Even More Weird Laws Passed In Every State
Next time you’re looking for an adrenaline rush in Louisiana, maybe avoid wrestling a bear. Louisiana law states that individuals involved in “bear wrestling matches” – defined as “a match or contest between one or more persons and a bear for the purpose of fighting or engaging in a physical altercation” – are guilty of bear wrestling.
In 2017, New Hampshire passed an anti-homicide law defining a 20-week fetus as a person, clarifying that the law did not apply to pregnant women who might need an abortion. However, legislators quickly amended the law after it became clear that its vague language could have permitted pregnant women to commit any murder without consequences.
In Reno, Nevada, it’s illegal to sit down or lie down on a public sidewalk. The law states that “no person shall sit or lie down upon a public sidewalk, or upon a blanket, chair, stool, or any other object placed upon a public sidewalk in the Downtown Reno Regional Center.”
It’s illegal to get married in Nebraska if you have venereal disease (though courts have later clarified that if the other spouse is aware of the disease at the time of marriage, they can’t try to annul the marriage later on these grounds). Use protection!
If you’re a live performer in Billings, Montana, you need stamina: you’re required by law to remain on stage throughout the duration of your performance. The law states that “no entertainer or performer whether male or female shall be permitted to leave such platform or area while entertaining or performing.”
Jefferson, Missouri, has a strict attitude towards garage sales. It’s illegal to have more than two in a particular location during the course of one year. And, a garage sale can’t last longer than three days, and must be held within certain hours.
Mississippi once passed a law stipulating that any person who has already had an illegitimate child and again becomes the parent of an illegitimate child within the state is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by fines, jail time or both.
Until 2015, Minnesota law limited nursing homes and senior centers to just two days of bingo per week. Even if you visited a nursing home resident, you were prohibited from playing bingo with them. Can’t let things get too wild!
Next time you’re enjoying a night out in Michigan, you’d better think carefully about how you’re going to get home. According to state law, it’s illegal for a person in an “offensive state of intoxication” to “enter or be on or remain upon any railway train or interurban car as a passenger.”
Make sure you’ve got your wits about you when singing the national anthem in Massachusetts. According to state law, if a person “plays, sings or renders the ”Star Spangled Banner” in any public place, theatre, motion picture hall, restaurant or cafe, or at any public entertainment, other than as a whole and separate composition or number, without embellishment or addition in the way of national or other melodies” can face a fine. In other words, singing the national anthem incorrectly could get you in trouble.
Watch your language in Maryland. In Rockville, it’s illegal to “profanely curse and swear or use obscene language upon or near any street, sidewalk or highway within the hearing of persons passing by, upon or along such street, sidewalk or highway.”
In Maine, dancing is prohibited at establishments that sell liquor, unless the establishment has been issued a “special amusement permit.” Better get your permit application ready.