners might be tempted not to provide fellow American workers with an adequate number of toilet papers.

Oklahoma: A state statute says "that there exists an International Communist conspiracy" committed to overthrowing the US government.

"There exists an International Communist conspiracy which is committed to the overthrow of the government of the United States and of the several states, including that of the State of Oklahoma..." informs the law.

Oregon: It is illegal to place a container filled with human fecal matter on the side of any highway.

The law says that a person commits a Class A misdemeanor if he "puts or otherwise leaves a container of urine or other human waste on or beside the highway."

Rhode Island: Professional games, except ice polo and hockey, can be played on Sunday only after obtaining a license.

The law says that "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 of the town or city..."

South Carolina: Musical instruments cannot be sold on a Sunday.

According to the law, the sale of certain items on Sunday is deemed illegal. The items include "watches, clocks, luggage, musical instruments, recorders, recordings, and radios" among others. Lol!! But guns can be.

South Dakota: Agricultural producers may set off fireworks and other explosives to safeguard their sunflower crops.

The law says that nothing "prohibits the purchase, sale, or the use of explosives, pyrotechnics, or fireworks at any time for the purpose" of protecting sunflower crops.

Tennessee: Students are not allowed to hold hands while at school.

A bill passed outlaws students holding hands while at school, declaring it as a "gateway" to sexual activity.

Texas: Atheists are not allowed to run for office.

The law states that no one shall be "excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being."

Utah: 'Peace officers' and security personnel can hurl a missile at a bus or bus terminal. No one else can.

According to the law, "any person who discharges a firearm or hurls a missile at or into any bus or terminal shall be guilty of a third-degree felony." However, "the prohibition of this section does not apply to elected or appointed peace officers or commercial security personnel who discharge firearms or hurl missiles in the course and scope of their employment."

Vermont: Clotheslines are energy devices based on renewable resources.

The law says that no one "shall prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the installation of solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources."

Virginia: Animals can't be hunted on Sunday. The only exception is raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.

The law deems it unlawful to "hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including any nuisance species, with a gun, firearm or other weapon on Sunday, which is hereby declared a rest day for all species of wild bird and wild animal life, except raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings."

Washington: In Skamania County, Washington, harassing a Bigfoot is a felony punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.

On April 1, 1969 (April Fool's Day) in Skamania County, Washington, a law was passed stating that "any willful, wanton slaying of such creatures shall be deemed a felony" subject to substantial fine and/or imprisonment.

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

"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," says the law.

Wyoming: It is illegal to "cut, sever, detach, or mutilate" more than one-half of a sheep's ear.

The law declares it unlawful to "cut, sever, detach or mutilate more than one-half (1/2) of either ear of any sheep."


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