8 Of the Weirdest Laws Still In Force in the United States
As the world changes, so do laws. Laws have to change to keep up with the new advances we are making as a society. The laws change so much that law firms have to read Legal News Articles to keep on top of all the changes! But not all these laws are good ones so there are some strange and pretty stupid laws existing even today in the United States. As hilarious as they may seem, one wonders what purpose such laws would serve. Take a look at amusing gems of legal wisdom that became the weirdest laws of the United States.
1 Silly String in Southington, Connecticut
During the 1995 Apple Festival of Southington, a handful of local kids almost caused an accident after covering the town square with Silly String. They even sprayed two motorcycle police officers forcing the town elders to wage a crusade against silly string. According to the town Sheriff, the product had no value and was being manufactured to annoy people. Despite of the Apple festival where vendors would sell almost 30,000 cans of silly string, the product was banned from all public places and a penalty of $99 was levied on its use.
2 High heels in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small, beachside community on the Monterey Peninsula. The village prided itself over its quaint and rustic landscape which was natural in every sense. The people were also proud of their urban style forest but walking on the surface wasn’t the same as a usual urban tow,. Thus to prevent sprained ankles and injuries, all shoes with heels higher than two inches and less than 1 square inch of surface contact area were banned. To wear such shoes, one has to apply for a permit from the City Clerk which absolved the city of all liabilities in event of injury.
3 Standing and drinking Woburn, Massachusetts
The city of Woburn, Massachusetts has several rules governing restaurants and taverns selling drinks. While common laws state that minors and those already drunk aren’t to be served alcohol, it is some other rules that are pretty weird. As per city by laws a customer receiving a drink has to be seated. Drinking while standing. In order to allow customers to drink while standing, a bar owner has to acquire a standing licencse.
New Orleans is a weird place at any time of the year, and it gets extra weird during Mardi Gras. In order to keep things around at least a baseline level of chaos, there are a handful of statues on the books that really make you wonder what the heck happened that they needed to be specified in the first place.
4 Reptiles Banned from Mardi Gras Parade Louisiana
Among the weirdest laws of the United States is the banning of reptiles in Louisiana during the Mardi Gras Parade Louisiana, Law dictates that reptiles should not come within 200 yards of either side of the parade route. The law is in effect from two hours before the start of the parade and ends an hour after the ending of the parade. Every float in the parade has to display a non smoking sign and there is a huge list of things that aren’t allowed to be thrown from the floats including silly string.
5 Happy Meals in San Francisco
In 2011, San Francisco banned Mcdonalds from inserting free toys in their happy meal unless the food chain abided b y nutritional guidelines. To have the free toy policy reinstated, Happy meals were required to be less than 50 calories, contain half a cup of fruit and three quarters of veggies. As fries are no substitute for vegetables, and kids didn’t exactly want pickles or vegetables on their burgers, the ban remained. However, the loophole was that parents would have to buy the toy on request and it cost 10 cents.
6 Confetti in Mobile, Alabama
Mobile in Alabama has an old existing law that makes throwing confetti Illegal. Even the storage, possession, manufacture and sale is illegal. Even if you handle confetti or give it away, you break the law. You cannot even throw confetti during parades.
7 Molesting Butterflies
As one of the weirdest laws in the United States, this was actually practical. The law on catching butterflies in Pacific Grove California has been in effect since 1939. Anyone molesting a butterfly is fined $1000. The law is also enforced strictly by the police force. This may sound weird but there is a good reason.
In October, thousands of Monarch butterflies descend on the city spending the winter among the clustered palms and eucalyptus trees of Pacific Grove. The town is even nicknamed “Butterfly town” and residents have donated willingly to create a butterfly sanctuary for the weary travelers who fly almost 2000 miles to their sunny oasis.
8 Sad faces in Portacello
The smile capital of USA. Smiling is a serious issue in Portacello where it is illegal to display any other expression on your face. The law is a tongue in cheek one passed as ordnance by Mayor George Phillips in 1948. The smile law was established after a long hard winter that had got everyone down. The law remained in obscurity until the Amercian bankers Association picked up on a story about the smile law in an Idaho daily. The association declared the city the smile capital of the US and used it in a nationwide campaign.