January 7, 2010
10 Wacky Laws That Apparently Are Still on the Books (Is it really against the law for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man's picture in Oxford, OH?)
Apparently because no citations provided in the CNN iReport:
- In Billings, Mont., it is illegal for anyone to sell, harbor or give away rats as pets or toys for any purpose other than to feed snakes or birds of prey. Scientists, however, can keep lab rats.
- Using profanity is against the law on playgrounds and in public parks in Columbia, Md.
- The last Sunday in June each year is Log Cabin Day in Michigan.
- In Michigan, it is legal to kill a dog for attacking chickens, livestock or people, but you can't snuff the pooch in a high altitude decompression chamber or by electrocution.
- In West Virginia, anyone who taunts someone who decides not to participate in a duel or who declines to accept a challenge is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be sent to jail for up to six months and fined up to $100.
- In Kentucky it is illegal to sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange, display, or possess living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits that have been dyed or colored. It is also illegal to dye or color baby chicks, ducklings, fowl or rabbits. And unless they are at least two months old, the aforementioned animals must be sold in batches of six.
- At shooting ranges in Massachusetts, it is illegal to shoot at targets depicting a human -- whether as a figure, effigy or a silhouette -- unless you're a public safety officer performing official duties.
- In Alabama it is against the law to alter the natural appearance of the teeth of a horse or mule to make the animal appear younger than it actually is.
- In Alabama anyone performing a marriage rite is entitled to a fee of $2 per marriage.
- In Alabama it is against the law to exploit a bear by promoting, engaging in or being employed at a bear wrestling match, or by subjecting a bear to surgical alteration of any kind, including, but not limited to, declawing, tooth removal and severing tendons.
For more, check out the Wacky Laws Site, which looks old as in circa 1995 so may be out-dated but lists the following current or at least once existing odd legal prohibitions for my adopted state of Ohio:
- It is illegal for women to wear patent leather shoes in public.
- Bexley - Ordinance #223 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses.
- Cleveland - it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while sitting in someone's lap.
- Clinton County - it is against the law to lean on a public building at risk of a fine.
- Paulding – the law states that a policeperson may bite a dog to quiet it.
- Oxford - it is against the law for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man's picture.
Hum, my wife's uncle works for the Oxford Police Department. I probably should find out when a woman was last cited for stripping out her clothing ... .Why only women? Why only in front of a man's picture? [JH]
You are correct, articles for laymen really shouldn't include citations. Citations are pretty worthless and serve no real purpose.
Posted by: pcharles | Jan 10, 2010 10:53:37 AM
I want citations to these statutes and ordinances. This is one of my pet peeves with articles like this because I'd like to verify them.
Know how to perform legal research? -- Joe
Posted by: pcharles | Jan 8, 2010 9:24:07 AM
Laws no matter how absurd are still the laws.
Posted by: Legal Aid | Jan 7, 2010 11:08:26 PM