Saturday, May 12, 2007

Crazy State Laws

• A Michigan law states that a wife's hair legally belongs to her husband.
• A woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.
• Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony.
• In Detroit, Michigan it is illegal to sleep in a bathtub.
• In Rochester, Michigan, anyone bathing in public must have his or her bathing suit inspected by a police officer.
• It is legal for a robber to file a law suit, if he or she got hurt in your house.
• It is illegal to loiter in the city morgue in Detroit.
• It's illegal in Michigan for a person under the age of 21 to give a gift of alcohol beverage to anyone, even to a person of legal age.
• Permitting diners to take home an unfinished bottle of alcohol beverage, rather than consuming it all before leaving to prevent "waste," encourages moderation and discourages intoxication. However, this is prohibited in Michigan.
• Smoking while in bed is illegal.
• The use of the names of dead presidents to sell alcohol in Michigan is prohibited.
• Under an 1889 law, the health officer of East Jordan, Mich., could send any nonresident with an infectious disease back to where he came from, as long as the person could travel. If not, the officer could rent a house for use as a pest house.

• A Blue Earth, Minnesota, law declares that no child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent.
• A Minnesota tax form is quite thorough. Some would say too thorough. It even asks for your date of death.
• A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
• A woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.
• All bathtubs must have feet.
• All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
• Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.
• Every man in Brainerd, Minnesota is required by law to grow a beard.
• Grand Haven: No person shall throw an abandoned hoop skirt into any street or on any sidewalk, under penalty of a five- dollar fine for each offense.
• Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.
• Harper Woods: It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.
• In Duluth, Minnesota it is illegal to allow animals to sleep in a bakery.
• In Minnesota, it's illegal to tease skunks. (As if being sprayed weren't enough of a deterrent.)
• It used to be legal in Minnesota to sell rolled candy on Sunday, and illegal to sell flat candy. The wafer people have gotten this one repealed.
• Minneapolis: Red cars can not drive down Lake Street
• Minnesota has repealed its so-called "Twinkie" law, under which a Minneapolis City Council candidate was indicted for dispensing $34 worth of Twinkies, Ho-Hos, cookies, Kool-Aid and coffee to some senior citizens.
• Public intoxication is a crime in Pennsylvania but specifically not a crime in Minnesota.
• There is a 10 cent bounty for each rat's head brought into a town office.
• Virginia: You're not allowed to park your elephant on Main Street.
• Wayland: Anyone can keep their cow on Main Street downtown at a cost of 3 cents per day.
• You may not swear in front of women and children in the state of Michigan.
Kalamazoo: It is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.

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