With the number of laws that get thrown around at both the state and federal levels every year, a few ridiculous ones are bound to slip through the cracks.
And by a few, I mean an uncomfortably large amount. What’s crazier is that outdated laws from the past tend to hang around for decades.
While law enforcement officers typically focus on laws that actually matter and affect the lives of civilians every day, it’s a little unsettling that this level of weirdness is allowed to gum up the works. Take a look at some of the most ridiculous laws that America has to offer. We should at least get a laugh out of them, right?
One-armed piano players must perform for free.
2. North Carolina
It’s illegal for bingo games to last more than five hours.
You can’t wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
4. New York
It’s illegal to sell cat fur.
You can’t use explosive golf balls.
It’s illegal to remove more than half of a sheep’s ear.
For a short while, the use of computers was illegal due to a poorly written law about internet cafés.
A pickle isn’t legally a pickle until it bounces.
It’s illegal to drive with an uncaged bear. A caged bear is totally cool, though.
It’s legal to drink if you are under 21 if you are enrolled in a culinary program.
11. New Hampshire
It’s illegal for theaters to show movies before 2 p.m.
It’s illegal to cause a catastrophe. Nice and vague!
Forget 3.14159 if you’re in Indiana, because the law says that the value of Pi is three.
14. South Carolina
It’s illegal to play pinball unless you are over 18.
15. New Mexico
It’s illegal for idiots and insane people to vote. Let’s just see what happens during the New Mexico primary in June.
You cannot use non-dairy milk in milkshakes without warning customers.
It’s illegal to purposely mispronounce the state’s name.
You could be arrested for keeping an ice cream cone in your back pocket on a Sunday.
It’s illegal to sell dog hair.
You can disobey mattresses and rip those tags off with reckless abandon.
Dogs cannot legally chase down bobcats.
Vending machines can’t dispense non-latex condoms.
It’s illegal to give someone a box of chocolates that weighs more than 50 pounds. That’s just not right.
It’s illegal to wake up a sleeping bear for a photo.
Donkeys cannot sleep in tubs.
It’s illegal to dye ducklings, bunnies, or baby chicks.
You can be fined $500 for sending a pizza to a friend’s house without them knowing.
It’s illegal to have Christmas decorations up past January 14.
It’s illegal to serve butter substitutes in prison.
Tickling women can lead to arrest.
31. West Virginia
It’s illegal to take roadkill home for dinner.
Using goldfish as bait is punishable by law.
There’s a legal ban on lollipops.
It’s illegal to fish for whales. Interesting.
You can be fined for sharing your Netflix password.
It’s illegal to tell a mystic where to dig for buried treasure.
Pointing lasers at airplanes is grounds for arrest.
You can’t wrestle with bears.
39. Rhode Island
Any marriage in which either party is an idiot or a lunatic is null and void.
Getting fish drunk is illegal.
A man cannot buy drinks for more than three people at one time.
It’s illegal to intentionally kill a bird with a plane.
43. New Jersey
If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, you can’t get novelty plates.
It’s illegal to hunt in cemeteries.
45. South Dakota
Sleeping in cheese factories is not allowed.
46. North Dakota
It’s illegal to sell beer and pretzels at the same time. That is tragic.
Rabbits cannot be shot from motorboats.
A robber can legally make a case against you if they get hurt in your home while trying to steal from you.
It’s illegal to teach someone about polygamy.
You can’t leave a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
You’d better make sure you know these laws, otherwise you might end up in the slammer on your next vacation! What’s the craziest law in your home state?