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17 Ridiculous Laws Still On The Books In The U.S.

Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/02/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:40 PM ET

Laws are generally good for society. You know, the ones that prevent looting and killing sprees and general anarchy? But in many states there are laws still in effect that either ban something no sane person would ever do, or show their age with regards to women, controlled substances, or the separation of Church and State. While no one is really enforcing these unnecessary laws, the fact that they are still on the books just goes to show how far stupidity can rise in our legal system.

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  • In Missouri, It is Illegal To Drive With An Uncaged Bear (Caged Bears Are OK)

    We're not saying this isn't a good rule to follow, but you have to wonder how many times this happened before they had to make it a law. <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Maine, It's Illegal To Have Christmas Decorations Up After Jan. 14

    It's the 12 days of Christmas, not the 20 days of Christmas. <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In New Jersey, It is Illegal To Wear A Bulletproof Vest While Committing A Murder

    Yeah, we doubt this is what the MURDERER is worried about being collared for. <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Nevada, It Is Illegal For A Man To Buy Drinks For More Than Three People At A Time

    Better cancel that orgy you had planned...or that night out with friends. <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Wisconsin, It Is Illegal To Serve Butter Substitues In State Prisons

    No margarine for the inmates! Maybe they figured out how to turn it into a shank? <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In New Jersey, Once Convicted Of Drunk Driving You May Never Again Have Personalized Plates

    We think it would be a better law to FORCE drunk drivers to get vanity plates, so you'd know to avoid them. <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In North Dakota, Beer And Pretzels Cannot Be Served At The Same Time In Any Bar Or Restaurant

    Perhaps this is to prevent choking incidents a la Georege W. Bush, although we're guessing that was non-alcoholic beer. <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Alaska, Waking A Sleeping Bear For A Photo Opportunity Is Strictly Forbidden

    But shooting them is A-OK! <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Connecticut, A Pickle Is Not Officially A Pickle Unless It Bounces

    So if it doesn't bounce, do you have to call it a vinegar-soaked-cucumber? <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In South Carolina, You Must Be 18 Years Of Age To Play A Pinball Machine

    So now when you turn 18 you smoke, vote, play the lotto, buy pornography, AND push a button to send a metal ball through a complicated series of levers for points! <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Michigan, Anyone Over Age 12 May Own A Hand Gun As Long As He/She Has Not Committed A Felony

    That's funny, you'd think the only 12 year-olds who'd want hand guns are the ones who have committed felonies <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Idaho, It Is Illegal For A Man To Give His Sweetheart A Box Of Candy Weighing More Than 50 lbs

    This must have been put in place to keep women from overeating. Lawmakers really didn't have anything better to do back then, did they? <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In North Carolina, Bingo Games Can't Last More Than Five Hours

    Who can really play more than 5 hours of Bingo? And what's the danger if you do? Poison by stamp marker? <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Connecticut, It's Illegal To Walk Across A Street On Your Hands

    Apparently it's also illegal to be AWESOME. <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Louisiana, There Is A $500 Fine For Instructing A Pizza Delivery Man To Deliver Pizza To A Friend Unknowingly

    So, if you live in Louisiana and you don't have a trust fund, you'd better go for the "Is Your Refrigerator Running?" gag, not the "surprise 50 pizzas" gag when pranking your friends. <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Ohio, It Is Illegal To Get A Fish Drunk

    This one makes sense, because a fish isn't entertaining enough to get drunk. What's it going to do, swim with a stagger? <a href="">(source)</a>

  • In Arizona, It's Illegal To Own More Than 2 Dildos

    So do they hire 2-Dildo-Per-Home rule inspectors? <a href="">(source)</a>