Most ridiculous things you can be fined for in every state

These days, you can find everything online, including information on dumb laws that don't make much sense. While many of these laws imposed by states are designed to keep citizens safe, others are weird, strange or just downright silly. And, believe it or not, you can get fined — or worse — for violating them.

From Alabama to Wyoming, here are some of the most ridiculous laws that have been on the books.

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Alabama: Throwing Confetti in the City of Mobile

Mobile, Ala., might be the birthplace of Mardi Gras, but that doesn't mean you can carry or toss confetti to celebrate. The glittery stuff is illegal to use or sell within the city or police jurisdiction under the Alabama littering code, according to the private legal publisher, Municode. Throwing confetti results in a $16 fine and $106 in court costs, according to city code.

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Alaska: Speaking Too Loudly

Do you have a habit of talking loudly to get your point across? You'll have to take it down a notch in Fairbanks, where it's a crime to speak so loudly that you offend someone enough to leave the vicinity. That would be considered disturbing the peace, according to city code. You could be slapped with a $450 fine for being a loudmouth. 

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Arizona: Spitting on the Sidewalk

If you spit publicly in the city of Goodyear, whether on a public walkway, street, park or the ground, you could face up to six months in jail and a fine of $2,500. You can also forget about spitting on the floor inside of a public building, according to the Goodyear government website.

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Arkansas: Playing More Than 25 Free Games of Pinball

Arkansas is particular about its pinball rules. For one, a winning player can only have 25 free games. Additionally, coin-operated pinball machines and similar devices cannot take more than one coin — that's a misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 and/or a year in jail, according to free legal site, Justia.

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California: Allowing Dogs to Pursue Bears or Bobcats

Dog owners beware: Don't allow your four-legged companion to chase a bear or bobcat. State law says that doing so is a misdemeanor. Dogs used by law enforcement officers are exempt, however.

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Colorado: Placing Upholstered Furniture Outside the Home

Unless your furnishings are specifically upholstered for outside use, the city of Boulder considers it illegal to keep them in the yard. According to Municode, stowing them in a visual alleyway is also prohibited. If caught, you'll wind up paying the removal and disposal fee, as well as $25 for administrative costs.

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Connecticut: Having More Than 4 Amusement Devices Per Arcade

An arcade in Rocky Hill, Conn., should not have more than four mechanical amusement devices — including coin-slot operated machines and pinball machines, according to the city government ordinance. The way the law is written, video games might be okay, but that could just be because the law is outdated. Violators could face a $25 fine per day.

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Delaware: Selling Pet Fur

Never use pet hair as monetary leverage in Delaware. It's a Class B misdemeanor to sell, barter or offer the fur of a domestic dog or cat, according to the state government website.

This includes selling any product made from the hair, which could result in a fine of $2,500 and a ban on owning a dog or cat for 15 years. 

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Florida: Throwing Dwarfs

Apparently, dwarf-tossing was once a popular bar game in Florida. In fact, the state banned the practice of tossing people who suffer from dwarfism in 1989. If caught participating in this activity, you could be fined $1,000. One lawmaker tried to reverse the law in 2011, claiming that the government shouldn't decide how people make a living.

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Georgia: Whistling in Public

In Athens-Clarke County, it's unlawful to create noise that's audible from a distance of 300 feet or more beyond property limits. The rule applies from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends.

In particular, one cannot shout, hoot, sing or whistle on public streets, sidewalks or any private property, according to Municode. Violators face a $1,000 fine. 

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Hawaii: Not Wearing Your Seatbelt — Unless You’re in a Pickup Truck

Hawaii's universal seatbelt law requires everyone riding in a vehicle to buckle up — whether sitting in front or in back. If not, you'll pay a ticket ranging from $102 to $112.

While that part of the law might not seem strange, Hawaii also says you can go sans seatbelt if you're sitting in a full pickup truck with passengers in the bed. The fine for not adhering to the truck regulation is $25, according to the state government.

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Idaho: Grading and Packing Potatoes Incorrectly

Misrepresenting the potato when it comes to grading or packaging in Idaho could get you slapped with fines up to $500 and/or jail time, according to the state. All potatoes sold should be of the same variety and nearly the same shape and size, though up to 6 percent in any container can vary in grade. 

