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  • Chewing gum is outlawed in Singapore because it is a means of “tainting an environment free of dirt.”
  • Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • During the time of Peter the Great, any Russian man who wore a beard was required to pay a special tax.
  • Every citizen of Kentucky is required by law to take a bath once a year.
  • Federal law forbids recycling used eyeglasses in the United States.
  • Hailed as a wonder drug in the late nineteenth century, cocaine was outlawed in the United States in 1914.
  • Impotence is grounds for divorce in twenty-four states in the United States.
  • In 1838, the city of Los Angeles passed an ordinance requiring that a man obtain a license before serenading a woman.
  • In Alaska it is illegal to look at a moose from the window of an airplane or any other flying vehicle.
  • In ancient times, any Japanese who tried to leave his homeland was summarily put to death. In the 1630s, a decree in Japan forbade the building of any large ocean-worthy ships to deter defection.
  • In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
  • In Canada, if a debt is higher than 25 cents, it is illegal to pay it with pennies.
  • In Hazelton, Pennsylvania, there is a law on the books that prohibits a person from sipping a carbonated drink while lecturing students in a school auditorium.
  • In Idaho, a citizen is forbidden by law to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
  • In Milan, Italy there is a law on the books that requires a smile on the face of all citizens at all times. Exemptions include time spent visiting patients in hospitals or attending funerals. Otherwise the fine is $100 if they are seen in public without a smile on their face.
  • In most American states a wedding ring is exempt by law from inclusion among the assets in a bankruptcy estate. This means that a wedding ring cannot be seized by creditors, no matter how much the bankrupt person owes.
  • In New York State it is still illegal to shoot a rabbit from a moving trolley car.
  • In Pakistan, it is rude to show the soles of your feet or point a foot when you are sitting on the floor.
  • In Paraguay, dueling is legal provided both parties are registered blood donors.
  • In Pennsylvania, ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
  • In San Salvador drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.
  • In seventeenth-century Japan, no citizen was allowed to leave the country on penalty of death. Anyone caught coming or going without permission was executed on the spot.
  • In Somalia, Africa, it’s been decreed illegal to carry old chewing gum stuck on the tip of your nose.
  • In New Jersey, it is illegal to slurp soup.
  • In Eureka, Nevada men who wear moustaches are forbidden from kissing women.
  • In Omaha, Nebraska, if a child burps during a church service his/her parents may be arrested.
  • In Montana, it is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.
  • In Waterville, Maine, it is illegal to blow one’s nose in public.
  • In Gary, Indiana, it is illegal to attend the theatre within four hours of eating garlic.
  • In Los Angeles courts it is illegal to cry on the witness stand.
  • In Arkansas, a man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
  • In Chicago, Illinois, it is illegal to fish in pajamas.
  • In Chicago, people who are diseased, maimed, mutilated, or “otherwise an unsightly or disgusting object” are banned from going out in public.
  • In Chicago it is also illegal to take a French poodle to the opera, and for women over 200 pounds to ride horses in shorts.
  • In Miami, Florida it is illegal for a man to wear any kind of strapless gown.
  • In Sarasota, Florida it is illegal to sing while wearing a bathing suit.
  • In Utah, the husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
  • In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.
  • In Wisconsin, it is illegal to cut a woman’s hair or to kiss on a train.
  • In Mesquite, Texas it is illegal for kids to have unusual haircuts.
  • In Oklahoma, people who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and jailed.
  • In Cleveland, Ohio, women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear.
  • In Asheville, North Carolina, it is illegal to sneeze on city streets.
  • Hornytown, North Carolina has banned all massage parlors.
  • In Alabama it is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
  • It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
  • In California, community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.
  • In Connecticut you are not allowed to walk across a street on your hands.
  • In Florida, women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.
  • Alfalfa Bill Murray was a legendary legislator in Oklahoma around the turn of the century who became speaker of the house and governor. He was also a tall fellow, and nothing ticked him off more than going into a hotel and having short sheets on the bed. In 1908 he had a law passed that required all hotels in the Sooner state to have sheets that covered the bed and had three extra feet of linen to cover the head and feet. The so-called “Nine Foot Sheet” stayed on the books for several decades, until after Alfalfa went to his last resting place.
  • Georgia officials were revising their state laws in 1981, and noticed they still allowed pensions for Confederate widows. That week the last widow died. Lawmakers bowed their heads, and deleted the law.
