Foolish Laws

Alabama
It is illegal to maim oneself in order to avoid legal duty.

Every person who, with design to disable himself from performing a legal duty, existing or anticipated, shall inflict upon himself an injury whereby he is so disabled and every person who shall so injure himself with intent to avail himself of such injury to excite sympathy or to obtain alms or some charitable relief shall be guilty of a felony. (Code 1923, §4941; Code 1940, T. 14, §357; Code 1975, §13-1-6.)

Arizona

It is a felony to manufacture an imitation controlled substance.

13-3453. Manufacture or distribution of imitation controlled substance; prohibited acts; classification A. It is unlawful for a person to manufacture, distribute or possess with intent to distribute an imitation controlled substance. B. It is no defense to prosecution under this section that the defendant believed the imitation controlled substance to be a legitimate controlled substance. C. A person who violates subsection A by the manufacture, distribution or possession of with intent to distribute an imitation controlled substance as a controlled substance is guilty of a class 6 felony. D. Any person of the age of eighteen years or older who violates subsection A with respect to any person under the age of eighteen years is guilty of a class 5 felony.

Arkansas

It is illegal to honk a car’s horn in front of a sandwich shop after 9:00 P.M.

Sec. 18-54. Sounding of horns at sandwich shops. No person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 p.m. (Code 1961, § 25-74) It is against the law to suddenly start or stop a car, honk a horn and make loud or unseemly noises on or adjacent to a drive-in restaurant. It is also illegal to drive onto the premises of a drive-in restaurant and not park the car. Sec. 18-53. Conduct in drive-in restaurants. (a) In this section “drive-in restaurant” means any restaurant where meals, sandwiches, ice cream, or other food, is served directly to or is permitted to be consumed by patrons in automobiles, motorcycles or other vehicles parked on the premises. (b) It shall be unlawful for any person while on or adjacent to the premises of a drive-in restaurant to race the motor of any car, to suddenly start or stop any car, or to make or cause to be made, any other loud or unseemly noise. It shall be unlawful for any other person parked on the premises of a drive-in restaurant, to blow or cause to be blown any automobile horn or motorcycle horn at any time while parked. (c) It shall be unlawful for any patron or other person on the premises of a drive-in restaurant to drink any beer, unless purchased on the premises. It shall be unlawful for any patron or other person on the premises of a drive-in restaurant to create a disturbance or a breach of the peace in any way whatsoever, including but not limited to loud and offensive talk, the making of threats or attempting to intimidate, or in any other conduct which causes a disturbance or a breach of the peace or threatened breach of peace. No person shall drive a motor vehicle onto the premises of a drive-in restaurant and leave the premises without parking such motor vehicle, unless there is no unoccupied parking space available on the premises. (d) It shall also be unlawful for any person to leave any unoccupied motor vehicle on any drive-in restaurant parking lot and leave the premises thereof except with the knowledge and consent of the operator of the restaurant. (e) It shall be the duty of each drive-in restaurant operator to post on the premises, in a conspicuous location, one (1) or more signs bearing the following legend: “Cruising in a motor vehicle is unlawful. Loud and offensive talk and other disturbance or breach of peace is prohibited. No unoccupied vehicle may be left on these premises without the consent of the restaurant operator.” (Code 1961, §§ 25-156–25-158)

Connecticut

Town and probate records may not be kept where liquor is sold.

Chapter 545 Sec. 30-97. Town and probate records not to be kept where liquor is sold. Town or probate records shall not be kept in any room in which alcoholic liquor is sold, nor in any room from which there is direct access to a room in which such liquor is sold. Any town clerk or judge of probate violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalties provided in section 30-113. (1949 Rev., S. 4298.)

It is illegal to sell alcohol after 9 PM or after noon on Sundays.

Chapter 545 Sec. 30-91. Hours and days of closing. Exemption. (d) The sale or dispensing of alcoholic liquor in places operating under package store permits, drug store permits or grocery store beer permits shall be unlawful on Decoration Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, New Year’s Day, Sunday or Christmas or, if Independence Day, Christmas or New Year’s Day occurs on a Sunday, on the Monday next following such day except that such sale or dispensing shall be lawful on any Independence Day occurring on a Saturday; and such sale or dispensing of alcoholic liquor in places operating under package store permits, drug store permits, and grocery store beer permits shall be unlawful on any other day before eight o’clock a.m. and after eight o’clock p.m. It shall be unlawful for the holder of a manufacturing permit for a brew pub to sell beer for consumption off the premises on the days or hours prohibited by this subsection. Any town may, by a vote of a town meeting or by ordinance, reduce the number of hours during which such sale shall be permissible.

Florida

It is illegal to commit an unnatural act with another person. A mother’s breastfeeding is excepted.

800.02 Unnatural and lascivious act. A person who commits any unnatural and lascivious act with another person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. A mother’s breastfeeding of her baby does not under any circumstance violate this section. It is illegal for unmarried couples to commit lewd acts and live together. 798.02 Lewd and lascivious behavior. If any man and woman, not being married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or if any man or woman, married or unmarried, engages in open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Corrupting the public morals is a misdemeanor. 823.01 Nuisances; penalty. All nuisances that tend to annoy the community, injure the health of the citizens in general, or corrupt the public morals are misdemeanors of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.083, except that a violation of s. 823.10 is a felony of the third degree.

