THINGS THAT ARE ILLEGAL IN
SOME OF THESE UNITED STATES
In West Virginia:
No children may attend school with their breath smelling of
Unmarried couples who live together and "lewdly associate"
with one another may face up to a year in prison.
It is legal for a male to have sex with an animal as long as
it does not exceed 40 lbs.
A person may be placed in jail for up to six months for making
fun of someone who does not accept a challenge.
It is illegal to snooze on a train.
A person may not hold public office if he or she has ever
participated in a duel.
For each act of public swearing a person shall be fined one
According to the state constitution, it is unlawful for anyone
to own a red or a black flag.
Road-kill may be taken home for supper.
Whistling underwater is prohibited.
There is in fact an Illinois
law that prohibits a number of things, one of which is a
public erection, and another one of which is nude dancing. The
prohibition against the public erection has never been
challenged in the Supreme Court, but the prohibition against
nude dancing has.
It is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy
weighing less than fifty pounds in Idaho.
In Denver it is unlawful
to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
There is a law on the books of
Tennessee that says a man must run in front of a
vehicle that a woman is driving, and, that the car may not go
faster than five miles an hour!
In Riverside, California,
kissing on the lips, unless both parties wipe their lips with
carbonized rose water, is against the local health ordinance.
An Illinois state law
requires that a man's female companion shall call him "master"
while out on a date. The law does not apply to married
In Carmel, New York, a man
cannot be seen in public while wearing a jacket and pants that
do not match.
In the grand city of Ottumwa, Iowa,
it is illegal for any man, within the corporate city limits,
to wink at any female with whom he is "unacquainted."
In Zion, Illinois, it is
illegal for anyone to give cats, dogs, or other domesticated
animals a lighted cigar.
NY State Laws
A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting. This old law
specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city
street and looking "at a woman in that way." A second
conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the
violating male to be forced to wear a "pair of horse-blinders"
wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.
It is against the law to throw a ball at someone's head for
A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a
clothesline. The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone
in his or 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.M.
In New York City...
Citizens may not greet each other by "putting one's thumb to
the nose and wiggling the fingers".
It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing "body
hugging clothing." Women may go topless in public, providing
it is not being used as a business.