Loony Laws

These excerpts are from the book “Loony Laws” by Robert Pelton

  • In Ottumwa, Iowa, “It is unlawful for any male person, within the corporate limits of the (city), to wink at any female person with whom he is unaquainted.”
  • In Los Angeles, you cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time.
  • In Zion, Ill., it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets.
  • In Carmel, N.Y., a man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.
  • In St. Louis, it’s illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer from a bucket.
  • In Harford, Conn., you aren’t allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands.
  • In Michigan, a woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.
  • In Baltimore, it’s illegal to throw bales of hay from a second-story window within the city limits. It’s also illegal to take a lion to the movies.
  • In Oxford, Ohio, it’s illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man’s picture. (ed: ???)
  • In Pennsylvania, “any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.”
  • In Carrizozo, N.M., it’s forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public (includes legs and face).
  • In Kentucky, “No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club”
  • An amendment to the above legislation: “The provisions of this statuate shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, nor shall it apply to female horses.”
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