Georgia

It is illegal to operate a raffle without acquiring a permit from the sheriff.

Any person who operates a raffle without a valid license issued by the sheriff as provided in this Code section commits the offense of commercial gambling as defined in Code Section 16-12-22 and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished accordingly. Any person who knowingly aids, abets, or otherwise assists in the operation of a raffle for which a license has not been obtained as provided in this Code section similarly commits the offense of commercial gambling. Any person who violates any other provision of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. Any person who commits any such violation after having previously been convicted of any violations of this Code section shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years or by a fine not to exceed $10,000.00, or both.

Indiana

It is a felony to knowingly not support a dependent child, unless prayer is used in place of medical care.

IC 35-46-1-5 Sec. 5. (a) A person who knowingly or intentionally fails to provide support to the person’s dependent child commits nonsupport of a child, a Class D felony. However, the offense is a Class C felony if the amount of unpaid support that is due and owing is at least ten thousand dollars ($10,000). (b) It is a defense that the child had abandoned the home of his family without the consent of his parent or on the order of a court, but it is not a defense that the child had abandoned the home of his family if the cause of the child’s leaving was the fault of his parent. (c) It is a defense that the accused person, in the legitimate practice of his religious belief, provided treatment by spiritual means through prayer, in lieu of medical care, to his dependent child. (d) It is a defense that the accused person was unable to provide support. As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.6. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.88; Acts 1978, P.L.144, SEC.9; P.L.213-1996, SEC.4.

Kentucky

It is not legal to dye fowl or rabbit and sell it in quantities less than six.

KRS 436.600 No person shall sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange, display, or possess living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits which have been dyed or colored; nor dye or color any baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits; nor sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange or to give away baby chicks, ducklings or other fowl or rabbits, under two (2) months of age in any quantity less than six (6), except that any rabbit weighing three (3) pounds or more may be sold at an age of six (6) weeks. Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500. History: Amended 1972 Ky. Acts ch 374, sec 1. –Created 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 215, sec. 5

Louisiana

It is against the law for spectators to insult participants in a contest.

RS 4:81 81. Open betting or quoting of odds; insulting or abusive remarks There shall be no open betting or quoting of odds in the club or arena where the exhibition or contest is being held. Whoever does so shall be ejected. There shall be no insulting or abusive remarks made by seconds, managers, or spectators and directed at the contestants. The officers of the club, and the secretary of the commission, shall at once eject persons who violate this or any other provision of this chapter.

It is illegal to engage in a ritual that involves eating blood, urine or fecal matter.

RS 14:107.1 Ritualistic acts A.(1) The legislature hereby finds that this enactment is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, morals, safety, and welfare and for the support of state government and its existing public institutions. (2) The legislature further recognizes that: (a) The preamble to the Constitution of Louisiana affirmatively states “We, the people of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political, economic, and religious liberties we enjoy, and desiring to protect individual rights to life, liberty, and property; afford opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; assure equality of rights; promote the health, safety, education, and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; ensure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; and secure the blessings of freedom and justice to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution.” (b) The state, under its police power, may enact laws in order to promote public peace, health, morals, and safety. B.(1) For purposes of this Subsection, “ritualistic acts” means those acts undertaken as part of a ceremony, rite, initiation, observance, performance, or practice that result in or are intended to result in: (a) The mutilation, dismemberment, torture, abuse, or sacrifice of animals. (b) The ingestion of human or animal blood or human or animal waste. (2) The acts defined in this Subsection are hereby determined to be destructive of the peace, health, morals, and safety of the citizens of this state and are hereby prohibited. (3) Any person committing, attempting to commit, or conspiring with another to commit a ritualistic act may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

Massachusetts

It is illegal for shooting ranges to have targets that resemble human beings.

