The Strangest U.S. Laws
- A man can legally beat his wife, but no more than once a month.
- In L.A., a man may legally beat his wife with a leather strap, as
long as it is less than 2 inches wide, or she gives him permission to
use a wider strap.
- It is a misdemeanor to shoot any kind of game from a moving vehicle,
unless the target is a whale.
- It is illegal to set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
- In Hartford, it is illegal to kiss your wife on Sunday.
- Unmarried women who parachute on Sunday's will be jailed.
- In Quitman, it is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.
- In Columbus, it is illegal to sit on one's porch in an indecent position.
- In Chicago, it is illegal to take a french poodle to the Opera.
- According to state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially
recognized language is "American."
- In Joliet, it is illegal to mispronounce the name Joliet
- Monkeys are forbidden to smoke cigarettes in South Bend.
- In Natoma, if a man is wearing a striped suit, you cannot throw a
knife at him.
- It is illegal to marry the same man more than three times.
- It is illegal to wear a goatee without a license.
- North Andover prohibits its citizens from carrying "space guns."
- In 1659, the state outlawed Christmas.
- A state law stipulates that a woman's hair legally belongs to her
- Under state law, dentists are officially classified as "mechanics."
- In Clawson, it is legal for a man to "sleep with his pigs, cows,
horses, goats, and chickens."
- It is illegal to tease skunks.
- Every man in Brainerd is required by law to grow a beard.
- In Kansas City, children can buy shotguns... but not toy cap guns.
- In Whitehall, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached
to the wheels.
- It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.
- It is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict acts of felonious
- If a child burps during a church service in Omaha, his or her parents
may be arrested.
- It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a
- In Newark, it's illegal to buy ice cream after 6 p.m. unless you
have a doctor's note.
- In Staten Island, it is illegal for a father to call his son a faggot
or queer in an effort to curb girlie behavior.
- In NYC, "it is disorderly conduct for one man to greet another on
the street by placing the end of his thumb against the tip of his nose
and wiggling the extended fingers of that hand."
- It is illegal to have sex in a Churchyard.
- It is illegal to make love on the floor of a hotel room between two
- In Columbus, it is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday.
- In Oxford, it is illegal for a woman to disrobe in front of a man's
- In Youngstown, it is illegal to run out of gas.
- Whale hunting is strictly forbidden.
- People who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
- The town of Hood River prohibits the act of juggling without a license.
- "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must
pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that
blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses
appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece,
and hide it under the nearest bushes."
- Its illegal to throw pickle juice on a trolley.
- It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.
- In Dyersburg, it is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date.
- In Memphis, it is illegal for a woman to drive by herself; "a man
must walk or run in front of the vehicle, waving a red flag in order
to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists."
- The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned because it contains
a formula for making beer at home.
- It is illegal to milk another person's cow.
- A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his
wife in his presence.
- It is illegal to deny the existence of God.
- It is illegal to whistle underwater.
- Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear
- In Richmond, it is illegal to flip a coin in any eating establishment
to determine who buys a cup of coffee.
- In Lebanon, it is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.