  • In Washington state it’s illegal for a candidate to buy anyone a drink on Election Day.
  • An old Virginia law was titled, “An Act to Prevent Corrupt Practices or Bribery by Any Person Other Than a Candidate.”
  • 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.
  • A Utah legislator proposed a resolution urging that each TV weather person be required to provide an ice cream cone to every member of the state House of Representatives whenever the forecast was wrong. The resolution failed, perhaps on First Amendment grounds.
  • In California it’s against regulations to let phones ring more than nine times in state offices.
  • An Arkansas legislator not long ago proposed that the state provide growth hormones to dwarfs.
  • In Simsbury, Conn., it’s illegal for a politician to campaign at the town dump.
  • If the Rushville, Ill., city council doesn’t have a quorum, those sent can have the cops go out and arrest absent members and bring them to the meeting.
  • A law passed in the ’50s by officials of Avignon, France, made it illegal for any flying saucer to land in the city.
  • A federal law makes it illegal to “utter” a false or counterfeit money order.
  • Each year, the mayor of Danville, Ky., must appoint “three intelligent housekeepers” to the Board of Tax Supervisors.
  • An old federal law made it illegal to import tiny sponges, smaller than four inches in diameter.
  • Call a Vermont court a “kangaroo court” or some similar moniker, and you might be looking at a $200 fine. It is illegal to defame a court.
  • The federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act defines an employee as “any individual employed by an employer.”
  • Due to a typographical error, a routine ordinance in Shelbyville, Ind., about charging for bad checks started out: “Whereas, the city of Shelbyville through its various governmental fascists receives numerous checks…” This was changed to “governmental facets.”
  • Redford Township, Mi., has a “Downspout Appeal Board.”
  • An ordinance proposed in Robbins, N.C., states, “In the future, anyone not living within the immediate vicinity of Robbins must have a permit from the Chief of Police and okayed by the Mayor or one of the Commissioners.” It’s not clear what the permit is for, but they may be on to something.
  • North Carolina just passed a law saying a political action committee, or PAC, has to have a name that describes the group’s cause or purpose. The idea is to prohibit, say, the highway or tobacco lobbies from calling themselves “Citizens for Good Government.”
  • Under a recent change in federal law, garment workers can now make mittens at home.
  • A Minnesota tax form is quite thorough. Some would say too thorough. It even asks for your date of death.
  • Under the law of the state of Washington, any restroom with pay toilets has to have an equal number of free toilets. This law came to pass after the speaker of the state House of Representatives raced to an all-pay facility without a dime.
  • It is illegal to loiter in the city morgue in Detroit.
  • A regulation in San Francisco makes it unlawful to use used underwear to wipe off cars in a car wash.
  • Baltimore has regulations governing the disposal of hog’s heads, pet droppings and oyster shells.
  • In Baltimore it’s illegal to block the sidewalk with a box. But the offense only carries a $1 fine. Another law makes it illegal to throw bale of hay (or of anything else) out a second-story window. That gets you a $20 fine.
  • To cut down on its once-horrific graffiti problem, New York City several years ago made it illegal to carry an open can of spray paint.
  • In Berkeley, Calif., you can’t whistle for an escaped bird before 7 a.m.
  • In San Antonio, Texas, you can’t honk a horn, run a generator, have a revival meeting or do anything else that disturbs the neighborhood and the city has a four-member noise police squad to enforce the law.
  • In North Carolina it’s illegal to sell cotton lint at night. It’s also legal to sell cottonseed at night.
  • A city council member in Albuquerque, N.M., introduced a resolution a few years ago to ban Santa Claus from the city. The matter was defeated.
  • If you’ve got a gal in Kalamazoo, better whisper sweet nothings to her. An old law forbade swains from serenading their sweeties from outside the window.
  • It’s illegal in New York to start any kind of public performance, show, play, game or what have you, until after 1:05 p.m.
  • In New York it’s unlawful for any person to do any thing that is against the law.
  • New York drivers are known to be crazy, but so are pedestrians in the Empire State. The law may be part of the problem. Jaywalking is legal, as long as it’s not diagonal. That is, you can cross the street out of the crosswalk, but you can’t cross a street diagonally.
  • A Boston mayor who disliked dancing and liked to retire early once banned midnight dancing in the Hub City.
  • In Boston it’s illegal to post an advertisement on a public urinal. It’s also against the law to hang a vending machine on a utility pole.
  • Under an 1872 law still on the books, an alderman in Chicago can carry a gun.