PART I. ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT. TITLE XX. PUBLIC SAFETY AND GOOD ORDER. CHAPTER 140. LICENSES. Chapter 140: Section 131. Licenses to carry firearms; Class A and B; conditions and restrictions. [ Text applicable as provided by 1998, 180, Sec. 80.] Section 131. All licenses to carry firearms shall be designated Class A or Class B, and the issuance and possession of any such license shall be subject to the following conditions and restrictions: (a) A Class A license shall entitle a holder thereof to purchase, rent, lease, borrow, possess and carry: (i) firearms, including large capacity firearms, and feeding devices and ammunition therefore, for all lawful purposes, subject to such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of firearms as the licensing authority deems proper; and (ii) rifles and shotguns, including large capacity weapons, and feeding devices and ammunition therefore, for all lawful purposes; provided, however, that the licensing authority may impose such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of large capacity rifles and shotguns as it deems proper. A violation of a restriction imposed by the licensing authority under the provisions of this paragraph shall be cause for suspension or revocation and shall, unless otherwise provided, be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000; provided, however, that the provisions of section 10 of chapter 269 shall not apply to such violation. The colonel of state police may, after an investigation, grant a Class A license to a club or facility with an on-site shooting range or gallery, which club is incorporated under the laws of the commonwealth for the possession, storage and use of large capacity weapons, ammunition therefore and large capacity feeding devices for use with such weapons on the premises of such club; provided, however, that not less than one shareholder of such club shall be qualified and suitable to be issued such license; and provided further, that such large capacity weapons and ammunition feeding devices may be used under such Class A club license only by such members that possess a valid firearm identification card issued under section 129B or a valid Class A or Class B license to carry firearms, or by such other persons that the club permits while under the direct supervision of a certified firearms safety instructor or club member who, in the case of a large capacity firearm, possesses a valid Class A license to carry firearms or, in the case of a large capacity rifle or shotgun, possesses a valid Class A or Class B license to carry firearms. Such club shall not permit shooting at targets that depict human figures, human effigies, human silhouettes or any human images thereof, except by public safety personnel performing in line with their official duties. It is illegal to conduct a public boxing match. Chapter 265: Section 12. Boxing matches; penalty. Section 12. Whoever, except as provided in sections thirty-two to fifty, inclusive, of chapter one hundred and forty-seven, engages in or gives or promotes a public boxing match or sparring exhibition, or engages in a private boxing match or sparring exhibition, for which the contestants have received or have been promised any pecuniary reward, remuneration or consideration whatsoever, directly or indirectly, shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than three months, or both.

Michigan

Adultery is a felony, but only upon the complaint of a husband or wife.

750.30 Adultery; punishment. Sec. 30. Punishment. Any person who shall commit adultery shall be guilty of a felony; and when the crime is committed between a married woman and a man who is unmarried, the man shall be guilty of adultery, and liable to the same punishment. History: 1931, Act 328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 ;–CL 1948, 750.30 . Former Law: See section 1 of Ch. 150 of R.S. 1846, being CL 1857, � 5856; How., � 9277; CL 1897, � 11688; CL 1915, � 15462; and CL 1929, � 16817. 750.31 Adultery; complaint and time of prosecution. Sec. 31. Complainant and time prosecution to be commenced. No prosecution for adultery, under the preceding section, shall be commenced, but on the complaint of the husband or wife; and no such prosecution shall be commenced after 1 year from the time of committing the offense.

It is illegal for a man to seduce an unmarried woman.

750.532 Seduction; punishment. Sec. 532. Punishment�Any man who shall seduce and debauch any unmarried woman shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 5 years or by fine of not more than 2,500 dollars; but no prosecution shall be commenced under this section after 1 year from the time of committing the offense. History: 1931, Act 328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 ;–CL 1948, 750.532 . Former Law: See section 7 of Ch. 158 of R.S. 1846, being CL 1857, � 5862; CL 1871, � 7697; How., � 9283; CL 1897, � 11694; CL 1915, � 15468; and CL 1929, � 16823.

It is illegal to sell cars on Sunday.

435.251 Motor vehicles; sale on Sunday unlawful, exception. Sec. 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of buying, selling, trading or exchanging new, used or second-hand motor vehicles or offering to buy, sell, trade or exchange, or participate in the negotiation thereof, or attempt to buy, sell, trade or exchange any motor vehicle or interest therein, or of any written instrument pertaining thereto, on the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday. History: 1953, Act 66, Imd. Eff. May 12, 1953 .

There is a 3 cent bounty on starlings and a 10 cent bounty on crows when approved by the board of supervisors in the October session.

433.301 Starlings and crows; bounty for killing; resolution of board of supervisors. Sec. 1. Every person being an inhabitant of this state, who shall kill a starling or a crow in any organized township, village or city in this state shall be entitled to receive a bounty of 3 cents for each starling thus killed, and 10 cents for each crow thus killed, to be allowed and paid in the manner hereinafter provided: Provided, That this law shall not be obligatory on any county unless the board of supervisors at the October session shall adopt a resolution to that effect, either as to starlings or as to crows or both, and then only to the amount appropriated for such purpose by said board, and shall not be effective in any city or village located in any such county in case the governing body thereof shall adopt a resolution to that effect. History: 1941, Act 152, Eff. Jan. 10, 1942 ;–CL 1948, 433.301 . 433.302 Starlings and crows; delivery to local clerk; certificate. Sec. 2. Every person applying for such bounty shall take such starlings, in lots of not less than 50, and crows in lots of 10 or more, to the clerk of the township, village or city within which such starlings or crows shall have been killed, in a state of good preservation, and if satisfied with the correctness of such claim, shall issue a certificate stating the amount of bounty to which such applicant is entitled and deliver the same to such applicant, and shall destroy such starlings and crows by burning or other effective method. History: 1941, Act 152, Eff. Jan. 10, 1942 ;–CL 1948, 433.302 .

Mississippi

If someone becomes the parent of a second illegitimate child, that person shall go to jail for not less than 30 days.

