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

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New Jersey
Itís against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

New Mexico
Females may not appear unshaven in public.

New York
While riding in an elevator, you must talk to no one, fold your hands, and look toward the door.

North Carolina
Itís against the law to sing off-key.

North Dakota
Itís illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.

You must honk the horn whenever you pass another car, according to the stateís driverís education manual.

Itís forbidden to take a bite out of another personís hamburger.

State law requires dishes to be drip-dried.

Itís illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.

Rhode Island
You may not bite off another personís leg.

South Carolina
If a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, he is required by law to keep his promise.

South Dakota
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.

Selling hollow logs is strictly forbidden.

You may not shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

It is illegal not to drink milk.

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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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I am definitely spoiled by all the bountiful produce of summer and fall. Especially the fresh fruit…

Cannot stop catalogs, I tried- recycle them.

This sounds just a bit too new agey for me, sorry.

All good. Thank you.


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