The majority of laws were enacted to keep people safe. Some laws, however, are just plain bizarre. For example, if you live in Missouri and buy yellow margarine, you could go to jail for six months! Margarine is bad for your health, but, then, so is jail time.
Here are some of the strangest laws around you won’t believe.
Driving You Crazy
Blogger Alex Perdikis recently related the often strange history of how many modern-day traffic laws came into being. Most of them serve to protect the public from harm. But there are driving laws currently on the books that make you wonder what prompted lawmakers to pass them in the first place.
Take a look at these odd but true driving laws:
- Alabama: Hide your blindfold if you live in or plan to drive through Alabama. It’s illegal to drive in the state while you’re wearing one.
- Arkansas: Be very careful if you’re in Arkansas after 9 p.m. and get the overwhelming urge to eat a cold cut sandwich. Whatever you do, don’t sit in your car, eat your sandwich and blast the horn. Totally illegal.
- California: California has a bunch of weird laws on the books. Eureka forbids you to use the road as a bed. Hermosa Beach prohibits you from spilling your Margarita on any street. You can’t plant rutabagas in roadways in Chico. And finally, don’t jump from a car going at 65 mph in Glendale or you’ll face the consequences.
- Kansas: Whatever you do, don’t drive around with a dead chicken in your car on Kansas Avenue in Topeka. And in Derby, overcome the urge to screech your tires or you could wind up in jail for 30 days.
- Massachusetts: Massachusetts doesn’t want you to put your gorilla in the back seat of your car and drive around. The law doesn’t say a word about a gorilla in the front passenger seat, however.
- Missouri: If you have to borrow your sister’s car for a day in University City, don’t you dare honk the horn. It’s illegal to honk the horn of any car but your own.
- Nevada: Don’t become so tired in Reno that you pull the chair out of your trunk and put it in the middle of the road for a restful sit-down. And don’t try to get around the law by using a bench. They’re illegal as well.
- Oklahoma: Never read your favorite comic book while driving in Oklahoma. Or anywhere else, for that matter.
- Oregon: Get in and out of your car and close the door in a timely fashion or pay the fine when in Oregon. And never try to prove your physical fortitude while driving on a highway. It’s a Class A violation.
It’s Not Just Driving That Gets You Into Trouble
Of course, we have Missouri and its yellow margarine ban, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to weird laws. Have you heard of these bizarre laws?
Never, never allow your donkey to sleep in the bathtub in Arizona. Apparently in the 1920s, an Arizona rancher had quite the time rescuing his bathtub-loving donkey after a flood. The donkey slept in the bathtub every night but when floodwaters raged into the home, both donkey and tub were swept miles away.
The rescue was so difficult, the town passed the “no donkey in tub” law.
Connecticut has strict rules for pickles. In order to legally call a pickle a pickle, said specimen must bounce. If it lands with a thud, you can’t call it a pickle. It seems that in the 1800s a group of ne’er-do-wells tried selling cucumbers as pickles. Connecticut made sure it would never happen again.
And, last but not least, when in Hawaii, don’t put a coin in your ear. If you do, you’ll likely have to fork it over to help pay your fine.