  • In Hartford, Conn., it’s illegal to plant a tree in the street.
  • In Boston, it’s illegal to cut firewood in the street, or shoot a bow and arrow in the street.
  • In New York City, it’s illegal to throw swill into the street.
  • San Francisco bans any “mechanical device that reproduces obscene language.”
  • San Francisco prohibits kerchoo powders and stink balls.
  • Members of nine New York Indian tribes are exempt from the city’s eight percent parking tax.
  • In a law that predates returnable bottles and cans, it’s illegal in Boston to rummage through rubbish containers.
  • In Danville, Ky., it’s illegal to throw slops or soapsuds in the street.
  • New York City may be the theater capital of the country, but it’s illegal to have a puppet show in your window and a violation can land you in the snoozer for 30 days.
  • In Forest City, N.C., it’s illegal to bring a pea-shooter to a parade. It’s also illegal to shoot paper clips with rubber bands.
  • Take some elocution lessons if you’re going to Joliet, Ill., where it’s against the law to mispronounce the city’s name. Offenders can be fined up to $500.
  • In Salem, Oregon, it’s illegal for patrons of establishments that feature nude dancing to be within two feet of the dancers.
  • “Dwarf-tossing,” the strange practice of hurling dwarfs in padded suits, is outlawed in the bars of Springfield, Ill., because it’s dangerous and exploitative. The practice is apparently allowed elsewhere in town, with a special permit.
  • In Christiansburg, Va., it’s illegal to “spit, expectorate or deposit any sputum, saliva or any form of saliva or sputum.”
  • Oakland, Calif., makes it illegal to grow a tree in front of your neighbor’s window and block his view. However, you’re off the hook if the tree is one that town officials consider an attractive tree, such as a redwood or box elder.
  • In Oxford, Miss., it’s illegal to “create unnecessary noises.”
  • Balloons with advertising on them are illegal in Hartford, Conn.
  • In Provincetown, Mass., it’s illegal to sell suntan oil until after noon on Sunday.
  • In Boston it’s against the law to keep manure in a building unless the building is being used as a stable. If it is, you can keep up to two cords of manure. If you’re overstocked, you need a permit to move the stuff. And you can’t leave it in the street.
  • Perhaps anticipating telemarketing, the town fathers of Albany, Va., have for years prohibited peddlers from using the telephone to either sell things or raise funds.
  • Communism has been against the law in Haines City, La., since 1950.
  • Under an 1889 law, the health officer of East Jordan, Mich., could send any nonresident with an infectious disease back to where he came from, as long as the person could travel. If not, the officer could rent a house for use as a pest house.
  • In the hippy-dippy late ’60s, Youngstown, Ohio, briefly had a law making it illegal to walk barefoot through town.
  • The people in Manteno, Ill., do not want used facial tissue, period. Hence, you cannot “throw, drop or place” a used hankie “upon any public way or public place or upon the floor of any convenience or upon the floor of any theater, hall or assembly or public building or upon the surface or any lot or parcel of ground or on the roof on any building or in any light or air shaft, court or areaway.”
  • In Minoola, Ill., it’s illegal to take your clothes off and “expose the naked person” during daylight or twilight, even if all you’re doing is taking a bath.
  • By town law the sewer service charge in Belhaven, N.C., used to be “$2 per month, per stool.” It was recently changed to read “per toilet.”
  • Funeral jargon seems to have crept into the wording of a cemetery fee regulation in Norton, Ohio. There regular plots are $33, but “creamies” are $75.
  • The good people of Tryon, N.C., are serious about getting a good night’s sleep. It’s against the law for anyone to keep “fowl that shall cackle,” or for anyone to play the piccolo between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.
  • As in many towns, you need a permit to run a barbershop in Christiansburg, Va. But the wording of the town’s law indicates that the permit will be revoked if you’re caught operating without a permit.
  • In Christiansburg, Va., it’s illegal to imitate a police whistle.
  • Gypsies should steer clear of Caroline County, Md., where it’s a $100 fine or six months in the can for “forecasting or pretending to foretell the future.”
  • In Xenia, Ohio, it’s illegal to spit in a salad bar.
  • Strangers in Simsbury, Conn., were required, under an ordinance enacted in 1701 and only recently repealed, to leave town within a month unless they had at least 20 shillings to their names.
  • Under an old law in Marblehead, Mass., it was illegal to cross the street on Sunday, unless absolutely necessary.
