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    Exclamation Have any of you broken any of these laws?

    The following laws are still on the books. Most are no longer enforced and many contemporary lawmakers are not even aware of the laws' existence or history. Some are state laws, some are local within the states. Check to see if you have broken any laws.

    Alabama

    • It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.


    California

    • Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try to stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.


    Connecticut

    • You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
    • You are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.


    Florida

    • Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.

    • A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or they risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.

    • If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

    • It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.

    • Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.


    Illinois

    • It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets.


    Indiana

    • Bathing is prohibited during the winter.

    • Citizens are not allowed to attend a movie house or theater nor ride in a public streetcar within four hours after eating garlic.


    Iowa

    • Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.


    Kentucky

    • By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."

    • It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.


    Louisiana

    • It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.

    • Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault," while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated assault."


    Massachusetts

    • Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.

    • Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.

    • An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.

    • Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.


    Nebraska

    • A parent can be arrested if her/his child cannot hold back a burp during a church service.


    New Mexico

    • Females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public.


    New York

    • A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking "at a woman in that way." A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a "pair of horse-blinders" wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.


    North Dakota

    • Beer and pretzels can't be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.


    Ohio

    • Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in public.


    Oklahoma

    • Violators can be fined, arrested, or jailed for making ugly faces at a dog.

    • Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state.

    • Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property.


    Pennsylvania

    • A special cleaning ordinance bans homemakers from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.

    • No man may purchase alcohol without written consent from his wife.


    Texas

    • A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.

    • It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.


    Vermont

    • Lawmakers made it obligatory for everybody to take at least one bath each week- - on Saturday night.


    Washington

    • All lollipops are banned.

    • A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.


    West Virginia

    • No children may attend school with their breath smelling of "wild onions."


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    Whew. Glad to see Oregon has no stupid laws.

    As stated previously, I would like to see how these laws are worded. I would also like to see the transcripts as they were debated.
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    Here are a few more from New York State:

    Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business.

    You may not smoke within 100 feet of the entrance to a public building.

    It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing “body hugging clothing.

    Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.

    It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.

    The penalty for jumping off a building is death.

    New Yorkers cannot dissolve a marriage for irreconcilable differences, unless they both agree to it.

    A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.

    While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.

    Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 P.M.
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    No,but there was this "incident"with a chicken in a negligee once
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    I actually know people who've broken some of the FL laws.

    And that's all I'm gonna say about that.

    -JT

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrreynolds View Post
    Florida

    • If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
    You know there's gotta be a good story behind this one.
    "A well-educated electorate, being necessary to the continuance of a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books shall not be infringed."
    Is this hard to understand? Then why does it get unintelligible to some people when 5 little words are changed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu View Post
    I actually know people who've broken some of the FL laws.

    And that's all I'm gonna say about that.

    -JT

    Really? Who do you know who's double parking elephants?


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    None from Missouri on that list. Woo Hoo!
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    Well, in VA it is a Felony to engage in any sexual activity other than male-female, penis into vaginal intercourse. No oral sex, no anal sex. And I will never relinquish my right to not incriminate myself.
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    Virginia Beach

    * If you are drunk and not driving your car, and the person who is driving the car is drunk as well, you may both receive DUI's.
    * It is illegal for a person to ride on the handlebars of a bike.
    * It is illegal to use profanity on Atlantic Avenue or the boardwalk.
    * It is also unlawful to drive by the same place within 30 minutes on Atlantic Avenue.

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    [QUOTE=mrreynolds;783321]
    Texas

    • A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.

    • It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.


    Alright, where do I turn myself in, I'm guilty.
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    WOH! stop the presses... theres only ONE stupid law in CA???
    hehe. those are pretty good. there are tons of them for each state. always amusing
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    No,but there was this "incident"with a chicken in a negligee once
    Would that be a crime of negligence?
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrreynolds View Post
    The following laws are still on the books. Most are no longer enforced and many contemporary lawmakers are not even aware of the laws' existence or history. Some are state laws, some are local within the states. Check to see if you have broken any laws.

    Texas

    • A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.

    • It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.

    T'ain't so for Texas. I suspect that most of the others also are myths. Anyway it makes for cute reading.

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