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Illinois: Letting Someone Sleep in a Bakery

Illinois law dictates that one cannot sleep in a bakery, kitchen, creamery or cheese factory. You also can't allow your employees to sleep on the job, according to the state. The fine amount is unclear, however.

Additionally, you can get fined up to $25 for expectorating where food is made or prepared. 

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Indiana: Sniffing Glue for Excitement

Some enjoy the aromas of candles and fresh flowers… and others apparently find pleasure in glue. According to Indiana law, sniffing glue for pleasure — or to get high — could cost you up to $1,000. The statute clearly says any person who inhales or ingests the fumes of glue or other substances commits a Class B misdemeanor. 

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Iowa: Using a Deceased Person’s Handicap Permit

If you had access to a handicap-parking permit, would you use it? If the answer is yes, avoid traveling to Iowa. You could face a $200 fine if caught using a permit you don't need, according to an ABC affiliate in the state.

Iowa's Department of Transportation stopped issuing lifetime handicap parking permits earlier this year in an effort to end misuse. Permits now expire after five years. 

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Kansas: Hunting Rabbits From a Motorboat or Helicopter

Whether it's a hare, deer or fowl, K.S.A. 32-1003 explicitly states that it's unlawful to "take any game animal or furbearing animal from a motorboat, airplane, motor vehicle or other water, air or land vehicle," according to the legal website Justia. Upon a second wildlife violation, you could be charged up to $250, according to the Kansas Office of Revisor of Statutes.

The exception is when someone has been granted special permission by the state. 

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Kentucky: Dying a Duckling Blue

Before you dye your livestock in Kentucky, you should understand the rules. You may not dye a duckling and offer it for sale unless it's in a group of six, according to the Kentucky government webpage. The law extends to dyeing any live baby chicks, ducklings, fowl or rabbits. Violating this rule could land you a fine of $100 to $500.

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Louisiana: Sending Pizza as a Prank

Unless given as a gift, don't prank a friend by sending a pizza to his or her house. The tab could end up costing you more than the price of laughs — $500 to be exact. According to Louisiana law, no person shall "intentionally place an order for any goods or services to be supplied or delivered to another person" unless they authorize it, live with you or you're sending it as a gift. The gesture can also be seen as harassment, so tread carefully. 

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Maine: Erecting Billboards on Highways

Maine is actually one of several states where highway billboards are illegal. According to the state's government page, you could face a fine of up to $500 for violating this law.

Similarly, you can't blame distracting advertisements for your traffic violations. 

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Maryland: Gambling at Any Game Using Dice

How would you like to be fined $100 or even go to prison for playing a game? Both are possibilities in Maryland. Basically, any game that involves dice and wagering money is against the law in this state, according to Municode.

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Massachusetts: Not Completing the National Anthem

In Massachusetts, you'll never hear just a portion of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at a baseball game or other public entertainment venue. Singing or playing the national anthem other than in its entirety is punishable by a fine of up to $100, according to state law. The same goes for dancing to the song.

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Michigan: Committing Adultery

Do you have a cheating spouse? A 1931 statute says adultery is a felony in Michigan. The unfaithful spouse may face up to four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine, according to Michigan's legislature.

The law was put to the test in 2012, when Police Sgt. James Myers was fired for on-the-job misconduct, including allegedly cheating on his wife and having a relationship with a local waitress. While he lost his job, he never did jail time or paid a fine. 

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Minnesota: Holding a Greased Pig Contest or Turkey Scramble

Somewhere along the line, Minnesotans got creative with their barnyard games. The state, however, doesn't approve of tossing greased-up pigs, turkeys and chickens for fun.

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Mississippi: Having Multiple Illegitimate Children

Legally, you can have one illegitimate child in Mississippi — just don't have any more. According to state law, this is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a few months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

It's important to note that the court won't convict solely on the unconfirmed testimony of the child's mother.

