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Date: 02/05/13 09:34 AM

37 Responses to 10 Bizarre American Laws

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    February 5, 2013 at 9:37 am
    Link: 10 Bizarre American Laws - Why am I not surprised?
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    BigD892 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2013 at 9:55 am
    the baggy pants law didn`t last for very long in flint
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 10:01 am
    Most of these are probably extremely old statutes that are currently unenforced.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    February 5, 2013 at 10:07 am
    Yup! Those are some weird laws alrighty!

    @sbeelz: I think #1 from Chico is vigorously enforced ;-)
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    February 5, 2013 at 10:08 am
    There are thousands of old, outdated laws like this all across the country and probably around the world. In Joliet, IL it is illegal to mispronounce the name of the town.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2013 at 10:11 am
    you think some of these would be common sense...
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 10:12 am
    So far, #1 appears to have worked.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 10:28 am
    I think #1 from Chico is vigorously enforced

    If this law is successfully broken who will be left to enforce it? It`s kind of like making suicide illegal.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    February 5, 2013 at 10:34 am
    The law against low-slung pants seems reasonable to me. I`d like to see one against amusing ties as well. And wearing a bullet-proof vest is surely just an indicator of premeditation.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    February 5, 2013 at 11:15 am
    If this law is successfully broken who will be left to enforce it?
    @Mr.Peabody: Bureaucrats, that`s who!
    They`re worse than roosterroaches!
    They can survive a nuclear blast because they`re shielded by many layers of paperwork.
    They can also survive: Floods, Famine, Forest Fires, Fights... Fleas...
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    February 5, 2013 at 11:28 am
    @collegebound, didn`t you read? It`s the USA.
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    Corydoras87 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    anyone can confirm these or are they again just a bunch of made up laws like it`s not allowed to roast a chicken in virginia after 3 am if you aren`t wearing a cow costume
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    Corydoras87 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    to further prove my point: the sources are all some weird news outlets, not one of the sources is "the actual book of laws"
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    iLove Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    I completely agree with #10
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    @Drawman61
    Now you`ve painted yourself into a corner.....

    1. Dying is illegal in the Houses of Parliaments.
    A law prohibiting anyone from dying while inside the Houses of Parliament has been voted as the most ridiculous law by the British citizens.

    2. Put Stamps properly.
    Placing a postage stamp bearing the monarch’s head upside down on an envelope is considered as act of treason.

    Also, defacing or destroying anything bearing a likeness of the monarch is illegal. This includes burning paper money or tearing a stamp apart.

    3. The Library Offences Act of 1898 makes it illegal to gamble in a library.
    The law also prohibits obscene or abusive language. Misbehavior carries a fine of £200.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    4. No cannons or bear-baiting.
    The Metropolitan Police Act of 1839 states that no one, “except persons acting in obedience to lawful authority, may discharge any cannon or other firearm of greater caliber than a common fowling-piece, within 300 yards of any dwelling house, to the annoyance of any inhabitant thereof”.

    Under the same Act, those who “keep or use or act in the management of any house, room, pit or other place for the purpose of fighting or baiting lions, bears or other animals” can be fined £2,500.

    5. Scolding was illegal for almost 400 years.
    A law passed in 1585, making it illegal for women to “cause a nuisance with abusive or argumentative language”. A woman guilty of scolding had to wear a scold’s bridle, or metal cage, enclosing her head. The Criminal Law Act of 1967 finally abolished the punishment, and wo
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    5. Scolding was illegal for almost 400 years.
    A law passed in 1585, making it illegal for women to “cause a nuisance with abusive or argumentative language”. A woman guilty of scolding had to wear a scold’s bridle, or metal cage, enclosing her head. The Criminal Law Act of 1967 finally abolished the punishment, and women may now scold freely.

    6. Trespassing is illegal, except by huers and baulkers.
    An Act of 1603 comes from an ancient custom in Cornwall. People known as “huers and baulkers” would stand on the cliffs and shout to fishing boats, directing them toward schools of fish. The Act gives those on the cliffs the right of entry onto the lands of others, and a defense against trespassing.


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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm
    7. The Town Police Clauses Act of 1847 threatens a £1,000 fine for hanging washing across the street.
    Beating or shaking carpets, rugs or mats is also illegal. Doormats may be beaten, but not after eight in the morning.

    This Act also outlaws the singing of profane or obscene songs or ballads, wantonly discharging firearms, making bonfires, flying kites, sliding on ice or snow, extinguishing a lamp or willfully and wantonly disturbing residents by ringing their doorbells.

    8. It is illegal for two adult men to have sex in the same house as a third person.
    Henry VIII outlawed homosexuality in 1533. "Molly houses" began to appear in England in the late 16th century. These brothels offered gay men a place to have sex, and also catered to sado-masochistic and transvestite tastes. Lawmakers saw molly houses as a threat to public morality. Police monitored the houses to entrap male prostitutes, especially during the 1840’s, as V
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    9. The Queen’s Corset
    From a statute of 1324 called the Prerogativa Regis, any whale or sturgeon found on the United Kingdom coastline, or caught in seas adjoining the coast, must be offered to the Crown.

