Weird Illegal Things In Various States

Laws can be strange sometimes, but some of them are just plain ridiculous – like facing a fine for hosting an unlicensed bingo tournament?

By nowproducerdave on May 25, 2018
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Laws are there to keep people on a relatively even playing field. Whether it’s laws against stealing things, posting certain things in public, doing certain things, whatever it is. Some laws are just dumb. Other laws are just silly. Some of these laws make us wonder what happened for someone to even consider writing them into law in the first place.

We’ll just cut right to the chase by listing out some of our favorites. Everything from gambling to advertising, and a couple nonsensical things that make us go cross-eyed as well.

-In Nebraska, you need a license to host a game of Bingo. It’s a Class 1 misdemeanor, and you can face a fine of $1,000.

-Arkansas has a law that says it’s illegal to play more than 25 free games of pinball. Also, a pinball machine can’t accept more than one coin, otherwise the machine operator can be fined $1,000 and face up to a year in jail.

-Kansas says you can’t hunt rabbits from helicopters or motorboats. That’s interesting to me because those are two places you’d never find a rabbit, obviously.

-In Kentucky, you can’t color a duckling blue. Who did this, and how often did it happen that it needed to be a law?

-In Minnesota, you can’t have a “greased pig contest or turkey scramble.” Oh darn.

-In Missouri, it’s illegal to braid hair unless you have a special license to do so.

-In New Mexico it’s illegal for a waiter or waitress (server?) to show their “intimate parts” to customers. That really makes me wonder what rash of flashing was going on down there.

-North Carolina says you can’t steal kitchen grease. Like, whats left over after cooking something.

-It’s illegal to cough on public transportation in Ohio.

-Sunflowers. What’s wrong with sunflowers? Well, in South Dakota, a town (Huron) has deemed sunflowers an annoying weed, and they’re illegal to grow there. They’re even considered “dangerous and unhealthy” according to the law.

There are a whole bunch of other laws that just don’t make sense or are totally nonsensical, and you can check them out for each state here.

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