I was working on a post for today … a rather dark post, as it were, for Black History Month … and I came across something that pulled me (temporarily) out of the rabbit hole I was in and made me chuckle. So, I will finish that post for later today, but meanwhile I think we could all use a bit of mid-week humour!
Understandably, many of the laws from centuries past don’t make much sense today, though no doubt there was some logic behind them back in the day. But today, they are just funny as heck and most often not enforced but remain on the books anyway. For instance, in North Dakota, by law, bars and restaurants cannot serve beer and pretzels at the same time! And in Hartford, Connecticut, it’s against the law to educate dogs! No obedience school for Fido there!
Some of the laws are just common sense … perhaps common sense is lacking in Alabama where it’s illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket! I can honestly say that in my 70+ years on this earth, I have never ever put an ice cream cone in my back pocket nor even been tempted to! In California, it is against the law to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool, and in Hawaii you are breaking the law if you put coins in your ears.
Florida as well as some other states have laws that are directed toward women, such as the one that makes it a chargeable offense for a woman to fall asleep under the hairdryer at a beauty salon, or the one that makes it illegal for unmarried women to parachute on Sundays! Why only ‘unmarried’ women, I wonder? Do they have a shortage of potential wife material there? But then in Michigan, by law women must check with their husband before heading to the hair stylist because a woman’s hair belongs to her spouse and she needs his permission before she can alter it. I certainly hope that one is not enforced!!! Sheesh!
Pittsburgh has a special cleaning ordinance on the books that bans housewives from hiding dirt under their rugs, and in Memphis, Tennessee, women can’t drive a car unless there is a man with a red flag in front of the car warning the other people on the road. 🙄 I better not hear one snide remark about women drivers! And in Wisconsin, it is against the law to force anybody to get a microchip implanted. WHAT??? Only in Wisconsin? I would think that … oh heck, never mind what I think!
Our friend Keith better be careful, because …
Take a look at some of the other odd & funny laws that, while utterly ridiculous, are still on the books …
I must say that perhaps instead of all the infighting, promoting conspiracy theories, and being bigoted obstructionist bullies, lawmakers might do well to clean up the lawbooks in their states … but then we wouldn’t be able to laugh about those defunct laws!
I hope you found a chuckle or two here this morning … I’ll be back later with a more serious post.