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15 Bizarre and Unbelievable Laws Still Enforced in the US Today

(Last Updated On: March 31, 2024)

Let’s explore the quirky side of American jurisprudence with a revised list of the most eyebrow-raising laws still on the books today. From prohibitions on specific animals to rules about food, these laws are a testament to America’s colorful legal history. Here’s a refresh of our list, including a new contender for the number 9 spot that keeps the weirdness coming strong.

1. Alabama: No Bear Wrestling

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It’s illegal to engage in bear wrestling matches in Alabama. Seems like a fair fight isn’t exactly what they were going for.

2. Alaska: No Waking Sleeping Bears for Photos

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In Alaska, disturbing a bear’s slumber for a photo op is off-limits. Safety first, selfies second.

3. Arizona: No Camel Hunting

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Despite the desert setting, hunting camels in Arizona is prohibited. Camels breathe a sigh of relief.

4. California: No Frog-Jumping Contests With Fatal Outcomes

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If a frog dies during a jumping contest in California, it can’t be eaten. Frog rights are a thing.

5. Connecticut: Pickles Must Bounce

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A law in Connecticut mandates that a pickle can only be considered a pickle if it bounces. Bounce testing is the ultimate quality control.

6. Florida: No Selling Children

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Florida explicitly outlaws the sale of children, which is probably for the best. Family values take a literal meaning here.

7. Georgia: No Tying Giraffes to Telephone Poles

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In Georgia, securing your giraffe to a telephone pole is a no-go. Parking regulations just got a lot more specific.

8. Idaho: No Fishing from a Camel’s Back

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Fishing on a camel’s back is specifically banned in Idaho. Looks like you’ll need to find another fishing buddy.

9. New Law: California: No Chocolate Milk in San Francisco Schools

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In an effort to improve student health, San Francisco has banned chocolate milk in public schools. Kids now have to navigate the cafeteria without their chocolatey companion.

10. Indiana: No Catching Fish With Your Hands

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In Indiana, fishing with your hands is off-limits. It’s all about giving fish a fighting chance.

11. Kansas: No Snowball Fights

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Throwing snowballs in Topeka, Kansas, is considered the use of missiles. Winter warfare is taken seriously here.

12. Kentucky: No Dyeing Ducklings

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Selling dyed ducklings is illegal in Kentucky unless in groups of six. It’s all about quantity over color.

13. Maine: No Dancing at Dance Halls Without Permission

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You need a permit to dance in Maine’s dance halls. Free spirits need to check in first.

14. Maryland: No Bringing Lions to the Movies

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Taking your lion to the movies in Maryland is a no-go. Movie night stays a human-only event.

15. Pennsylvania: No Singing in the Bathtub

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Serenading in the bathtub is outlawed in Pennsylvania. Keep the concerts in the living room.

Unbelievably True

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The United States is a treasure trove of laws that range from the thoughtful to the downright peculiar. Whether these laws address public health concerns or prevent chaos (of the animal variety), they remind us of American legal history’s diverse and often humorous spectrum. Remember, if your plans involve unusual activities, a quick legal check might save you from unwittingly breaking one of these lesser-known laws!

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