The World's 10 Weirdest Laws Not to Break

by Lark Gould 
Posted Feb 23rd 2011 10:30 AMUpdated Feb 28th 2011 01:54 PM


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Next time you plan to go fishing, wear a dress, put on false facial hair or murder your husband's Hong Kong-based mistress with anything other than your bare hands, you had better think again. There may be an oddball law prohibiting it.

Wacky laws are alive and well and on the books in most American states and in many international destinations. Although it is rare to find oneself under arrest for driving more than 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles or throwing out anything but water and chicken feathers from a car in California, the law is the law and it could happen.

To prevent getting tickets, fines or spending time in the clinker, here are the top ten of the wackiest laws you need to know about as you head off in your travels.

1. In Alabama, it is unlawful to wear a false mustache in church and cause "unseemly laughter." The state also keeps a law against driving while blindfolded on the books, just in case you are in a hurry to get to church and do not want to be sidelined by even the possibility of seeing someone with a false mustache and risk breaking into a gale of chortles.

2. In Phoenix, Arizona, the law states that every man who enters the city limits must wear pants. Maybe this was aimed at Scottish bagpipe players, but the law has ensured the city stays clean of men in skirts from wherever they hail.

3. In Hawaii, coins may not to be placed in one's ears. You can wear them in your nose, on your toes and under your arms but the ears are definitely out. Magicians take note.

4. In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays. And it is illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all. This law is so critical to the upholding of ethical behavior in the state that the Billings Convention and Visitors Bureau featured the tidbit of information on its website.

5. In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth. But a note from hubby should make it all ok again no matter where the spectacle occurs.

6. In Australia, you'll never be far from a comfortable bed of sorts if you are in a taxi. Taxicabs are required by law to carry a bale of hay in the trunk at all times.

7. In Singapore – a country where caning is not an act reserved for wicker furnishings, and mandatory death penalties are handed down for many narcotics offenses – take care of what you do with that plastic water bottle. A litter law dating from 1968 states if you drop trash on the ground you can pay up to $1,000. Do it again and you might be forced to do community labor and pay another fine. Even worse you'll have to wear a bright fluorescent jacket that says in so many words, "I am a litter lout." Similar statutes are in place for relieving yourself in an elevator. Better keep that plastic water bottle handy.

8. In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush the toilet after 10 p.m. in most apartment houses. Polite as always, this considerate population would rather suffer a build up in the toilet bowl than a row with neighbors over the roar of flushing through the midnight hours.

9. In Thailand, it is illegal to leave the house without wearing underwear. Perhaps it's a public health issue or a law aimed at the ladies of Patpong who might be practicing their amazing feats while walking through the supermarket or seated on the bus. It is not clear how the law is enforced, however, nor what the penalty is and whether a note from one's spouse will make everything right again.

10. In Connecticut, it is illegal cross the street while walking on your hands in Hartford, Connecticut.

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In the State of Indiana, it's Illegal to have sex with a chicken. This law was passed in 2007 because of an incident where a deranged man stole a chicken, took it to a motel room and raped it, killing it in the process. So our lawmakers had to pass a special law to make sure it wouldn't happen again, or at least if it did, they'd be able to charge the criminal with more than Theft, Trespassing, animal cruelty etc. NOW they can also tag ********** onto the list of charges, lmao.

April 19 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Poppy Seed in Dubai and other Islamic Countries.

We had a close relative put in Jail for 8 years for carrying Poppy Seeds in Dubai. This is SERIOUS and one should check thoroughly about the little known facts about some of these foreign countries.

April 11 2011 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Singapore made it to no.7 as usual in these kinds of lists. It may be weird to some people but that´s how we keep our country clean and tidy and the best way is to either ´shame´ the offenders and/or fine them. It works every time!!!

April 10 2011 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have long advocated that for every new law that is passed, legislators need to take a pre-existing law of the books. Several of these would be good candidates.

April 07 2011 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember an article in the Sunday morning newspaper from 50 years ago when I was just a boy about strange laws still on the books. I can remember two that stood out to me. One was a law in Texas that a horseless carriage when meeting a rider or wagon pulled by a horse must pull over and disengage the engine until the horse or horses were past. Another was a law in Florida that pet alligators must have a clearly visible license plate, much like an automobile. Checking out old laws still on the books could be a fun assignment to give children in school. Wonder what the penalty is for cattle rustling?

March 30 2011 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Many years ago in Palm Beach County FL, there was a charge on the books called 'death by steamboat racing' and it went back to 1895. Darn it, I had built a twin turbo-charged, nitrous assist double bolier steamboat engine to be used in the upcoming Springnationals Drag Fest on the Intracoastal Waterway. It has tricked out twin paddles coupled to a 6 speed Lenco gearbox. Bummer that I can't use it now.

March 01 2011 at 6:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are you asking a question or telling us you got caught doing it?

March 01 2011 at 6:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The headline on the AOL homepage is incorrect. It should be ILLEGALLY.I can't believe someone so uneducated is working as a writer. I understand minor mistakes, but there is no excuse for not knowing what an adverb is.

March 01 2011 at 6:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In Detroit, it is illegal to park your car in your own driveway unless it is behind the house. In Port Huron, MI, it is illigal for fire trucks to go above 25 miles per hour. The problem is it takes more money to remove these "blue" laws from the books so they are left as legal.

March 01 2011 at 5:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In my home town it is illegal to spit on the sidewalk or in a public park. I guess watermellon seeds must be swallowed at picnics. Funny thing is my friend Bob had a record seed spitting distance of 40 feet. Too bad Guinus never got a call.

March 01 2011 at 5:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply