The Strangest 50 State Laws Across America That Still Exist

Below are some of the more questionable, comical or just plain dumb laws that exist in each of the fifty states.

Alabama

You can’t wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.


Don’t even think about it, kid.

Alaska

If you see a sleeping bear, it’s illegal to wake it up for a photo op.

Also known as “suicide.”

Arizona

Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.

This man has no respect for the law.

Arkansas

You’re not allowed to pronounce “Arkansas” incorrectly.

Not to be confused with “KANzis”.

California

It’s unlawful to allow a dog to pursue a bear or a bobcat at any time.

But in Homeward Bound, the dogs just run away from them.

Colorado

Tags may be ripped off of pillows and mattresses.

Which means everyone is a criminal outside of Colorado.

Connecticut

A pickle is not a pickle until it bounces.

 Yes. We made a GIF for this.

Delaware

You are forbidden to sell the hair of a dog.

The real reason the Newton family had so many St. Bernards.

Florida

They accidentally banned every computer in the state by poorly wording a law which outlawed Internet Cafés.

If you’re in Florida reading this, please turn yourself into the local police.

Georgia

You can’t keep an ice cream cone in your back pocket on Sundays.

Forrest totally has an ice cream cone here.

Hawaii

You cannot use imitation milk in a milkshake without warning the drinker.

But Spam can go in anything, anywhere, all the time.

Idaho

Giving your sweetheart a box of chocolates weighing more that 50 pounds is illegal.

But unlimited McDonald’s is totally cool.

Illinois

You can drink under 21, if you’re enrolled in a culinary program.

I got my culinary license so I could test out the rich flavors of Franzia and Yellowtail…”

Indiana

The value of Pi is 3.

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Maybe Hoosiers should stick to basketball.

Iowa

One-armed piano players must perform for free.

Same goes for people (or, um, space critters) without noses.

Kansas 

If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed.

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You CAN pass, just wait a moment.

Kentucky

A person can’t dye ducklings, baby chicks, or bunnies.

Let’s just call this, “The drunk uncle at Easter law”

Louisiana

It’s a $500 fine for sending a pizza man to a friend’s house without them knowing.

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Pizza is not a joke.

Maine

It is illegal for Christmas decorations to still be up after January 14th.

Honestly, this should be a national law.

Maryland

A vending machine may NOT dispense a non-latex condom.

It’s how you use it.

Massachussetts

You cannot own an explosive golf ball.

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But they only explode if you hit them.

Michigan

A woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.

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DO YOU WANT TO GO TO JAIL?

Minnesota

Using goldfish as bait is against the law.

Body parts are still up for debate.

Mississippi

High school teachers may not have sex with their students.

It is illegal, but mostly: gross.

Missouri

One cannot drive with an uncaged bear.

One is also insane if they’re driving with a bear, caged or uncaged.

Montana

Seven or more Indians are considered a raiding or war party… and you can shoot them.

This law has another word – “racism.”

Nebraska

Whale fishing is illegal.

Shark fishing is totally cool, though.

Nevada

A man can’t buy drinks for more than three people at a time.

Putting roofies in them is frowned upon, also.

New Hampshire

It’s illegal to show a movie before 2 pm.

Seeing Frozen alone at 1 p.m. is no longer an option.

New Jersey

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, you lose the privilege of personalized plates.

And that kids, is how bumpers stickers were invented.

New Mexico

Idiots may not vote. Nor can insane people.

VERY curious as to how they determined the idiots.

New York

You can’t sell the fur of a cat.

But cat milk remains on the market.

North Dakota

Beer and pretzels cannot be served at the same time.

No worries. Just don’t get rid of pretzel day.

North Carolina

Bingo games can’t last more than five hours.

Pack up. We’re headed to Florida.

Ohio

It’s illegal to get a fish drunk.

Goldfish shots are even less tempting now.

Oklahoma

Wrestling a bear is unlawful.

Wrestling Hulk Hogan is lawful, but not encouraged.

Oregon

Hunting in cemeteries is prohibited.

WHO IS HUNTING IN CEMETERIES?

Pennsylvania

It’s a crime to tell a fortune teller where to dig for buried treasure.

But definitely remember to carry the fortune teller up the mountain.

Rhode Island

Any marriage in which either party is an idiot or lunatic is null and void.

Idiots: stay away from Rhode Island and New Mexico in general.

South Carolina

You have to be at least 18 to play a pinball machine.

Single, 30-year-old men take up the entire demographic in S.C.

South Dakota

You can’t sleep in a cheese factory.

What kind of world is this?

Tennessee

You can’t share your Netflix password.

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Stop hogging your friend’s account.

Texas

It’s illegal to point a laser beam at a plane.

We want to meet the person who forced them to make this law…

Utah

It’s illegal to cause a catastrophe.

Looking at you, Mother Earth.

Vermont

You’re not allowed to intentionally kill a bird with a plane.

Also, wear aviators. As much as possible.

Virginia

It is illegal to tickle women.

Sorry, no tickle fights with the lady friend.

Washington

All lollipops are banned.

 And fun. Don’t have any fun.

West Virginia

Roadkill may be taken home for dinner.

This actually lowered the cost of road maintenance in West Virgina, no joke.

Wisconsin

You can’t serve butter substitutes in prison.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and rock hammers are the most sought after item in prison.

Wyoming

It’s illegal to remove more than half a sheep’s ear.

BA RAMMMM YOUUU

Note: Most of these laws are either ignored by their respective states, or common sense. While all of them should be regarded as ridiculous, they are all still technically on the books.

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