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Missouri: Braiding Hair Without a License

You have to be a cosmetologist to braid African-American hair in Missouri, according to the Institute for Justice. So, before you perform your next braid, be ready to shell out for a proper license and put aside some time for proper training. 

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Montana: Driving an Animal Onto a Railroad Track

In Montana, make sure to stay off the railroad tracks with your pets. If you're found to have willfully driven the animal onto the track and caused it injury, you could face a $50,000 fine, up to five years in jail or both, according to state law.

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Nebraska: Hosting a Bingo Game Without a License

In Nebraska, you need a license to drive, sell alcohol, practice law… and host a game of bingo, apparently. It might seem like a petty crime, but the fine is anything but — $500 to be exact. Under the Nebraska Bingo Act, no person can run a bingo operation where a prize of more than $25 is awarded, unless he or she has a license.

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Nevada: Throwing Things From a Chairlift

You aren't allowed to throw things from the chairlift in Nevada, according to Recreation Law. So, if you have plans to hit the slopes this year, avoid throwing, tossing, casting or intentionally dropping any items on your way up the mountain. While the penalty is unclear, chances are you could get hit with a fine if caught. 

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New Hampshire: Putting Anything Besides Dairy in Milk Containers

New Hampshire is very particular about what goes into its milk containers. You're out of luck if you want to put anything other than the white stuff in the jug. According to New Hampshire's General Court, "no milk and milk product container shall be used as a receptacle for any substance other than dairy products." Violators can expect a $100 fine.

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New Jersey: Annoying Someone of the Opposite Sex

Annoying people might not get invited to many parties. In Haddon, N.J., however, they can get hit with fines. According to New Jersey law, individuals who approach or accost members of the opposite sex in public places are subject to punishment. And habitual hand wavers should take note: The law applies to both verbal harassment and gestures. 

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New Mexico: ‘Indecent’ Waitering

Waiters or waitresses in New Mexico should refrain from showing their "intimate parts" while serving customers, according to online legal database LawServer. Anyone who commits this indecent act is guilty of a petty misdemeanor and can be fined up to $100 and/or serve jail time. 

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New York: Taking a Tiger Selfie

Take big cats off your selfie list if you plan to visit New York. While taking pictures with tigers to post on dating apps is a popular trend, legislation was introduced in 2014 to prevent a potential mauling. Don't worry, though. You can still snap a photo with a chimp without incurring a $500 fine.

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North Carolina: Stealing Kitchen Grease

Credit the grease bandits for getting this law on the books. The law was established in 2012 after countless issues with kitchen grease thefts, according to Justia. Those who steal grease worth less than $1,000 are guilty of a misdemeanor. Those who steal more than $1,000 worth of grease are guilty of a low-level felony.

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North Dakota: Setting Off Fireworks After 11 p.m.

If your New Year's Eve plans have you traveling to Devils Lake, N.D., take heed. Local law prevents you from setting off fireworks after 11 p.m. Additionally, you can get in trouble for pyrotechnics displays at unsanctioned times of the year. To avoid fines, refrain from setting off fireworks except on the Fourth of July and at New Year's.

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Ohio: Coughing on Public Transportation

In Ohio, you can't expectorate on someone while riding on public transportation, according to LA Writer Ohio Laws and Rules. You also can't cough in a facility or vehicle, according to Ohio legislation. Under state law, this is a minor misdemeanor and could cost you $150 if it's your first offense. If not, it's a misdemeanor in the fourth degree. 

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Oklahoma: Bear Wrestling or Horse Tripping

It's unlawful to engage in or be employed at a horse tripping or bear wrestling event in Oklahoma, according to the state's animal cruelty statutes. That means no selling, purchasing or offering up a bear or horse for this purpose. Committing such an act is considered animal cruelty, and you'll likely get smacked with a fine up to $2,000. There's also the possibility of jail time. 

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Oregon: Hunting in Cemeteries

Hunting in a graveyard might seem strange, but Oregon enacted a law to prevent just this activity. While doesn't specifically address the hunting of the non-living, ghost hunters might want to do their research before venturing into the state. Otherwise, they could face misdemeanor charges.

