State Laws That Will Make You Laugh

by Jenny Hansen

Photo by Lynn Kelley ~ WANA Commons

Photo by Lynn Kelley ~ WANA Commons

While I’m a huge fan of law enforcement, especially on holiday weekends when people get a little WILD, some laws simply don’t make sense.

Browsing the web, I saw Dumb Florida State Laws on Kelly Miller’s site.

My Florida favorites were:

  • It is considered an offense to shower naked.
    (Okay, I’m totally intrigued.)
  • You may not fart in public places after 6 pm.
    (My Hubby: “Bet it gets gaseous at 5:45.)
  • Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal. (Huh.)

My fave “Laws that Defy Logic” from my own sunny state of California:

  • California prison workers will no longer be allowed to have sex with inmates.
  • Women may not drive in a house coat. (I don’t know if any Cali gals own a housedress.)
  • No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour. (Whew.)
  • It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
  • Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of taverns, schools, or places of worship.
  • Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses. (Really.)

Some California cities have their own version of idiocy in addition to the state’s.

Blythe: You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own 2 or more cows.

Carmel: A man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that don’t match.

Chico: Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine. (That’s ALL??)

Dana Point: One may not use one’s own restroom if the window is open. (What?!)

Eureka: A man with a moustache may not kiss a woman.

Hermosa Beach: Public restrooms must be supplied with toilet paper. (Amen.)

Hollywood: It is illegal to drive more than 2000 sheep down Hollywood Blvd. at one time.

Los Angeles has some doozies:

  • Zoot suits are prohibited.
  • Toads may not be licked. (Wish someone had told me when I was still dating!)
  • You cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.

Pacific Grove: It is illegal to molest butterflies. (I REALLY don’t want to know.)

Pasadena: It is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss. (How do they get any work done?)

Prunedale: Two bathtubs may not be installed in the same house. (You must be joking.)

Crazy San Francisco laws:

  • Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited.
  • It is illegal to wipe one’s car with used undies. (That’s one I can get behind, IYKWIM…)
  • Persons classified as “ugly” may not walk down any street.

All laws came from: http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/california (There’s international laws there too.)

Hubby and I have contemplated moves to Washington State and Texas…now I’ve got to go look up their most idiotic laws. If you click the link above, you’ll be able to locate the laws in your state.

What’s your fave crazy law above? Did you look up your state? Join the discussion at the #SocialIn hashtag on Twitter.

~ Jenny


About Jenny Hansen

By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 15 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.

When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm. Jenny also writes the Risky Baby Business posts at More Cowbell, a series that focuses on babies, new parents and high-risk pregnancy.

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