97-29-11. Illegitimate children; person becoming natural parent of second illegitimate child; jurisdiction; notice to district and county attorneys. (1) If any person, who shall have previously become the natural parent of an illegitimate child within or without this state by coition within or without this state, shall again become the natural parent of an illegitimate child born within this state, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) days or by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00), or both. A subsequent conviction hereunder shall be punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than three (3) months nor more than six (6) months or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both. Provided, however, that for the purpose of this section, multiple births shall be construed to be the birth of one (1) child. (2) The circuit court of the county in which said illegitimate child is born shall have jurisdiction of any action brought under this section. No male person shall be convicted solely on the uncorroborated testimony of the female person giving birth to the child. (3) On or before the tenth day of each month, the Mississippi State Health Department shall notify in writing the district attorney of each district in Mississippi and the county attorney of all counties having county attorneys of the name and address of each person shown as a parent on the birth certificate of any illegitimate child filed with said department during the preceding month. Sources: Codes, 1942, � 2018.6; Laws, 1964, ch. 341, �� 1- (Paras. 1-3), eff from and after passage (approved May 26, 1964).

Teaching polygamy is outlawed.

97-29-43. Polygamy; teaching of. If any person shall teach another the doctrines, principles, or tenets, or any of them, of polygamy; or shall endeavor so to do; or shall induce or persuade another by words or acts, or otherwise, to embrace or adopt polygamy, or to emigrate to any other state, territory, district, or country for the purpose of embracing, adopting, or practicing polygamy, or shall endeavor so to do, he shall, on conviction, be fined not less than twenty five dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned in the county jail not less than one month nor more than six months, or both. Sources: Codes, 1892, � 1257; Laws, 1906, � 1333; Hemingway’s 1917, � 1066; Laws, 1930, � 1097; Laws, 1942, � 2330.

It is illegal to seduce a chaste woman by false promise of marriage.

97-29-55. Seduction of female over age of eighteen by promised or pretended marriage. If any person shall obtain carnal knowledge of any woman, or female child, over the age of eighteen years, of previous chaste character, by virtue of any feigned or pretended marriage or any false or feigned promise of marriage, he shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned in the penitentiary not more than five years; but the testimony of the female seduced, alone, shall not be sufficient to warrant a conviction. Sources: Codes, 1892, � 1298; Laws, 1906, � 1372; Hemingway’s 1917, � 1108; Laws, 1930, � 1137; Laws, 1942, � 2374; Laws, 1888, p. 89.

It is illegal to use profane language in a public place.

97-29-47. Profanity or drunkenness in public place. If any person shall profanely swear or curse, or use vulgar and indecent language, or be drunk in any public place, in the presence of two (2) or more persons, he shall, on conviction thereof, be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or be imprisoned in the county jail not more than thirty (30) days or both. Sources: Codes, Hutchinson’s 1848, ch. 64, art. 4(1); 1857, ch. 64, art. 340; 1871, � 2833; 1880, � 2974; 1892, � 1219; Laws, 1906, � 1295; Hemingway’s 1917, � 1028; Laws, 1930, � 1059; Laws, 1942, � 2291; Laws, 1912, ch. 212; Laws, 1971, ch. 448, � 2, eff from and after passage (approved March 25, 1971).

Unlawful cohabitation is punishable by up to six months in jail.

97-29-1. Adultery and fornication; unlawful cohabitation. If any man and woman shall unlawfully cohabit, whether in adultery or fornication, they shall be fined in any sum not more than five hundred dollars each, and imprisoned in the county jail not more than six months; and it shall not be necessary, to constitute the offense, that the parties shall dwell together publicly as husband and wife, but it may be proved by circumstances which show habitual sexual intercourse. Sources: Codes, Hutchinson’s 1848, ch. 64, art. 1(58); 1857, ch. 64, art. 8; 1871, � 2486; 1880, � 2700; 1892, � 953; Laws, 1906, � 1029; Hemingway’s 1917, � 754; Laws, 1930, � 772; Laws, 1942, � 1998.

Unnatural intercourse is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

97-29-59. Unnatural intercourse. Every person who shall be convicted of the detestable and abominable crime against nature committed with mankind or with a beast, shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary for a term of not more than ten years. Sources: Codes, Hutchinson’s 1848, ch. 64, art. 12, Title (20); 1857, ch. 64, art. 238; 1871, � 2701; 1880, � 2968; 1892, � 1321; Laws, 1906, � 1396; Hemingway’s 1917, � 1139; Laws, 1930, � 1170; Laws, 1942, � 2413.

Nebraska

Any person who has a venereal disease cannot marry.

42-102 Minimum age; affliction with venereal disease, disqualification. At the time of the marriage the male must be of the age of seventeen years or upward, and the female of the age of seventeen years or upward. No person who is afflicted with a venereal disease shall marry in this state. Source: R.S.1866, c. 34, � 2, p. 254; R.S.1913, � 1541; C.S.1922, � 1490; Laws 1923, c. 40, � 1, p. 154; C.S.1929, � 42-102; R.S.1943, � 42-102; Laws 1963, c. 242, � 1, p. 735; Laws 1965, c. 230, � 1, p. 673; Laws 1971, LB 728, � 1; Laws 1978, LB 165, � 1.

New Jersey

It is illegal for a car dealership to be open on Sunday.

