A Bit of Fun…

Watching the local news broadcast tonight, they did a segment on outdated laws here in North Carolina and I couldn’t leave it at that! I looked them up online and found tons of old laws still on the books for every state. I spent an hour going through them all and thought I’d share a few with you.

Outdated Laws in North Carolina:
– It’s against the law to sing off key.
– Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.
– While having sex, you must stay in the missionary position and have the shades pulled.
– If a man and a woman who aren’t married go to a hotel/motel and register themselves as married then, according to state law, they are legally married.

In South Carolina:
– By law, if a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, the marriage must take place.
– No work may be done on Sunday.
– An exception to the above law is that light bulbs may be sold.
– Horses may not be kept in bathtubs.
– It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the courthouse steps on Sundays.

In Tennessee:
– You can’t shoot any game other that whales from a moving automobile.
– It is legal to gather and consume road-kill.
– Illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.(In Memphis only)

In Texas:
– It is illegal to milk another person’s cow.
– The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.
– Obnoxious odors may not be emitted while in an elevator.

In California:
– Women may not drive in a house coat.
– You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
– Driving a herd of cattle down a street is against the law.
– Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine.

In New York:
– The penalty for jumping off a building is death
– It is illegal to disrobe in a wagon.

In North Dakota:
– It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
– Beer and pretzels can’t be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.

In Utah:
– It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon. You can have them, but you just can’t detonate them.
– It is illegal not to drink milk.
– Women may not swear.
– Throwing snowballs will result in a $50 fine.
– It is against the law to open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.

In Washington State:
– A law to reduce crime states: “It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town”.
– Men who deflower virgins, regardless of age or marital status, may face up to five years in jail.
– Women who sit on men’s laps on buses or trains without placing a pillow between them face an automatic six-month jail term.
– No one may set fire to another person’s property without prior permission.

Okay…those were a few of my favorites. If I didn’t get to your state, go take a look at the outdated laws; they’re worth the laugh! I found these at: http://www.bitoffun.com/stupid_laws.htm

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About Lily Graison

Lily Graison is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical western romances. She also writes a variety of genres under the name L. R. Grasion. Most all of her stories lean heavily to the spicy side with strong female leads and heroes who tend to always get what they want. She writes full time and lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and a house full of Yorkies

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