Bizarre Facts about America and Laws
Facts About America
Need something new to bet on? Head out to Deming, New Mexico for its annual
still holds the world record for the biggest ice cream and cookie party.
Here's a stretch
for tourism in Berkley Springs, West Virginia: "George Washington bathed
If you like
Idaho potatoes, think about visiting Shelley, Idaho, home of the "Idaho
Annual Spud Day."
New York, is home to the annual "Munchkin's parade."
state neckwear is the Bola tie.
90 percent of the country's toothpick supply.
on September 10, the people in Fruita, Colorado celebrate "Mike the
Headless Chicken Day" in honor of a chicken that lived four years after
it was beheaded.
you need a license to take a picture of a rabbit during January, February,
March, or April.
Texas has an
official state shell. It's the Lightning Whelk.
Checkers Hall of Fame is in Petal, Mississippi.
It is illegal
to play dominoes on Sunday.
It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
it is illegal to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose.
While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose
of taking a photograph is prohibited.
it is illegal to look at a moose from the window of an aircraft or any other
it is illegal for women to wear pants.
In Globe, it is illegal to play cards in the street with a Native American.
In Glendale, it is illegal to drive a car in reverse.
In Nogales, it is illegal to wear suspenders.
it is illegal to educate a dog.
It is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
In New Britain, the speed limit for fire trucks is 25 m.p.h., even when
going to a fire.
on a dare is grounds for an annulment.
It is illegal to fly over any body of water, unless one is carrying sufficient
supplies of food and drink.
Men may not
be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
a women can be fined (only after death), for being electrocuted in a bath-tub
because of using self- beautification utensils.
relations with a porcupine is illegal.
You may not
fart in a public place after 6 P.M. on Thursdays.
Beach, the molestation of trash cans is banned.
It is considered
an offense to shower naked.
if you hit a pedestrian you are fined $78.00.
You may not
kiss your wife's breasts.
you may not catch crabs.
it is illegal to fish in one's pajamas.
In Chicago, it is illegal to take a French poodle to the opera.
According to state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized
language is "American."
In Gurnee, it is illegal for women weighing more than 200 pounds to ride
horses in shorts.
In Joliet, it is illegal to mispronounce the name Joliet.
You may be
arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your
It is a felony
offense to eavesdrop on your own conversation.
You must contact
the police before entering the city in an automobile.
language is not to be spoken.
eating in a place that is on fire.
It is an offense
to feed whiskey to a dog.
It is legal
to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen
years of age and have legal permits.
It is illegal
for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated
animals kept as pets.
A law at Kirkland,
forbids bees from flying over the town.
State law forbids
any establishment from charging admission to see a one-armed piano player.
In Fort Madison, firemen are required to practice for 15 minutes before
attending a fire.
It is illegal
for restaurants to sell cherry pie a la mode on Sundays.
In Wichita, a man's mistreatment of his mother-in-law may not be used as
grounds for divorce.
In Wichita, it is illegal to carry a concealed bean snapper.
In Lang, it is illegal to ride a mule down Main Street in August, unless
the animal is wearing a straw hat.
In Natoma, it is illegal to throw a knife at anyone wearing a striped shirt.
In New Orleans,
fire trucks are required by law to stop at all red lights.
It is considered "simple assault" to bite someone in New Orleans;
it is "aggravated assault" if the biter has false teeth.
It is against the law to gargle in public.
it is illegal for men to tickle women under the chin with feather dusters.
The most money one can legally win gambling is three dollars.
In Rumford, it is illegal for a tenant to bite his/her landlord.
In Waterville, it is illegal to blow one's nose in public.
In Nyala, a
man is forbidden from buying drinks for more than three people other than
himself at any one period during the day.
It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
In Eureka, men who wear moustaches are forbidden from kissing women.
Everyone walking on the streets of Elko is required to wear a mask.
Women may go
topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business.
You may not
smoke within 100 feet of the entrance to a public building.
It is illegal
for a woman to be on the street wearing "body hugging clothing."
not greet each other by "putting one's thumb to the nose and wiggling
A person may
not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket.
in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking
toward the door.
not to be worn after 10:00 P.M.
