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I’m Under Arrest for What? Fifty Bizarre U.S. Laws

submitted on June 10, 2010 by JackBauer in "Member's Lounge"

Some of my favorites:

It’s illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.

The value of pi is 4, and not 3.1415.

Every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.

If you keep your Christmas decorations on display after January 14, you’ll be fined.

A woman may not cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.

New Jersey
It’s against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

New Mexico
Females may not appear unshaven in public.

New York
While riding in an elevator, you must talk to no one, fold your hands, and look toward the door.

North Carolina
It’s against the law to sing off-key.

North Dakota
It’s illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.

Tickling a woman is unlawful.

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    Posted by mooncow728 on June 10, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    In Tennessee it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket. It is illegal in Chicago to spit on the side walk. In New York City you can not pile manure on the corner over 6 ft high. Dwarf tossing is only legal in downtown bars in Springfield, IL but the midget can not be drunk. And my favorite in Illinois you can not push a lion in a bathtub through the capitol city without first getting a permit.

    I can't tell you where I learned all of those. They are just some of the useless things floating around in my head.
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on June 10, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Just posted some of these on Twitter...

    Every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 11, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    It's also illegal in New York to bathe your horse in your bathtub. (so don't try it Big Grin )
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    Posted by Solstice on June 13, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    I really wonder what the origin and/or inspiration for the Indiana one was?
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      Posted by HouTex on June 13, 2010
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      Well, I think I found you a reference, , or at least a fascinating story (if it's really true).

      Bill #246 of the 1897 Indiana General Assembly is commonly known as the Indiana Pi Bill, one of the most famous attempts to establish scientific truth by legislation. In those days they measured the square of a circle using only a compass and straightedge, but Indiana physician and amateur mathematician Edwin J. Goodwin believed that he had discovered the correct way of doing it. He proposed the bill containing his erroneous calculations to the legislature.

      The bill actually never became law, (fortunately) due to the intervention of a mathematics professor who happened to be present in the legislature.

      The Indiana House of Representatives had referred the bill to the Committee on Swamp Lands or Canals, and transferred it to the Committee on Education, which reported favorably, and the bill passed the House unanimously. As this debate concluded, Purdue University Professor C. A. Waldo happened to arrive in Indianapolis to secure the annual appropriation for the Indiana Academy of Sciences. An assemblyman showed him the bill, and the professor thought it was "the work of a mathematical crank." He was able to coach enough senators before their vote that they postponed the bill indefinitely.

      Here's another account, from Purdue University -

      I honestly don't see how members of the committee on swampland and canals had the mathematical expertise to address the bill at all, but maybe we've found the origin of the phrase, "if you believe that, I have some swampland to sell you!" Amused Amused Amused (No, no, just kidding!)
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      Posted by Solstice on June 13, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      Very much appreciated HouTex.

      However, the Wiki article seems to clearly imply that it never actaully became a law.

      In any case, established Indiana law or not, its an amusing story none-the-less.

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