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Weirdest Laws In Every State

We scoured the law books in every state to find the weirdest law that’s been passed in each one (some have been repealed, but some are shockingly still on the books). Find out what the law says in your home state.

No intoxicated skiing

No drunk skiing in Wyoming. State law holds that “no person shall move uphill on any passenger tramway or use any ski slope or trail while such person’s ability to do so is impaired by the consumption of alcohol or by the use of any illicit controlled substance or other drug.”

Cheese standards are regulated

Wisconsin takes its cheese seriously. State law requires that cheese labeled as Wisconsin certified premium Grade AA meet a certain standard: it must be “fine, highly pleasing and free from undesirable flavors and odors.”

It’s illegal to kill Bigfoot

Bigfoot hunters, beware. Skamania County, Washington, passed a law in 1969 deeming the “slaying of Bigfoot to be a felony and punishable by 5 years in prison.” The law was later amended, designating Bigfoot as an endangered species.

No hunting on Sundays, unless you’re killing raccoons

In Virginia, it’s illegal to “hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including any nuisance species” on Sundays. However, it is permissible to kill raccoons.

No forbidding people from putting up clotheslines

It’s illegal in Vermont to prohibit clotheslines. The law forbids regulations that prohibit “clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources.”

It’s illegal to ’cause a catastrophe’

In Utah, it’s illegal to “cause a catastrophe.” State law defines a catastrophe as widespread injury or damage caused by weapons of mass destruction, explosion, fire, flood, avalanche, or building collapse.

You can get married by proxy

In Texas, marriages by proxy are perfectly legal. In other words, if you have a legitimate reason for absence – like military service – you can send someone to get married in your place, as long as you have all the right documentation.

You can’t hold public office if you’ve been in a duel

According to the Tennessee Constitution, it’s illegal to hold public office if a person does any of the following: “fight a duel, or knowingly be the bearer of a challenge to fight a duel, or send or accept a challenge for that purpose, or be an aider or abettor in fighting a duel.”

No seducing unmarried women

In South Carolina, a law once made a man guilty of a misdemeanor if he seduced an unmarried woman using “deception and promise of marriage.” The law was repealed in 2016.

Biting off someone’s limb could earn you 20 years in prison

In Rhode Island, you can face up to 20 years in prison if you “put out an eye, slit the nose, ear, or lip, or cut off, bite off, or disable any limb or member of another.”

No bartering infant children

If you live in Pennsylvania, don’t try selling your child. State law stipulates that “a person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree if he deals in humanity, by trading, bartering, buying, selling, or dealing in infant children.

No practicing occult arts

If you want your fortune told, you won’t find it in Yamhill, Oregon. It’s illegal there to practice “occult arts” – defined as “fortune telling, astrology, phrenology, palmistry, clairvoyance, mesmerism, spiritualism, or any other practice or practices generally recognized to be unsound and unscientific whereby an attempt or pretense is made.”

No eavesdropping

Nosy people might be wise to avoid Oklahoma. According to state law, “every person guilty of secretly loitering about any building, with intent to overhear discourse therein, and to repeat or publish the same to vex, annoy, or injure others, is guilty of a misdemeanor.










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