25 Stupid Government Regulations That Will Make You Shake Your Head

Posted by , Updated on March 15, 2017

Sometimes the government oversteps the boundaries of what most people would consider to be reasonable, usually when a small but vocal minority get upset about a specific issue. While many of these regulations are laughable, they have often had real impact on real individuals and families. The great writer Neil Gaiman once said the following in his blog, “The Law is a huge blunt weapon that does not and will not make distinctions between what you find acceptable and what you don’t. This is how the Law is made.” Case in point, 25 Stupid Government Regulations That Will Make You Shake Your Head.

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No zombie wine for you. It's a federal crime to sell wine with the word "Zombie" in the brand name, specifically.

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In Massachusetts, it's a law that children in daycare must brush their teeth after lunch. The government even provides (via tax dollars) toothpaste and toothbrush holders.  Sure, it's a great idea and all, but a law implies the government will enforce it via jail time and or fines. In case you were wondering where the term "Nanny State" comes from, it's stuff like this.

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It's a crime to bring undocumented pig semen across state lines to impregnate a pig. So if you're a pig farmer in one state, and your brother is a pig farmer in another state, and you want to cross breed your stock, the government needs to be all up in the middle of that (with appropriate fees paid, of course).

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In Washington DC, you have to have a license to give tours. Licensing and regulation protecting larger established businesses from competition, and using government regulations to do so. Tour Guides, really?

washingtonSource: http://www.bankableinsight.com/ Image Source: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)
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In Vermont, it's illegal to deny the existence of God. That's pretty amazingly anti-American. Also in Vermont, if a restaurant uses colored margarine instead of butter, it must be noted on the menu in two inch high letters.

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