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Aug 5, 2018 10:20:40   #
Jim Plogger Loc: East Tennessee
 
30. You can't go trick-or-treating in Virginia unless you're at least 12 years old.

Actually it is the other way around. You must be 12 or under. It applies only to some areas.

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/local/article_1bf9339c-0c0f-5bb7-ab96-e5857a703381.html

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Aug 5, 2018 10:29:56   #
JamesCurran Loc: Bloomfield, NJ
 
Sunnely wrote:
1. It's illegal to drive while wearing a blindfold in Alabama.

Who passed this law? Who elected these people?


I'm pretty sure it's illegal to drive while wearing a blindfold everywhere in the country.

I'm also pretty sure that none of the laws (even in Alabama) are phrased that way.

In NJ, "Any person to whom a conditional or restricted driver's license has been issued who operates a motor vehicle in violation of any of the conditions or restrictions upon such license shall be subject to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding thirty days, or both."

Now, normally, that would be interpreted to mean that if you need eyeglasses, you must be wearing them while driving --- however, since you had to pass a vision test to get the license, having vision comparable to that at the time of the test would be required to drive. Hence blindfolds are illegal.

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Aug 5, 2018 10:33:53   #
Toby
 
DJ Mills wrote:
One thing for sure: You can't make this stuff up.


That's because it is illegal to make things up in Ohio

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Aug 5, 2018 10:36:27   #
RolandDieter
 
I think this one was from Louisiana: If two trains meet at a crossing, neither can leave until the other has left.

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Aug 5, 2018 11:55:44   #
pendennis
 
In Alabama, it's illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your hip pocket. (This bit of wit and wisdom came from inside the bottle cap of a Snapple Iced Tea). My dear aunt, who lives in Birmingham, concurred.

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Aug 5, 2018 12:02:23   #
DJ Mills Loc: Idaho
 
pendennis wrote:
In Alabama, it's illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your hip pocket. (This bit of wit and wisdom came from inside the bottle cap of a Snapple Iced Tea). My dear aunt, who lives in Birmingham, concurred.

At least that is a law thst makes sense. It sure makes you wonder about the story behind it.

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Aug 5, 2018 12:28:35   #
SteveLew Loc: Sugar Land, TX
 
In Texas it is illegal to shout "yee haw" in a public restaurant.

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Aug 5, 2018 12:41:04   #
CaptainBobBrown
 
Pretty sure that it is not illegal to keep a coin in the ear in Hawaii. I do it all the time and have never been questioned by authorities anywhere, at least not on Kauai, Oahu, nor Hawaii. Maybe on Molokai?

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Aug 5, 2018 12:44:37   #
FrankR Loc: NYC
 
DJ Mills wrote:
One thing for sure: You can't make this stuff up.


For real. Back in the late 60s or early 70s, NYC went through and streamlined/cleaned up its laws. One that was removed was a law that made it illegal to shoot rabbits from the Second Avenue elevated train line, commonly called the Second Ave El. It had been torn down in 1942 and there probably hadn’t been a rabbit around there for fifty years before that.

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Aug 5, 2018 12:46:33   #
FrankR Loc: NYC
 
Shellback wrote:
All states need to do this - it was nice driving around the countryside and not seeing plastic bags everywhere...


Agreed!

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Aug 5, 2018 12:54:57   #
charles tabb Loc: Richmond VA.
 
DJ Mills wrote:
I'm not claiming all this is correct. I am just passing it along. Feel free to add other examples you may know.
DJM

