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#1 Ryan 3000

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 09:20 PM

What are some dumb laws in your area? I've seen a lot in 'Trivia' but it would be cool to see them all together.

One I haven't mentioned yet: I'm not sure where, but I heard somewhere it's illegal to tie a giraffe to a lamp-post.
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Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:34 AM

At dumblaws.com it says it's illegal to go whale fishing in Nebraska. Good thing I don't like fish. :thumbsup:
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Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:44 AM

Only in Australia.
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 burgular. :thumbsup:















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Posted 01 July 2007 - 01:30 AM

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

Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.

In 1985, an Arizona legislator proposed that each candidate for the legislature take a reading and an I.Q. test three months before the election. The scores would have been posted on the ballot, had the bill passed. But a majority of legislators, for whatever reason, voted it down.

The Arkansas legislature passed a law that states that the Arkansas River can rise no higher than to the Main Street bridge in Little Rock.

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

Baldwin Park: Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool

Belvedere City Council order reads: "No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash."

Hartford: You aren't allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands

Kentucky statute says: "No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club." Later, an amendment proposed: "The provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than sixty pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses."

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 04:06 AM

lol, those are so funny dc3 :thumbsup:.
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Posted 01 July 2007 - 11:56 AM

solaris, I noticed you signature which reminds me of one of my favorite quotations of Mark Twain, "Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable".

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:23 PM

I have heard different versions of this but this is how i understand it to be. I think there might be a similar law in York too.


In Chester (uk) it is law that any cestrian (born within the city walls) can shoot a welsh person within the city walls with a crossbow after 12 pm.

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:30 PM

This is not dumb, but curious and... don't say sexist, its from the 1800 or even before.
Well, there is a law that states that if you happen to have 8 male children, the 8th has the president as a godfather, and the state will cover all his expenses (food, education, etc.). Doesn't run for females... guessthey took name heritage into account
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Posted 01 July 2007 - 11:15 PM

Wow, I wonder if the President gives his new 'god son' lots of great stuff? Personally, I figure by that time the poor mommy could do with some great stuff - perhaps a full time housekeeper while she takes a long, long holiday? :flowers:

And no wonder my Welsh mother and her family believed in getting up before the sun rose each morning - must have been to avoid all those pesky arrow-shooting people!

And re the moose having sex in the street being illegal ... still laughing! I'd love to see anyone actually try to stop them!

I gotta wonder how/why on earth some of these laws became enacted!

But here in Canada ...

In Montreal, itís illegal to swear in French. (Apparently swearing in English is just fine?)

In British Columbia, itís illegal to kill a Sasquatch. :thumbsup:
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Posted 01 July 2007 - 11:23 PM

These just in from the State of Oklahoma....

It is illegal to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots.

People who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.

It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.

It is illegal for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to pretend to have sex with a buffalo.




Talk about some tough laws! :thumbsup:

Edited by Wildabeast, 01 July 2007 - 11:24 PM.

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 11:55 PM

The origin/reason of all these laws would be fascinating! They must have 'made sense' at one time, surely? But for the life of me I can't figure out most of them!

But the below from dc3 would have been so, so UNstupid - wouldn't it be terrific if everyone, in every Country, that was planning on running to lead us had to do it!


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Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:33 AM

MaraM, I agree, it would be interesting to find out a little about some of these laws, in some cases I would be happy just to know when they were enacted. I may just have to satisfy my curiosity now. :thumbsup:

Edit: I did a quick google to see what I could find out about the law in Chico Ca. regarding the detonation of a nuclear device and it turns out to be an urban myth. If you're interested you can read about it here.

I will see what else I can find.

Edited by dc3, 02 July 2007 - 12:46 AM.

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 09:42 PM

You know what I think is I think some angry politicians kept track of the common practice of someone they hated... and then made those common practices illegal!!! Makes more sense to me than any other reason right?
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Posted 02 July 2007 - 11:24 PM

Laughing, but you could be right, Ryan 3000. Have my fingers crossed that dc3 is having better luck at finding info on them than I am! :thumbsup:


Here's a couple more for Canada ...

It is illegal to kill a sick person by frightening them. (Well, duh!! Makes me wonder if this went on so often that they had to create a 'law' - eep!).

"It is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft". (Hmmm. Guess it was legal to actually practice it but perhaps the real witches objected to the fakes stealing their business away?).
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Posted 03 July 2007 - 04:16 AM

Some laws from here in Good Ol' San Francisco:

An ordinance prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash.

It is illegal to wipe one's car with used underwear.

Persons classified as "ugly" may not walk down any street.

It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.




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