May 29, 2024 | Eul Basa

Dumb American Laws That Exist In Every State

These laws are just ridiculous

America has a fair share of dumb laws—and by dumb, I don't mean laws we simply don't agree with. No, the laws in this list are genuinely, mind-bogglingly, dumb. Some may be outdated and rarely enforced, but they are technically still in the books.

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In Alabama, wearing a fake mustache in church that leads to laughter is against the law.

fake mustacheLaura Dahl, Flickr


In Alaska, taking a photo of a bear that is sleeping is illegal if you wake it up.

bear sleepingBarbara Eckstein, Flickr


In Arizona, it's illegal for donkeys to sleep in tubs.

petting a donkeyYan Krukau, Pexels


In Arkansas, a husband can harm his spouse if necessary, but only once per month.

Shocked womanAndrea Piacquadio, Pexels


In California, eating a frog that dies during a frog-jumping contest is against the law.

Frog Jumping ContestFrank Schulenburg, CC BY-SA 4.0 , Wikimedia Commons


In Colorado, having a sofa on your porch is unlawful.

sofa on porchUnknown Author, PxHere


In Connecticut, for a pickle to be legally classified as a pickle, it needs to bounce.

pickleRon Lach, Pexels


In Delaware, it's illegal to whisper in church.

woman whisperingcottonbro studio, Pexels


In Florida, single, unwed females who engage in parachuting on Sundays may face imprisonment.

Woman parachutingElber Silva, Pexels


In Georgia, keeping an ice cream cone in your back pocket on Sundays is against the law.

ice cream coneJean Balzan, Pexels


In Hawaii, putting a coin in your ear could land you a fine.

Person throwing a coinCocaKolaLips, Pexels


In Idaho, giving a box of candy exceeding 50 pounds in weight to someone is illegal.

box of candyDenny Müller, Unsplash


In Illinois, you are not allowed, by law, to sleep in a cheese shop.

cheese shopKhairil Yusof, Flickr


In Indiana, it's illegal to catch a fish using only your hands.

FishImage Catalog, Flickr


In Iowa, one-handed pianists are legally required to give performances without payment.

pianists in suitcottonbro studio, Pexels


In Kansas, shooting rabbits from a motorboat is against the law.

BunniesJames Johnstone, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons


In Kentucky, women are not allowed, by law, to wed the same man on four separate occasions.

groom next to brideNathan Dumlao, Unsplash


In Louisiana, gargling in public places is not legally allowed.

boy  garglingMikhail Nilov, Pexels


In Maine, you cannot, by law, park in front of Dunkin' Donuts.

Dunkin' DonutsChris Waits, Flickr


In Maryland, it's illegal to take a lion to the movies.

LionPixabay, Pexels


In Massachusetts, explosive golf balls are prohibited by law.

golf ballsMick Haupt, Pexels


In Michigan, painting sparrows to sell as parakeets is illegal.

sparrow standing on fenceSreenivas, Unsplash


In Minnesota, sleeping naked is against the law.

person sleepingPixabay, Pexels


In Mississippi, teaching others about polygama is prohibited.

 polygamyMincemeat, Shutterstock


In Missouri, you cannot drive with an uncaged bear.

Black bear cubsNational Parks Gallery, Picryl


In Montana, it's illegal to give a rat as a present.

white ratChoco Virat, Pexels


In Nebraska, a mother cannot, by law, give her daughter a perm without a state license.

Perm womenpudgeefeet, Flickr


In Nevada, sitting on sidewalks is against the law.

Sitting on SidewalkUnknown Author, Peakpx

New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, you cannot legally collect seaweed at night.

seaweed at nightUnknown Author, PxHere

New Jersey

In New Jersey, it's illegal for men to knit during fishing season.

man knittingZina Zabudkina, Pexels

New Mexico

In New Mexico, idiots are not legally allowed to vote.

vote-pinSora Shimazaki, Pexels

New York

In New York, taking a selfie with a tiger is unlawful.

TigerRrc99, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

North Carolina

In North Carolina, you cannot legally use elephants to plow cotton fields.

Cotton fieldsLawrence G. Miller, Flickr

North Dakota

In North Dakota, it's illegal to physically lie down then fall asleep with your shoes on.

fell asleep with her shoes onTim Samuel, Pexels


In Ohio, getting a fish drunk is against the law.

blue and red fishHey Fritters, Flickr


In Oklahoma, wrestling with bears is prohibited.

BearGeschenkpanda, Pixabay


In Oregon, you cannot, by law, hunt in a cemetary.

Cemetery OregonRick Obst, Flickr


In Pennsylvania, it's illegal to sleep outdoors on top of a fridge.

Confused manMaurício Mascaro, Pexels

Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, biting someone's leg off is against the law.

Woman bitingLukas Beer, Unsplash

South Carolina

In South Carolina, working on Sundays is illegal, unless you're a barber or a shoe shiner.

Closed signMasaaki Komori, Unsplash

South Dakota

In South Dakota, all hotels must have two twin beds that are alwas two feet apart.

twin beds in hotelEngin Akyurt, Pexels


In Tennessee, it's illegal to share your Netflix password.

Netflix phone and laptop conceptRuggiero Scardigno, Shutterstock


In Texas, selling your eye is against the law.

blue eyeAmanda Dalbjörn, Unsplash


In Utah, you cannot legally cause a catastrophe.

Shocked older mankrakenimages, unsplash


In Vermont, a woman cannot wear fake teeth unless she has her husband's approval.

fake teethbebeplace, Needpix


In Virginia, hunting on Sundays is not legally allowed, unless you're hunting raccoons.

Raccooncuatrok77, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons


In Washington, it's illegal to attach a vending machine to a pole.

Vending MachineN i c o l a, Flickr

West Virginia

In West Virginia, whistling underwater is prohibited.

cannes underwater diverMike Workman, Shutterstock


In Wisconsin, butter substitutes are banned in prisson.

MargarinePaul Hermans, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons


In Wyoming, it's against the law to take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without a permit.

Woman with cameraUnknown Author, PickPik


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