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Bonehead Legislation


In his book The Trenton Pickle Ordinance and Other Bonehead Legislation, journalist Dick Hyman cites 600 examples of absurd laws in America. For your consideration and amusement, here are just a few:

In Massachusetts, it is illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder.

In South Carolina, you are breaking the law if your trousers have hip pockets.

In Vermont, it is against the law to whistle under water.

A Texas law says that when two trains meet at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.

The Arkansas legislature once enacted a law forbidding the Arkansas river to rise higher than the Main Street bridge in Little Rock.

I think some people have a little too much time on their hands, don’t you?

“Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them
being made.” ~ Otto von Bismarck