It 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?