Wednesday, January 31, 2007

No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car

That’s my favorite law EVER!

Did you know that Massachusetts has that one on the books? According to Dumb Laws, Stupid Laws: We Have Blue Laws, Old Laws, and Just Plain Weird Laws it does! LOL

What a fantastic site to find story ideas, don’t you think? So many strange laws are still out there, and reading about them on this website kind of reminds me of the SEINFELD finale. You know, the one where the group is arrested because they violate the “Good Samaritan Law” by laughing at and video taping the victim, instead of helping him.

I think my second favorite law is another Massachusetts one: "At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches." Man, was that such a problem that a law needed to be passed? Wow.

Once on the website you can click any of the states and the dumb laws for that state will be listed. Also, next to some of the laws, a link to the full text and an explanation is available.

I’ve copied and pasted some of my personal favorites below.

Do you have a favorite?



Dumb Laws in California
*Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses.
*Women may not drive in a house coat.

Dumb Laws in Hawaii
*All residents may be fined as a result of not owning a boat.
*Coins are not allowed to be placed in one's ears.

Dumb Laws in New York
*Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business.
*Citizens may not greet each other by "putting one's thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers".
*A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting.
*It is against the law to throw a ball at someone's head for fun.
*The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
*New Yorkers cannot dissolve a marriage for irreconcilable differences, unless they both agree to it.
*A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.
*While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.
*Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 P.

Dumb Laws in Massachusetts
*At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.
*Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
*An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
*Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.
*All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday.
*Hunting on Sundays is prohibited.
*It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath.
*A woman can not be on top in sexual activities.
*No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car.
*Tattooing and body piercing is illegal.
*Children may smoke, but they may not purchase cigarettes.
*Tomatoes may not be used in the production of clam chowder.
*Quakers and witches are banned.
*Bullets may not be used as currency.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Three Episodes of THE OFFICE Last Night

Ah, I love Thursday night. Dwight. Pam. Jim. Michael. Angela. THE OFFICE

That's one of those shows that I can watch anytime. Repeats? No problem! And we were graced with THREE EPISODES last night. Woo-hoo! Bring on the DVDs. Where's my Dwight Bobblehead?

I can so relate to Pam. I've confused 28 DAYS and 28 DAYS LATER. Which one has Sandra Bullock again?

And Jim said yes! Does that mean anything to anyone, or just me?

And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the pranks Jim and Pam play on Dwight and Andy. Did you see the one where Jim was sending faxes to Dwight from "Future Dwight"? LOL

Or the one last week where Jim and Pam hid Andy's cell phone in the ceiling, and then called it so that it rang "Rockin' Robin" with Andy singing all four parts? Too funny.

If you click this link, you can watch featured episodes, showing right now is "The Return." You can also read Dwight's blog. :-)

I have tremendous respect for anyone who can write comedy, especially writing that makes an audience or readership laugh and talk about the work for months, even years. That's talent.

Anyone a fan of the U.S. version? How about the U.K. version?

Have fun,


Sunday, January 21, 2007

Proof that 20lb Donkeys are Stronger than Goats

I'd like to thank 20lb Donkey for sending me this link (I love their song "It's All Over"!)

Have you ever seen a goat faint? Did you know that there's a breed of goat that faints when startled? I'm not kidding! Okay, they don't really lose consciousness, but they do stiffen their legs and appear to faint.

Every year, there's a festival in Marshall County, Tennessee that celebrates this particular breed, as the Fainting Goats were brought to the area by a man named Tinsley around 1880.

Check out this video:

Geez, I learn something new every day...


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

For the Picasso in You...

Bored and need something to do? Try this website...

Go to Draw a Pig! Then find out what your drawing says about your personality.

Have fun!


P.S. Sorry this is one of those "short and sweet" posts, but I'm under a deadline this week. However, I wanted to pass along this fun website. :-)


Sunday, January 07, 2007

Road Trip!

Had enough of airport travel for awhile? Hate showing up 2-3 hours before your flight only to discover that your flight has been delayed for several more hours, or canceled? Been snowed in? Your luggage has been lost? Seats given to another family, even though you're checked in and on the plane (the other family just happened to beat you to the seats? Yes, that is a true story. Don't fly Air Canada!)

Okay, forget the harried lines and "no liquids" rule of airport security for a moment.

Remember the days when family vacations meant packing the station wagon or van with a cooler full of soda, fruits, cheeses, crackers, and candy? You'd pack your pillow and blanket and a few books (Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and An Old Fashioned Girl were my trusty companions), and then settle back comfortably, glancing out the window now and again as the van sped down the highway to the tunes of Neil Diamond, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, or Jim Croce? Well, everyone except the driver, that is...presumably that person was always looking out the window. ;-)

Yeah, it meant spending long hours in the vehicle. Yeah, it meant spending long hours of having to deal with your bratty younger brother, who was not actually touching you, but pretending he was going to, and dang it, he was LOOKING at you (I know you're reading this, M.).

But the destination was always worth it, especially when the road led you to places like Where the Merman Lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas!

Yep, all those cool and creepy Roadside attractions, like The Big Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and The Mystery Spots in places like Santa Cruz, California, are listed on this website: Roadside America: Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions

So the next time you fly to your destination, think about how culturally deficient Americans are becoming because we're not taking the time to visit something so uniquely American like the World's Largest Ball of Twine or Giganticus Headicus. :-)

Now, if only we still had our brown Ford Pinto Wagon or the orange Dodge Van...