The Strangest 50 State Laws Across America That Still Exist

| DEC 26, 2014 | 11:36 PM

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


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


Don't even think about it, kid.


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

alaska 2Also known as “suicide.”


Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.


This man has no respect for the law.


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


Not to be confused with “KANzis”.


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

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


Tags may be ripped off of pillows and mattresses.

coloradoWhich means everyone is a criminal outside of Colorado.


A pickle is not a pickle until it bounces.

i'm a pickle! Yes. We made a GIF for this.


You are forbidden to sell the hair of a dog.

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


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

floridaIf you're in Florida reading this, please turn yourself into the local police.


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

georgiaForrest totally has an ice cream cone here.


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

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


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

idahoBut unlimited McDonald's is totally cool.


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

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


The value of Pi is 3.

Maybe Hoosiers should stick to basketball.


One-armed piano players must perform for free.

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


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

You CAN pass, just wait a moment.


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

kentuckyLet's just call this, “The drunk uncle at Easter law”


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

Pizza is not a joke.


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

maineHonestly, this should be a national law.


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

Chinese Mark Upcoming Qixi Festival

It's how you use it.


You cannot own an explosive golf ball.

But they only explode if you hit them.


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



Using goldfish as bait is against the law.

minnesotaBody parts are still up for debate.


High school teachers may not have sex with their students.

mississippiIt is illegal, but mostly: gross.


One cannot drive with an uncaged bear.

missouriOne is also insane if they're driving with a bear, caged or uncaged.


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

montanaThis law has another word - “racism.”


Whale fishing is illegal.

nebraskaShark fishing is totally cool, though.


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

nevadaPutting roofies in them is frowned upon, also.

New Hampshire

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

new hampshireSeeing 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.

new jerseyAnd that kids, is how bumpers stickers were invented.

New Mexico

Idiots may not vote. Nor can insane people.

new mexicoVERY curious as to how they determined the idiots.

New York

You can't sell the fur of a cat.

new yorkBut cat milk remains on the market.

North Dakota

Beer and pretzels cannot be served at the same time.

north dakotaNo worries. Just don't get rid of pretzel day.

North Carolina

Bingo games can't last more than five hours.

north carolinaPack up. We're headed to Florida.


It's illegal to get a fish drunk.

ohioGoldfish shots are even less tempting now.


Wrestling a bear is unlawful.

oklahomaWrestling Hulk Hogan is lawful, but not encouraged.


Hunting in cemeteries is prohibited.

Screen Shot 2014-04-26 at 5.51.12 PMWHO IS HUNTING IN CEMETERIES?


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

pennsylvaniaBut 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.

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

South Carolina

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

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

South Dakota

You can't sleep in a cheese factory.

south dakotaWhat kind of world is this?


You can't share your Netflix password.

Stop hogging your friend's account.


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

texasWe want to meet the person who forced them to make this law...


It's illegal to cause a catastrophe.

utahLooking at you, Mother Earth.


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

vermontAlso, wear aviators. As much as possible.


It is illegal to tickle women.

tickle fightSorry, no tickle fights with the lady friend.


All lollipops are banned.

spongebob And fun. Don't have any fun.

West Virginia

Roadkill may be taken home for dinner.

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


You can't serve butter substitutes in prison.

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


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

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 1.16.44 PMBA 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.