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.