Butter or margarine? If you chose the latter, you may find yourself on a slippery slope to a life of crime. According to Chapter 97 of the Wisconsin Legislative Documents, serving margarine “to students, patients, or inmates of any state institution” for non-medicinal purposes is more than frowned upon for the residents of Wisconsin—it’s forbidden. Best serve butter with those baked potatoes.
Floridians with birthday balloons should mind their grip, if they want to avoid breaking a 2012 Florida statute that prohibits releasing 10 or more balloons (filled with “a gas lighter than air”) in any 24 hour period — happy birthday indeed! This practice is also illegal in California, Connecticut, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia, so be sure to check your local ordinances, regardless where you call home.
Wake up and realize you have no milk for your morning joe? Better get dressed before hopping in the car, because women who drive while wearing a housecoat (aka bathrobe) will be breaking state law.
State: New York
From dancers to mimes, outdoor spectacles are a common sight on the streets of New York. But treating your fellow New Yorkers to a puppet show from the window of a house is considered unlawful behavior, as are performances of comedy, farce, shows with moving figures, plays, or other entertainment, according to New York City Administrative Code.
State: MissouriCare to challenge a grizzly to a friendly wrestling match? Better not. "Bear wrestling," a contest of fighting or physical altercation between one or more persons and a bear for the purpose of amusement, entertainment, wagering or gain, is a misdemeanor in this midwest state.
If you find yourself in Texas with a yen to alter the weather, stay on the right side of the law by applying for a license and a permit to modify the weather. This may sound like hocus-pocus, but cloud seeding, the process of introducing chemicals into existing clouds to promote moisture retention, has been an important tool in increasing the area’s seasonal rainwater amounts since the 1950s. This law was passed in 1967.
State: New Jersey
Vanity plates allow people to express their nicknames, loves, and life philosophies to every driver on the road. However, New Jersey residents convicted of a DUI in the last 10 years will find themselves persona non grata in the line to receive personalized plates.
State: West Virginia
If you’re a West Virginian, it is prohibited to whistle while you swim. If you live elsewhere, good luck trying!
City: La Crosse, Wisconsin
It’s just good manners to respect the animals around us. In Wisconsin, however, it is also against the law to “worry a squirrel,” according to Helium.com.
Missouri: You have the right to remain...drunken? That’s right. According to Strangelaws.com, this state considers intoxication to be “an inalienable right.”
Colorado: Rip the tags off those pillows with the law on your side.Arizona: You may protect yourself from a home intruder, just so long as you use the same type of weapon they’re wielding.
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