New York State, it is against the law to walk backwards while eating peanuts
during a concert.
It is against
the law to "frown" at a police officer.
In Newark, it is illegal to sell ice cream after 6pm, unless the customer
has a note from his doctor.
It is illegal to slurp soup.
In Trenton, it is illegal to throw a bad pickle in the street.
it is illegal to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on
It is illegal to throw pickle juice on a trolley.
In Newport, it is illegal to smoke a pipe after sunset.
It is illegal
to use a lasso to catch a fish.
In Dyersburg, it is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date.
In Memphis restaurants, it is illegal to give any pie to fellow diners.
It is also illegal to take unfinished pie home. All pie must be eaten on
Also in Memphis, it is illegal for a woman to drive by herself; "a
man must walk or run in front of the vehicle, waving a red flag in order
to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists."
the right of way on all highways.
A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while
she is in his presence.
In Monroe, daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.
it is illegal to flip a coin in any eating establishment to determine who
buys a cup of coffee.
There is a state law prohibiting "corrupt practices of bribery by any
person other than candidates."
In Lebanon, it is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.
County, no clergy members may tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit
during church services.
It is illegal to snooze on a train.
In St. Croix,
women are not allowed to wear anything red in public.
It is illegal to cut a woman's hair.
It is illegal to kiss on a train.
Cheese making requires a cheese maker's license; Limburger
cheese making requires a master cheese maker's license.
residents must keep pet elephants on a leash while walking them on public
American Local Laws
it is illegal to catch whales or to get a fish drunk. Oklahoma is an inland
Indiana, it is illegal to carry fishing tackle in a cemetery.
An Ohio law
states that pets have to carry lights on their tails at night.
Nebraska, barbers are prohibited from eating onions between the hours of
7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Falls, Minnesota, it is illegal for a dog to chase a cat up a telegraph
pole. Owners are liable to be fined.
It is illegal
to carry an ice cream cone in your pockets in Lexington, Kentucky.
There is no
evidence that Betsy Ross sewed the first U.S. flag. The story didn't even
flutter forth from her relatives until 1870.
did not toss a dollar across the Potomac. Even if he did toss something,
the dollar didn't come into being until after the U.S. gained independence.
Key did not write our national anthem. He penned the words then set them
to an old English drinking song. It did not become our national anthem until
Most of the
midnight ride of Paul Revere was accomplished by other horsemen. It was
Samuel Prescott, in fact, who carried the warning to Concord.
of Independence was not approved on July 4, 1776. Only John Hancock, for
the assembly, signed it that day. The other signatures were made on August
wasn't the first U.S. President. John Hanson was the president of the Congress
of the Confederation and carried the title of president of the U.S., as
did eight men after him.
Doodle" is not an American song. It was a British ditty designed to
harass ragtag colonists during the French and Indian War.
"He makes George Bush seem like a personality" - Jackie Mason
on John Major.
a sheep in sheep's clothing" - Winston Churchill on Clement Attlee.
if I were your wife, I would put poison in your coffee." "Nancy,
if I were your husband, I would drink it." - A conversation between
Nancy Astor and Winston Churchill.
not see a belt without hitting below it." - Margot Asquith on David
Nixon impeached himself. He gave us Gerald Ford as his revenge." -
U.S. politician Bella Abzug on Tricky Dickie.
motto was, 'If two wrongs don't make a right, try three." - U.S. writer
Ford is so dumb that he can't fart and chew gum at the same time."
- former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
say she is open-minded on the Middle East, so much as empty-headed. She
probably thinks Sinai is the plural of sinus." - Jonathan Aitken on
Truman proves that old adage that any man can become President of the United
States." - U.S. politician Norman Thomas.
looking for a spine to run up." - Harold Wilson on Edward Heath.
A student attending
a college in Idaho fell from his window while mooning a friend. The student
then sued the college, claiming that it had not provided adequate information
about the dangers of upper-story windows.
woman sued a grocery store after she dropped a six-pack of beer on her feet.