  • It sounds like the title of a rock album or something, but “Coasting on Beaver Street” is illegal in Edgeworth, Pa.
  • In Robbins, N.C., anyone who refuses to black out after hearing the blackout signal is subject to a $5 fine.
  • An ordinance in Murray, Ky., says the superintendent of sanitation “shall determine whether a person is small, medium or large.” Why the superintendent should make this determination is left unsaid.
  • By law, “watch stuffers” are unwelcome in McKeesport, Pa. Now, no one is quite sure what a watch stuffer does, but whatever he does, he better do it somewhere else.
  • It used to be against the law in Jonesboro, Ga., to utter the words, “Oh boy.”
  • Miami Shores Village, Fla., has for years required that all goods made in Communist countries and offered for sale in Miami Shores Village be clearly marked as such. The ordinance notes that such goods are often marked in a “false, misleading or inadequate manner, to hide their Communist origins.”
  • In Rockwell, N.C., anyone who violates the terms of a proclamation–such as failing to appropriately celebrate Peanut Day or Jaycees Week–is guilty of a misdemeanor.
  • A 1950 anti-obscenity law in Irondale, Ala., prohibited any showing of anyone nude or “in a substantially nude state” except a babe in arms.
  • In Jonesboro, Tenn., a slingshot used to be classified by law as a deadly weapon.
  • A Washington state law offers the presumption that youngsters will read comic books.
  • Under the Code of 1650 in the New Haven Colony (in what is now Connecticut), a 16-year-old boy could be put to death if he “cursed, struck or disobeyed” his parents or was “stubborn or rebellious.”
  • Wisconsin law provides for a fine of $2 to $20 for anyone under age 17 caught jumping onto a railroad car while the train is in motion.
  • In a case of wishful thinking, a Delaware legislator recently proposed a law that would require every minor to inform his or her parents before engaging in sexual intercourse.
  • It used to be the law in Hawaii that children had to obey all “lawful and moral” commands of their parents.
  • In Olympia, Wash., minors are prohibited from frequenting pool halls.
  • In Washington state it’s illegal to sell to minors comics that might incite them to violence or depraved or immoral acts.
  • A Wisconsin legislator recently introduced a bill making it illegal to tattoo someone under the age of 18. He was quoted as saying, “I’m going to save the buttocks of a few juveniles.”
  • In Mesquite, Texas, it’s still against regulations for youngsters to have haircuts that are “startling or unusual.”
  • In Washington it’s illegal to pretend you’re the child of a rich person and entitled to his estate.
  • Wyoming required that every inmate of the state’s training school for girls be issued crinoline bloomers.
  • Under a 1959 ordinance, stubborn children were considered vagrants in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Fla.
  • In North Carolina it’s illegal to dig ginseng on other people’s property between the months of April and September, according to an 1866 law.
  • If you happen to own a marl bed in North Carolina, the law demands that you put a fence around it. A marl bed may not be what you think. It is a kind of rock quarry.
  • Apparently with an exaggerated idea of the laws of thermal dynamics, the city council of West Palm Beach, Fla., once decreed that the roofs of all outhouses be fireproof.
  • In Los Angeles, years ago it was legal to cook in your bedroom, but not to sleep in your kitchen.
  • An old law in Columbus, Ga., made it illegal to sit on your porch in an indecent position.
  • In San Francisco, it’s illegal to beat a rug in front of your house.
  • A Kennesaw, Ga. law makes it illegal for every homeowner not to own a gun, unless you are a convicted felon, conscientious objector or disabled.
  • In Ballwin, Mo., the only place you can use vulgar, obscene or indecent language is in your home.
  • In Washington state it’s illegal to sleep in an outhouse without the owner’s permission.
  • In New York City it’s illegal to shake a dust mop out a window.
  • In Colorado it’s now legal to remove the furniture tags that say, “Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law.”
  • In Washington state, until quite recently, you could have been fined up to $500 for removing or defacing the label on a pillow.
  • Because people were using them for cheap furniture, it’s now illegal in North Carolina to take and sell labeled milk crates.
  • Taxpayers of Bainbridge, Ind., used to have to swear a solemn oath that the values they placed on their taxable property were the fair market values.
  • In colonial times, Hartford, Conn., had an ordinance that allowed any resident to rent the town chain for 2 pence. The resident had to fix it if he broke it.
  • In Hawaii it’s illegal for a shooting gallery to offer liquor as a prize. The shooter might want to come back after drinking the prize and try again.
