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Laws All Cross-Country Travelers Need To Know About



Have you ever wondered what kind of silly things are technically illegal in your state? For instance, did you know that it's illegal in Arizona for your donkey to sleep in your bathtub? Did you know that women can't drive in California while wearing a housecoat? If not, you're not alone. Neither do most travelers who accidentally run aground of the law.

I found a few sites that give the strangest (and sometimes dumbest) laws in each of the 50 states. A lot of these laws are products of a by-gone era and aren't enforced anymore, but no one thought to take them 'off the books'. Some of them aren't 'on the books' at all anymore, but who knows when some bored congressman might push to have them reinstated? For your protection, I thought I'd give you a 'heads up' in case you 'accidentally' break one of these laws when you're taking your summer trip. :)

What's really sad is that the state wouldn't have had to outlaw some of the dumber, crazier things if someone hadn't tried it. For instance, would anyone really try to sell their eye???? Anyway, on to the weird and silly laws.

Alabama-
You can't flick boogers into the wind.
It's illegal to drive a car while blindfolded.
In case of a divorce, a woman is entitled to keep any property she had before she got married. However, there is no such law for men. (a victory for us? :p)

Alaska-
It's illegal to look at a moose out of the window of a plane.
In Fairbanks, you can't serve alcohol to a moose.
If someone owes you money, you can't keep a corpse as collateral.

Arizona-
It's illegal to buy a human egg so you can clone yourself.
You can't rope, cast or throw someone else's cow without their permission.
It's illegal to hunt camels.

Arkansas-
You can be arrested for pronouncing this state's name incorrectly. It's 'AR-kin-saw', not 'AR-can-ziss'.
Flying an airplane while intoxicated is a crime.

California-
It is illegal to herd more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at any one time.
You can't hunt with a crossbow while intoxicated.

Colorado-
You can't fire a catapult at a building in Aspen.
In Boulder, it's illegal to let your llama graze on city property.
Any pet cat that runs loose must be wearing a tail-light.

Connecticut-
A pickle is not technically a pickle unless it bounces.
In Atwoodville, it's illegal for people to play Scrabble while waiting for a politician to speak.
It's illegal in Hartford to walk across the street on your hands.

Delaware-
Tongue-splitting procedures can only be done by licensed medical professionals.
It's illegal to sell dead people for money without a license.

Florida-
Men can't wear a strapless gown in public.
In Pensacola, any woman who dies after using electric beauty products (hair dryers, etc) in a tub is subject to a fine.
Chickens are considered a 'protected species' in Key West.

Georgia-
You can't sell your kids off to the circus.
State Assembly members cannot be issued speeding tickets while the assembly is in session.
You can't tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp. 

For more laws, proceed to II. You need to know this stuff. :) 


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