Miss Communication




Miss Communication

In keeping with our recent – and very popular – run across the legal profession, we’ll finish our trifecta of installments with these little ditties…silly laws.  At the time of original publication, these laws were still on the books!

Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants in Marshalltown, Iowa.  I would think they’d be discouraged after the first bite.

Idaho state law makes it illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.  There must be a lot of women on diets in Idaho.

In Denver, it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.  I just gotta do it…that sucks!

In Devon, Connecticut, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.  Before sunset, it’s just incredibly difficult.

In Greene, New York, it is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backwards on the sidewalks when a concert is on.  Who knew walking backwards was a national problem?

In Lexington, Kentucky, it’s illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.  There is nothing specifically outlawing the ice cream itself, though.

In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker’s stand, you can be fined $25.00.  That’s probably a small price to pay to shut up some politicians.

In Pocatello, Idaho, a law passed in 1912 provided that “The carrying of concealed weapons is forbidden, unless same are exhibited to public view”.  I don’t know what that means, either.

In Seattle, Washington, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length.  Since the basketball team moved to Oklahoma, do they need this law anymore?

In Tennessee, it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.  I must have missed that National Geographic special:  “The Whales of Tennessee”.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is against the law to open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.  But don’t tell that to the basketball team from Seattle.

In Memphis, Tennessee, it is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.  Made more difficult because she’s holding a rifle, hunting for whales.


Another brain-expanding edition will be here in just 4 more weeks, but don’t fret, you can get another heaping of smarts come Monday, with our next installment of “Out on a Limb”.  Miss it not!


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