America is famous around the world for being a particularly litigious society. Frivolous law suits seem to be filed every day, prisons are bursting at the seams and the justice system is clogged with inefficiencies. What’s even more surprising is the number of silly and archaic laws still on the books in some states. Granted, there aren’t too many people being charged with these absurd offenses, but they will certainly make you raise your eyebrows – or laugh out loud – at the United States legal system.
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Most law abiding citizens know right from wrong, but watch out for these absurd U.S. laws still on the books today!
1. No Eating Dead Frogs in California
The old gold mining town of Angel Camp proudly hosted a Frog Jumping Jubilee for over 80 years. This toadally absurd law states that if a frog happens to croak during a jumping competition, you can’t make a meal of its corpse afterwards.
2. No Dwarf Tossing in Florida
Nightclubs in the Sunshine State can be fined up to $1000 if they promote any kind of dwarf tossing contest. A state legislator tried to have this law repealed in 2011 saying the law was an “-unnecessary burden on freedom and liberties.”
3. No Eating Humans in Idaho
Got the munchies? If you start snacking on your neighbor in Boise, you can be imprisoned for up to 14 years! Unless it was absolutely necessary. Strangely, there is no official law against consuming human flesh in the other 49 states!
4. No Adultery in Michigan
Don’t sign-up for Ashley Madison in Kalamazoo, because cheating on your spouse is actually a felony there. Residents can be sentenced to four years in prison plus a $5000 fine for stepping out on their spouse.
5. No Funny Fake Mustaches in an Alabama Church
It is actually a crime “to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church,” so don’t attend mass dressed as Groucho Marks, Magnum P.I. or Fu Manchu.
6. No Getting Drunk at Bars in Alaska
Um, isn’t that kind of the point? To clarify, “a drunken person may not knowingly enter or remain on the premises”. How do northern barkeeps stay in business!?
7. Atheists Can’t Run for Office in Texas
You’d better believe in God if you want to run for public office in the Lone Star State. There is no religious entry test, but you do have to “acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.”
8. No Cussing in Mississippi
You’re not allowed to swear in front of two or more people in Mississippi. If you happen to miss the paddleboat, keep that curse to yourself or you could spend 30 days in the slammer or be fined $100.
9. No Singing Off-key in North Carolina
In 1873, William Linkhaw was indicted for disturbing a Methodist congregation with his off-key caterwauling. This rule is more of a matter for the church to discipline than the state. So sing at your own risk.
10. Keep Your Pants Up in Michigan
Plumbers and gangstas alike, watch your butts. Police Chief David Dicks made it his mission to clean up this sloppy fashion trend, and you don’t want to mess with Dicks. Especially not with your trousers down. You will be warned, fined and ultimately thrown in jail. What do you think of this controversial crackdown?
For more detail, read our post 10 Silly Laws Still on the Books in America.