What are some weird laws that you know of?let's see... you can't pawn your detures in Nevada you can't hunt for whales in Kansas if you have a permit you can walk around naked in Vancouver

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On St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands, a law states that a person can still receive $1 for the delivery of a dead mongoose. (The mongoose was brought to the island to get rid of snakes; now there are no snakes, but a overabundance of mongoose.) And in Florida, it is illegal to swim in the same waters as a manatee.

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I live in Illinois. Here are a few from my lovely state:

-You must always carry at least a dollar on you, or you could be arrested for being a vagrant.

-Drivers must warn the police before entering a city in a car.

-You cannot give a dog whiskey in some Illinois cities.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You can't spit on the street in Philadelphia. A friend told me once that this law goes back to a time of epidemic when they feared that too much public spitting was part of the spread of disease. 

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just a quick example

Income tax. You are taxed for having earnings. then say you find a need, maybe a vehicle.

If you own a vehicle, you pay taxes on the income used to buy, it,  you pay property tax each year on it, you pay tax to use it (licensing fees), and then you pay taxes to put fuel in it.

If you sell it for a profit, you must then pay taxes on the profit you made.

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kmsrocks678 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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In Salt Lake County, Utah, it’s illegal to walk down the street carrying a violin in

In San Francisco, it’s illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.

In Devon, Texas, it is against the law to make furniture while you are nude.

In California it is illegal for a vehicle without a driver to exceed 60 miles per hour. (that would be one clever trick)

In Florida men seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown can be fined.

In South Carolina it is legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.

In Tennessee, you are breaking the law if you drive while sleeping.

In New York, the penalty for jumping off a building is: Death.

In Danville, Pennsylvania, all fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.

In Pennsylvania, it’s against the law to tie a dollar bill on a string on the ground and pull it away when someone tries to pick it up.

In New York City, it’s illegal for a restaurant to call a sandwich a “corned beef sandwich” if it’s made with white bread and mayonnaise.

In San Francisco, California it is unlawful to use used underwear to wipe off cars in a car wash.


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