  • In Baltimore it’s illegal to play professional croquet before 2 p.m. Sunday. The law also applies to professional quoits.
  • Both Massachusetts and New Hampshire had old laws that penalized gamblers who lost money. You’d get fined in Massachusetts if you had any money left. In New Hampshire you are prohibited from pawning the clothes off your back to pay off gambling debts.
  • In the state of Washington it’s illegal to catch a fish by throwing a rock at it.
  • In recent years, several efforts have been made to legalize camel racing and ostrich racing in New Mexico, but to no avail. Those bills were defeated, but the legislature recently allowed gambling on bicycle races.
  • Delaware prohibits horse racing of any kind on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
  • Under Delaware law, any person of good moral character may keep and operate a bowling alley. No gambling, however, is allowed.
  • Riverboat gamblers in Iowa have a $5 maximum bet.
  • In Las Vegas you can bet on any team–except The University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
  • It’s illegal to clam at night in Connecticut.
  • Due to a typographical error in the Tempe, Ariz., code, a shooting range can be run by the “Amateur Crapshooting Association.”
  • The state of Washington doesn’t allow marathon dancing–or marathon skipping, sliding, gliding, rolling or crawling.
  • San Francisco has an ordinance prohibiting “cane games.” City officials have no idea what cane games are. But when revising city laws recently, officials decided to keep the prohibition on the books, in case someday, somehow, cane games came back, they were deemed improper and the city needed the law.
  • Washington state doesn’t allow fake wrestling.
  • In Maryland, the legislature once proposed a board of parachute examiners to be made up of five licensed parachute instructors who would test and license all other parachute instructors. The plan had been abandoned when it was learned there were only three licensed parachute instructors in the state.
  • In North Dakota, charitable groups can hold stud poker games to raise money, but only twice a year.
  • In San Francisco it’s illegal to play poker in public or gamble in a barricaded room.
  • In Indiana a sports agent is supposed to give a college 10 days notice before luring a star athlete into the professional ranks.
  • In Idaho, it’s illegal to hunt from the back of an animal.
  • In Iowa, it is illegal to hunt from an aircraft.
  • It’s against the law in Fairbanks, Alaska to give a moose a beer.
  • The game of crackaloo is illegal in Fairfield, Ala.
  • In Mooresville, N.C., it’s illegal to attach anything to a pool table.
  • It’s illegal to clean salmon along Maine’s upper Kennebec River. Enforcement of this law has been made easier for many years by the fact that, because of a dam, there are no salmon on the upper Kennebec River.
  • An old Washington law sent duelists to jail for ten years, assuming they didn’t lose the duel.
  • The New York State Senate passed a resolution to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1955 world championship and expressed a longing that someday the Dodgers will return to “their one and only true home.”
  • A proposed Washington law protects sports referees from civil suit unless their actions were “willful, wanton, reckless, malicious or grossly negligent.”
  • Punching an official at a youth sports program in Nashville, N.C., incurs a three-year suspension from the program for adult spectators as well as participants.
  • A minister in Pennsylvania is not supposed to perform a marriage ceremony if either the bride or the groom is drunk.
  • In Kentucky, according to an old law, it’s illegal to use any kind of reptile in a religious service. It’s not certain if the law would withstand First Amendment scrutiny today.
  • If you went to church in Texas years back, you’d better be recognized. An old law made it illegal to go to church in disguise.
  • It used to be a $200 fine in Vermont to deny the “existence or being of God.”
  • It’s illegal in Nevada to have a “house of ill fame” within 400 yards of a church or school.
  • A recent proposal that ministers walk the beat with police officers in Belmont, N.C., notes “the ministers will carry a Bible instead of a gun.”
  • It’s against a Key West, Fla., ordinance to spit on a church floor.
  • Idaho and other states allow members of the Native American church to use the hallucinogenic plant peyote in religious services.
  • It’s unlawful to attract a crowd in Forest City, N.C., except when aching the Gospel, politicking or “serenading on occasion of public rejoicing.”
  • In Spokane, Wash., it used to be illegal to interrupt a religious meeting by having a horse race.
  • If the honey you are eating in Seattle is a blend of honey from or more types of flowers, it’s illegal for the honey to be labeled as having come from one type of flower.
  • It’s not clear what this has done to the bar business, but a law in Chicago, Ill., makes it illegal to serve liquor to the feeble-minded.
