Dumb stupid laws

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    Feb 23, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    Here's some laws in Texas:

    1. One must acknowledge a supreme being before being able to hold public office.

    2. When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.

    3. Up to a felony charge can be levied for promoting the use of, or owning more than six dildos.

    4. A recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.

    5. Homosexual behavior is a misdemeanor offense.

    In Austin:

    Wire cutters can not be carried in your pocket.

    In Beaumont:

    Collegiate football is banned at Lamar University.


    What are some stupid dumb laws in your area?
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  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 23, 2009 5:03 AM GMT
    My two favorite Louisiana dumb laws are

    "A law was passed with the specific intent of stating the punishment for stealing crawfish."

    "Persons could land in jail for up to ten years for stealing an alligator."

    We take our edible pets seriously, ya'll!



    And then there's "Rituals that involve the ingestion of blood, urine, or fecal matter are not allowed." That sounds a lot like the "No blood, piss or scat please." in many of the gay.com profiles.
  • Delivis

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    Feb 23, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    Canadian dumb laws listed:


    Comic books which depict any illegal acts are banned.

    You may not pay for a fifty-cent item with only pennies.

    Citizens may not publicly remove bandages.

    It is illegal for clear or non-dark sodas to contain caffeine.

    Businesses must provide rails for tying up horses.

    Wooden logs may not be painted.

    You may never use dice to play craps.

    If you are released from prison, it is required that you are given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town.

    When raining, a person may not water his/her lawn

    It is illegal to turn right on a red light at any time.

    Margarine producers can’t make their margarine yellow

    The color of house and garage doors is regulated by city bylaws (a purple door get you a fine).

    It’s illegal to climb trees
  • JayneCobb

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    Feb 23, 2009 5:25 AM GMT
    Michigan:

    It is illegal to kill a dog using a decompression chamber. (Who the hell carries one of those around?)

    No man may seduce and corrupt an unmarried girl, or else he risks five years in prison. (No problem here..)

    Cars may not be sold on Sunday.

    A woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.

    All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police.

    There is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.

    It is illegal to let your pig run free in Detroit unless it has a ring in its nose.

    Smoking while in bed is illegal.

    It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.

    It is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.


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    Feb 23, 2009 6:43 AM GMT
    What an interesting thread. I had a quick Google for laws in Tasmania:


    A life sentence is 200 years.

    Children may not purchase cigarettes, condoms or alcohol, but they may use them.

    It is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burglar.

    It is illegal to dress up as batman

    It is illegal to walk on the right hand side of a footpath.

    Under Australian Communications Authority (ACA) regulations, a modem can't pick up on the first ring. If it does the, ACA permit for your modem is invalid and there's a $12,000 fine. -Telecommunications Act 1991.

    Taxi cabs are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk.

    Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons.

    The legal age for straight sex is 16, unless the person is in the care/custody of the older person, in which case it is 18.

    Until the Port Arthur Massacre it was legal to own an AK-47 but not legal to be gay

    - This last one I know is true
  • vindog

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    Feb 23, 2009 6:47 AM GMT
    Marijuana is illegal.

    Prostitution is illegal.

    There are specific times to buy/sell alcohol.

    Gambling is illegal.



    those are the few that come to mind.
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    Feb 23, 2009 7:13 AM GMT
    Looking at Chico, California... terrorist beware:

    "Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine."

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    http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/california?page=20
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    Feb 23, 2009 9:02 AM GMT
    In parts of the Southeast, it is illegal to purchase alcohol on Sundays. Also, in certain parts of the Southeast, on Sundays, you are not allowed to buy groceries until after 1pm (because everyone should be in church until then!).

    Whenever I visit my family in GA, I am reminded of these "backwards" rules. I think it's in towns in SC and FL and north GA where the Sunday grocery law is in effect.

    One of my friends was jailed in a small town near Seaside, FL for accidentally running over some plants that are considered endangered (he was driving his truck on the beach). A witness called the police and reported his license plate #. The police, who apparently had nothing better to do, hunted him down as he was dining with his family and hauled him out of the restaurant and made him spend the night in jail. His parents had to post bail of a few thousand to get him out the next day. Small town horror stories exist for a reason lol.

    When visiting the Bible Belt, read up on local laws if you're going into rural areas...kinda like you would do when visiting foreign countries. I grew up there, and there's some weird shit in some areas lol.
  • metalxracr

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    Feb 23, 2009 9:53 AM GMT
    I used to live in Texas and when I was in High school I took a Texas Government college class and we went over the Texas constitution. There are laws in there that no one goes by, because some are flawed and outdated. There is even one that says, you can't back out of your driveway. Those are not enforced at all, they're basically disregarded. The reason they're not deleted is because the Texas Constitution is huge and has been changed hundreds of times, so now they just leave it as is. Which brings me to this point...

    is this rule one that is disregarded?

    5. Homosexual behavior is a misdemeanor offense.

    My senior year of High school, my boyfriend and I got caught by the cops having sex in my car. They just told us to go home and do there it instead.

    We were not the first to get caught and just let go, I knew of several gay guys getting caught by cops and were let go.
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    Feb 23, 2009 10:41 AM GMT
    One of my friends was jailed in a small town near Seaside, FL for accidentally running over some plants that are considered endangered (he was driving his truck on the beach). A witness called the police and reported his license plate #. The police, who apparently had nothing better to do, hunted him down as he was dining with his family and hauled him out of the restaurant and made him spend the night in jail. His parents had to post bail of a few thousand to get him out the next day. Small town horror stories exist for a reason lol.

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    Gosh......I moved very near Seaside, FL. recently.
    I'll keep that in mind for sure!icon_redface.gif
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    Feb 23, 2009 12:39 PM GMT
    metalxracr said is this rule one that is disregarded?

