50 Weird Laws In Each State

50 Weird Laws In Each State

How much freedom do we really have in America?

While we are all recovering from celebrating the land of the free and the home of the brave, you may be thinking how great it is to live in a free country. You may also be thinking: Just how free are we here in the US of A? Well, back in the day we could do pretty much anything we wanted. However, due to our reckless ancestors, our State governments felt as though they needed to make a few laws to keep our citizens and beautiful country safe. Here are the strangest laws in each state; this really makes you wonder what kind of debauchery was happening a hundred years ago.

Alabama: You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time. You might sit on it, or get a bench dirty. Whatever.

Alaska: Moose may not be viewed from an airplane. How could you even get a good view from that high up?

Arizona: You can face up to 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus. It would probably be more of a punishment if the cactus came falling towards you while cutting it down.

Arkansas: Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs. Dang it, he’ll have to go back to the pond now.

California: Bingo games cannot last more than five hours. Betty, we’ve been playing long enough. B-15 just isn’t going to happen.

Colorado: You cannot ride a horse while under the influence. Woah there.

Connecticut: In order for a pickle to be a pickle, it must bounce. We have an imposter! There it is, on the floor!

Delaware: It’s illegal to wear pants that are “firm fitting” around the waist. Bye bye, muffin tops.

Florida: It’s illegal to sell your children. That’s it, Jimmy, I’ve had it!

Georgia: Chickens are not allowed to cross the road. Why did the chicken cross the road? Oh wait …

Hawaii: All residents can be fined for not owning a boat. You WILL have ocean fun.

Idaho: A man cannot give his fiancée a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds. Why would anyone ever need that much candy?

Illinois: The English language is not to be spoken. Hola, amigo.

Indiana: You cannot attend a public event or use public transportation for four hours after eating garlic or onions. Thank goodness. I don’t need your nasty breath trapped next to me.

Iowa: Kisses may last for no more than five minutes. No world records for kissing broken here.

Kansas: No one may sing the alphabet on the streets at night. Sorry, you can’t practice for your American Idol audition anymore at night. On the streets. With the ABCs as your song of choice.

Kentucky: Throwing eggs at a public speaker could result in up to a year in prison. I think booing would suffice.

Louisiana: It’s illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol. But not illegal to rob the bank and shoot with a real pistol??

Maine: After January 14th you can be fined for having your Christmas decorations still up. You get two weeks, people, then the holiday joy is gone.

Maryland: It’s illegal to take a lion to the movies. What? How? Just no.

Massachusetts: You cannot go to bed without first having a full bath. Shower before bed anyways, ya nasties.

Michigan: A robber can file a lawsuit if he or she got hurt in your house. “You’ve been served.” “For what?” “The broken ankle your burglar had when they tripped over your table.”

Minnesota: It’s illegal to sleep naked. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Mississippi: It’s unlawful to shave on Main Street. Get it together, people.

Missouri: Single men between the ages of 21-50 must pay a tax of one dollar. Wife me up, and I’ll save you money. You’re welcome.

Montana: Worrying squirrels is illegal. Oh, you want this acorn? Just kidding!

Nebraska: Doughnut holes may not be sold. What is this world coming to?!

Nevada: If you have a mustache, it’s illegal to kiss a woman. Beard burn is real, and it hurts.

New Hampshire: It is illegal to pick seaweed up off the beach. Just throw your towel over it.

New Jersey: If you’re even convicted of a DWI, you can never apply for personalized license plates again. This is why you can’t have nice things.

New Mexico: A woman cannot go out in public unshaven. This shouldn’t have to be a law, ladies.

New York: People may not slurp their soup. Finally a law that makes sense!!!!

North Carolina: Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields. Where would one even go to get an elephant?

North Dakota: It’s illegal to fall asleep with your shoes on. Come on, No Dak, didn’t Sammy Adams teach you anything?

Ohio: Participating in or conducting a duel is prohibited. Sorry, Harry and Draco, no more dueling.

Oklahoma: Making “ugly faces” at dogs can result in a fine or jail time. So if you have chronic RBF, be aware.

