Funny Laws in the USA

Funny/stupid Laws in the USA,

Below are some of the laws that I’ve found to be funny. Please note that “funny” can often encompass “stupid.”In Tennessee, it is illegal to drive a car while you are asleep.In Memphis, Tennessee, no woman may operate a car unless a man is running or walking in front of the car waving a red flag to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists.In Connecticut, bicyclists traveling in excess of 65 miles per hour can be stopped by the police.It is prohibited to walk backward after sunset in Devon, Connecticut.Belvedere California’s Municipal Code has a section which reads as follows: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.”In Florida, you may not hunt or kill deer while swimming.In Kentucky, women weighing between 90 and 200 pounds, appearing in a bathing suit on a public highway, must be escorted by at least two officers or armed with a club.Infants are forbidden to dance in public halls in Los Angeles, California.It is unlawful in Dyersburg, Tennessee for a woman to call a man and ask him out.In Idaho, it is illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than 50 pounds.In Lexington, Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.It is illegal in Hawaii to insert pennies in your ear.Maine has a law that calls for a legal hunting season on all attorneys.Baltimore, Maryland’s Municipal Code has a section which reads: “Any services performed by a jackass must be recorded.”“Intoxicated persons are prohibited from operating a vehicle on any public highway or street, except for a wheelbarrow.” Utah Ordinance.In Pennsylvania, “Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait ten minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and then continue.” This same statute goes on to say: “Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming towards him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes.”A Newburgh, New York ordinance states that no one is allowed to eat popcorn or peanuts while walking backward when there is a concert in progress.“Any vehicles meeting at an intersection must stop. Each must wait for the other to pass. Neither can proceed until the other is gone.” New Hampshire traffic ordinance.In Alabama, it is a crime to put salt on railroad tracks. The offense is punishable by death.“No person shall knowingly keep or harbor at his house or her house within the city any woman of ill-repute, lewd character or a common prostitute, other than wife, mother or sister.” Ashland, Kentucky ordinance.In Washington State, it is against the law to pretend your parents are rich.“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.” Tacoma, Washington ordinance.In South Carolina, if you inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide, you have committed an offense which is punishable by death.The best, however, comes from New York. In New York, it is illegal to do anything illegal.

Criminal Darwin Award

A Charlotte, North Carolina man having purchased a box of very rare, very expensive cigars insured them against fire among other things. Within a month of having smoked his entire stockpile of cigars and without having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the man filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the man stated the cigars were “lost in a series of small fires.”

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason: that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The man sued…and won.

In delivering the ruling, the judge agreed that the claim was frivolous. He stated, nevertheless, that the man held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure against fire, without defining what is considered to be “unacceptable fire” and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid the man $15,000.00 for the rare cigars he had lost in the “fires.”

After the man cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of arson. With his insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the man was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000.00 fine.

Funny Laws in the USA


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Whlie doing a school assignment i came across this excellent piece of humour, i hope you enjoy.

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