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Friday, 23 September 2011

Crazy American laws

It's Friday, I've got the weekend off and I'm feeling pretty good about it. In honour of that I've decided todays post is going to be fun and light hearted; especially after what one of my past passengers told me yesterday.
He'd just come back from a holiday in Las Vegas where he had been charged a $20 a day resort fee to help pay for the complimentary teas and coffees in the morning.
If any of my lovely readers have a spare dictionary knocking around could they please highlight the word complimentary and send it over to America please. Clearly they're not sure what the word means.
In honour of this amazing piece of abuse of the English language I'm going to share these with you.
This isn't a joke.
All these laws are real in America, still on the books and you can be arrested and prosecuted for breaking them. If you're planning a trip to America any time soon be careful.
You have been warned!

In Alabama it is illegal to drive whilst blindfolded - Hmmmm I'm glad someone thought of that one!

In Alaska it is illegal to look at a moose from a plane or to push one out of a moving plane - Presumably it's OK to push one out of the plane if it's landed though?

In California it is illegal to set a mouse trap without a hunting license
It is also illegal for a "Dog to be in public without it's master on a leash" - Maybe someone needs to work on the wording of this one.

In Colorado it is illegal to allow a cat to run loose without a taillight - What?????

In Connecticut it is illegal to cross a road whilst walking on your hands - I've actually been campaigning for years to bring that law over here, with little success.

DC - It is unlawful for small boys to throw stones at any  time in any place - good luck enforcing that one!

In Florida it is illegal for single, divorced or widowed women to parachute on Sunday afternoons - But it's OK if you're married?
Rats are forbidden from leaving any ships docked in Tampa Bay.
Men may not be seen to be publicly wearing a strapless dress - At least it's still OK in private

In Georgia it is illegal to say "oh boy"

In Idaho it is illegal for a man to give his partner a box of chocolates that weighs less than 50lbs - I'm guessing there's a lot of large women in Idaho then?

It is illegal to speak English in Illinois - This might make sense, does anyone know if this law is country wide?

In Chicago it is forbidden, by law, from dining in a building that is on fire.

In Indiana citizens may not go to see a movie or ride on any public transport within four hours of eating garlic - Finally, a law that makes some sense!

In Kansas Fathers aren't allowed to frighten their daughters boyfriends with a gun.

In Louisiana biting someone with your natural teeth is simple assault whilst biting someone with your false teeth is classed as aggravated assault. - Do they have a lot of violent OAPs in Louisiana?

In Maine the exact wording of the law is "it shall be illegal to bite the landlord, no matter how much he deserves it".

In Maryland you are forbidden from mistreating an oyster - answers on a postcard to the usual address if anyone knows how to mistreat an oyster.

In Massachusetts you may not snore unless your bedroom windows are securely shut and locked - I can see the point of the shut thing, but why locked?
You may also not grow a goatee unless you have purchased the appropriate licence and paid the fee.

In Michigan a womans hair legally belongs to her husband.

In Kansas City minors are not allowed to buy cap guns - They can however legally own a shotgun.

In Nebraska a parent may be arrested if a child burps during a church service.

In Nevada you may not drive a camel on the highway - the law is silent about driving a camel on side roads though.

In New York you are banned from playing golf in the street.

In North Carolina dogs and cats have been banned, by law, from fighting - It's about time someone stopped them!

In North Dakota you cannot go to bed with your boots on.

Oklahoma has forbidden whale hunting throughout the entire state - never mind the fact that it's landlocked on all sides.

In Tulsa opening a pop bottle without a licensed engineer is illegal.

In Tennessee it is illegal to catch a fish with a lasso - Now this might just be my opinion, but I think if someone can catch a fish with a lasso he should be given a medal, not arrested.

There's literally hundreds more of these so if I've missed one of your favourites feel free to add it below.

Happy cruising.

1 comment:

  1. In Idaho it is illegal for a man to give his partner a box of chocolates that weighs less than 50lbs

    Thats My kind of Law!!!