Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday Thirteen: 13 Dumb Laws


I chose Pennsylvania, because that's the state I live in. But you can find dumb laws in EVERY state!

1. It is illegal to have over 16 women live in a house together because that constitutes a brothel.

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

3. You may not sing in the bathtub.

4. You may not catch a fish by any body part except the mouth.

5. It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding.

6. There is a ban on men becoming aroused in public. (Allentown, PA law)

7. All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires. (Danville, PA law)

8. It is required that a woman have a permit to wear cosmetics. (Morrisville, PA law)

9. You cannot walk backwards eating peanuts in front of the Barnstormers Auditorium during a performance. (Ridley Park, PA law)

10. It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.

11. Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass.

12. You may not catch a fish with your hands.

13. A person is not eligible to become Governor if he/she has participated in a duel.

What dumb laws does your state have?


Toni V.S. said...

The only one I can think of at the moment is that one in a town in Georgia where you can't eat fried chicken with anything but your bare hands. Ugh. I guess I'd be arrested quick because I don't like to get my hands greasy and always cut it off the bone and eat it with a fork!

Darla M Sands said...

These are really something! I imagine there are laws of which I'm unaware but now you've got me curious.

Kimberly Menozzi said...

I sooooo want to do #1 just to irk someone. LOL!

I can never live in Pennsylvania thanks to #s 2 and 3.

I assume #4 is referring to the fish's mouth, not mine. ;)

Weddings must be awfully dull, eh? LOL!

Oh, yeah... I wanna tempt fate with #6.

I really, really want to try out #9.

I have neighbors in TN who will never move to PA because of #10.

Yeah. I'm a rebel and I'll never ever be any good. ;)

Happy TT!

Alice Audrey said...

Why can't you sing in the bathtub?

Tatiana Caldwell said...

Regarding #6 - I take it that most men in Allentown, PA never leave the house?? *grins*

Heather said...

There are definitely a lot of stupid laws out there. It was once illegal to sell butter substitutes in Wisconsin, we being the Dairy State and all. I've also seen contradictory laws where it was either mandatory or illegal to serve cheddar cheese with apple pie.

Stephanie Bennett said...

You can't sing in a bathtub? Well, my family might appreciate that law. LOL! Otherwise, yep those are pretty dumb. Happy Thursday!

Mary Quast said...

I LOVE dumb laws. I had to read the post twice...LMAO. Thanks & Happy TT.

Celine said...

Oh my god, I laughed so hard reading those laws. Especially the one with the walking backwards while eating peanuts. That must be very common over there.

Bratty said...

Those are great. I loved #1 especially! But what's with all the fish laws? Seems odd. You can only catch a fish with your mouth? What is this, the Hobbit land?

A. Catherine Noon said...

These are funny!!

A dumb law in the City of Chicago is that a woman driving must have a man one hundred feet in front of her car, walking and swinging a lantern back and forth to alert passersby.

Maddy Barone said...

In North Dakota it is illegal to carry wire clippers in your back pocket.

Dates back to the days of rustling, I guess.