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1. Honk if you pass
Rural New Jersey might sound like a never-ending New Year’s Eve party if everybody obeyed the law. State law requires drivers to honk the horn when passing another vehicle going in the same direction outside a business or residential district.

However, watch it in Little Rock, Ark., where the law says “no person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9 p.m.”

Honking at sandwich shops is OK in University City, Mo. – so long as you honk in your own car. It’s illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s.

2. Kindly keep your cattle in the car
Hey, city slicker – you’ll have to keep that cow in your vehicle in Topeka, Kan. The city has made it “unlawful for any person to suffer or permit any livestock owned or controlled by such person to run at large, or to drive any herd of cattle, horses, mules or hogs, or any flock of sheep, upon any street in the city.”

3. You’ll need permission to throw that brick
In Mount Vernon, Iowa, you’re not allowed to shoot arrows or throw bricks onto any street or highway without the City Council’s written consent.

4. Clean up your act
In San Francisco, it’s illegal to wipe a vehicle with used underwear and to pile horse manure more than six feet high on any street corner.

5. Unhand that nozzle!
In Oregon and New Jersey, you cannot pump your own gas. Supposedly this practice keeps gasoline prices lower in those states, because insurance costs for gas stations go down if attendants instead of customers pump the gas – but, on the other hand, that attendant must be paid, whereas you pump for free. So the jury’s out on the reasons for this one.

6. Animal and vegetable antics
Palm Springs, Calif., forbids anyone from walking a camel down the main street, Palm Canyon Drive, between 4 and 6 p.m.
Hunting from moving vehicles is illegal in several states, including Connecticut and Tennessee, where only whale hunting by that method is allowed.
Thou shalt not sow a vegetable garden in any public street in Chico, Calif. The law, however, does not forbid flower gardens.

7. No pillows on the roadbed
No matter how sleepy you get, you are not allowed to snooze in the middle of any street in Eureka, Calif.
Reno, Nev., won’t let you park yourself on a bench or chair in the middle of its roads, either.
As long as we’re on a roll, here are a few more tips to the lawful:

8. Yield to peacocks in Arcadia, Calif.

9. Don’t jump into a passing vehicle in Glendale, Calif.

10. Don’t change clothes in your car at the beach in Destin, Fla.

11. Don’t keep a car door open longer than is necessary in Oregon.

12. Don’t drive through playgrounds in Dublin, Ga.
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I think it is still illegal (in Texas) to cut barbed wire fence that doesn't belong to you.
 

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I think the Gas Pumping Statute in Oregon and N.J. is really to provide work for folks with a Really Limited Skill set.
 

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I know in Chicago here there are some stupid ones on the books...

You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.

You may be convicted of a Class 4 felony offense, punishable by up to three years in state prison, for the crime of “eavesdropping” on your own conversation. -720 ILCS 5/14-2.

A state law in Illinois mandates that all bachelors should be called master, not mister, when addressed by their female counterparts.

In Illinois it is illegal for barbers to use their fingers to apply shaving cream to a customer's face.

According to state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is “American”.

