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I’m Under Arrest for What? 50 Bizarre U.S. Laws

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I’m Under Arrest for What? 50 Bizarre U.S. Laws

Iíve never claimed to have extensive knowledge of U.S. legislation throughout history, but itís safe to say that I and most people I associate with are law-abiding citizens Ö or not. As it turns out, every state in this country has at least one wacky legal stipulation that could land residents in hot water if they donít comply. Donít say I didnít warn you.

Alabama
Itís illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.

Alaska
Whispering in someoneís ear while heís moose hunting is prohibited.

Arizona
Cutting down a cactus may earn you a 25-year prison term.

Arkansas
Itís illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas.

California
You may not eat an orange in your bathtub.

Colorado
Itís unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor (Denver).

Connecticut
A pickle cannot actually be a pickle unless it bounces.

Delaware
Itís illegal to get married on a dare.

Washington, D.C.
Itís against the law to post a public notice calling someone a coward for refusing to accept a challenge to duel.

Florida
If you tie an elephant to a parking meter, you must pay the same parking fee as you would for a vehicle.

Georgia
Itís illegal to change the clothes on a storefront mannequin unless you draw the shades first.

Hawaii
All residents may be fined for not owning a boat.

Idaho
A man must not give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing fewer than 50 pounds.

Illinois
Itís illegal to take a French poodle to the opera (Chicago).

Indiana
The value of pi is 4, and not 3.1415.

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8:54AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

id like to know the stories behind some of these. bahahaha

12:41AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

These were so crazy, they made me laugh.

7:47PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

"A pickle cannot actually be a pickle unless it bounces." Lol, since when do pickles bounce?

Idk why some are these laws are one the books. No surprise, some of them even crossed personal choices while others made me wonder what was the story behind the creation of certain laws.

12:26PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

The mind REELS at these things (with the exception of the very important Ariz. law which Kynthia explained just now.)

Illegal NOT to drink milk?

I assume the Utah dairy industry is quite powerful.

12:12PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

The AZ law about getting fined for cutting down cacti is not bizarre (one of the few laws in that state that aren't). This was done to protect Sugauro cactus, those giant limbed cacti that look like a man with his arms raised. They are very sensitive to changes and are rustled (literally stolen from property at night) by cactus rustlers, who typically sell these cacti for huge profit in CA where they die within a few years.

Having had to face rustlers on my property back when I lived in AZ, I was glad I had someone with me and we were both armed,

11:49PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Interesting...and possible? Wow! Thanks for the post!

1:26PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Very good. Thanks.

7:31AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

I'm from Arizona and the law about cactus is to protect the giant saguaros - some that are hudreds of years old. The stupider law is that it is illegal to shoot camels between Tucson and Phoenix!

7:15AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

I can think of about 50 more stupid laws right off the top of my head

8:07AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Well next time I'm in Alabama, I'm going to paste on a fake mustash for sure and walk into a church...
Don't you wonder what the back story on these laws are? You can be sure that this is how the discontent with 'government intrusion' is started and purpetuated. Stupidity that in it's own day may have made some sense. Or not.

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