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Weird U.S. Laws

by (author) Winter Prosapio & Lisa Wojna

Blue Bike Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2012
General, Trivia
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2012
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Curious about what you can and can’t do across the continental U.S.? Don’t even think about putting salt on a railroad track in Alabama; you could be arrested and sentenced to die. And ladies, it’s illegal for married women in Florida to parachute on Sundays. Read about more of these strange and wacky laws in Weird U.S. Laws: • In Memphis, you aren’t allowed to share your pie nor can you take home any leftover pie • Motorists in Alabama are prohibited from driving their vehicles while blindfolded • Oregon banned self-serve gas bars in 1951, so it is illegal for anyone to pump gas into a car in that state, although motorcycles and boats are exempt • Talk about courtesy patrol: in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a police officer who suspects a couple is having sex in a vehicle must honk the patrol car horn three times and wait two minutes before approaching the vehicle • In Carver County, Minnesota, airplanes, hot air balloons or any other flying apparatus aren’t allowed to take off or land in public parks; shooting off toy rockets is also against law • Bad news for the hairy: in Omaha, Nebraska, a man is not allowed to “run around” with his chest shaved • Keep that car on the road in Quitman, Georgia, because it’s illegal for cars to drive on sidewalks. Oddly, it’s also illegal for chickens to cross the road! • Resist that music! In New Hampshire, patrons in bars are not permitted to tap their feet to the music • In Arkansas you can’t keep your alligator, or alligators as the case may be, in your bathtub • In Washington State, it’s against the law to use “X-ray, fluoroscopic or other equipment or apparatus employing roentgen rays” to fit that perfect shoe; the only people allowed to view the bones in your feet are licensed health practitioners • Since 1919 in Michigan, it has been illegal for anyone to kill an animal by electrocution or by using a high altitude decompression chamber • If you plan to tie your elephant to a parking meter in Florida, you must pay the fee as you would for any vehicle. And so many more!

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Bestselling author Lisa Wojna has authored or co-authored more than 20 books for Blue Bike Books, including Weird Canadian Laws and the Bathroom Book of Canadian Quotes. She has also written many other non-fiction books. Having worked in the community newspaper industry as a writer and journalist, she has traveled all over Canada from the windy prairies of Manitoba to northern British Columbia and even to the wilds of Africa. Although writing and photography have been a central part of her life for as long as she can remember, it’s the people behind every story that are her motivation and give her the most fulfillment.

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