1. It's illegal to drive while wearing a blindfold in Alabama.

2. You can't put an animal into the back of an open vehicle in Alaska.

3. It's illegal for a donkey to sleep in a bathtub in Arizona.

4. In Arkansas, it's illegal to honk a car horn close to a sandwich shop after 9pm.

5. Plastic bags are banned in California

6. Edible pickles must be able to bounce in Connecticut.

7. It's a crime to keep a couch on your porch in Colorado.

8. It's illegal to sell dog hair in Delaware.

9. It's illegal to place a coin in your ear in Hawaii.

10. It's a crime to sweep debris into the street in Idaho.

11. In Idaho, you can't ride a horse above 10mph.

12. Tire screeching is illegal in Kansas.

13. It's illegal to send a surprise pizza as a gift in Louisiana.

14. It's a crime to park in front of Dunkin' Donuts in Maine.

15. Sleeveless shirts cannot be worn publicly in Maryland.

16. You are forbidden to sell your car on a Sunday in Michigan.

17. Dirty tires are illegal in Minnesota.

18. It's a crime to give someone a rat as a gift in Montana.

19. It's illegal to sit on a sidewalk in Nevada.

20. It's a crime to pick up seaweed on beaches in New Hampshire.

21. It's illegal to play BINGO drunk in North Carolina.

22. In New Jersey, it's illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a crime.

23. It's a crime to go hunting in a cemetery in Oregon.

24. Paying a psychic in Pennsylvania is illegal.

25. Racing horses on a highway in Rhode Island is illegal.

26. If you're a minor, playing pinball in South Carolina is a crime.

27. Sleeping in a cheese factory is a crime in South Dakota.

28. It's illegal to share your Netflix password in Tennessee.

29. In Vermont, a woman can't wear false teeth without her husband's approval.

30. You can't go trick-or-treating in Virginia unless you're at least 12 years old.
I'm not claiming all this is correct. I am just p... (show quote)

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I've lived in Virginia for 79 years and I have never heard of #30.

I was supprised to hear on LIVE-PD on the A&E TV Channel, that riding a motorcycle without a helmet in R.I. was legal if you were an adult.

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Aug 5, 2018 13:09:11   #
Jim Plogger Loc: East Tennessee
 
charles tabb wrote:
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I've lived in Virginia for 79 years and I have never heard of #30.

I was supprised to hear on LIVE-PD on the A&E TV Channel, that riding a motorcycle without a helmet in R.I. was legal if you were an adult.


...and legal in South Carolina!

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Aug 5, 2018 13:37:23   #
htbrown Loc: San Francisco
 
In the early 70s, it was still illegal to operate a horseless carriage in Riverside, CA, unless you had a man on horseback precede you with a lantern, to warn off other horses. I confess that I numbered among the thousands of scofflaws who violated this ordnance on a daily basis. Hopefully, the statute of limitations has passed and this confession won't get me in hot water.

In Los Angeles, it was illegal to shoot a camel from a moving street car. Presumably, it was okay to shoot one from a stopped street car. This remained on the books long after Los Angeles got rid of its street cars.

It's possible either or both of these laws have been eliminated in the past forty years.

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Aug 5, 2018 16:09:48   #
JamesCurran Loc: Bloomfield, NJ
 
FrankR wrote:
For real. Back in the late 60s or early 70s, NYC went through and streamlined/cleaned up its laws. One that was removed was a law that made it illegal to shoot rabbits from the Second Avenue elevated train line, commonly called the Second Ave El. It had been torn down in 1942 and there probably hadn’t been a rabbit around there for fifty years before that.



Which goes to the point I was making before. The actual law almost certainly wasn't that specific. Now, if we think of it in the way a legislator would have written it (It's illegal to shoot at animals from a subway train or platform), it sounds much more reasonable --- particularly if you note that the NYC subways had a lot of rats in them.

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Aug 5, 2018 16:35:07   #
htbrown Loc: San Francisco
 
JamesCurran wrote:
Which goes to the point I was making before. The actual law almost certainly wasn't that specific. Now, if we think of it in the way a legislator would have written it (It's illegal to shoot at animals from a subway train or platform), it sounds much more reasonable --- particularly if you note that the NYC subways had a lot of rats in them.


In Los Angeles, the law was specifically about shooting camels. It seems that in the nineteenth century, the army imported a bunch of camels, thinking they might make a special desert cavalry unit, which they experimented with in the desert outside Los Angeles. The experiment didn't work out, and the camels were left to fend for themselves. They eventually died out, but into the twenties (or later) one would occasionally wander into town.

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