Chamblee54

Unfortunate Laws Part Four

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on January 15, 2012





Here is part four of state laws that some might find peculiar. Parts one, two, and three have been posted previously. Today will will look at Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, and Maryland. These regulations are borrowed from Bored. Pictures are from the public hospitality facilities of Dekalb county and Gwinnett county. Kansas //Dodge City: It is illegal to spit on a sidewalk. All places of business must provide a horse water troft //If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed. //In Kansas City, KS, saying the name “George Washington” without adding the phrase “blessed be his name,” can land you with a fine of up to fifty cents. //In Natoma, Kansas, it’s illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suites. //In Topeka, Kansas, servers are forbidden to serve wine in teacups. //It is illegal to catch bullfrogs in a tomato patch. //It is illegal to hunt whales. //It is illegal to put ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas. //Lawrence: All cars entering the city limits must first sound their horn to warn the horses of their arrival. No one may wear a bee in their hat. //Minors in Kansas City, Missouri, are not allowed to purchase cap pistols; they may buy shotguns freely, however. //No one may catch fish with his bare hands in Kansas. //Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear tail lights. //Rabbits may not be shot from motorboats. //Russell: Musical car horns are banned //Salina: It is against the law to leave your car running unattended. //The state game rule prohibits the use of mules to hunt ducks. //Topeka: The installation of bathtubs is prohibited. //Wichita: Before proceeding through the intersection of Douglas and Broadway, a motorist is required to get out of their vehicle and fire three shot gun rounds into the air. Any person caught using or carrying bean snappers or the like shall upon conviction, be fined. -City ordinance 349 of Wichita, Kansas. Kentucky //A person can be sent to jail for five years for merely sending a bottle of beer, wine or spirits as a gift to a friend in Kentucky. //An ordinance in Murray, Ky., says the superintendent of sanitation “shall determine whether a person is small, medium or large.” Why the superintendent should make this determination is left unsaid. //All nude people in your house must be registered in Kentucky. //An excerpt from brilliant Kentucky state legislation. “No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club”. The following important amendment however is to be considered here: “The provisions of this statute shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, //Any person who appears on any highway, or upon the street of any city that has no police protection, when clothed only in ordinary bathing garb, shall be fined no less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars.” – KRS 436.140 //Any person who displays, handles or uses any kind of reptile in connection with any religious service or gathering shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100). -KRS 437.060 (Passed 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 1267a-1.). //Each year, the mayor of Danville, Ky., must appoint “three intelligent housekeepers” to the Board of Tax Supervisors. //Frankfort, Kentucky, makes it against the law to shoot off a policeman’s tie. //In Danville, Ky., it’s illegal to throw slops or soapsuds in the street. //In Kentucky, according to an old law, it’s illegal to use any kind of reptile in a religious service. It’s not certain if the law would withstand First Amendment scrutiny today. //In Kentucky every citizen of is required to take a shower once a year. //In Kentucky you need a license to walk around nude on your property. //It is illegal in Kentucky to marry the same man more than 3 times. //It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky. //It is illegal to shoot game out of the window of a moving vehicle, with the exception of a whale //It’s illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing License. //Lexington: It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket. By law, anyone who has been drinking is “sober” until he or she “cannot hold onto the ground.” //No person owning or controlling a billiard or pool table shall permit, for compensation or reward, any minor under eighteen (18) years of age to play any game on the table, unless such minor shall have first displayed an identification card containing his name, age, photograph, and the signature of his parents or guardian. The minor shall keep such identification card on his person, and it shall be subject to inspection at any time by any peace officer. The person owning or controlling such billiard or pool table shall keep and maintain a registration book in which each minor shall sign. The person owning or controlling such billiard or pool table shall supply a blank identification card to each parent or guardian who makes request for same. Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than ten ($10) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense. -KRS 436.320 (Passed 1893; Amended in 1954, Ky. Acts ch. 232, sec. 1) //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 months of age in any quantity less than six, except that any rabbit weighing three pounds or more may be sold at an age of six weeks. Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500. -KRS 436.600 (Passed 1966 Ky. Acts ch. 215, sec. 5.) //Owensboro: A woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission. One may not receive anal sex. Louisiana //Biting someone with your natural teeth is “simple assault”, while biting someone with your false teeth is “aggravated assault”. //Communism has been against the law in Haines City, La., since 1950. //If you’ve ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you’ll see the kings and queens on the various floats throwing plastic money, medallions and jewels to the crowd, but not food. It’s against the law to throw food from a float in the Mardi Gras festivities. //It is against state law to steal even a single crawfish. //It is illegal to gargle in public places. //It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol. //It illegal for a woman to drive a car unless her husband is waving a flag in front of it. //It is illegal in Lafayette, Louisiana to play a musical instrument for the purpose of attracting attention, without a license. //It’s legal to walk down the street with a drink in New Orleans, even to drive with a drink. But if you fall over and block the sidewalk, you’ve just broken the law. //Louisiana law prohibits couples who are shopping for a new bed from putting it to the “ultimate test”– in other words, from trying it out by making love on it, or even simulating this activity. //Mourners at a wake may not eat more than three sandwiches. //Rituals that involve the ingestion of blood, urine, or fecal matter are not allowed. //Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked. //Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts. //You may not tie an alligator to a fire hydrant. //An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public. Maine //After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up. //In Augusta to stroll down the street playing a violin is against the law. //It’s illegal to clean salmon along Maine’s upper Kennebec River. Enforcement of this law has been made easier for many years by the fact that, because of a dam, there are no salmon on the upper Kennebec River. //In Maine, it is illegal to sell a car on Sunday unless it comes equipped with plumbing. //In Maine it’s illegal to catch lobsters with your bare hands. //In Waterville, Maine, it is illegal to blow one’s nose in public. //It’s unlawful to tickle a woman’s chin with a feather duster in Portland. //Shoelaces must be tied while walking down the street. //Shotguns are required to be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack. //You may not step out of a plane in flight. Maryland //Baltimore City: Though you may spit on a city roadway, spitting on city sidewalks is prohibited. You may not curse inside the city limits. //Baltimore has regulations governing the disposal of hog’s heads, pet droppings and oyster shells. //Columbia: You can not have a antenna exposed outside of your house yet you can have a 25′ satellite dish. Though clotheslines are banned, clothes may be draped over a fence. //Gypsies should steer clear of Caroline County, Md., where it’s a $100 fine or six months in the can for “forecasting or pretending to foretell the future.” //In Baltimore it’s illegal to block the sidewalk with a box. But the offense only carries a $1 fine. Another law makes it illegal to throw bale of hay (or of anything else) out a second-story window. That gets you a $20 fine. In Baltimore it’s illegal to play professional croquet before 2 p.m. Sunday. The law also applies to professional quoits. //In Baltimore it is illegal to mistreat oysters. //In Baltimore, it is illegal to wash or scrub sinks no matter how dirty they get. //In Baltimore, Maryland, it is not legal to take a lion to the movies. //In Halethrope, Maryland kisses longer than one second are illegal. //In Maryland, a woman may not go through her husband’s pockets while he is sleeping. //In Maryland, men may not buy drinks for female bartenders. //In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending machines with one exception: prophylactics may be dispensed from a vending machine only “in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises.” //In Maryland, the legislature once proposed a board of parachute examiners to be made up of five licensed parachute instructors who would test and license all other parachute instructors. The plan had been abandoned when it was learned there were only three licensed parachute instructors in the state. //In the entire state of Maryland, it is illegal to give or receive oral sex. //It is a violation to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt. $10 fine. //It’s illegal to take a lion to the movies. //Maryland now requires that alcohol beverage writers be certified as experts by an agency of the state before they can receive product samples, which it limits to three bottles per brand. //Ocean City: A law from the early 1900’s prohibits men from going topless on the Boardwalk. Eating while swimming in the ocean is prohibited //Thistles may not grow in one’s yard. //You can not have a antenna exposed outside of your house yet you can have a 25′ satellite dish. //You cannot swear while inside the city limits of Baltimore. //You cannot throw a bail of hay out of a second story window in Annapolis. //You may not curse inside the city limits.




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