Whenever we think of the law, we automatically assume order, justice, and fundamental rights. We may feel they're too strict, or we might think they're too relaxed. When we hear about laws — or are directly affected by them — hopefully, we see the logic behind their creation. Sometimes, though, a state or country comes up with a seriously nutty concept around which to build a legally binding rule. Take a ban on beer-drinking moose, for instance, or eating certain award-winning frogs. Check out these 30 looney laws that someone thought were important enough to put in writing.
The beautiful state of Alaska indeed has a ban on serving beer to moose.
California has a strict law against eating a frog that died in a jumping contest.
Georgia has a law against using any profanity if you're under the age of 15 years old.
In Idaho, cannibalism is allowed only for survival.
It is illegal to catch a fish barehanded in Indiana, even if you're a pro.
If you dye a chick any color, you're breaking Kentucky law.
It is illegal to sing "The Saints Come Marching In" along to a banjo in Louisiana.
It is illegal to sell non-latex condoms in vending machines in Maryland.
It's against the law to explode a golf ball in Massachusetts.
You cannot host a greased pig contest in Minnesota.
Fortune tellers are banned from offering love potions in Pennsylvania.
Throwing things from a chairlift is illegal in Vermont.
It is illegal to serve up roadkill for a meal in Montana, unless you're going 80 mph.
It is illegal to marry if you have venereal disease in Nebraska.
Playing pinball is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 in South Carolina.
New Mexico has made it illegal to sing the national anthem only in part.
You cannot steal used kitchen grease in North Carolina.
Intoxicating a fish is illegal in Ohio.
Eating poutine of any kind is prohibited in Vermont.
It is illegal to intentionally bite someone's arm off in Rhode Island.
In South Dakota, fireworks can only be used to scare birds away from sunflower crops.
It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer standing up in Texas.
It is illegal to drive with a lizard in the car in no state.
In Connecticut, if your pickle doesn't bounce, it's an interloper.
When two trains approach at a crossing, both shall stop and neither shall go until the other has passed in Texas and Kansas.
You can be fined for keeping Christmas decorations up in Maine after January 14th.
This one might just be a rumor. It's said that a man cannot knit during fishing season and you can't frown at the police in New Jersey.
It is illegal to kiss more than five minutes uninterrupted in Iowa.
You can get 30 days in jail for injuring someone's fruit in Oklahoma.
If you get married on a dare, it is legal to get an annulment in Delaware.
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