State Laws so Weird and Bizarre They’ll Make Your Jaw Drop. Volume 8

October 12, 2017

Some states in America have the strangest laws imaginable. In this series of articles, we will take a look at the strangest laws in all 50 states, from Alabama to Wyoming. Check out last week’s article here. This week we will take a look at Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Do you or anyone you know live in one of these states? Share this with your friends and see if they have broken the law without even knowing it!


In Oklahoma, it is illegal to: wear boots to bed, promote horse tripping, take a bite out of someone else’s hamburger, put the hind legs of a farm animal in your boots, make ugly faces at dogs, put a hypnotized person in a display window, gamble without clothes on, or take an elephant to Tulsa. It was also illegal to get a tattoo in Oklahoma, but that law was repealed in 2006.


In Oregon, it is illegal to: whistle underwater, test your physical endurance on the highway, pump your own gas, leave your car door open longer than necessary, knock a snake’s head off with a cane, box a kangaroo, walk down the street with your shoelaces untied, roller skate in restrooms, or pass through an intersection in Portland more than twice per night.


In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to: discharge a cannon or any other explosive weapon at a wedding, sleep in a refrigerator, sweep dust under the rug, fish with dynamite, sing in the bathtub, run for governor if you have participated in a duel, get married while drunk, shoot stray dogs, or tie a horse to a parking meter.

Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, it is illegal to: marry an idiot, throw pickle juice at a trolley, test the speed of your horse on the highway, string a rope across the highway, smoke a pipe after sunset, wear transparent clothing, bite off someone’s leg, or pass a car on the left without making a loud noise first.

South Carolina

In South Carolina, it is illegal to: shoot missiles without a permit, break a promise to marry someone, keep a horse in a bathtub, scare horses with a train, keep trash in your vehicle, eat watermelons at a cemetery, or sell any item besides lightbulbs on Sundays.

More dumb state laws. Find your state here:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia

Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa

Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland

Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri

Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey

New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio

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