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Weird Laws: A Collection of the Strangest Laws Around the Country


  • Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
  • It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.


  • Waking a sleeping bear to take a photograph is prohibited.


  • In Tombstone, AZ, it is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling. In other words, you need at least one tooth.


  • Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
  • It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
  • Women may not drive in a house coat.


  • Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.
  • A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
  • If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
  • It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
  • Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
  • In Miami Beach, no pigs at the beach. Sec. 10-7. Keeping swine within city prohibited. It shall be prohibited for any person to have in his possession, control, management or custody any swine within the city.


  • In Galesburg, Illinois, there is a $1,000 dollar fine for beating rats with baseball bats. RATS with BATS.


  • It is illegal for a liquor store to sell cold soft drinks.
  • Liquor stores may not sell milk.
  • In South Bend, Indiana, it is illegal to make a monkey smoke a cigarette.


  • One-armed piano players must perform for free.


  • It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

New Jersey

  • If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, you may never again apply for personalized license plates.

New York

  • A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking “at a woman in that way.” A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a “pair of horse-blinders” wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.
  • It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.
  • A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.

North Dakota

  • Beer and pretzels can’t be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.
  • It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.


  • It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.
  • It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
  • In Paulding, Ohio, a policeman may bite a dog to quiet him.


  • A person is not eligible to become Governor if he/she has participated in a duel.


  • It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.
  • It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers. You don’t need a windshield, but you must have the wipers.
  • It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
  • It is illegal to milk another person’s cow.
  • A recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
  • The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
  • In Port Authur, Texas, obnoxious odors may not be emitted in an elevator.


  • Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

West Virginia

  • Roadkill MAY be taken home for supper.


  • You must manually flush all urinals in a building.
  • Butter substitutes are not allowed to be served in state prisons.