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Shark_the_raptor

I'm in love with a pizza.
Blue laws in South Carolina were first enacted in colonial times, with Sunday being the prescribed day for Christians and Saturday the prescribed day for Jews.

As of today, South Carolina blue laws prohibit sporting events and most department stores from operating on Sundays before 1:30 PM, with a few exceptions for collegiate events.
Alcohol in most counties is prohibited on Sunday.
From 1950 until 1983, the Southern 500 auto race in Darlington was held on Monday (Labor Day) because of blue laws; a 1983 NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman race at Darlington was 250 miles, not the traditional 200 miles, because it was run on the Sunday before the Southern 500, and state blue laws mandate a race distance of 250 miles for Sunday races. Also, the inaugural Rebel 300 resulted in a fine for track president Bob Colvin for holding it on a Sunday after the Saturday before was rained out; ironically, the Rebel 500 run 50 years later in 2007 was pushed from Saturday to Sunday and run at 1 PM, with the 250-mile exemption in place.

The 1978 Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston was held on a Sunday, but drew complaints from churches; that led to the race being moved to Saturday in 1979, where it stands. The state's three marathons -- in Greenville, Kiawah Island, and Myrtle Beach -- are all held on Saturday. Myrtle Beach has a problem holding a marathon on Sunday because of numerous churches on the marathon courses. Greenville had been held on a Sunday in the first two years (2006-07) as it runs through the Furman University campus. However, complaints have led the third Spinx Run Fest marathon in 2008 being moved to Saturday.

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The Monster Under Your Bed
some from Alabama:
It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile.
You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.
Men may not spit in front of the opposite sex.
Women are able to retain all property they owned prior to marriage in the case of divorce. However, this provision does not apply to men.
Children of incestuous couples are deemed legitimate.
Interracial couples may not marry. (Repealed)
No billiard hall may operate a trap-door to a place where persons gather for "immoral purposes".
No persons may sell "blow-out nuts".
It is illegal to stake a horse on a highway.
Hunting is not allowed on Sunday.
Sex toys are banned throughout the state.
You may not wear blue jeans down Noble Street. (Anniston)
If an animal control officer is in uniform, it signifies to the public that he is an animal control officer. (Huntsville)
It is illegal for a husband to beat his wife with a stick larger than the diameter of his thumb. (Jasper) (Also known as the rule of thumb)
It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday. (Lee County)
It is illegal to howl at ladies within the city limits. (Mobile)
It is unlawful to wear women's pumps with sharp, high heels. (Mobile)
It is considered an offense to open an umbrella on a street, for fear of spooking horses. (Montgomery) (Repealed)
 
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Ratte

Member
Dumb Laws in Minnesota:

The land of 10,000 lakes declares mosquitos a public nuisance.
Full text of the law.
It is illegal to stand around any building without a good reason to be there.
Full text of the law.
A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
It is illegal to sleep naked.
All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.
Oral sex is prohibited.
All bathtubs must have feet.

City Laws in Minnesota:
Cottage Grove:
Airplanes may not be landed in city parks.
Full text of the law.
Residents of even numbered addresses may not water their plants on odd-numbered days excluding the thirty first day where it applies.



Hibbing:
It shall be the duty of any policeman or any other officer to enforce the provisions of this Section, and if any cat is found running at large, or which is found in any street, alley or public place, it shall be the duty of any policeman or other officer of the city to kill such cat.

Minneapolis:
Red cars may not drive down Lake Street.

Minnetonka:
Driving a truck with dirty tires is considered a public nuisance.
Full text of the law.
Placing tacks on a sidewalk is considered a public nuisance.
Full text of the law.
Any person who persuades another to enter a massage therapist business after 11:00 PM is guilty of a misdemeanor.


St. Cloud:
Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.

Honestly, wtf? I expected something about corn.
 

Ratte

Member
Dumb laws in Iowa

The “Ice Cream Man” and his truck are banned.

Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.

One must obtain written permission from the City Council before throwing bricks into a highway.

These were great.
 

Irreverent

Member

Corto

Member
I would love an explanation of that "do not enter the state with a duck on the head" law. Was there a plague of people with duck hats at some point? Did say plague cause some kind of civil unrest?
 

Takun

Wof Wof Wof Wof Wof
In Iowa it's illegal to do anything interesting.... >.>
 

Ralliron

Fill the horn!
-Chico: Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine. (LOLOLOL).

I want to break this law so bad right now...
 

Irreverent

Member
In Iowa it's illegal to do anything interesting.... >.>

"In Kingston (Ontario), everythin's legal man.....as long as you don't get caught!" - Hugh Dillon.
 

Jack

Member
here in Texas it is illegal to threaten a man with an unloaded gun.
"oh! its OK officer its loaded."
 

Get-dancing

Member
In the Isle of Man. It's legal to murder a Scotsman standing out on the beach if he's wearing a kilt with a bow and arrow on New years day, you can't even get arrested for it.
 

Lyrihl

TAG UR IT
What are "blow-out nuts"

Seriously... What are they? :confused:

I belive "blow-out nuts" are nuts like peanuts or cashews that are on sale because the shop that sells them is going out of buisiness.

I live in Alabama. This state has the largest book of law in the U.S. It's no wonder we have all these stupid rules; people here do stupid stuff all the time.

Here, it is illegal for a person to own any animal that is taken from the wild or stolen. I have broken this law more than 30 times.
 

scarei_crow

nekomancer
In Australian cities it is forbidden to appear out on the street in dark clothing, rubber-soled shoes, and with shoe polish on your face.

And in Springfield (simpsons) it is illegal to put squirrels down your pants for the purpose of gambling.
 

nedded

is a goat.
Some PA or Pittsburgh laws, still on the books:
It is illegal for housewives to sweep dirt under the rug.
It is illegal to sing in the bathtub. Singing in the shower is okay.
It is illegal to sleep outside on a refrigerator.
 

CAThulu

In FAF CAThulu lies dreaming..
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I have a feeling some of these are still in place.

Some ontario laws:

~In Ottawa, its illegal to eat icecream on Bank St. on a Sunday.​
~In Toronto, you can't drag a dead horse down Yonge on a Sunday.​
~ In Etobicoke bylaws states that no more than 3.5 inches of water is allowed in a bathtub.​
~In Kanata the color of house and garage doors is regulated by city bylaws (a purple door get you a fine). It is also illegal to have a clothes line in your backyard.​
~In London it is against city by-law to allow the grass in your front lawn to grow taller than 1-1/2 inches. If it does, the city will mow it for you, and fine you $200​
~In Uxbridge residents are not allowed to have an Internet connection faster than 56k


And some national laws:

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~Every fifth song on Canadian radio must be by a Canadian born citizen.​
~You may not pay for a fifty-cent item with only pennies.​
~Citizens may not publicly remove bandages.​
~It is illegal for non-dark sodas to contain caffeine.​
~No one in Canada may watch or listen to an encrypted broadcast which is not licensed by the Canadian government. This means using US satellite systems such as "DirecTV" is illegal.​
~It is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft​
~Comic books which depict any illegal acts are banned.​
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