11 laws you will not believe are still in effect today in the United States
The amount of ridiculous laws that still exist on the books in this day and age is mind-boggling. While sometimes we wonder why people don't just roll up their sleeves and get to removing these absurd restrictions, regulations and mandates, we are reminded of the fact that even the ones that make sense take almost forever to get approved. So sit back and marvel at the various laws which still are in effect in the United States today.
1. You can't wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in a church in Alabama.
It is actually a crime to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter while in a church in Alabama. According to a story published in 2014 from Alabama.com, there was an online petition started in 2013 called "Allow Fake Mustaches in Church in Alabama!" Hey, we're just easing you in.
2. You can't use profanity in front of a corpse in Georgia.
According to Macon, Georgia's tourism page, one of the total head-scratcher laws which still exists in the state today is that you can't use profanity in the presence of a dead body. Evidently, "this law was put into place to keep from offending the dead."
3. You can't take a selfie with a tiger in New York.
Ridiculous regulations are not just limited to Southern states. In New York, taking a selfie with a tiger carries a fine of $500, according to the New York Post. The law was apparently put into place to prevent maulings, which seems fairly obvious.
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4. Kansas is really serious about selling blue ducklings.
According to DumbLaws.com, in Kansas, "One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once." This is definitely a noodle scratcher in that it seems like a bad idea to dye a duckling blue and then sell it in the first place, but apparently, it's OK if you do it by the half-dozen?
5. You can't fit someone for a pair of shoes using an X-ray in Nevada.
Las Vegas Weeklystates this law is still in effect in the Silver State, and that appears to be true. However, it does make us wonder who had to use an X-ray to fit someone for a pair of shoes before somebody said, "Um, you know, I don't think you should be doing that ..."
6. You can't hold office in Texas unless you believe in a God.
According to DumbLaws.com, "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust" in the state of Texas, nor shall an individual be prohibited from holding public office based on his or her religious beliefs — as long as the person "acknowledge[s] the existence of a Supreme Being."
This law actually came up in a 2014 runoff election for Austin City Council, and while it was widely understood that the law itself is unconstitutional (as it is in strict violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution), it does, for some reason, seem to still be on the books.
7. It's illegal to sell cars on Sundays in Michigan, Texas, Illinois and New Jersey.
The reason why it is illegal to sell cars on Sunday in states like Michigan is mostly rooted in religious concepts. But according to Automotive News, the reason many states haven't repealed the law is because auto dealers actually like it: They say it can be too difficult to conduct sales on Sundays when banks are closed and that Sunday sales are "disliked by most customers."
8. You can't look at moose from an airplane in Alaska.
Frontiersman, a local Alaskan newspaper, states it is not only illegal to view a moose from your airplane window (there go our vacation plans!), you also can't push a live moose out of your airplane, nor can moose have sex while in the street.
9. It's illegal to share your Netflix password in Tennessee.
According to Privacy News Online, "'The Tennessee Login Law' makes it a crime to share login information, namely your password, for sites such as Netflix and iTunes." Anyone who steals $500 or less of this type of entertainment could face jail time (up to a year) and a fine of $2,500. This law went into effect in 2011.
10. You can't harass Bigfoot in Washington.
"The harassing of Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other undiscovered subspecies is a felony punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment" in Washington state. That's great, but while there is still no scientific evidence to back up the existence of Bigfoot (or any other name by which he may be known), Modern Notion reported the creature is also protected from "willful, wanton slaying," which means killing the beast is punishable by a fine of $1,000 and/or a year in jail. This last law was actually put into place to protect the citizens living in Bigfoot country from gun-toting hunters and cryptozoology enthusiasts.
11. It's illegal to have sex in Virginia if you're not married.
The Huffington Post reported in 2013 that Virginia still has on its books the so-called "fornication law," which prohibits any person who is not married from having sex. The act is punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor. This law still exists in the state, separate from other laws that continue to ban same-sex marriage.
An effort to strike the fornication law from the books in 2014 failed, according to the Virginian Pilot. So unless you're married, you can't legally have sex in the state that proudly proclaims that it's a haven "for lovers."