2C:33-26. Sale of motor vehicle on Sunday 4.Sale of motor vehicle on Sunday. A person who engages in the business of buying, selling or exchanging motor vehicles or who opens a place of business and attempts to engage in such conduct on a Sunday commits a disorderly persons offense. The first offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $100.00 or imprisonment for a period of not more than 10 days or both; the second offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment for a period of not more than 30 days or both; the third or each subsequent offense is punishable by a fine of $750.00 or imprisonment for a period of six months or both. If the person is a licensed dealer in new or used motor vehicles in this State, under the provisions of chapter 10, Title 39 of the Revised Statutes, the person shall also be subject to suspension or revocation of his dealer’s license to engage in the business of buying, selling or exchanging in motor vehicles in this State as provided in Title 39, chapter 10, section 10, section 20, for violation of this statute. L.1999,c.90, s.4. Ohio No one may be arrested on Sunday or the Fourth of July. Section 2331.12 General Assembly: 100. Bill Number: House Bill 1 Effective Date: 10-1-53 No person shall be arrested during a sitting of the senate or house of representatives, within the hall where such session is being held, or in any court of justice, during the sitting of such court, or on Sunday, or on the fourth day of July.

Pennsylvania

Biting off a person’s leg is imprisonable for not less than one or more than twenty years.

TITLE 11 Criminal Offenses CHAPTER 11-29 Mayhem SECTION 11-29-1 � 11-29-1 Penalty for mutilation or disabling. � Every person who shall voluntarily, maliciously or of purpose put out an eye, slit the nose, ear, or lip, or cut off, bite off, or disable any limb or member of another, shall be imprisoned not exceeding twenty (20) years nor less than one year.

South Carolina

Any male over the age of sixteen who seduces a woman by promise of marriage is guilty of a misdemeanor unless it is proven she is lewd or unchaste or if he marries her.

Title 16 – Crimes and Offenses CHAPTER 15. OFFENSES AGAINST MORALITY AND DECENCY ARTICLE 1. MISCELLANEOUS OFFENSES SECTION 16-15-50. Seduction under promise of marriage. A male over the age of sixteen years who by means of deception and promise of marriage seduces an unmarried woman in this State is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined at the discretion of the court or imprisoned not more than one year. There must not be a conviction under this section on the uncorroborated testimony of the woman upon whom the seduction is charged, and no conviction if at trial it is proved that the woman was at the time of the alleged offense lewd and unchaste. If the defendant in any action brought under this section contracts marriage with the woman, either before or after the conviction, further proceedings of this section are stayed.

It is illegal for dance halls may not operate on Sunday.

Title 52 – Amusements and Athletic Contests CHAPTER 13. DANCE HALLS SECTION 52-13-10. Operation on Sunday forbidden. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep open or admit persons to any public dancing hall owned or operated by him or to allow any person to continue thereat between the hours of twelve o’clock, midnight, Saturday and twelve o’clock, midnight, Sunday, and all such places shall be and remain closed to the public between such hours. The violation of the provisions of this section shall subject the offender to a fine of not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars for the first offense and for the second offense not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars or imprisonment for thirty days. SECTION 52-13-20. Location near churches and cemeteries forbidden. It shall be unlawful to operate or maintain outside the limits of any incorporated town or city within the State a dance hall within one fourth of a mile of a rural church with an active congregation or a rural cemetery that is either maintained as a cemetery or has been used for the burial of the dead within five years previous to the operation or maintenance of such dance hall. Every operation or maintenance of a dance hall within a period of twenty-four hours shall be considered a separate and distinct offense if in violation of this section. SECTION 52-13-30. Counties not included in provisions of SECTION 52-13-20. Notwithstanding the provisions of SECTION 52-13-20, in Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Florence, Georgetown, Jasper, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Sumter Counties the governing body of the county may, in its discretion, grant and revoke licenses for the operation and maintenance of dance halls at any location within the county outside the limits of any incorporated town or city and fix license fees for such businesses not to exceed ten dollars per annum for each such business. It shall be unlawful to operate or maintain outside the limits of any incorporated town or city within any such county a dance hall without first procuring the issuance of such license from the governing body of the county. SECTION 52-13-40. Violations. Any violation of the provisions of this article other than SECTION 52-13-10 shall be punishable for the first offense by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars nor less than twenty-five dollars or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days and for a subsequent offense by a fine of not less than seventy-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not less than twenty-five days nor more than thirty days.

It is illegal to work on Sunday.

Title 53 – Sundays, Holidays and Other Special Days CHAPTER 1. SECTION 53-1-40. Unlawful to work on Sunday. On the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in worldly work, labor, business of his ordinary calling or the selling or offering to sell, publicly or privately or by telephone, at retail or at wholesale to the consumer any goods, wares or merchandise or to employ others to engage in work, labor, business or selling or offering to sell any goods, wares or merchandise, excepting work of necessity or charity. Provided, that in Charleston County the foregoing shall not apply to any person who conscientiously believes, because of his religion, that the seventh day of the week ought to be observed as the Sabbath and who actually refrains from secular business or labor on that day. It is illegal to sell clothing, silverware, watches, televisions, lumber and other products on Sunday. Title 53 – Sundays, Holidays and Other Special Days CHAPTER 1. SECTION 53-1-60.