The woman was not injured, but she said that it hurt. She won the lawsuit.
worker in Tulsa intentionally cut his hand off with a circular saw. When
he was taken to the emergency room, he told doctors not to reattach the
hand, saying that it was possessed. The man is now suing the doctors for
not reattaching his hand, claiming that the doctors should have known he
A Blue Cross-Blue
Shield worker sued IBM, claiming that their keyboard's "faulty design"
had caused pain in her hand that kept her from working.
A man riding
his bike from work at night with no lights, only reflectors, was hit by
a Jeep after the driver ran a stop sign. The bicyclist sued the bike manufacturer
because he was not warned that reflectors might not be enough to prevent
an accident. The man was awarded $6 million.
Brock, an inmate in Virginia, has filed a lawsuit against himself, claiming
that he violated his own civil rights by getting arrested. He is suing for
$5 million and asking the state to pay, since he can't have an income in
A man filed
a suit against his son's baseball team when he was asked to stop smoking
so close to his kid's dugout. The father claimed that this caused his son
great emotional distress. The judge fined the man and his lawyer $2,250
for filing a frivolous suit.
brought a suit against the state of Michigan for $1 million. Morris claims
that he caught a cold in the rotunda (a large, round room) of the state
capitol building. He was there to observe an art exhibition.
You may not
pay for a fifty-cent item with only pennies.
not publicly remove bandages.
Columbia, it is illegal to kill a sasquatch.
In New Brunswick,
driving on the roads is not allowed.
you may not swear in French.
Also in Montreal,
citizens may not relieve themselves or spit on the street. Punishable by
a fine of over 100 Canadian dollars.
it is considered an offense to have more than two colors of paint on your
you can't drag a dead horse down Yonge St. on a Sunday.
The city of
Guelph is classified as a no-pee zone.
Lawsuits of 2003
food maker Kraft into court during an argument over a house fire. Allstate
claimed that Kraft's "Toastette" pastries are flammable and caused
the fire that burned the house that Allstate insured, and now doesn't want
to pay out on.
K-Mart in federal court over the "Lazy Susan" rotating carousels
that hold plastic bags at the checkout lane. Wal-Mart claims a patent on
the holders and is intent on making sure that K-Mart stores are left without
rotating plastic bags.
maker Caterpillar, Inc sued Disney to stop the release of the children's
tale, George of the Jungle 2. Caterpillar claims that the Disney film about
wild animals attempting to protect their jungle homes might hurt the reputation
of bulldozers and other Caterpillar equipment.
to fight for their right to lie to the public. The California Supreme Court
ruled that Nike violated a consumer protection law by publicizing "false
and misleading information" about its use of abusive sweatshop labor
in poor countries. Nike claimed that if it had to follow the law and be
honest that would hurt their business and their public relations activities.
a local golf course, Toucan Golf, Inc., because the name and picture of
an actual toucan on its logo was too similar to the company's imaginary
Froot Loops bird Toucan Sam. The U.S. Federal Courts informed the corporation
that real toucans existed first and golf courses have little to do with
selling children's cereal.
The U.S. Supreme
Court rejected an appeal from Mattel over allegations that a 1997 pop song
by the group Aqua referred to the well-endowed plastic Barbie as a "bimbo."
The Barbie the Bimbo lawsuit spent five years in the court system before
finally being dropped.
over allegations that a cereal box game featuring Tony the Tiger (Kellogg's
Frosted Flakes cereal icon) looked too much like some long forgotten game
that Hasbro made in the 1960s.
rivals Amway and Proctor & Gamble have spent seven years fighting in
court over strange allegations that Proctor & Gamble is Satanic, and/or
that Amway is spreading rumors that P&G is Satanic.
Laws From Around the World
any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced
to 24 hours in the village stocks.
Also in England,
it is illegal to stand within one hundred yards of the reigning monarch
when not wearing socks.
it is illegal to be a drunk in possession of a cow.
if you are convicted of littering three times, you will have to clean the
streets on Sundays with a bib on saying,"I am a litterer." This
will then be broadcasted on the local news.
a man may not relieve himself while standing up, after 10 P.M.
under Australian Communications Authority (ACA) regulations, a modem can't
pick up on the first ring. If it does, the ACA permit for your modem is
invalid and there's a $12,000 fine.
