Ah, the Lone Star State. Even those living within its borders (heck, especially those living within its borders) will admit that the Texas holds a certain inimitable spot in the United States. It’s got an independent history that somehow stands alone while simultaneously representing the ideal of the true American. Whatever you want to say about the people from Texas, they’re an indelible part of the American fabric, and that’s something to be grateful for. But all that unrivaled freedom combined with a famously pastoral outlook has given rise to some pretty strange laws hitting the books. Here are some of the weirdest.
1. Keep Your Knowledge At Home
There’s a rule in the state of Texas that totally outlaws the Encyclopedia Britannica. Not for the reasons you’re thinking — people in Texas (and outside Austin) do like to read from time to time. The reason is due to the Texas government’s apparently fervent belief that making beer at home is bad for you. Since the Britannica contained a recipe for brewing beer, the state’s elders deemed the entire book a nonstarter.
2. Monogamy is Serious
Never a state to condone frivolous dalliances, Texas once had a rule installed that made it possible for people to be legally married if they were introduced publicly as husband and wife three or more times. No word on whether that was once per social engagement or per individual couple. You’d hope it was the former.