Clawson...There is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.

Detroit... Putt-putt golf courses must close by 1:00 AM.
Security guards at Joe Louis Arena will confiscate any item they feel might be thrown onto the ice.
Couples are banned from making love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple's own property.

Willfully destroying your old radio is prohibited.
It is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.
It is illegal to let your pig run free in Detroit unless it has a ring in its nose.

Grand Haven... No person shall throw an abandoned hoop skirt into any street or on any sidewalk, under penalty of a five-dollar fine for each offense.

Harper Woods... It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.

Kalamazoo... It is against the law to serenade your girlfriend.

Rochester... All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police.

Soo... Smoking while in bed is illegal.

Wayland... Anyone can keep their cow on Main Street downtown at a cost of 3 cents per day.

Go to
'Dumb Laws' to find the ones in your state... how dumb is that!?! LOL!




puppytoes said...

"Harper Woods... It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets"

well crap. another get-rich-scheme shot to hell!

thanks for the late night laugh, girlfriend! (yes yes... i cheated! i figure that's okay, since i've been so late gettin' over here lately!)

hope you have a fantastic weekend, karen!! come by the snark park if you're around, okay? okay!! xox

Ekta said...

These are hilarious...outrageous actually!
Smoking in bed is illegal!?

Karen said...

puppytoes~ jus dropped in the snark park...

...snark on over everyone!

ekta~ outrageous is a good description! *grin*

Karen said...

fergot to mention i 'dumped a load' o'er in the snark park! :-)


Hale McKay said...

Those were too funny. I love those old "blue laws" that are still on the books of some cities and states across the country.

In Massachussetts,what is the only vehicle that can legally run a red light?

Would you guess a fire truck, or an ambulance, or a police car?

Would you believe a mail truck!!??

Yep, an old law that is still on the books (obviously never enforced) here in Mass. It goes back to the old adage 'The Mail Must Go Through.'

Thanks for the chuckles.

The amoeba said...

Security guards at Joe Louis Arena will confiscate any item they feel might be thrown onto the ice.

Not so dumb. My late father, an ice hockey player, told me horror stories of skaters who got serious injuries from objects - coins were the greatest offenders - that got thrown from the stands and embedded in the ice. You're going full blast and your skate hangs up on one of these things: blown knee. Or worse.

Mind you, the law probably dates from the time when Red Wings fans got into their heads to throw octopus onto the ice. You read that right. Octopus. Fresh from the fish market. What? You don't believe me?

Eli Blake said...

Actually, the smoking in bed one makes sense-- it used to be a major problem that a lot of apartment and house fires were started by people who nodded off to sleep with a cigarette in their hand, which then ignited the sheets and...

That has become less of a problem recently because of safety advances and government regulations involving the temperatures at which cigarettes burn and bedsheets are made, but it still happens once in awhile.

Of course, it is hard to imagine how such a law could ever be enforced, except in the event that someone survived a cigarette caused fire, and the police wanted to charge them with something.

Eli Blake said...

Just about four years ago, here in Arizona, they had to get people to pass a law repealing a clause that said that all sex except that for the purpose of procreation was illegal. The law dated back to the 1890's.

Karen said...

hale~ sounds like some officials are still *asleep at the wheel*. :-)

o~ oh yeah, i believe ya... know all 'bout octopus story at the Joe.

croak~ u got that right! *grin*

eli~ yep, the smoking in bed law makes sense, it's just like you said, how ya gonna enforce it?

"all sex except that for the purpose of procreation was illegal"... tee, hee... again one must ask oneself how ya gonna enforce it!?!

my fav dumb law was: "All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police"... yeah, right, ya think!?! wonder what sex the creator of that law was!?!


Jay Noel said...

That's a funny list!

Illegal to scowl at your wife on Sunday...hahahahaha

The amoeba said...

"All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police"

Um, check the date of enactment. We forget that, a century or so ago, when Victoria was being unamused on the throne of England, it was considered obscene for men to show their nipples. Or much of anything else. So much for peep shows at the precinct.

Phoenix. I thought it was illegal to scowl at your wife 24/7/365. Isn't it? When did they change the code?

Jolynn said...

Those are hilarious. I know that the disposing of hoop skirts is a big problem here in Idaho as well.

And I think it should be illegal for the head of police to inspect bathing suits. Yikes!

verniciousknids said...

That was an entertaining read and I loved the cartoon!

Michele sent me.

BTW I really enjoyed Bush's resume below.

Kyahgirl said...

Karen, this is a great list! We have some really dumb old laws on the books here. I'll have to see if I can find them.
Have a great weekend!

Fred said...

"All bathing suits must have been inspected by the head of police."

There's a joke in there somewhere. I just don't want to turn your blog into an R-rated affair.

Bird said...

these are inspiring - i can see this as a writing exercise - make up the story, the incident, that led to the good citizens creating the law. haha! i was looking for a fun exercise for my students and my writing group - this is it!


Karen said...

fred~ go fur it! you prolly know by now we're pretty li-ber-al o'er here! {grin}

joel~ "You aren't allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands"...

...drats! now whata my 'posed to do!?! *tee, hee*

bird~ great! glad you can get some use outa this silliness! :giggle:

sage said...

just what is scrowling, in case I'm in Detroit on a Sunday! lol

Tracie Nall said...

Gotta love these old, crazy laws!

Here from Michele.

Miss Cellania said...

Oh no! My HOBBY is throwing abandoned skirt hoops!

Karen said...

sage~ don't know bout scrowling, but *scowling* is "to contract the brow in an expression of displeasure". :-)

tracie~ welcome!

miss cellania~ then yer in big trubble, girlfriend! *giggle*