Strange State Laws That Have Never Been Updated Or Changed

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Did you know that in the state of Arkansas, it is illegal to mispronounce the state’s name? No Are Kansas or else! Maybe jail time! Seriously, that is a law, but it is a way outdated law that has simply never been updated and more than likely would never be enforced.

Unless you ticked off the wrong law enforcement official.

Here are some other strange state laws that have never been updated. These facts were originally posted at The website claims to have gotten these laws from reliable sources, but recommends that you do your own research, as some of them may have been updated by now.

Let’s hope so.

In Philadelphia, you can’t put pretzels in bags based on an Act of 1760.

Alaska law says that you can’t look at a moose from an airplane.

In Corpus Christie, Texas, it is illegal to raise alligators in your home.

California law prohibits a woman from driving a car while dressed in a housecoat.

In Memphis, Tennessee, a woman is not to drive a car unless a man warns approaching motorists or pedestrians by walking in front of the car that is being driven.

In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.

In New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile.

In West Virginia, only babies can ride in a baby carriage.

In Georgia, it is against the law to slap a man on the back or front.

A barber is not to advertise prices in the State of Georgia.

In Louisiana, a bill was introduced years ago in the State House of Representatives that fixed a ceiling on haircuts for bald men of 25 cents.

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In Utah, birds have the right of way on any public highway.

In Ohio, one must have a license to keep a bear.

In Virginia, the Code of 1930 has a statute which prohibits corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than political candidates.

In Providence, Rhode Island, it is against the law to jump off a bridge.

In the State of Kansas, you’re not allowed to drive a buffalo through a street.

In Florida, it is against the law to put livestock on a school bus.

In New Jersey, cabbage can’t be sold on Sunday.

In Singapore, it is illegal to chew gum. (Okay, that’s a country, not a state, but that is still a strange law).

In Cleveland, Ohio, it is unlawful to leave chewing gum in public places.

In Virginia, chickens cannot lay eggs before 8:00 a.m., and must be done before 4:00 p.m.

In New York, it is against the law for children to pick up or collect cigarette and cigar butts.

In Massachusetts, it is against the law to put tomatoes in clam chowder.

In San Francisco, there is an ordinance, which bans the picking up and throwing of used confetti.

In Kentucky, it is illegal for a merchant to force a person into his place of business for the purpose of making a sale.

It is against the law in Connecticut for a man to write love letters to a girl whose mother or father has forbidden the relationship.

In Michigan, married couples must live together or be imprisoned.

In Utah, daylight must be visible between dancing couples.


In Michigan, it is against the law for a lady to lift her skirt more than 6 inches while walking through a mud puddle.

In North Carolina, it is against the law for a rabbit to race down the street.

In Georgia, it’s against the law to spread a false rumor.

In West Virginia, one can’t cook sauerkraut or cabbage due to the odors and the offence is subject to imprisonment.

In Missouri, a man must have a permit to shave.

In California the law states that more than 3000 sheep can be herded down Hollywood Blvd. at any one time.

In Texas, it is still a “hanging offense” to steal cattle.

This article is taken from Universal Free Press and presented exactly as it was originally written by Iraq War Veteran and author Kevin E Lake.

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