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Pennsylvania: Fortune-Telling

You can't run a psychic shop in Pennsylvania without risking criminal charges. Of course, you would predict any trouble beforehand, being a psychic.

According to Pennsylvania legislation, telling people the future, suggesting they change their wills or revealing where money is hidden, is a third-degree misdemeanor. Expect to pay a fine of no less than $250. 

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Rhode Island: Racing or Testing the Speed of a Horse on the Highway

Giddy up? Not quite, if you want to race that horse on the highway. According to the Rhode Island state government, any person who rides a horse over a public highway for racing purposes may be fined up to $20 or serve jail time. 

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South Carolina: Making Fake Marriage Proposals

A male in the Palmetto State cannot propose to a woman without meaning it. Doing so would be a misdemeanor under the Offenses Against Morality and Decency Act. Committing such a crime is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine at the court's discretion.

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South Dakota: Growing Sunflowers

Who would think growing sunflowers is a public annoyance? Well, in Huron, S.D., the plant is lumped in with other nuisance weeds. In fact, the law says sunflowers may be deemed dangerous and unhealthy by the city building official. Violators could face a fine. 

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Tennessee: Sharing Netflix Passwords

Are you buddying up on your Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription? Sharing passwords to these and similar entertainment subscriptions is a criminal offense, according to a statute put into law in 2011. You could face hefty fines or jail time, according to USA Today.

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Texas: Selling Your Own Eye or Any Other Human Organ or Tissue

In Texas, it's illegal to buy or sell human organs and tissue — even your own. Some exceptions exist for organs sold due to legitimate and consensual medical purposes. For everyone else, you're looking at a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to $4,000 or a year in prison. 

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Utah: Serving Beer From a Keg

Utah has a keg law that prohibits people from possessing beer in containers larger than two liters unless they are licensed beer retailers, according to Utah legislation. Consequently, if you want to serve beer on draft, you'll have to obtain a temporary permit for the sale and service of beer. The permit will cost you $100. Until recently, the state continued to follow the Zion Curtain law.

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Vermont: Selling or Possessing a Powdered Alcohol Product

Vermont takes powdered alcohol very seriously. This substance, when mixed with water, turns into an alcoholic drink, but it can also be added to food. Anyone who possesses a powdered alcohol product can be fined up to $500. If you're caught selling, you're looking at a fine of up to $10,000 and/or two years in jail.

Vermont isn't alone in restricting access to this product. As of 2016, powdered alcohol was preemptively banned in 31 states, according to Eater. 

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Virginia: Having Unmarried Sex

Virginia is the state for lovers… or is it? Unmarried individuals who voluntarily have sexual intercourse are guilty of fornication, punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor, according to Virginia Decoded. 

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Washington: Killing Bigfoot (Sasquatch) in Skamania County

If you have a run-in with Bigfoot, don't kill him. The ape-like creature, who also goes by "Sasquatch" and "Yeti," is known to occasionally pop up in Skamania County. If you knowingly kill him, you could be looking at jail time and a $1,000 fine. 

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West Virginia: Hunting Animals With a Ferret

West Virginia takes its hunting laws seriously. One of the stipulations is not to hunt other animals with the use of a ferret, according to West Virginia legislation. Doing so could cost you at least $100 in fines. You're also banned from fishing with anything other than a rod, so avoid nose-diving or scooping up fish with your hands.

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Wisconsin: Selling or Possessing Illegal Butter

Just recently, a law was overturned that prohibited the sale of home-baked goods. But the dairy capital still follows old protocol when it comes to butter.

The law from the 1970s requires all butter sold in the state to be tested by experts and graded for quality, according to The Blaze. So, many residents are crossing state lines to purchase the popular Irish butter Kerrygold. Get caught selling locally, and you could face jail time or a $1,000 fine.

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Wyoming: Entering a Mine While Drunk

Mining and drunkenness do not go hand in hand in Wyoming, as it's considered a Class A misdemeanor to enter a mine intoxicated, according to Wyoming legislation.

The law also states that you cannot enter machine shops, logging camps or saw mills while under the influence. The Class A misdemeanor could land you a year in jail or a fine up to $750, according to a local attorney.

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