  • It’s against the law in Vermont for vagrants to procure food by force. Apparently if you have a good job and stable home life, it’s O.K. to procure food by force.
  • That the folks in Louisiana take their food seriously is beyond question. It is against state law to steal even a single crawfish.
  • If you’ve ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you’ll see the kings and queens on the various floats throwing plastic money, medallions and jewels to the crowd, but not food. It’s against the law to throw food from a float in the Mardi Gras festivities.
  • It’s legal to walk down the street with a drink in New Orleans, even to drive with a drink. But if you fall over and block the sidewalk, you’ve just broken the law.
  • It used to be legal in Minnesota to sell rolled candy on Sunday, and illegal to sell flat candy. The wafer people have gotten this one repealed.
  • As in most dairy states, Vermont does what it can to discourage the use of margarine. For example, it’s illegal to use colored margarine in restaurants unless the menu indicates you do–in letters two inches high. Colored margarine can only be served in triangle shaped patties.
  • Georgia has 75 laws on how to build rice paddies, even though the state has only one rice farm left. Rice was the state’s No. 1 crop before the Civil War. But right after the war, a hurricane destroyed all the paddies and ponds. It was too expensive to replace them without slaves, so the Rice State began growing peaches, peanuts and other crops.
  • It used to be against the law to go to the theater in Gary, Ind., after eating garlic.
  • An old law in Waterloo, Neb., discouraged barbers from eating onions on the job.
  • You may deserve a break today, but you won’t get it in Bloomfield, Conn., if you can’t wait to get home from your local fast food emporium: It’s against the law to eat in your car.
  • It’s illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Tomatoes are actually a fruit, but legally speaking, they’re a vegetable. Ruling in an 1893 tariff case, the U.S. Supreme Court said that because tomatoes are normally eaten during a meal and not afterward, they are legally vegetables.
  • One of the early Occupational Safety and Health Act laws in effect prohibited the use of ice in drinking water. It’s been repealed.
  • The Iowa Legislature once passed a resolution ordering the state cafeteria to start serving cornbread.
  • In Wisconsin you need a cheesemaker’s license to make any kind of cheese, except Limburger. To make Limburger, you need a master cheesemaker’s license.
  • Many states have had whacky liquor regulations. In Nevada until the 1960s it was illegal to sell liquor at religious camp meetings, within a half-mile of the state prison, in the State Capitol Building or to imbeciles.
  • Also, saloonkeepers had to post the names of habitual drunkards if so requested by the local sheriff or members of the imbibers’ immediate families.
  • California only fairly recently legalized the sale of alcoholic beverages in nudist colonies.
  • Minnesota has repealed its so-called “Twinkie” law, under which a Minneapolis City Council candidate was indicted for dispensing $34 worth of Twinkies, Ho-Hos, cookies, Kool-Aid and coffee to some senior citizens.
  • Montana just legalized the production of caviar.
  • In New York City you need a permit to transport carbonated beverages.
  • New York and a handful of other states require that toilets be evenly divided among men and women in public theaters or arenas.
  • The Santa Monica, Calif., City Council recently proposed that men be allowed to use women’s public restrooms when there’s a line of three or more at the mens’ room, and vice versa.
  • It’s illegal in Florida for an unmarried man and woman to live together in “open and gross lewdness.” Connecticut once had a similar law, but only the woman was penalized.
  • You need a license to sell condoms in Washington state.
  • In the old days in Nevada a man caught beating his wife was tied to a stake for eight hours a day with a sign that read, “Wife Beater” fastened to his chest.
  • In South Carolina, wife beaters weren’t allowed to hold public office.
  • An ordinance in Linden, Ala., provided that all women of “uncertain chastity” had to be off the streets by 9 p.m.
  • Vietnam veterans may remember that a Vietnamese lawmaker proposed the country should ban the practice of women wearing “falsies.”
  • A Wisconsin legislator in the 1970s proposed a law providing that no woman over 21 be required to divulge her age. If age information were required by law, women could use an alphabetic code: women in their ‘20s would use A, women in their ‘30s B, and so on.
  • A Maryland law outlaws “female sitters, also known as shills,” women paid by owners to sit in their bars and encourage male patrons to buy drinks.
  • In Missouri, male legislators once introduced a resolution urging their female colleagues to strap snub-nosed, 38-caliber revolvers to their ankles.
  • In Hawaii a husband or wife who deserted a spouse and failed to reconcile could be given a month of hard labor. Second offense was a year of hard labor.

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