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

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Iowa
One-armed piano players must perform for free.

Kansas
Itís illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits (Natoma).

Kentucky
Every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.

Louisiana
Biting someone with your natural teeth constitutes simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth classifies as aggravated assault.

Maine
If you keep your Christmas decorations on display after January 14, youíll be fined.

Maryland
Itís against the law to wash or scrub a sink, no matter how dirty it is (Baltimore).

Massachusetts
No gorilla is allowed in the backseat of any car.

Michigan
A woman may not cut her own hair without her husbandís permission.

Minnesota
Itís illegal to paint a sparrow with the intent of selling it as a parakeet (Harper Woods).

Mississippi
Walking a dog without dressing it in diapers is forbidden (Temperance).

Missouri
Children may buy shotguns in Kansas City, but not toy cap guns.

Montana
Itís a felony for a wife to open her husbandís mail.

Nebraska
Bar owners may not sell beer unless they brew a kettle of soup simultaneously.

Nevada
Itís illegal for men with mustaches to kiss women.

New Hampshire
Itís forbidden to sell the clothes youíre wearing to pay off a gambling debt.

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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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