Sale of certain items on Sunday prohibited.

The sale or offer to sell the following items on Sunday is prohibited: Clothing and clothing accessories (except those which qualify as swimwear, novelties, souvenirs, hosiery, or undergarments); housewares, china, glassware, and kitchenware; home, business and office furnishings, and appliances; tools, paints, hardware, building supplies, and lumber; jewelry, silverware, watches, clocks, luggage, musical instruments, recorders, recordings, radios, television sets, phonographs, record players or so-called hi-fi or stereo sets, or equipment; sporting goods (except when sold on premises where sporting events and recreational facilities are permitted); yard or piece goods; automobiles, trucks, and trailers. No inference shall arise from the foregoing enumeration that either the sale or the offering for sale on Sunday of items or articles not mentioned is permitted. It is unlawful for a minor to play a pinball machine. SECTION 20-7-8915.

Playing pinball machines.

It is unlawful for a minor under the age of eighteen to play a pinball machine.

Tennessee

No minister or priest may hold a seat in the legislature.

Constitution of the State of Tennessee Article IX Disqualifications Sections 1 Ineligibility of ministers and priests to seats in legislature. Whereas Ministers of the Gospel are by their profession, dedicated to God and the care of souls, and ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their functions; therefore, no Minister of the Gospel, or priest of any denomination whatever, shall be eligible to a seat in either House of the Legislature. A

ny person who engages in a duel shall not be employed by the state or hold public office.

Constitution of the State of Tennessee Article IX Disqualifications Sec. 3. Duelists shall hold no office. Any person who shall, after the adoption of this Constitution, fight a duel, or knowingly be the bearer of a challenge to fight a duel, or send or accept a challenge for that purpose, or be an aider or abettor in fighting a duel, shall be deprived of the right to hold any office of honor or profit in this State, and shall be punished otherwise, in such manner as the Legislature may prescribe.

The definition of a dumb animal is every living creature.

39-3-101 Definitions. In this part, and in every law relating to or affecting animals, the words animal or dumb animal shall be held to include every living creature; the words torture, torment, or cruelty shall be held to include every act, omission, or neglect whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death is caused or permitted; but nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting the shooting of birds or game for the purpose of human food, or the use of animate targets by incorporated gun clubs.

Interracial marriages are outlawed.

Constitution of Tennessee Article XI: Miscellaneous Provisions: Section 14 The intermarriage of white persons with negroes, mulattoes, or persons of mixed blood, descended from a negro to the third generation inclusive of their living together as man and wife in this State is prohibited. The legislature shall enforce this section by appropriate legislation.

It is illegal to import skunks into the state.

70-4-208. Unlawful importation of skunks – Penalty. (a) It is unlawful for any person to import, possess, or cause to be imported into this state any type of live skunk, or to sell, barter, exchange or otherwise transfer any live skunk, except that the prohibitions of this section shall not apply to bona fide zoological parks and research institutions. (b) A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor. [Acts 1974, ch. 622, � 1; 1982, ch. 738, � 31; T.C.A., � 51-514; Acts 1989, ch. 591, � 113.]

Texas

No religious test is required to hold public office as long as the person acknowledges the existence of a Supreme Being.

The Texas Constitution Article 1 – BILL OF RIGHTS Section 4 – RELIGIOUS TESTS No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.

It is illegal to possess six or more devices or articles considered obscene.

CHAPTER 43. PUBLIC INDECENCY SUBCHAPTER B. OBSCENITY � 43.21. Definitions (a) In this subchapter: (1) “Obscene” means material or a performance that: (A) the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest in sex; (B) depicts or describes: (i) patently offensive representations or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated, including sexual intercourse, sodomy, and sexual bestiality; or (ii) patently offensive representations or descriptions of masturbation, excretory functions, sadism, masochism, lewd exhibition of the genitals, the male or female genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal, covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state or a device designed and marketed as useful primarily for stimulation of the human genital organs; and (C) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, and scientific value. (2) “Material” means anything tangible that is capable of being used or adapted to arouse interest, whether through the medium of reading, observation, sound, or in any other manner, but does not include an actual three dimensional obscene device. (3) “Performance” means a play, motion picture, dance, or other exhibition performed before an audience. (4) “Patently offensive” means so offensive on its face as to affront current community standards of decency. (5) “Promote” means to manufacture, issue, sell, give, provide, lend, mail, deliver, transfer, transmit, publish, distribute, circulate, disseminate, present, exhibit, or advertise, or to offer or agree to do the same. (6) “Wholesale promote” means to manufacture, issue, sell, provide, mail, deliver, transfer, transmit, publish, distribute, circulate, disseminate, or to offer or agree to do the same for purpose of resale. (7) “Obscene device” means a device including a dildo or artificial vagina, designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs. (b) If any of the depictions or descriptions of sexual conduct described in this section are declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawfully included herein, this declaration shall not invalidate this section as to other patently offensive sexual conduct included herein. Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, � 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 372, ch. 163, � 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1975; Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 1974, ch. 778, � 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, � 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. � 43.23. Obscenity (a) A person commits an offense if, knowing its content and character, he wholesale promotes or possesses with intent to wholesale promote any obscene material or obscene device. (b) An offense under Subsection (a) is a state jail felony. (c) A person commits an offense if, knowing its content and character, he: (1) promotes or possesses with intent to promote any obscene material or obscene device; or (2) produces, presents, or directs an obscene performance or participates in a portion thereof that is obscene or that contributes to its obscenity. (d) An offense under Subsection (c) is a Class A misdemeanor. (e) A person who promotes or wholesale promotes obscene material or an obscene device or possesses the same with intent to promote or wholesale promote it in the course of his business is presumed to do so with knowledge of its content and character. (f) A person who possesses six or more obscene devices or identical or similar obscene articles is presumed to possess them with intent to promote the same. (g) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the person who possesses or promotes material or a device proscribed by this section does so for a bona fide medical, psychiatric, judicial, legislative, or law enforcement purpose. Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, � 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 1975, ch. 778, � 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1979; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, � 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Homosexuality is a misdemeanor. 21.06. Homosexual Conduct (a) A person commits an offense if he engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex. (b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor. Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, � 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, � 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.

