Crazy Laws!

Alexa Smith, Staff Writer

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Did you know that Florida law prohibits unmarried women to go parachuting on a Sunday? Yeah, sounds crazy right? However, there are a plethora of laws all over the country that don’t really make any sense. Usually, these occur because some people will do some random things like leave their elephant on the beach or wrestle their bears. In order to charge that person, the government has to make a law saying you can’t park your elephant on the beach, or partake in bear wrestling matches. Here are some of the weirdest laws, just in Florida alone:

It is:

  • Illegal to imitate animals 
  • Illegal to sing in public while wearing a bathing suit
  • Illegal to park your elephant at the beach
  • People who own bars, or any other place where liquor is sold, may be fined up to $1,000 if they participate in or permit any contest of “dwarf-tossing.”
  • In Tampa, it is illegal to eat cottage cheese after 6 PM on Sunday.
  • Illegal to steal a horse, punishable with death by hanging.

 

These are just the crazy laws in Florida but there are so many more all around the nation. Here are just a few of some in other states:

  • ARIZONA: you need a permit in order to feed garbage to a pig. It is also illegal for a donkey to sleep in a bathtub because a merchant used to allow his donkey to sleep in an old bathtub but a dam broke and the town was flooded and the donkey was washed a mile down the valley.
  • ILLINOIS: It is a crime to possess more than $600 worth of salamanders (over 75 salamanders).
  • MARYLAND: fortune-telling is considered unlawful, fortune tellers can be found guilty or charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $500, or serve time in jail.
  • MINNESOTA: It is illegal to participate in any sort of contest where contestants attempt to capture a greased or oiled pig, and this also prohibits turkey scrambles.
  • MISSISSIPPI: Using profanity in a public place could land a person 30 days in jail. You cannot use this language in the presence of two or more people.
  • NEW MEXICO: for many years, “idiots” were not permitted to vote, the term “idiots” meaning someone mentally disabled or having an IQ lower than 30.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Men over the age of 16 cannot seduce a woman by falsely promising to marry her, but there is no law for the roles reversed.
  • TENNESSEE: You cannot purposely hunt, harm, or capture an albino deer.
  • TEXAS: People running for office cannot be atheists or nonreligious. They must acknowledge the “supreme being” or else they may be subjected to religious tests.
  • ALABAMA- it is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
  • COLORADO- it is against the law to ride a horse while under the influence.