Laws are designed to maintain order and protect citizens in society. However, not all laws are created equal. Around the world, several wacky laws exist that are both outdated and bizarre. In this article, we will explore some of the wackiest laws from around the world.
In the United States, there are several bizarre laws that are still in place today. Here are a few examples:
– In Alabama, it is illegal to wear a fake mustache in church that causes laughter.
– In Arizona, it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs.
– In California, it is illegal to whistle for a lost canary before 7 AM.
– In New Hampshire, it is illegal to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria.
The United Kingdom is known for having a rich history of laws and customs. However, some laws have remained in effect despite being utterly ridiculous. Here are a few examples:
– In England, it is illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances.
– In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store.
– In Scotland, it is illegal to be drunk while in charge of a cow.
India has a rich culture and diverse population, and like any other country, it has its share of peculiar laws. Some of the wackiest laws from India include:
– In Mumbai, it is illegal to fly kites without a permit.
– In Bangalore, it is illegal to walk naked in your own home if someone else can see you from outside.
– In Delhi, it is illegal to be in possession of any elephants or cattle at night without permission from the local municipality.
Australia is known for its laid-back lifestyle, but some of its laws are anything but relaxed. Here are a few examples:
– In Queensland, it is illegal to own a pet rabbit unless you are a magician.
– In Victoria, it is illegal to change a light bulb unless you are a licensed electrician.
– In Sydney, it is illegal to urinate in public except on a designated urinal.
Wacky laws may seem trivial, but they can waste time and money to enforce. While some of these laws may have origins in religious beliefs or customs, they are often outdated and irrelevant in modern society. As such, it is essential to review laws periodically to ensure their relevance and effectiveness in society.
Wacky laws are, for the most part, rules and regulations of a time passed that are still on the books but have been forgotten. At one time, these laws had a practical application. However, they are now inconsistent as a means of achieving the greater good. Wacky laws are a product of a changing society that no longer need the protections as written in the legal texts. Some wacky laws clearly had a practical need and could be explained in a historical context. Other wacky laws regulate seemingly benign behaviors.
Many of these laws reflect the politically incorrect attitudes of times past and are funny as a result of their incongruities with the modern socio-political climate. The best wacky laws are the ones that do not have any explanations. The Internet is laden with websites that discuss wacky laws that remain on the books. Many of these websites warn their readers that the purpose of publishing wacky laws is for entertainment purposes only because they are not legal scholars.
It would be impractical to discuss wacky laws with a lawyer, even on his or her free time, because it is unlikely that they have ever made practical use of those laws. Chances are that police officers, lawyers, and even judges have similar attitudes towards wacky laws since the cases involving these laws are seldom instances if not all.
Iconographic depictions of Lady Justice attribute qualities of fairness, equality, and non-bias to the abstract concept of justice. Pragmatism is often associated with a non-ideological approach to law. Laws that function best are often pragmatic. Wacky laws, however, do not fit these qualities of the civilizing effect of the rule of law. It should be remembered that even lawmakers do the occasional social faux-pas of drafting wacky legislation.
Wacky laws are a result of both carelessness and stupidity. The publishing of wacky laws on the Internet has embarrassed many local and state governments and they have appointed measures to strike these arcane laws from the law books. Other jurisdictions have resolved to keep wacky laws on their books because they enjoy the humor of these laws. Wacky laws prove that anything could be funny and should be read solely for entertainment purposes.
The following are the top twenty wackiest laws in America compiled from the wacky laws commonly discussed on the Net.
20. Fairbanks, Alaska has a law that bans moose from engaging in sexual intercourse.
19. Hallucinogenic drug peyote may be used in religious ceremonies among members of certain Native American religious organizations in the United States. The drug may only be taken for sacramental purposes. The Supreme Court case US v. Warner (1984) confirmed the legality of this practice due to its connection to the First Amendment.
18. Nudity is banned in Stanford Crest, Florida unless nudity is required in a “bona fide” theatrical performance.
17. US federal prohibits the decimation of false weather reports. This law protects the public from panic resulting from false reports of severe weather. Weather reports are predictions based on mathematical calculations and are thus subject to inaccuracies. Proving a weather report false is therefore extremely difficult but the FBI has investigated people who submit false reports to the National Weather Service.
16. A law that survives from the English Colony of New Haven, now Connecticut, 16-year-old boys may be put to death for disobeying, striking, or cursing his parents. Other rebellious behaviors apply.
15. Dog catchers in Denver, Colorado must notify dogs three days in advance of catching them. He or she must do this by posting signs where it is visible to dogs.
14. A car door may not be opened for longer than necessary in Oregon.
13. Killing dogs in retaliation for attacking chickens is legal in Michigan. All methods of killing the canine are legal with the exception of decompression chambers and electrocution.
12. Shooting ranges may not have targets that resemble the human form in Massachusetts. Only exception to this rule are police shooting ranges.
11. Condoms may not be sold in vending machines in Maryland except in places in which alcohol is sold for consumption.
10. Bear wrestling is illegal in Alabama. Any act associated with the odd sport is illegal; that includes training and promoting.
9. Toledo, Ohio has a law on the books that bans women from wearing patent leather shoes in public.
8. Road kill may be taken home for food in West Virginia. Passed by the West Virginia State Legislature in 1998, one of the more recent wacky laws.
7. No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour in California.
6. As long as there is a chaperon, a sheep may not ride in the cab of a truck.
5. The City of San Francisco has a copyright on its own name. Anything published with the name San Francisco must pay royalties to the city for the use of the name.
4. It is illegal to shoot game from a moving vehicle in Tennessee, except whales. That does not read like a wacky law considering that Tennessee is a landlocked state.
3. Alabama marriage law stipulates that a person performing a marriage rite is entitled to $2 fee per marriage.
2. Pet rats are illegal in Billings, Montana. Therefore, selling, keeping or giving away rats as pets is illegal. However, the keeping of rats for laboratory purposes is legal.
1. In Baltimore, MD it is illegal to scrub or wash a sink. No matter how dirty it gets, the act of washing a sink is illegal.