    Traditionally, the head belongs to the King. The tail goes “to furnish the Queen’s wardrobe with whalebone” for her corsets. These days, in practice, the Natural History Museum deals with beached whales.

    All wild deer, swans and bears are also the property of the royal family.

    10. One may not drive a cow while drunk.
    The Licensing Act of 1872 explains that operating a horse, cow or steam engine while intoxicated carries a prison sentence or a £200 fine.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    11. London hackney carriages must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats.
    The London Hackney Carriage Laws have stayed the same for over a hundred years, and still apply to modern-day taxis. The oats and hay were for the horse, of course. Disputes still arise, and some firms have manufactured tiny bales of hay, so taxi drivers can stay within the law.

    In London, it is illegal for a person with the Plague to flag down a taxi. No cab may carry corpses or rabid dogs.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm
    12. Ancient security laws.
    A lot of the laws refer to medieval wars such as the conflicts that England had with Scotland or Wales hundreds of years ago, and are to do with the fact that no foreigner during these times was ever seen in the country, so that if one were to be seen then it might mean they were invading. Here are some more bizarre laws:

    In York it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a crossbow upon seeing one, except for on Sundays. However any Scotsman caught drunk or with a weapon can still be shot on a Sunday, except with a bow and arrow.

    Similarly in Chester it is legal to shoot a Welsh person with a crossbow, as long as it is within the city walls and is done after midnight.

    In Chester, Welsh people aren’t allowed to enter the city grounds before sunrise and from staying after sunset.

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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    13. Some kind laws towards women.
    In London it has been illegal for a man to hit his wife after 9pm. Indeed, wife also needs some time for rest. This law is very humanistic.

    By law it is legal for a pregnant woman to relieve herself anywhere she wishes.

    14. The eating of Mince pies on Christmas day is illegal.
    It was once also illegal to celebrate Christmas altogether because it wasn’t considered puritan enough even though it was a religious celebration.

    15. Do not pretend you are older than you are.
    It is illegal to impersonate old age pensioners in the London area of Chelsea.

    16. Your pet should behave as well.
    It is an executable offense to allow your pet to mate with a pet of the royal house without permission.

    17. It is illegal to leave your car keys in an unoccupied vehicle.

    18. Suicide is a capital crime.

    19. It is illegal to either shave, work or to mow your lawn on a Sunday.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    20. Tarot card readings and fortune telling are illegal as these are classed as forms of witchcraft.
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    monkerz Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    What`s the problem with #10??
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm
    dont know how many times i have broken the law in texas for standing and drinking...
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
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    February 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm
    in arkansas, its illegal for an atheist to give testimony in a trial. their testimony is automatically excluded, no exceptions.

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    Kegomatix Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm
    @Slut_etta

    I`ve always wondered what would happen in court when I`m supposed to swear in. What do they do when I tell them I don`t believe in God? I`ll swear on the Bible if they want me to but I`d be sure to tell them it wouldn`t mean poo to me.
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    Kegomatix Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm
    Also, I can`t say I`m opposed to number ten on this list.
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    photomstr Male 50-59
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    February 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    only in Califonia . . .
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm
    I thought this wiki page explains the source of some dumb "laws".
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    r66tramp Male 40-49
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    February 6, 2013 at 1:46 am
    That`s silly talk. I think most courts around the world in modern societies allow a person to affirm or make an affirmation if they don`t want to swear on a stack of bible Jesus junk.
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    EgalM Male 30-39
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    February 6, 2013 at 7:30 am
    LMAO, only a $500 fine for setting off a nuke, I think it should be a touch higher, no? Say, life in prison or something.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    February 6, 2013 at 7:47 am
    I`ll swear on the Bible if they want me to but I`d be sure to tell them it wouldn`t mean poo to me.
    I think in your case they make you swear on the constitution.
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    SpermNinja81 Male 30-39
    459 posts
    February 6, 2013 at 7:55 am
    Baggy pants are stupid, sure. But a year in prison? harsh.
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    Wayoldman Male 50-59
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    February 6, 2013 at 11:08 am
    Now you know what`s wrong with your states. Too busy making stupid laws to do what is right.
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    MorfeuS Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2013 at 4:44 am
    The rabbit cracked me up...but the nuke one take the prize..i wouldn`t worry about a fine if i really want to detonate a "nucular" device,wearing baggy pants,a bulletproof vest as i convince the cashier to marry me,nibbling her ear...`murikans :D
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    February 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm
    "fine if i really want to detonate a "nucular" device"
    A guy picked up a cyclotron from a university. He was planning to start it in his garage.

    When his neighbor found out what he was doing, he called the police only to find out the first guy was not breaking any known laws. So, he went the political route to try to stop the initial test.

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