Did you know that in Alabama, it is illegal to wear a fake mustache in church that causes laughter? Or that in California, it is illegal to whistle for a lost canary before 7am? These might seem like outdated laws from a bygone era, but they are still on the books in the United States.
Here are some more strange laws that you might not have known still exist:
In Arizona, it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs. This law was passed in 1924 after a donkey was found sleeping in a bathtub and caused a flood.
In Connecticut, it is illegal to sell pickles that do not bounce. This law was enacted in the early 1900s to ensure that pickles were fresh and not overly soft.
In Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp. This law was passed in 1959 and is still in effect.
In Kentucky, it is illegal to dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once. This law was put in place to prevent people from buying one duckling as a pet and then releasing it into the wild.
In Maine, it is illegal to park in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts store. This law was passed in 2011 to prevent customers from parking in front of the store and blocking traffic.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to frown at a police officer. This law was passed in 1951 and is still in effect.
In North Carolina, it is illegal to use elephants to plow cotton fields. This law was passed in 1925 after several farmers tried to use elephants as a cheaper alternative to tractors.
In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk. This law was enacted in 1837 and is still in effect.
In South Carolina, it is illegal to keep a horse in a bathtub. This law was passed in 1735 and is still on the books.
In Wyoming, it is illegal to take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without a permit. This law was put in place to protect the animals during their breeding season.
While some of these laws might seem ridiculous, they are still technically enforceable. However, it is unlikely that anyone will be arrested or fined for violating them. Many of these laws were passed decades or even centuries ago and have simply never been repealed.
So the next time you visit one of these states, be sure to keep these strange laws in mind. You never know when you might accidentally break the law by parking in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts or getting a fish drunk.