Question for Americans

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  1. B_mitchymo

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    I once read some interesting facts sbout unusual county laws in the US such as it being illegal to display an undressed mannequin in a shop window in one county and it being illegal to cross a road on your hands in another. I found some to be very peculiar.

    What my question is is this:- Have any of you found yourself breaking a law whilst visiting another state or county that is not illegal in your home county?
    I'm particularly interested in the more peculiar laws.

    Please feel free to tell me of some more curious county laws and how they perhaps came to be.
     
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    I love bizarre laws... will be watching this thread avidly!
     
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    Many of these dumb laws are antiquated, and are based on the standards of their days, such as numerous ones prohibiting work or various other activities on Sundays like the old blue laws (that I don't think are enforced anymore), or those restricting what women can do. Times have since changed, thereby permitting more freedom. Some cultures, however, still strictly enforce laws that seem antiquated in other parts of the world. That and the fact that many of the more bizarre ones were passed in smaller towns and cities, where someone who could make and enforce the law had an ax to grind.(IMOHO)

    Often, the laws are misunderstood by the standards of the present time, whereas at the time they passed, they had a meaning well known to their times or region based on the political,social and religious mores that existed.
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    OK I realized that I sounded a bit too much like a lawyer in my last post and this is all meant to be fun so I did a little digging. BTW You Brits have few crazy laws as well!


    In California:

    A city ordinance states that a $500 fine will be given to anyone who detonates a nuclear device within city limits.

    Arkansas:
    It is illegal to mispronounce Arkansas while in Arkansas.


    Florida:
    It's illegal to have sexual intercourse with a porcupine.

    Connecticut:
    A pickle is only officially a pickle if it can bounce.

    And for some crazy british laws?
    In York it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a crossbow upon seeing one, except for on Sundays. However any Scotsman caught drunk or with a weapon can still be shot on a Sunday, except with a bow and arrow. Similarly in Chester it is legal to shoot a Welsh person with a crossbow, as long as it is within the city walls and is done after midnight.

    It is illegal to die in the houses of parliament.
    (I hope not to be doing that anytime soon
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    Hahaha, some good ones there, i loved the California and Arkansas ones. I have never heard of any weird british ones before so that was interesting too, ty NY
     
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    :eek: Do you think they would get of as lightly as just a $500 fine?
     
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    I read that in Scotland it's illegal to refuse someone access to your toilet.
     
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    Here are some good ones! Love that law in Liverpool England. LOL!
    As recently as 1990, these states had laws against the use of dildos: Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington D.C.

    In Detroit, couples are not allowed to make love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple's own property.

    In Oxford, Ohio, it's illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man's picture.

    An excerpt from Kentucky state legislation: "No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club."

    The only acceptable sexual position in Washington, D.C. is the missionary position. Any other sexual position is considered illegal.

    In Michigan a woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.

    It is illegal for any member of the Nevada legislature to conduct official business wearing a penis costume while the legislature is in session.

    In Ventura County, California cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.

    A law in Fairbanks, Alaska does not allow moose to have sex on city streets.

    In Kingsville, Texas there is a law against two pigs having sex on the city's airport property.

    Women can sell items and be topless in Liverpool, England—but only in tropical fish stores.

    In Romboch, Virginia, it is illegal to engage in sexual activity with the lights on
     
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    In Oklahoma it is illegal to be in public with a visible erection.
     
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    Yes there are so many blue laws that one doesn't necessarily get picked up on unless you run across anofficer in a foul mood. There are endless, innoucuous things that never have seemed to make it off the books.
     
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    Blue laws are still very much in effect in New Jersey. Just drive through Bergen County on a Sunday: everything except convenience stores, gas stations, and emergency services are closed. A friend of mine in Glen Rock was fined for washing his car in his own drive way on a Sunday.

    South Carolina, has some astonishing laws:

    If a man promises to marry a woman, that marriage must take place. Imagine the number of unscrupulous women who could take advantage of that...

    however!

    It is STILL perfectly legal for a man to take his wife to the court house steps on a Sunday and beat his wife with a switch providing it is no more than 2 inches in diameter.

    He had better watch it though. Every able-bodied male in South Carolina is required to bring a rifle to church on Sunday.

    It is also illegal to keep a horse in a bathtub. Why this is so is unknown because South Carolina also has a law requiring all horses to wear pants in public.

    Keeping a horse in your house is a bad idea anyway because if the city of Charleston finds your house in disrepair, then the fire department can legally burn it down if you do not fix it to the city's satisfaction.

