Dumb laws

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  1. Abby_B

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    http://www.dumblaws.com/laws.php?site=laws&cid=184

    There are some great ones, including...

    U.S. Federal Law: No person may appear as a contestant in more than one game show a year.

    Virginia Law: No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.

    New York Law: It is against the law to throw a ball at someone's head for fun.
     
  2. Malcolm R

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    Someone should remind the Yankees.
     
  3. Lew Crippen

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    There really was not much information on this in the link; but I think that this was one small part of legislation that was a reaction to the quiz show scandal of the 50s (and done very well in Robert Redford's movie, Quiz Show.
     
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    Dumb laws are cool... The absolute best one from the US is this:

    "Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine."
    Hmmm, does that really mean I can't detonate my nuclear device in California without getting fined?... Dammit! [​IMG]

    There are also some pretty good ones from the UK:

    "All English males over the age 14 are to carry out 2 or so hours of longbow practice a week supervised by the local clergy."

    Cleverly followed by any of these:

    "You can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls and after midnight."

    "You may not shoot a Welsh person on Sunday with a longbow in the Cathedral Close."

    "Excluding Sundays, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow."
     
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    I like this Idaho Law:

    Illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.

    And probably the most obscure in terms of mixing animals and activities.

    In Boise residents may not fish from a giraffe's back.

    One law that completely makes sense:
    "If a police officer approaches a vehicle and suspects that the occupants are engaging in sex, he must either honk, or flash his lights and wait for three minutes before approaching the car." Only in Coeur d Alene. [​IMG]
     
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    I might take advantage of this one...

     
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    My fellow CT-ites will understand why this law is in effect in Guilford:
     
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    Hey Mark-

    Could you please explain the Christmas light
    law and the reference to Guilford?
     
  9. Joseph DeMartino

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    (Must be a Red Sox fan... [​IMG])

    The law says "for fun". It doesn't prohibt doing it for money. [​IMG]

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    Isn't the unofficial nickname of CT "The Blue Law State"

    The no beer sold on Sundays is still a pain in the ass. I guess some other states have it thought, but why? At least the changed the booze buying cutoff from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
     
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    Jeff, Guilford is one of those snobby/rich towns. There are a lot of towns like this in CT and I can totally see one having a law that forbids "non-classy" Christmas lights.

    It wasn't until recently that the McDonalds (in another rich town) allowed a drive-through to be built. They never had one before because they said it would make the town less desirable (or something snobby to that effect).Yeah, that one always sucked in CT. I also hate the fact that we can't have 'alcohol' shipped to CT.

    I even tried getting these awesome chocolates from Ethel M (that were filled with liquors) shipped to me, but they wouldn't allow it. [​IMG]
     
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    Kenosha WI:

    "No male is allowed to be in a state of arousal in public."
     
  14. MarkHastings

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    ^^ I would prefer EVERY state have that law [​IMG]
     
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    I always thought that laws should have experation dates....10 years seem about right....unless it was deemed essential (murder rape etc).
    They could be extended with a simple majority if needed.
    I once was in a law office and the California laws took up an entire wall 12 feet high and about 20 feet wide.
    I am sure I broke one of those laws by just sitting here on my couch
     
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    Only white chrismas lights in Guiliford because it has to be classy eh? Can you say "Christmas Vacation" [​IMG]
     
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    Now they tell me ... [​IMG]

    Okay, try these:

    It is illegal to eat Christmas pudding on Christmas Day.

    You cannot sell a copy of the Bible on Sunday, but you can sell pornography.

    You cannot sell fish and chips on a Sunday, but you can sell Chinese or Indian food to go - unless the fish and chips are sold at a Chinese or Indian restaurant whose main business is the sale of Chinese or Indian food.

    The Christmas Day one dates from Cromwell's time (he didn't object to rich fruit puddings, just any celebration of Christmas that smacked of Popery). I don't think it's ever been repealed - I'd love to see a test case.

    The two Sunday trading law ones really were law until about 20 years ago when the trading laws in the UK were overhauled. E.g. until the changes to the law you couldn't sell furniture on Sunday. One enterprising store owner found that you could sell carrots on a Sunday, and so offered Sunday shoppers carrots costing £2000 - with a free gift of a three piece suite.
     
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    I oppose the decriminalization of margarine. Do you realize what this would leave our communities open to? Do you?
     

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