The United States is oftentimes a strange and unusual place, and this is seen most clearly in some of the utterly outrageous laws of past and present. While you may think that by this day and age all of the outdated and particularly bizarre laws would have been, you’d be surprised to learn just how many weird laws still exist! Here are just ten of some of the oddest laws still around in 2019.
1. Policemen are allowed to bite a dog if they think it will calm the dog down (Paulding, Ohio)
Can’t think of too many times biting a dog has ever helped calm down a situation, but policemen in Paulding, Ohio can at least know they legally have the option!
2. Owners of flamingos may not let their pet into barber shops (Juneau, Alaska)
Like many strange laws, this one you just know has a great origin story behind it.
3. It’s strictly prohibited to pronounce “Arkansas” incorrectly (State of Arkansas)
Arkansas lawmakers take their state pronunciation seriously, and they want to make sure you do too.
4. It is illegal to read persons’ palms or tell their fortune within city limits (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Fortune telling, in general, is not allowed in Cedar Falls, which is a shame seeing as its name really does sound like a great mystic hot spot.
5. One may not dye a duckling unnatural colors and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once (State of Kentucky)
If you’re in the market for Easter colored ducklings in Kentucky, you’re out of luck! Well, unless you need six or more, that is.
6. It is illegal to teach or explain to others what polygamy is (State of Mississippi)
Forget practicing it or promoting it, in Mississippi you’re not even allowed to describe what polygamy is.
7. A person must be eighteen years old to play a pinball machine (State of South Carolina)
We’re not sure what made South Carolina feel that pinball was an adults-only game, but we’re sure there’s some wacky story behind it. That or some really cranky old folks.
8. No person may walk about in public if he or she has a common cold (State of Washington)
Being in public while under the weather with any potentially contagious illness is prohibited, so you better stock up on meds while you’re still feeling well! We’re not sure how you’re supposed to travel to your doctor, though.
9. A person may not hold public office if he or she has ever participated in a duel (State of West Virginia)
The real question here is whether or not this was once, or perhaps still is, a real problem.
10. Tattooing is illegal unless it is done for medical purposes (Brookfield, Wisconsin)
Residents will need to hop city lines in order to get inked up, which seems pretty out of place in 2019.