Virginia

It is illegal for an unmarried person to have sex.

18.2-344. Fornication. Any person, not being married, who voluntarily shall have sexual intercourse with any other person, shall be guilty of fornication, punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor. (Code 1950, �� 18.1-188, 18.1-190; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15.) Oral or anal sex is a felony. 18.2-361. Crimes against nature. A. If any person carnally knows in any manner any brute animal, or carnally knows any male or female person by the anus or by or with the mouth, or voluntarily submits to such carnal knowledge, he or she shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony, except as provided in subsection B. B. Any person who carnally knows by the anus or by or with the mouth his daughter or granddaughter, son or grandson, brother or sister, or father or mother shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony. However, if a parent or grandparent commits any such act with his child or grandchild and such child or grandchild is at least thirteen but less than eighteen years of age at the time of the offense, such parent or grandparent shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony. (Code 1950, � 18.1-212; 1960, c. 358; 1968, c. 427; 1975, cc. 14, 15; 1977, c. 285; 1981, c. 397; 1993, c. 450.)

It is illegal to hunt animals on Sunday, except for raccoons, which can be hunted until 2:00 AM.

29.1-521. Unlawful to hunt, trap, possess, sell or transport wild birds and wild animals except as permitted; exception; penalty. A. The following shall be unlawful: 1. To hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including any nuisance species, with a gun, firearm or other weapon on Sunday, which is hereby declared a rest day for all species of wild bird and wild animal life, except raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. 2. To destroy or molest the nest, eggs, dens or young of any wild bird or wild animal, except nuisance species, at any time without a permit as required by law. 3. To hunt or attempt to kill or trap any species of wild bird or wild animal after having obtained the daily bag or season limit during such day or season. However, any properly licensed person, or a person exempt from having to obtain a license, who has obtained such daily bag or season limit while hunting may assist others who are hunting game by calling game, retrieving game, handling dogs, or conducting drives if the weapon in his possession is an unloaded firearm, a bow without a nocked arrow or an unloaded crossbow. Any properly licensed person, or person exempt from having to obtain a license, who has obtained such season limit prior to commencement of the hunt may assist others who are hunting game by calling game, retrieving game, handling dogs, or conducting drives, provided he does not have a firearm, bow or crossbow in his possession. 4. To occupy any baited blind or other baited place for the purpose of taking or attempting to take any wild bird or wild animal or to put out bait or salt for any wild bird or wild animal for the purpose of taking or killing them. However, this shall not apply to baiting nuisance species of animals and birds, or to baiting traps for the purpose of taking fur-bearing animals that may be lawfully trapped. 5. To kill or capture any wild bird or wild animal adjacent to any area while a field or forest fire is in progress. 6. To shoot or attempt to take any wild bird or wild animal from an automobile or other vehicle, except as provided in � 29.1-521.3. 7. To set a trap of any kind on the lands or waters of another without attaching to the trap the name and address of the trapper. 8. To set a trap where it would be likely to injure persons, dogs, stock or fowl. 9. To fail to visit all traps once each day and remove all animals caught, and immediately report to the landowner as to stock, dogs or fowl that are caught and the date. 10. To hunt, trap, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture or kill, possess, deliver for transportation, transport, cause to be transported, by any means whatever, receive for transportation or export, or import, at any time or in any manner, any wild bird or wild animal or the carcass or any part thereof, except as specifically permitted by law and only by the manner or means and within the numbers stated. However, the provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit the (i) use or transportation of legally taken turkey carcasses, or portions thereof, for the purposes of making or selling turkey callers or (ii) the manufacture or sale of implements, including, but not limited to, tools or utensils, made from legally harvested deer skeletal parts, including antlers. 11. To offer for sale, sell, offer to purchase, or purchase, at any time or in any manner, any wild bird or wild animal or the carcass or any part thereof, except as specifically permitted by law. However, any nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under � 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which is (i) organized to provide wild game as food to the hungry and (ii) authorized by the Department to possess, transport and distribute donated or unclaimed meat to the hungry, may pay a processing fee in order to obtain such meat. Such fees shall not exceed the actual cost for processing the meat. A violation of this subdivision shall be punishable as provided in � 29.1-553. B. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, any American Indian, who produces verification that he is an enrolled member of a tribe recognized by the Commonwealth, another state or the U.S. government, may possess, offer for sale or sell to another American Indian, or offer to purchase or purchase from another American Indian, parts of legally obtained fur-bearing animals, nonmigratory game birds, and game animals, except bear. Such legally obtained parts shall include antlers, hooves, feathers, claws and bones. “Verification” as used in this section shall include, but is not limited to, (i) showing a valid tribal identification card, (ii) confirmation through a central tribal registry, (iii) a letter from a tribal chief or council, or (iv) certification from a tribal office that the person is an enrolled member of the tribe. C. A violation of subdivisions 1 through 10 of subsection A of this section shall be punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor. (Code 1950, � 29-143; 1962, c. 469; 1974, c. 302; 1979, c. 264; 1987, c. 488; 1988, c. 175; 1989, c. 421; 1990, c. 237; 1994, cc. 244, 436; 1997, c. 249; 1998, c. 415; 2000, c. 13; 2001, cc. 26, 60.)