    5. Homosexual behavior is a misdemeanor offense.


    Texas Penal Code Sec. 21.06 was held unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas. Remember?
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    Feb 23, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
    In New Hampshire:

    You cannot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.

    You may not tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.

    On Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up. (I am assuming that non-citizens can get away with this!)

    In the White Mountain National Forest:

    If a person is caught raking the beaches, picking up litter, hauling away trash, building a bench for the park, or many other kind things without a permit, he/she may be fined $150 for ”maintaining the national forest without a permit”.
  • Latenight30

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    Feb 23, 2009 1:22 PM GMT
    Georgia-
    All sex toys are banned.
    I am in so much trouble.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 23, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    New York:

    Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business.

    Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.

    A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting.

    The penalty for jumping off a building is death.

    New Yorkers cannot dissolve a marriage for irreconcilable differences, unless they both agree to it.

    A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.

  • Aquanerd

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    Feb 23, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
    When you get right down to it, aren't most laws stupid? After all, most laws are written in an attempt to protect stupid people from themselves?
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    Feb 23, 2009 2:08 PM GMT
    thats texas for u, its like ur super conservative grandma, but u gotta love er icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 23, 2009 3:05 PM GMT
    In New Orleans:
    1. You must have a mayor
    2. Trust FEMA
    3. Trust the Army Corps of Engineers
    4. Trust Bush
    5. Above all of the above, do not drink alcoholicon_lol.gif
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    Feb 23, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    Some Kansas laws:
    Rabbits may not be shot from motorboats.
    Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear tail lights.
    No one may catch fish with his bare hands.
    The state game rule prohibits the use of mules to hunt ducks.
    Urination upon public or private property--Misdemeanor.
    Opening, damaging or removing coin-operated machines is a Class A violation.
    Tire screeching unlawful.--Misdemeanor.
    Riding an animal down any road is against the law. --Misdemeanor.
    It is illegal to spit on a sidewalk.
    All cars entering the city limits must first sound their horn to warn the horses of their arrival.
    No one may wear a bee in their hat.
    One may not picket a funeral.
    Musical car horns are banned.
    It is against the law to leave your car running unattended.
    It is illegal to drive one’s car through a parade.
    Many cities have laws to force citizens to keep their yards in decent shape.
    No one may sing the alphabet on the streets at night.

    --it just keeps getting dumber, too!
  • fryblock

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    Feb 23, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    growingbig said3. Up to a felony charge can be levied for promoting the use of, or owning more than six dildos.


    they are coming after me!

    Virginia:

    Not only is it illegal to have sex with the lights on, one may not have sex in any position other than missionary.

    There is a state law prohibiting “corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than candidates.

    You may not engage in business on Sundays, with the exception of almost every industry.

    If one is not married, it is illegal for him to have sexual relations.

    You may not have oral or anal sex.

    Driving while not wearing shoes is prohibited.

    Police radar detectors are illegal.

    Citizens must honk their horn while passing other cars.

    Children are not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

    It is illegal to tickle women.

    No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.

    Cities:
    Culpeper:
    No one may wash a mule on the sidewalk.

    Dayton:
    A person of color may not be outside or within the city limits after 7 pm.

    Frederick:
    Any person who owns a pool risks a $2500 fine for not closing the gate to the pool when they get done swimming in it.

    A special license is required for persons wishing to sell such items as tableware and coins.

    Norfolk:
    Spitting on a sea gull is not tolerated.

    A man may face 60 days in jail for patting a woman’s derriere.

    Women must wear a corsette after sundown and be in the company of male chaperone.

    Prince William County:
    No person may keep a skunk as a pet.

    It is illegal to cuss about another.
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    Feb 23, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    California title 24 energy code does not allow you to install those spiral fluorescent light bulbs in a new house to save energy even though they are the most efficient white light source on the planet.
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    Feb 23, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    Just a few that came down on me personally:

    I'm not allowed to alter the vegetation (on a 120 acre farm) in any way without going through a permit process that starts with a $1000 fee, per event. However I'm also required to pretty much clearcut 60 acres of woods for "fire protection." There are fines for violating either order.

    I had to replace my showers with "flow-control" devices that prevent scalding by automatically mixing cold water into the hot water. So to get a warm shower, I have to turn the water heater up and create a scalding hazard in every fixture in the house. In order to prevent scalding. icon_mad.gif

    Turtles, by law, are mammals.

    The inverse square law has been overruled.


    Argh, I could go on, but it wouldn't be healthy.
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    Feb 23, 2009 6:24 PM GMT
    In San Francisco, one is prohibited from giving or receiving oral sex. Say whhhhhhhhat!? icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 23, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    Florida:

    1. Homosexuals may not adopt children.

    2. Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.

    3. A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.

    4. It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.

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

    6. Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.

    7. One may not commit any "unnatural acts" with another person.

    8. Unmarried couples may not commit "lewd acts" and live together in the same residence.

    9. You may not catch crabs.

    10. Oral sex is illegal.
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    Feb 23, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    lawguy920 saidFlorida:

    9. You may not catch crabs.

    10. Oral sex is illegal.

    I try to avoid catching crabs. Oh, you mean the crustaceans? Odd, because in Washington state I was given a free crab harvesting license for being a disabled veteran. Go figure...

    And is oral sex really illegal in Florida? I see that law broken nightly on the back patio of the Ramrod gay leather club... icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 23, 2009 7:27 PM GMT
    i'm noticing a reoccurring theme of 'sunday' laws... primarily in the south and conservative regions.... i think they should all be stricken.

    in many parts of europe, witchcraft laws that condemn suspected practitioners to death by burning have never been repealed.