Did You Know…Odd Laws


During the 6th Century, it was customary to congratulate people who sneezed because it was thought that they were expelling evil from their bodies. During the great plague of Europe, the Pope passed a law to say "God bless you" to one who sneezed.

There still are some weird laws on the books. In Washington state, it is against the law to boast that one’s parents are rich. In Maryland, it’s illegal to play Randy Newman’s "Short People" on the radio. In Alabama it is illegal to play Dominoes on Sunday. And in Minneapolis, double-parkers can be put on a chain gang.

In 1313, King Edward II enacted that "You are forbidden from dying in parliament."

An old statute in Kentucky states that men who push their wives out of bed for inflicting their cold toes on them can be fined or jailed for a week. A 100-year-old law in Willowdale, Oregon makes it illegal to swear during sex. An odd law in Minnesota makes it illegal to hang male and female underwear on the same washing line. In Melbourne, Australia it is illegal for men to parade in strapless dresses – but they are allowed to cross-dress in anything with sleeves.

An old law in Russia allows a police officer to "beat a peeping tom soundly." In Texas, two categories of men are exempt from peeping tom charges: men over 50 and men with only one eye.

A pregnant woman can urinate anywhere she wishes, including a policeman’s helmet, according to a London local by-law. But in Vermont, women require their husbands permission to wear false teeth.

In Virginia, horses of more than one year old are prohibited in a place of worship. In Tennessee, shooting any game other than whales from a moving automobile is against the law. In Normal, Oklahoma you could be sent to prison for "making an ugly face at a dog."

  Black robes

Judges’ robes were not always black. In fact, they used to be as colorful as predicted by the fashion of the day. However, to mourn the death of Queen Mary II in 1964, judges wore black robes… and never changed back to another color.


Now You Know!


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 15:46:44

    Very interesting facts Rhonda. Thank you.


  2. Terry
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 15:52:38

    Aren\’t those funny? I have a book of old laws they tossed when cleaning the library and school. It\’s pip reading them. Thanks


  3. Joe
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 18:02:26

    Who would have guessed such things were still in the books? LOL! There\’s some crazy stuff isn\’t there?


  4. Lisa ♥
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 18:13:27

    Hi Rhonda.. Great Research here. I had no idea that some or all of these happend.Thanks for sharing. I opened your Page Last night to have a look after travelling 10 hours and just fell in Love with your Banner. Just Stunning. As always your Space is so Beautiful.You were Missed. :)Hugs


  5. Touch
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 20:44:58

    According to the dumblaws.com page for New York State:Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business.You may not smoke within 100 feet of the entrance to a public building.It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing “body hugging clothing.Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting.It is against the law to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.The penalty for jumping off a building is death.New Yorkers cannot dissolve a marriage for irreconcilable differences, unless they both agree to it.A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 P.City Laws in New YorkCarmelA man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk.Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.GreeneDuring a concert, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks.Ocean CityA law from the early 1900’s prohibits men from going topless on the Boardwalk.Eating while swimming in the ocean is prohibited.People may not slurp their soup.Pinball machines are not to be played on Sunday.Raw hamburger may not be sold.Now you have no excuse if you get caught. All my best to you and yours, home girl, and a special hug for Emma.


  6. Samantha
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 21:42:57

    Your right some of those are really straange……like seriously making a face at a dog???? lol


  7. Adrian
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 22:21:04

    Good stuff, love it! 🙂


  8. Rhonda
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 23:06:00

    Chip, my best bud, you crack me up! I\’ll have to go downtown and alert the women who SHOULD NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES be wearing "body hugging clothing" that they are breaking the law…maybe I should call the police???Darn, I can\’t flirt without paying a fine? BUMMMER!I knew about the smoking law…still is enforced to this day.I knew that you couldn\’t dissolve a marriage for irreconcilable differences.I DID NOT know that women could go topless in public in New York State…scary scary!No talking in the elevators…hmmmm….I broke the law and more than once!Thanks for keeping me up to speed there Chip…wouldn\’t want to get arrested for throwing a ball at someone\’s head for fun…does that mean it is okay if you did it because you were mad at them?


  9. Touch
    Jul 07, 2009 @ 23:12:30



  10. Tatyana
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 00:19:48

    hey, i wanted to say something first but now just have no comments:))) thank you for this good morning laughter!


  11. Happy
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 00:59:42

    Ah-choo, er, sorry; & I\’ll leave out mention of my wealthy parents (LOLOL on that one) and after this won\’t be running for public office unless I want to challenge the washday edicts; whereas and wherefore I will leave horses at home (Too bad they are so easy to double park). Hilarious post Rhonda. Tells us how we humans think we can put words on paper not knowing how \’odd\’ they might look in a decade or decades. Big smiles. Thanks for research (your field) and post? Did I know any of these legal oddities? No. But I do now.


  12. Angel eyes
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 02:21:03

    Hey now i remember being with cchild that one\’s only fair angel eyes and those over 50 guys the worst men i ever met ggmmm? angel eyes


  13. kevin
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 03:33:17

    "illegal for men to parade in strapless dresses" gee whiz Rhonda, I live in Melbourne, Australia, and it\’s never stopped me…oops, cough, splutter, choke….what I met to say was, I\’m not sure this is actually correct!


  14. Rambling
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 08:06:48

    I would have been in jail all the time with the cold toes law!!!! Man, I have slept in socks for YEARS!


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