More Weirdest Laws In Every State
Thought silly string was all fun and games? Think again. In Mobile, Alabama, it’s illegal to “keep, store, use, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, give away or handle any ‘spray string,’ ‘snap pops,’ or other matter or substances similar thereto.”
They don’t mess around with moose in Alaska. If a hunter takes a moose, certain parts of the animal – including the head, heart, liver, kidneys, stomach and hide – are legally required to be salvaged “for human use.”
Next time you’re in Arizona, make sure your manners are up to scratch. In Goodyear, it’s illegal to spit on a public sidewalk, crosswalk or highway or in a park or public building.
While not technically illegal, Arkansas has passed legislation “discouraging” incorrect pronunciation of its name. Better not try to pronounce Arkansas phonetically – the provision specifically says that ” pronunciation with the accent on the second syllable with the sound of “a” in “man” and the sounding of the terminal “s” is an innovation to be discouraged.”
California takes frog rights seriously. According to state law, a person is allowed to possess any number of live frogs for frog-jumping contests, but if a frog dies or is killed, “it must be destroyed as soon as possible, and may not be eaten or otherwise used for any purpose.”
In certain sections of the University Hill neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado, a law was passed in 2001 to prohibit the use of indoor furniture outside – no couches on front lawns or porches. According to the ordinance, the aim was to protect the “public health, safety and welfare” of the city’s residents.
Until 2002, it was illegal in Connecticut to store town records in locations where liquor is sold. It’s not clear if any specific incident sparked the initial passage of this law.
Thought you might make a few bucks off your relative’s old wooden leg? Don’t be so sure. In Delaware, it’s illegal for a pawnbroker to “take or receive as a pledge or pawn any artificial limb or wheelchair.”
If you’re driving through Hawaii, you won’t find anything blocking the state’s gorgeous scenery – billboards are illegal.
Most of us assume that eating fellow humans doesn’t fly. But in Idaho, it’s clarified in the law – though the law also says it’s a legitimate defense to have committed cannibalism “under extreme life-threatening conditions as the only apparent means of survival.”
Want to give your pet a new look? Be careful what you do in Chicago. It’s illegal to sell or display “living baby chicks, ducklings, goslings, or other fowl or rabbits which have been dyed, colored or otherwise treated so as to impart to them an artificial color.”
Pi is a long, irrational number, and it’s tough to remember. Maybe that’s why the Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill in 1897 redefining the value of Pi at 3.2. Thankfully for math students across the state, a mathematician intervened and the bill stalled in the Senate and never passed.
Lots of states have laws that restrict various activity on Sundays, but in Iowa, it’s illegal to sell automobiles or RVs on Sunday.
Kansans don’t mess around with their cherry pie. At one point, it was illegal in the state to top a slice of cherry pie with a scoop of ice cream. According to the Kansas Secretary of State, it’s unclear how this law originated or whether it’s still technically on the books, but – fortunately for dessert lovers – it’s not enforced.
If you’re caught using a reptile in a religious service in Kentucky, you could face a fine of more than $50. This law likely originated to address the practice of snake-handling, which developed in the early 20th century in some isolated churches.