The Dumbest Laws in All 50 States

SOUTH DAKOTA: Agricultural producers may set off fireworks and other explosives to safeguard their sunflower crops.

TENNESSEE: You can’t hunt, trap, or harm an albino deer intentionally. If you do, the fish and wildlife commission will charge you with a Class A misdemeanor.

TEXAS: People wishing to run for office must acknowledge the “Supreme Being.” If not, they could be subjected to religious tests. In other words: No atheists allowed.

UTAH: No one may hurl a missile at a bus or bus terminal — except “peace officers” and security personnel. Anyone outside those positions is guilty of a third-degree felony.

VERMONT: The legislature created a law that prohibits outlawing solar collectors and clotheslines, listing both items as “energy devices based on renewable resources.”

VIRGINIA: An odd law suggests Virginia is for prudes, not lovers. “Fornication” (or sex) is completed banned, except for married couples. It’s punishable as a misdemeanor.

WASHINGTON: Doors to nearly all public buildings must open outwardly. Anyone who violates this will face a misdemeanor charge. The statute does explain why though: to avoid congestion during emergencies, like fires.

WEST VIRGINIA: Don’t attempt to substitute a hunting dog for a ferret in West Virginia.

WISCONSIN: In America’s Dairyland, many kinds of state-certified cheeses, like Muenster, cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack, must be “highly pleasing.”

WYOMING: It’s illegal to “cut, sever, detach, or mutilate” more than one-half of a sheep’s ear. Violations are felony offenses, punishable by up to five years in prison.

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