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1. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Got this idea from another thread;) But what are some of the stranger/out dated or just plain stupid laws in your country?
(The USA has enough to fill volumes!!)
I'll start with my state-Michigan

State Laws
* A woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.
* There is a 10 cent bounty for each rat's head brought into a town office.
* It is legal for a robber to file a law suit, if he or she got hurt in your house.
* You may not swear in front of women and children. (Repealed)
* Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony.
* It is illegal to kill a dog using a decompression chamber.

Local Laws (city)

Clawson

* There is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.

Detroit

* Couples are banned from making love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple's own property.
* Willfully destroying your old radio is prohibited.
* It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.
* It is illegal to let your pig run free in Detroit unless it has a ring in its nose. According to history and animal husbandry, it prevents them from "rooting" in the ground for their food.
* Security guards at Joe Louis Arena will confiscate any item they feel might be thrown onto the ice. Furthermore, any person seen throwing an octopus onto the ice at a Red Wings game will be taken to jail.

Grand Haven

* No person shall throw an abandoned hoop skirt into any street or on any sidewalk, under penalty of a five- dollar fine for each offense.

Harper Woods

* It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.

Kalamazoo

* It is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.

Rochester

* All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police.

Soo

* Smoking while in bed is illegal.

Wayland

* Anyone can keep their cow on Main Street downtown at a cost of 3 cents per day.

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

* There is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.

Damned it. No sheep

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I think I'm right in thinking in England there's a law that you can ask a policeman to shield you when you piss in the street

and there's like one night a year when at 12 midnight its alright to shoot someone with a bow and arrow.

Some archaic laws that never got changed...

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

In london all taxi drivers must have hey in their trunk, if the horses should get hungry.
I don't remember where, but somewhere it is legal for a man to have sex with an animal, if the animal is female. If it's a male animal it is illegal.

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

In South Australia, you're transport carriage must be led by a man with a lantern.

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

There is no end to the stupid laws in the USA....
Alabama:
1. It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.

California:
1. Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.

Connecticut:
1. You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
2. You are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.

Florida:
1. Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.
2. A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
3. If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
4. It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
5. Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.

Illinois:
1. It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets.

Indiana:
1. Bathing is prohibited during the winter.
2. Citizens are not allowed to attend a movie house or theater nor ride in a public streetcar within at least four hours after eating garlic.

Iowa:
1. Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.

Kentucky:
1. By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."
2. It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.

Louisana:
1. It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.
2. Biting someone with your natural teeth s "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault."

Massachusetts:
1. Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.
2. Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
3. An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.

7. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

2. Citizens are not allowed to attend a movie house or theater nor ride in a public streetcar within at least four hours after eating garlic.

I love that one. It sounds both stupid and sensible at the same time..

8. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Quoting angela_

In london all taxi drivers must have hey in their trunk, if the horses should get hungry.
I don't remember where, but somewhere it is legal for a man to have sex with an animal, if the animal is female. If it's a male animal it is illegal.

I think thats somewhere in Asia, someone told me that too.

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

Illinois:
1. It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets.

This kinda blows our weekend fun now doesn't it?! Now, we'll have the kids begging us for those cigars! (MEOW, DAMIT!) It's bad enough we have to control their martini intake!

10. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

A Virginia law requires all bathubs to be kept out in the yards, not inside the house.

Duelling in Paraguay is legal as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offence. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

In Baltimore, USA it is illegal to wash or scrub a sink regardless of how dirty it is.

In Athens, Greece, a driver's licensecan be taken away by law if the driver is deemed eihter 'unbathed' or 'poorly dressed'.

In Hartford, Connecticut, it is illegal for a husband to kiss his wife on Sundays.

Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the US since 1916 when a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.

In Indiana, it is illegal to ride public transportation for at least 30 minutes after eating garlic.

It is illegal, in Malaysia, for restaurants to substitute toilet paper as table napkins. Repeat offenders go to jail.

In Jasmine, Saskatchewan, it is illegal for a cow to moo within 300 km of a private home.

In Sweden, while prostitution is legal, it is illegal for anyone to use the services of a prostitute.

In Bladworth, Saskatchewan it is illegal to frown at cows.

In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket.