Sep 15, 2008

Auntie Nolo's Zany Laws, Part 1

Jake Warner: Loads of goofy laws have been passed over the years. I'm sure you have a collection of the looniest.

Auntie Nolo: The list is endless. My favorites are the ones meant to be serious, but which nevertheless tickle my funny bone.

Jake Warner: You mean the 1950s French law prohibiting flying saucers from landing in vineyards isn't your favorite?

Auntie Nolo: Actually, I kind of prefer the statute that makes it illegal to declare war on Wisconsin.

Jake Warner: Not bad. How about a few more-- past or present, it doesn't matter.

Auntie Nolo: In Alaska it's legal to shoot a bear as long as you have a license, but illegal to wake one up to take its picture. Here are a few more that'll bring a chuckle:

A Connecticut law made it illegal to sell pickles that break or squish when dropped from a height of one foot.
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A 1963 Minnesota law reads like this:
"Adultery occurs when a married woman has sexual intercourse with a man other than her husband, whether the man is married or not. There is no prohibition against sex between a married man and an unmarried woman."
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In Berkeley, California it was illegal to whistle for an escaped bird before 7:00 AM.
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In Detroit, Michigan it's illegal to loiter in the city morgue.
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An ordinance in the city of Belvedere, California required, "No dog shall be in public without its master on a leash."