Washington

It is illegal to attach a vending machine to a telephone pole without the utilities permission.

RCW 70.54.090 Attachment of objects to utility poles. It shall be unlawful to attach to utility poles any of the following: Advertising signs, posters, vending machines, or any similar object which presents a hazard to, or endangers the lives of, electrical workers. Any attachment to utility poles shall only be made with the permission of the utility involved, and shall be placed not less than twelve feet above the surface of the ground.

It is illegal to use x-rays to fit shoes.

RCW 70.98.170 Prohibition — Fluoroscopic x-ray shoefitting devices. The operation or maintenance of any x-ray, fluoroscopic, or other equipment or apparatus employing roentgen rays, in the fitting of shoes or other footwear or in the viewing of bones in the feet is prohibited. This prohibition does not apply to any licensed physician, surgeon, *podiatrist, or any person practicing a licensed healing art, or any technician working under the direct and immediate supervision of such persons. [1973 c 77 � 27; 1961 c 207 � 17.]

West Virginia

It is against the law for an unmarried couple living together to express open or gross lewdness. 61-8-4. Lewd and lascivious cohabitation and conduct; penalty; when persons presumed to be unmarried. If any persons, not married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or, whether married or not, be guilty of open or gross lewdness and lasciviousness, they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than fifty dollars, and may, in the discretion of the court, be imprisoned not exceeding six months, and, upon a repetition of the offense, they shall, upon conviction, be confined in jail not less than six nor more than twelve months. In prosecutions for adultery and fornication, and for lewdly and lasciviously cohabiting together, the persons named in the indictment shall be presumed to be unmarried persons in the absence of proof to the contrary.

It is a misdemeanor to taunt someone who refuses a challenge.

61-2-24. Taunting for nonparticipation in duel; penalty. If any person post another, or in writing or in print use any reproachful or contemptuous language to or concerning another, for not fighting a duel, or for not sending or accepting a challenge, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be confined in jail not more than six months, or fined not exceeding one hundred dollars.

Public drunkenness or swearing has a fine of one dollar.

61-8-15. Profane swearing and drunkenness; penalty. If any person arrived at the age of discretion profanely curse or swear or get drunk in public, he shall be fined by a justice one dollar for each offense.

Possessing a red or black flag is illegal.

61-1-6. Display of red or black flag unlawful. It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession or to display any red or black flag, or to display any other flag, emblem, device or sign of any nature whatever, indicating sympathy with or support of ideals, institutions or forms of government, hostile, inimical or antagonistic to the form or spirit of the constitution, laws, ideals and institutions of this state or of the United States.

Wisconsin

It is illegal to serve butter substitutes in a state prison. 97.18(5) (5) The serving of oleomargarine or margarine to students, patients or inmates of any state institutions as a substitute for table butter is prohibited, except that such substitution may be ordered by the institution superintendent when necessary for the health of a specific patient or inmate, if directed by the physician in charge of the patient or inmate. 97.18(6) (6) Any person who violates any provision of this section may be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisoned not more than 3 months or both; and for each subsequent offense may be fined not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 or imprisoned in the county jail not less than 6 months nor more than one year.

It is illegal to serve a butter substitute at a restaurant unless the customer requests it.

97.18(4) (4) The serving of colored oleomargarine or margarine at a public eating place as a substitute for table butter is prohibited unless it is ordered by the customer. Wyoming It is illegal to buy articles of junk from a suspected thief or a drunk. 33-18-105. Purchase from intoxicated persons. No person, firm or corporation engaged in the buying or selling of junk metals, rubber, rags or paper, shall purchase any articles from any person appearing to be intoxicated, nor from any person known to be a thief, or to have been convicted of larceny, and when any person is found to be the owner of stolen property, which had been so sold, the property shall be returned to the owner thereof without the payment of any money on the part of the owner.

Failure to close a fence or a gate is a misdemeanor.

6-9-202. Neglect to close fences; penalty. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) if he opens and neglects to close a gate or replace bars in a fence which crosses a private road or a river, stream or ditch.

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