Weirdest Laws In Every State
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 The law was repealed in 2016.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.