Ignorance of the law is no excuse. You’ve heard this, but have you considered its ramifications. There are hundreds of archaic laws on the books in America. Some of them were good laws at the time, but not now. Some were good laws that never should have been abandoned. Some were sensible laws at the time because of the culture or technology of the day. The below list is drawn from a couple of different web sites (Dumb Laws – Stupid Laws ).
All of the laws reflect the nature of our culture as it was, and in some cases as it is. Go to the links and search carefully, and you will see many laws that were “blue laws”; that is to say things you could not do on Sunday (the Sabbath). It shows the Christian influence at the time. Other laws are so specific, that it is obvious that one particular (and likely influential) person was offended such as not being allowed to drive a red car down a certain street.
The point of this post is to say that as long as these laws are on the books, they are enforceable. In a tyrannical totalitarian society, the people in power like to have lots of laws on the books, so that they can enforce them selectively to punish those they wish to while indulging others who are not offensive to them by not enforcing the same law. We see that in Congress where they are exempted from laws the rest of us are not.
We live in a mobile society, and as such people are moving and relocating to other states all of the time. How will they know the laws of each state they drive through? Some of these laws are being violated all of the time by people. Spitting on the sidewalk, oral sex, use of profanity in public etc. etc. are all laws on the books in multiple states.
If they decide to enforce these laws, then ignorance of them will be “no excuse”, and you will be subject to the penalties of the law as such! So, for a moment stay with me, and let’s consider another set of laws – Biblical laws. Those have been on the books for thousands of years, and they get violated all of the time. They get broken by Pastors, Legislators, Governors, Presidents, Mayors, Business Executives, Popular Entertainers and Sports Figures etc. etc. Do you suppose at some point, God will decide to enforce His laws? If so, where do you stand in the scheme of things?
Pensamiento Peligroso writes the truth as he sees it, and if it upsets you, then it makes you think!
Bear wrestling matches are prohibited.
It is illegal to impersonate a person of the clergy.
You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.
Masks may not be worn in public.
It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday.
It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
No one may tie their pet dog to the roof of a car.
It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.
A person may only carry a concealed slingshot if that person has received the appropriate license.
Owners of flamingos may not let their pet into barber shops.
One may not roam the city with a bow and arrows.
Hunting camels is prohibited.
Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.
It is illegal to manufacture imitation cocaine.
When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person possesses.
Cards may not be played in the street with a Native American.
No more than six girls may live in any house.
A decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.
It is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling.
A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
Women may not drive in a house coat.
No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.
You are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
A man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.
Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.
It is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence.
Establishments which sell alcohol must have enough lighting to read text inside them.
It is illegal to permit ones llama to graze on city property.
It is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce.
It is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
Only white Christmas lights are allowed for display.
You aren’t allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands.
You may not educate dogs.
It is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday.
An arcade may not have more than a total of four amusement devices such as ping-pong tables, pinball machines, or shuffleboard tables.
Persons may not change clothes in their car
One may not lay down on the beach at night
One may not whisper in church.
It is illegal to sell your children.
If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
All citizens must own a rake.
Goldfish may not be given away to entice someone to enter a game of bingo.
It is illegal for one to make a disturbing sound at a fair.
You may only have one alcoholic drink in front of you at a time
All residents may be fined as a result of not owning a boat.
You may not fish on a camel’s back.
Residents may not fish from a giraffe’s back.
A person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face.
It is against the law to have sex with a corpse in Illinois
Sex offenders in Illinois are prohibited from participating in holiday events like handing out candy at Halloween and Easter or dressing like Santa at Christmas, except under specific circumstances
It is illegal to hang “obstructions” form the rear view mirror, including fuzzy dice, air fresheners, GPS units, etc.
You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.
It is illegal to give a dog whiskey.
Kites may not be flown within the city limits.
It is illegal to wear sagging pants in Collinsville, IL.
Anyone 14 or older who profanely curses, damns or swears by the name of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, shall be fined one to three dollars for each offense, with a maximum fine of ten dollars per day.
It is illegal for a man to be sexually aroused in public.
Check forgery can be punished with public flogging up to 100 stripes.
Oral sex is illegal.
It is a crime to use a dead person’s handicapped parking sign or license plate
All boxes used to pick hops must be exactly 36 inches long.
It is illegal to read persons? palms in the city limits.
The fire department is required to practice fire fighting for fifteen minutes before attending a fire.
No person may pick a flower from a city park.
Within the city limits, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know.
Hitting a vending machine that stole your money is illegal.
Persons may not “screech” their tires while driving.
It is illegal to spit on a sidewalk.
One may not picket a funeral.
It is against the law to leave your car running unattended.
It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.
One may not receive anal sex.
A woman may not buy a hat without her husband’s permission.
“Fake” wrestling matches are prohibited.
Spectators at a boxing match may not mock one of the contestants.
One could possibly land in jail for 20 years upon urinating in the city’s water supply.
It is a $500 fine to instruct a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to your friend without them knowing.
Running an abortion advertisement can land you in jail for a year.
Rituals that involve the ingestion of blood, urine, or fecal matter are not allowed.
One could land in jail for up to a year for making a false promise.
Prisoners who hurt themselves could serve an additional two years in jail.
You may not step out of a plane in flight.
After January 14th, you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.
It is illegal to gamble at the airport.
No person may roller skate on a sidewalk.
Mercury thermometers may not be sold in the city.
It is illegal to park in front of Dunkin Donuts.
Oral sex cannot be given or received anywhere.
It is a park rule violation to be in a public park with a sleeveless shirt.
No person who is a “tramp” or “vagrant” shall loiter in any park at any time.
You may not curse inside the city limits.
It is illegal to use profane language on a playground.
Persons may not swear while on the highway.
Citizens may not swim in the public fountains within the city limits.
It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients.
Shooting ranges may not set up targets that resemble human beings.
Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
Bullets may not be used as currency.
Taxi drivers are prohibited from making love in the front seat of their taxi during their shifts.
Public boxing matches are outlawed.
A woman can not be on top in sexual activities.
Persons may not be drunk on trains.
Adultery is illegal, but can only be punished upon a complaint by the affected husband or wife.
No man may seduce and corrupt an unmarried girl, or else he risks five years in prison.
A woman isn’t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.
It is legal for a robber to file a law suit, if he or she got hurt in your house.
Security guards at Joe Louis Arena will confiscate any item they feel might be thrown onto the ice.
It is illegal to stand around any building without a good reason to be there.
It is illegal to sleep naked.
All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
Oral sex is prohibited.
It shall be the duty of any policeman or any other officer to enforce the provisions of this Section, and if any cat is found running at large, or which is found in any street, alley or public place, it shall be the duty of any policeman or other officer of the city to kill such cat.
People are forbidden from walking in and/or down alleyways.
Red cars may not drive down Lake Street.
If one is a parent to two illegitimate children, that person will go to jail for at least one month.
It is illegal to teach others what polygamy is.
A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her.
One may be fined up to $100 for using “profane language” in public places.
Adultery or Fornication (living together while not married or having sex with someone that is not your spouse) results in a fine of $500 and/or 6 months in prison.
Vagrancy is punishable by either 30 days in prison or a $250 fine.
Unnatural intercourse, if both parties voluntarily participate, results in a maximum sentence of 10 years and $10,000.
It is unlawful for anyone to have sex in public.
Exterior burglar bars which are viewable from the street are not allowed.
It is illegal to have oral sex.
It is illegal for more than four unrelated persons to occupy the same dwelling (The Brothel Law).
Dancing is strictly prohibited.
No person may own a PVC pipe.
No person may have a “yard sale” in their front yard.
And it goes on and on…