I Can Get Arrested for *That*?

imagesIt was the first day back to school for me yesterday.  Nary a tear was shed.  Well, okay maybe a few but the motivational speaker had just told a really moving anecdote.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  The day consisted mostly of a lot of sitting in meetings, but one thing that we found highly entertaining was when we were going over new school board policies.  There is now a form we are required to fill out if we ever get arrested.  For some reason that struck us as hilarious.  One teacher wondered aloud who’d she call in such an instance.  I pointed out that I wouldn’t have anyone to call because all my best friends would be with me.  The meeting went downhill from there.

Obviously we all know how to stay on the right side of the law in our hometowns.  But as it turns out, we could easily find ourselves behind bars if we travel to the wrong place.  Get a load of some of these strange and archaic laws and ordinances on the books around the country:

In Carmel, CA, for example there is a ban on high heels.  Pumps can have heels no higher than two inches, to protect the city from potential lawsuits.  Never fear, however.  Free high heel permits are available at City Hall.

Any plans to travel to Alabama in the near future?  You might want to avoid being in the state on Sundays.  As it turns out, playing cards, hunting, gaming and racing are prohibited.  If discovered, you could be jailed for three months for engaging in such immoral behavior.  I wonder how they feel about dancing on the Sabbath?

A bizarre North Dakota law prohibits a bar from serving beer and pretzels at the same time.  In Georgia parents are forbidden from selling their children to a circus if the child is under the age of thirteen.  Other activities illegal for children under twelve to perform is acrobat, wire walker, and circus rider.  Apparently alligator wrestling is perfectly all right, since it isn’t specifically prohibited by this law.

Trying to pay a debt of more than twenty-five cents in pennies will land you in the slammer in Canada.  Falling asleep under the hairdryer in Florida will guarantee a trip to the poky.  Be very careful around the butterflies in Pacific Grove, CA because even threatening one is illegal there.

Other jaw-dropping ways to get yourself arrested are hunting for camels in Arizona, tying a giraffe to a telephone pole in Atlanta, falling asleep with your shoes on in North Dakota, or getting a fish drunk in Ohio.  (There goes my plans for the weekend.)

I’m going to need to significantly edit my bucket list.

You can find out which dumb laws you have in your state by checking here:


For more crazy laws on the books, check out the link below.  The article comes with animated illustrations 🙂


Which of these laws did you find the most outlandish?  Have you heard of other regulations that top these?

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15 Responses to I Can Get Arrested for *That*?

  1. Teresa Hughes says:

    Wow! They were all pretty crazy! Getting the fish drunk was pretty funny! The racing one in Alabama was funny too. They have a superspeedway there. So all the Nascar drivers could be arrested? Wonder if they know?

    Fun post!

  2. Teresa Hughes says:

    I just looked up dumb laws for my home state of NC. Here are two that are cracking me up!

    It is illegal to use an elephant to plow cotton fields.

    When having sex a couple must remain in the missionary position and have the shades pulled.

    All I can say is wow!

  3. Willa says:

    Fab post . . giggled through it . . 😀

    UK ones : Those wishing to purchase a television must also buy a license.

    Yes – this one because it is in force today and they go around in little detector vans to catch you out! They forgot to mention you have to have it renewed EVERY year to the cost of $235 ..

    Placing a postage stamp that bears the Queen (or King) upside down is considered treason.

    Oops – looks like I will be posting from the Tower of London next time . . 😀

  4. Kathleen O says:

    In Canada It is illegal to kill a sick person by frightening them. well duh… where do think the saying “Frightened to Death” came from.

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

  5. leannebanks says:

    It is illegal to tickle women in Virginia. Haha. That tickled me! 🙂

  6. pjbme says:

    In Texas you can’t carry wire cutters in your pocket. Goes back to the days of fighting for open range (ie, no barbed wire fences) vs closed.

  7. In MN “All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.” Helmets are optional here if the man is over 18. Keeping our priorities straight.

  8. Kylie Brant says:

    Kathy, we don’t have a helmet law either. Makes no sense.

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