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Mangled Mandates

These laws have outlived their usefulness, says Patricia Hahn of Birmingham, Michigan, but they're still on the books.

These laws have outlived their usefulness, says Patricia Hahn of Birmingham, Michigan, but they’re still on the books.

• In Idaho Falls, Idaho, it’s against the law for anyone 88 years of age or older to ride a motorcycle  in town.

• In Binghamton, New York, it’s illegal for ninth-graders to wear mustaches to school.

• In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, it’s against the law for children under age 7 to go to college.

• In Vermont, it’s illegal to whistle underwater

• In Lexington, Kentucky, it’s against the law to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.

• In Key West, Florida, it’s unlawful to race your turtle against a friend’s.

• In Hartford, Connecticut, it’s against the law to cross the street while walking on your hands.

• In Louisiana, a law gives you the right to grow as tall as you like.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherie September 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

These are so funny. Why would they have these silly laws?


LENNY RICH October 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm


I don”t know about you all, but it really makes me wonder about the quality of those politicians that wrote those utterly stupid laws! However, compared to today”s laws that take away our liberties, I”ll take those silly ones any day.



Leila Blake August 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

I completely agree with you, Lenny!


Jess Erskine March 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

These are hilarious! I’m sure there’s reasons behind all of them. The only one I know the reason behind is Kentucky’s “Ice cream cone” law.

Back when horses were the primary source of travel, people would steal them by sticking an ice cream cone in their back pockets and the horse would just follow them. That way it didn’t look like stealing.


Karen Church October 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

I didn’t know that but it sure makes sense!


Carolyn Thompson August 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

In Okla. if a woman drives a car, a man has to run in front of her yelling ” WOMAN DRIVER” LOL


Marti Denmark August 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

wouldn’t it be fun to find out the reasons for these silly sounding laws?


Dogpatch Dave August 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

These may seem silly, but how about this one.
One state (I forget which one) required that when a woman drove a motor vehicle, a man would have to walk about 100 feet ahead with a lantern or flag to warn all approaching traffic. Now can’t you just picture some poor man trying to do that today?


Kristin September 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I just read yesterday that here in Massachusetts, it is illegal to drive around in your car with a gorilla in the backseat. No lie! One of our local news stations had a link on their Facebook page to a slide show off outrageous traffic laws throughout the U.S. I wonder if that includes someone in a gorilla suit or only a real gorilla?


JFC October 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

Proving that hard cases make bad laws.


Marti Denmark October 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

I would love to read a book about how these laws came about. I’m sure it would be very interesting and probably very funny.


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