[ Return To Lighter Side of The Law ]


The following laws are still on the books. Most are no longer enforced and many contemporary lawmakers are not even aware of the laws' existence or history. Some are state laws, some are local within the states. Check to see if you have broken any laws.


**It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a




**Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal

for anyone to try to stop a child from playfully jumping over

puddles of water.



**You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles

per hour.

**You are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.



**Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as

can the salon owner.

**A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting

on Sunday or they risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.

**If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee

has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

**It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a


**Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.



**It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and

other domesticated animals kept as pets.



**Bathing is prohibited during the winter.

**Citizens are not allowed to attend a movie house or theater

nor ride in a public streetcar within four hours after eating




**Kisses may last for as much as, but no more than, five




**By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or

she "cannot hold onto the ground."

**It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.



**It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller

with a water pistol.

**Biting someone with your natural teeth is "simple assault,"

while biting someone with your false teeth is "aggravated




**Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches.

**Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed

and securely locked.

**An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay

a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.

**Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat

of their taxi during their shifts.



**A parent can be arrested if her/his child cannot hold back a

burp during a church service.


New Mexico

**Females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public.


New York

**A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law

specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street

and looking "at a woman in that way." A second conviction for

a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be

forced to wear a "pair of horse-blinders" wherever and

whenever he goes outside for a stroll.


North Dakota

**Beer and pretzels can't be served at the same time in any bar

or restaurant.



**Women are prohibited from wearing patent leather shoes in




**Violators can be fined, arrested, or jailed for making ugly

faces at a dog.

**Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without

being licensed by the state.

**Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to

congregate in groups of three or more on private property.



**A special cleaning ordinance bans homemakers from hiding

dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.

**No man may purchase alcohol without written consent from

his wife.



**A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot

without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.

**It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time

while standing.



**Lawmakers made it obligatory for everybody to take at least

one bath each week- - on Saturday night.



**All lollipops are banned.

**A law to reduce crime states: "It is mandatory for a motorist

with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone

the chief of police as he is entering the town.


West Virginia

**No children may attend school with their breath smelling of

"wild onions."