Top 8 Weirdest Laws In the United States
Every country has its fair share of weird laws, but with all its different states, America might be at the top of the country with the weirdest laws around the globe. The United States has 50 states, and each of them has its fair share of strange and deranged laws but reading about them is fun. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the weirdest laws in North America.
1. Alaska: it is illegal to wake up a sleeping bear to take a picture
It is forbidden (under penalty of fine) to wake up a sleeping bear to take a picture in Alaska. Even if this law seems logical, the 49th state of the United States does not count anymore the number of fatal accidents linked to some imprudent tourists who let themselves be tempted by a souvenir photo with this animal as emblematic as dangerous.
2. Idaho: it is prohibited to offer a box of chocolate weighing more than 22 kg
This law will not make chocolate lovers happy. According to a law passed in Idaho, it is forbidden to offer a box of more than 22 kilograms of chocolate (50 pounds) to your beloved. But is it really possible to eat that much chocolate without getting sick? So yeah, there are a couple of weird laws in the United states. Like come on, this one is just ridiculous!
3. Arizona: it is illegal to make donkeys sleep in bathtubs
This law, which dates back to 1924, is still in effect in Arizona. During a storm, the village of Kingman was the scene of an original incident: a donkey was stuck in a bathtub for several hours after being swept away by the river. Its owner had taken the habit of letting his animal sleep in an old bathtub. The donkey was saved from drowning, but the State of Arizona decided to prevent this kind of situation in the future.
4. Arizona: it is prohibited to hunt camels
If the law still exists in Arizona, it won’t be easy to find a camel. However, they did exist. In 1855, the United States Army imported several herds from the Middle East to transport goods between Arizona and Texas. The Americans quickly adopted this robust animal capable of walking long hours in an arid climate. Unfortunately, the Civil War broke out, and the army abandoned the animals, which became the targets of hunters. A law was passed to make hunting them illegal.
5. Tennessee: it is illegal to share your Netflix password
Presented as the television of the future, Netflix was already well known to Americans when in 2011, Tennessee passed a law to ban password sharing. Tennessee residents who venture to watch Netflix with their neighbor’s password face a $2,500 fine and a year in jail.
6. Arkansas: it is prohibited not to pronounce “Arkansas” correctly
Woe betides anyone who doesn’t know how to pronounce “Arkansas.” According to a law passed in 2010, mispronunciation harms the state’s reputation, and the State Historical Society and the Eclectic Society of Little Rock had to agree on the official pronunciation. Thus, “Arkansas” should be pronounced in three syllables with the silent “s” and the second “a” should be pronounced as an “ai”.
7. Alabama: it is illegal to wear a fake mustache that could cause laughter in a church
In Alabama, religion is a serious matter. Thus, it is strictly forbidden to wear a fake mustache during mass and make people laugh in church. However, it is perfectly legal to wear a real mustache, as long as you remain serious. However, it is perfectly legal to wear a real mustache, as long as you remain serious.
8. Texas: It’s prohibited to sell your eye
According to the Texas Penal Code, a person commits a crime if they intentionally sell or offer their eye or the eye of a neighbor. Fortunately, the law extends to most organs (liver, stomach, kidneys, heart, lungs, bones, or skin), except hair and blood.
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