Dumbest Laws

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  1. Rita

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    hi everyone
    what is the dumbest law you have ever heard of--can anyone top this one:in 1845 attempting to commit suicide was a captail offense-and perpetrators could be hanged for trying
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  2. ronjor

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    It is considered simple assault to bite someone in New Orleans, but it is aggravated assault if the biter has false teeth.
     
  3. MikeBCda

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    This one's so notorious that it's typically cited in law courses. And the State of Illinois still hasn't got the message that it needs changed. :p

    Illinois state law (don't ask me for a specific code/act reference, but surely it's gotta be on Google):

    When two trains approach the same level crossing (i.e., where tracks cross each other), both shall come to a full stop and neither shall proceed until the other has passed.
     
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    Let's see here. Hum. Let me get back to you on this. :D
     
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    In Texas 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.
     
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    In New York the penalty for jumping off a building is death.
     
  7. ronjor

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    The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary is banned in Carlsbad New Mexico.
     
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    Yikes!! Even Einstein would be hard-pressed to make THAT one work.... :eek:
     
  9. Peaches4U

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    Forgetting to close a gate is against the law in Nevada.

    Flying a kite is illegal in Schaumburg, IL.

    Shaking carpets in the street in Cambridge, Mass. is strictly forbidden.

    Being sexually aroused in public in Indiana may get you arrested.

    Texas:
    -The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
    -It is illegal to milk another person's cow.

    Utah:
    -A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife in his presence.

    Virginia:
    -In Richmond, it is illegal to flip a coin in any eating establishment to determine who buys a cup of coffee.
    -In Lebanon, it is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.
     
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    In Long Beach, California, it is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.
     
  11. MikeBCda

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    My apologies to Illinois residents (and of course legislature), my memory slipped a cog again. It's in Kansas, not Illinois -- and remains on the books there after well over a century.
     
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    Never heard of these!!
    Texas:
    -The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
    -It is illegal to milk another person's cow.

    Virginia: ""Gambling""
    -In Richmond, it is illegal to flip a coin in any eating establishment to determine who buys a cup of coffee.

    :D Isn't this illegal all over the world?
    -In Lebanon, it is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.
     
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    i wouldn't try it :D cuz u might not make it to thr couch. :D :D
     
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    There is a law on the books of TENNESSEE that says a man must run in front of a vehicle that a woman is driving, and, that the car may not go faster than five miles an hour!
     
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    New York Laws

    Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 P.M.


    Looking for more dumb laws? Check out DumbLaws.com!
    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.


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


    While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.


    A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.


    It is against the law to throw a ball at someone's head for fun.


    Carmel
    A man can't go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.


    Greene
    During a concert, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks.


    New York
    You may not smoke within 100 feet of the entrance to a public building.


    Citizens may not greet each other by "putting one's thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers".


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


    It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing "body hugging clothing."


    Ocean City
    It is illegal for men to go topless in the center of town.


    It is illegal to eat in the street in residential neighborhoods, and the only beverage you can drink on the beach is water in a clear plastic bottle.


    Staten Island
    It is illegal for a father to call his son a "faggot" or "queer" in an effort to curb "girlie behavior."


    You may only water your lawn if the hose is held in your hand.


    E-mail this joke to your friends!
     
  16. big ed

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    Massachusetts Blue Law left over from Colonial days. Rhode Island inhabitants seen crossing the State border could be shot on sight. Time to hunt!

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  17. Clowny

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    Haha! No need for an apology. My state has some dumb laws. :)

    Illinois State Laws:

    You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.

    You may be convicted of a Class 4 felony offense, punishable by up to three years in state prison, for the crime of "eavesdropping" on your own conversation

    The English language is not to be spoken.

    Champaign, IL:

    One may not pee in his neighbor's mouth.

    Evanston, IL:

    Bowling is forbidden.

    Moline, IL:

    Ice skating at the Riverside pond during the months of June and August is prohibited.

    I love this one, since I live here. :D

    Crystal Lake, IL:

    If one wishes to plant new sod in his or her yard in the summer months, that person may not use the city's water to water it. Additionally, the resident must obtain a permit from the city to water the lawn with outside water sources
     
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    Canada

    National Laws

    * Every fifth song on Canadian radio must be by a Canadian born citizen.
    * You may not pay for a fifty-cent item with only pennies.
    * Citizens may not publicly remove bandages.
     
  19. Mr.Blaze

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    IS THERE A LAW CALLED THE RULE OF THUMB WHERE IT LEGAL TO BEAT YOUR WIFE WITH A STICK AS THICK AND SHORT AS YOUR THUMB

    OR IS IT A RUMMOR
     
  20. Rita

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    hi bigc
    what laws huh? :D :D :D :D :D :D
    lol
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  21. Rita

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    hi mr blaze
    yes there is a law like that--i think it was in colonial america--i have read it before i know. :D
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    The one my wife quotes about only on Easter :(
     
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    Greyfox, just curious.
    How recent? I'm from there, but have been in Mass. 4 1/2 yrs. :eek:
     
  24. Rita

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    hi Bubba
    what law is that :D
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  25. MikeBCda

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    That sure wipes out any chance of plea-bargaining because it was "un-premeditated", huh? ;)
     
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