    New York isn't all that brighter. There is still a law on the books requiring motor vehicles traveling at night to have a herald who walks in front of the car shouting warnings of the approaching vehicle and who is required to light a flare every 300 feet of travel. Pennsylvania also has the same law though it specifies the use of rockets and requires stopping every mile.

    On the other hand, New York is very egalitarian in some ways. It is perfectly legal for women to walk about bare breasted and ride the subway as such.

    On Sundays it is illegal to walk about with an ice cream cone in one's pocket.

    In Carmel, NY it is illegal for women to wear high heels.

    In the State of New York is illegal to wear slippers after 10pm.

    One law which is dearly loved in New Jersey is that is illegal to pump your own gas. Every gas station in New Jersey is full service.

    The converse to this is that every car driver is required to honk the car horn as it passes any other vehicle from cars to bikes to skateboards. Ohio has the same law.

    New Hampshire has the most shocking law: Citizens of New Hampshire are free to overthrow the state government by the use of violence.

    Then again, it is also against the law in New Hampshire to urinate on a Sunday while standing and looking up from your genitals.

    While Pennsylvania does have a large number of fireworks stores, it is illegal for Pennsylvania residents to buy fireworks unless they are authorized by their town government with a special permit to do so.

    West Virginia, like Washington, has liberal bestiality laws. It is legal for a man to engage in sex with an animal providing that animal does not weigh more than 40 lbs. West Virginia also allows for the beating of one's wife on the courthouse steps on Sunday.

    More than a few states have anti-brothel laws specifying that no more than a certain number of women may live together in one place. The numbers range from six to sixty!

    Finally, my town, Warwick, New York, has a very bizarre law which declares that a cannon must be sounded before a mail delivery rocket is launched. This is not so bizarre as Warwick was the only town to have rocket mail for a short time. Launching a rocket from one end of a lake to send it 11 miles over to New Jersey proved impractical as the rocket didn't always land where it was supposed to (like on people and houses) and the pilot program was stopped.
     
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    In St. Louis MO it is illegal to sit on a curb and drink beer out of a 5 gallon bucket...
     
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    It is against the law to pump your own gas. This funny rule applies only in two states of the US. This rule argues that pump owners should have extra labor to fill the gas.
    Another reason behind this is, if the customer goes to a pump which has attendants, the sale will go high because of the good service to customers.

    • You can not frown at a police officer.
    • If you are caught driving drunk, you may never get a license that is personalized.
    • Car dealerships cannot be opened on Sundays.
    2C:33-26. Sale of motor vehicle on Sunday
    4.Sale of motor vehicle on Sunday.


    A person who engages in the business of buying, selling or exchanging motor vehicles or who opens a place of business and attempts to engage in such conduct on a Sunday commits a disorderly persons offense. The first offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $100.00 or imprisonment for a period of not more than 10 days or both; the second offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment for a period of not more than 30 days or both; the third or each subsequent offense is punishable by a fine of $750.00 or imprisonment for a period of six months or both. If the person is a licensed dealer in new or used motor vehicles in this State, under the provisions of chapter 10, Title 39 of the Revised Statutes, the person shall also be subject to suspension or revocation of his dealer's license to engage in the business of buying, selling or exchanging in motor vehicles in this State as provided in Title 39, chapter 10, section 10, section 20, for violation of this statute.
    L.1999,c.90, s.4.
    • You are not allowed to slurp your soup.
    • If you are driving an automobile, you can not overtake a horse driven carriage.
    • You cannot detain a homing pigeon.

    Handcuffs may not be sold to minors.
    2C:39-9.2. Sale of handcuffs to minors, prohibited

    2. A person who sells handcuffs to a person under 18 years of age is guilty of a disorderly persons offense. A
    law enforcement officer shall confiscate handcuffs sold in violation of the law. As used in this section, "handcuffs" mean a device, conventionally used for law enforcement purposes, that can be tightened and locked about the wrists for the purpose of restraining a person's movement. L.1991,c.437,s.2.

    Georgia
    The term “sadomasochistic abuse” is defined so broadly, that it could possibly be applied to a person handcuffing another in a clown suit.
    16-12-100.1.
    (6) 'Sadomasochistic abuse' means flagellation or torture by or upon a person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in revealing or bizarre costume or the condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained on the part of one so clothed.

    All sex toys are banned.
    In 1968 a Fulton-county resident was convicted under this law. This is despite the fact that the Fulton-County jury publicly stated that the law was "archaic" and noted such gadgets can have therapeutic value.

    Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.

    Signs are required to be written in English.

     
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