25 Ridiculous State Laws

Posted by on May 30, 2012

Have you ever juggled? If you have, chances are you don’t live in Hood River, Oregon, where juggling without a license is illegal. Yep, that’s right. Illegal. It turns out the United States is home to some outrageous laws. From Alabama to Wyoming, every state has at least one law that will make you shake your head in dismay. No matter where you live, you should probably check out these 25 ridiculous state laws. You may have broken the law and not even know it!




It is against the law to paint a sparrow with the intent of selling it as a parakeet.



A tavern owner may not brew beer without brewing a kettle of soup simultaneously.


New Hampshire

It is illegal to sell the clothes you’re wearing to pay off a gambling debt.


New York

In Greene, New York, one may not eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalk during a concert.


North Dakota

It is against the law to lie down and fall asleep with shoes on.



It is illegal to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7 p.m.



It is unlawful to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.



You may not shoot buffalo from the second story of a hotel.



No person may walk about in public if he or she has the common cold.



Without an official permit, you may not take pictures of a rabbit from January to April.

Mary Reyes


Mary is a journalism student at the University of Florida. She loves vintage fashion, The Rat Pack, superheroes, and all things Disney. Someday, she hopes to dazzle the world with her writing skills by becoming the next J.K. Rowling.

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  • Chris Bedford

    Were these “facts” researched, or is the list just a regurgitation of the popular urban legend email that has been going around for about 15 years? I remember reading somewhere that those laws were all nonsense – but that might have been an urban legend too, who knows.