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    Strange Laws

    With the New Year many new regulations come into effect, some good, some not so good. Let's celebrate some of the oddest laws still on the books. Here is a website to research oddities by state:
    Dumb Laws, Stupid Laws: We have weird laws, strange ...

    For example if one selects California one finds gems like:
    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.
    No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
    Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

    ​If one searches cities these tid-bits can be gleaned from the law books, for example from yuppie city of Carmel:
    A man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.
    Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor)
    Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.

    Go ahead and find out just how wacky the legislators were/are in your region.

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    And since I straddle the border of Nevada here are some Silver State ordinances to make a guy proud:

    It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
    It’s still “legal” to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property.
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    I think I'll pick on Dryden T-dub with some Empire State Stupidity:

    The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
    A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.
    Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business

    And it just goes on and on...
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    And this is why gov't is so fucked up... both local and federal.
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    "Twilight likes this" - Oh yeah? Well how about these Washington statutes:

    The harassing of Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other undiscovered subspecies is a felony punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.

    A law to reduce crime states: “It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.

    When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed.
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    And was Borneo responsible for this Indiana one? I have heard of keeping things simple but really: "The value of Pi is 3"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    And since I straddle the border of Nevada here are some Silver State ordinances to make a guy proud:

    It’s still “legal” to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property.
    As it should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    With the New Year many new regulations come into effect, some good, some not so good. Let's celebrate some of the oddest laws still on the books. Here is a website to research oddities by state:
    Dumb Laws, Stupid Laws: We have weird laws, strange ...

    For example if one selects California one finds gems like:
    On the surface, the California 'gems' may sound dumb, but there is background that needs to be considered;

    Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
    This law is to protect your property from shading by someone building a multistory next to your house. It was written not only to keep some ass from ruining the view, but because rooftop solar is very big in California. I spent $18,000 for solar on my roof. If a neighbor built up and blocked the sun, planted trees, etc that would block sun from my roof, then there would be a problem, hence this law.

    It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
    This is not a California law, it's a Tennessee law.

    Women may not drive in a house coat.
    A most excellent law!! I don't need to see some mom dropping off the kids and then getting a few items at the store in her bathrobe.


    No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
    In this case, vehicle pertains to things other than cars. Automated transportation like light rail can not exceed 60mph without a driver/conductor. Also, now that Google and others are field testing driverless cars, this makes even more sense.

    Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
    I can not substantiate the validity that this law actually exists.

    BTW, my new year resolution is to lighten up a little bit and not take everything so seriously. I lasted almost 12 hours!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski Pro 3 View Post
    On the surface...


    A most excellent law!! I don't need to see some mom dropping off the kids and then getting a few items at the store in her bathrobe.

    "Women may not drive in a house coat."

    Well...it depends on how young and pretty the mother is! A real question is why I would be there too!

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    Kris, we just have to be carefull while visiting Moab this year; Utah also has some anti-whaling statutes:
    It is considered an offense to hunt whales.
    No one may have sex in the back of an ambulance if it is responding to an emergency call.
    It is against the law to fish from horseback.

    Thank goodness you are picking Lori up in Colorado since in Salt Lake City "
    No one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin " and once you retrieve her from airport be aware that "A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence". So tell her to finish any mischief with any violin before crossing state lines.
    Wishing all a cheerfull begining to 2016.
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