China, drivers of power-driven vehicles who stop at pedestrian crossings
are liable to a fine of up to five yuan, or a warning.
saved 77 people from drowning while working as a lifeguard in his youth
at a beach near Dixon, Illinois.
was able to write Greek with one hand while writing Latin with the other.
used his black top-hat to carry letters, bills, and notes.
rejected a movement by army officers to make him king of the United States.
had a special oversized bathtub installed in the White House because he
weighed over 300 pounds.
rejected offers to play professional football for the Green Bay Packers
and the Detroit Lions.
Animal Laws in the U.S.
Texas, it is against the law for two pigs to have sex on the city's airport
It is illegal
for hens to lay eggs before 8 a.m. and after 4 p.m. in Norfolk, Virginia.
after 10 p.m. in Essex Falls, New Jersey are breaking the law.
Georgia, it is against the law for a chicken to cross any road within the
Ohio, farmers cannot march a goose down a city street. And fowl, particularly
roosters, are prohibited from going into bakeries in Massachusetts.
Dogs in Foxpoint,
Wisconsin, may not bark profusely, snarl, or make any menacing gestures.
Jim Lendall wished to use $3,000 of state money to play lotteries in other
states to erase the budget shortfall.
house created a bill to make walking the official exercise of the state.
The city council
of Bend, Oregon proposed banning smelly people from city buses.
The mayor of
Mount Sterling, Iowa, wanted to ban lying.
house and senate fiercely debated whether sugar or chocolate chip should
be the official state cookie.
man sued U.S. Airways claiming that he thought the plane he was on crashed
and he was dead after the crew accidentally left him sleeping on the aircraft.
(The Birmingham News)
A judge in
Germany sued Coca-Cola, claiming that his habit of consuming two Cokes a
day over several years caused him to develop diabetes.
The pet guardians
of a golden retriever asked an Ohio court to expand the legal status of
dogs to allow the canines to sue in court after their dog was injured by
an invisible electrical fence. (Associated Press)
ruined day trader Mark Barton killed nine people in an Atlanta office. His
lawyers argued that the industry itself was to blame because the risky nature
of the business made such a crime foreseeable. (Fulton County Daily Report)
Dogs must have
a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or
more on private property.
not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another's hamburger.
It is illegal
to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots.
make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
Cars must be
tethered outside of public buildings.
Oral sex is
a misdemeanor and is punishable by one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
for soliciting a hooker must have their name and picture shown on television.
Fish may not
be contained in fishbowls while on a public bus.
not to be found in the back of one's car.
It is illegal
for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to pretend to have sex with
Comments on the Campaign Trail
be amazed at the number of people who want to introduce themselves to you
in the men's room. It's the most bizarre part of this entire thing."
-Sen. John Kerry, during an appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon
of us who are fortunate to share an Irish ancestry, we take great pride
in the contributions that Irish-Americans..." -Sen. John Kerry, who
is not Irish
know, we don't have relations with Iran. I mean, that's ever since the late
70s, we have no contacts with them, and we've totally sanctioned them. In
other words, there's no sanctions - you can't - we're out of sanctions.
-Pres. George W. Bush, Annandale, VA, Aug. 9, 2004
out Karl Rove's political strategy - make gas so expensive, no Democrat
can afford to go to the polls." -Sen. John Kerry
Adam Clymer, major-league @$!hole from the New York Times." -Pres.
George W. Bush, referring to a reporter at a campaign stop in Naperville,
Illinois, when he leaned over to running mate Dick Cheney. Bush's microphone
the taxes on everybody. I didn't cut them. The Congress cut them. I asked
them to cut them. -Pres. George W. Bush, Washington D.C., Aug. 6, 2004
the President and you and I are three examples of lucky people who married
up. And some would say maybe me more so than others." -Sen. John Kerry,
third presidential debate
tell me that Senator Edwards got picked for his good looks, his sex appeal,
and his great hair. I say to them, 'How do you think I got the job?'"
-Vice Pres. Dick Cheney
training wheels fall off?" -Sen. John Kerry, after being told by reporters
that President Bush took a tumble during a bike ride.