Champaign: One may not pee in his neighbor's mouth.
Chicago: Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire
Chicago: It is illegal to give a dog whiskey
Chicago: Kites may not be flown within the city limits
Chicago: Spitting is forbidden
Chicago: It is illegal to fish in pajamas.
Chicago: People who are diseased, maimed, mutilated, or “otherwise an unsightly or disgusting object” are banned from going out in public.
Chicago: It is illegal to take a French poodle to the opera.
Chicago: It is illegal for women over 200 pounds (90 kilos) to ride horses in shorts.
Chicago: It is illegal to serve liquor to the feeble-minded.
Pullman: It is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on the curb
Pullman: It is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck.
Pullman: It is legal to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen years of age and have legal permits.
Cicero: Humming on public streets is prohibited on Sundays.
Crete: It is considered an offense to attempt to have sex with one's dog;
Crete: Cars may not be driven through the town.
Des Plaines: Wheelbarrows with For-Sale signs may not be chained to trees.
Eureka: A man with a moustache may not kiss a woman.
Evanston: Bowling is forbidden.
Evanston: It is illegal to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Evanston: It is unlawful to change clothes in an automobile with the curtains drawn, except in case of fire.
Fairfield: It is unlawful for "Negroes" to be within county boundaries from sundown to sunrise.
Freeport: It is illegal to expectorate from any second-story window.
Galesburg: There is a $1,000 dollar fine for beating rats with baseball bats.
Homer: It is against the law to use a slingshot unless your are a law enforcement officer.
Joliet: Town fathers, reflecting the pet peeve of hearing their town’s name mispronounced ‘Jolly-ETTE’ when all local folk know it’s pronounced ‘Joe-lee-ETTE’, made pronouncing it Jolly-ette a misdemeanor, punishable by a $5 fine.
Kenilworth: A rooster must step back three hundred feet from any residence if he wishes to crow; Hens that wish to cackle must step two hundred feet back from any residence.
Kirkland: Bees are not allowed to fly over the village or through any of Kirkland’s streets.
Manteno: You cannot "throw, drop or place" a used hankie "upon any public way or public place or upon the floor of any convenience or upon the floor of any theater, hall or assembly or public building or upon the surface or any lot or parcel of ground or on the roof on any building or in any light or air shaft, court or areaway."
Moline: Ice skating at the Riverside pond during the months of June and August is prohibited.
Moline: There is a ban on unnecessary repetitive driving on 23rd Avenue.
Morton Grove: You may not own a handgun (This has been overturned)
Normal: It is against the law to make faces at dogs.
Oblong, Ill: It's punishable by law to make love while hunting or fishing on your wedding day.
Orland Park: No pool tables are allowed in a public establishment, because it supports gambling.
Ottawa: Spitting on the sidewalk is a criminal offense.
Park Ridge: Trucks may only park inside closed garages.
Peoria: Basketball hoops may not be installed on a driveway.
Rushville, Ill.city council doesn't have a quorum, those sent can have the cops go out and arrest absent members and bring them to the meeting.
Springfield, Ill.: "Dwarf-tossing," the strange practice of hurling dwarfs in padded suits, is outlawed in the bars of because it's dangerous and exploitative. The practice is apparently allowed elsewhere in town, with a special permit.
Urbana:It is against the law for a monster to enter the corporate limits.
Zion: It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, or any other domesticated animals.
 

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In Heppner, Oregon it is open range meaning that if you hit any livestock standing in the middle of the road, you get to pay for it and of course any livestock you hit just always happens to be the owners prized animal and then it cost you even more. I have been there done that.
 

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In Heppner, Oregon it is open range meaning that if you hit any livestock standing in the middle of the road, you get to pay for it and of course any livestock you hit just always happens to be the owners prized animal and then it cost you even more. I have been there done that.

Kentucky is NOT open range meaning the livestock owner is liable. Unless the animal gets hit right in front of the owners house the owner is often hard to find.;)
 

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Haha those are great, Tess. What's sad is that you know most of them were created out of necessity.

Bowtie I think some of yours may be a bit outdated, but they are still pretty funny nonetheless. :rofl:
 

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its illegal in michigan for a wife to get her haircut with out husbans consent ... i like that one no butch haircuts dammit lol
 

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Haha those are great, Tess. What's sad is that you know most of them were created out of necessity.

Bowtie I think some of yours may be a bit outdated, but they are still pretty funny nonetheless. :rofl:
Actually, with the exception of Morton Grove repealing their gun law, and Orland having pool tables, those are all still actively on the books.
 

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Crete: Cars may not be driven through the town


this is still true every time i go through crete i get a ticket :dunno:
What do you expect from a town that actually has to list a law about having sex with your dog?? :dunno:
 

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I'm thinking the Fairfield one might be a bit outdated.
If you have ever been to Fairfield you wouldn't think that.....

There is a town in that area that has a sign to that effect right on the main road into town....


And I'll have to watch out for that the next time I go to Menard's in Freeport....
 
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