Oregon: You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards down the street. Sorry, my multitasking skills are on point.

Pennsylvania: It’s illegal to have over 16 women live in a house together because that constitutes a brothel. Did anyone notify the sorority houses?

Rhode Island: No one may bite off another’s leg. How does one even do such a thing?

South Carolina: No work may be done on a Sunday. Don’t need to tell me twice.

South Dakota: No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants. I would love to see what a horse in pants looks like.

Tennessee: It’s a crime to share your Netflix password. What kind of savages live here?

Texas: It’s illegal to sell your eyeballs. I don’t even know why this had to be created, and I don’t want to know.

**BONUS** I could not leave this unknown to the public.

Texas 2.0: Flirting is against the law in San Antonio. How do couples ever form?

Utah: You can marry your cousin if you are both over the age of 65. You have your cousins, then you have your first cousins …

Vermont: It’s illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole. Hold on, Steve, I’ll be right back. I just need to run into the store quick.

Virginia: It’s against the law for a woman to drive a car on Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of her waving a red flag. How about I run you and your silly flag over with my great driving skills?

Washington: Motorists with criminal intentions must stop at city limits and call the chief of police as he enters the town. “Hey buddy, just wanted to let you know I’m about to come tear up your town. See ya in a bit!”

West Virginia: For each act of public swearing, a person shall be fined one dollar. We all have that friend who needs this law in their life.

Wisconsin: One cannot allow another to use their telephone to make prank phone calls. Did these lawmakers have a childhood?

Wyoming: Using a firearm to fish is prohibited. But what kind of great aim would that take?




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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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My Hometown Just Experienced A Mass Shooting, If We Don't Do Something, Yours Could Be Next

You never think it will happen to you until it does.


I was on my way out the door to work when I got a panicked call from my mother.

"Can you look at the news online?" she said quickly. "There is a mass shooting somewhere nearby."

My heart stopped. For me, Aurora, Illinois is home. I was born there, I grew up around the area and I attended high school there. My siblings go to school close by and my boyfriend works for a neighboring fire department.

How could my beloved hometown become the victim of the latest tragedy?

After calling my boyfriend, who was at the fire station getting ready to deploy ambulances to the scene, I discovered that it had taken place at a factory nearby. My anxiety hit an all-time high as I watched the updates on all of the local city Facebook pages and groups. Officers down. Gunman at large. Mass casualties.

Hours later, all of the facts came out. A former employee of Henry Pratt's Company, a local industrial warehouse, had recently been let go and decided to get revenge. He entered the warehouse with a gun and began to shoot at random, killing five people and wounding many others, including five police officers. He was killed by local SWAT forces.

I am the kind of person who is pro-gun and pro-gun rights because of the second amendment and all of the freedoms I believe we deserve. But that doesn't make what happened okay and it never will.

While this situation doesn't change my mind, it does change my view of the world.

Why would somebody decide that shooting former coworkers was the way to go? Why would anyone want to hurt others? These are the questions that flooded my mind in the hours after the mass shooting. I don't necessarily think we have a gun issue in America, but issues with mental health and valuing life.

We pass bills to kill unborn children. We repeal bills that take away healthcare from million. We devalue life in its most basic form and respect those around us to still have enough respect for each other's lives. We stigmatize those who need psychiatric care and expect things to still be alright.

This is not alright.

Our country, our system, our values, and morals, they are all broken and backward. We have let mass shootings become normal and violence becomes accepted. It needs to be stopped. There needs to be a change.

One of the people killed was an intern from a local college during his first day on the job. Being a college student applying to internships myself, this hit far too close to home. Nobody deserves to die, least of all in their place of work while trying to further their career.

Five people lost their lives due to someone's disrespect of them. Yes, a gun was the weapon, but a mind was the actor. I pray that someday, our country will return to valuing life and respecting others enough to help them instead of pushing them away. This is not the first mass shooting, but it can be the last. If, and only if, we make sure of it.

If you want to help the victim's families in any way, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses

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