This great country has a functioning democracy (for the most part). What that means is that we all get to pitch in once in a while and figure out what we can all agree is right or wrong in our society. We get to have a hand in creating the laws in our cities and even in our country. Unfortunately, a lot of these laws go unreviewed for long periods of time and they stay on the books when they become irrelevant. Also, a handful of them just don’t seem logical. In honor of the release of Justified: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray & DVD, here’s a list of wacked out laws from around the U.S. some justified, others not… And hey, when you’re done this, check out more of our Action Unleashed stuff.
In New Jersey, it is against the law for a man to knit during fishing season.
In our opinion, totally justified. Let’s be reasonable about this — if a man has fishing to do, he best put down his needles and pick up a pole. This law remains in place today because it’s New Jersey’s way of securing its masculinity.
In Acworth, Georgia, all citizens must own a rake.
Absolutely justified. Think of all the uses there are for a rake: 1. They’re great for getting your leaves into a pile. 2. It’s the most hilarious yard item you can step on.
Ok, so there are two. Maybe this little piece of legislation should be reviewed in the near future so that Georgia prisons aren’t filled with innocent, rakeless people.
In Athens County Georgia, it is illegal to give away a goldfish in order to entice someone to enter a game of bingo.
Totally true and totally justified. If you’re hard up for bingo participants, that’s your problem. Don’t put a goldfish in the middle of it.
Here’s the actual piece of legislation:
“Sec. 4-1-9. Animal giveaway. No person in Athens-Clarke County shall give away any live animal, fish, reptile or bird as a prize for, or as an inducement to enter, any contest, game, or other competition, or as an inducement to enter a place of amusement, or offer such animal as an incentive to enter into any business agreement whereby the offer was for the purpose of attracting trade. (Ord. of 12-1-98, § 1)”
Notice that you really can’t entice anyone into any sort of game of chance with any sort of animal. So if you were thinking of offering free turtles to anyone willing to join your poker game, don’t do it in Georgia.
In Kentucky, dogs may not molest cars
The owner of the animal must prevent it from “Molesting pedestrians or passing vehicles,” according to the actual text.
Unjustified. Doing time because your dog humped the tire of a car would get you no respect in jail.
In Minnesota, it’s illegal to stand around any building unless you’ve got a reason to be there.
And that reason can’t be “hanging out.” This one’s totally justified.
You can avoid paying for a dependent’s medical care if you promise to pray for them, and you live in Indiana.
”It is a defense that the accused person, in the legitimatepractice of his religious belief, provided treatment by spiritual means through prayer, in lieu of medical care, to his dependent child.”
Great news for you, deadbeat dad! If you really hate your kid, you can just wait until they get sick and pray for them instead of getting them proper medical treatment. This one’s definitely unjustified and has probably led to a death or three.
In Fort Madison, Iowa, the fire department must practice firefighting for fifteen minutes before tending to an actual fire call.
Definitely unjustified. In the time it takes for your goober fire department to warm up, the whole block would end up engulfed in flames.
In Derby, Kansas riding any animal down any road is illegal.
Antiquated, but justified. Nobody wants to share the road with a hillbilly on a goat.
In North Carolina, you may not play bingo for more than five hours and alcohol cannot be served.
Very much justified! Have you ever seen a group of old ladies playing bingo? You can’t give them booze, and you definitely can’t have them in the same competitive space for too long. They’ll start fighting over who’s stealing all the luck in the room.
In Tennessee and West Virginia, any person who’s participated in a duel may not run for public office.
Unjustified: We’d rather things like extramarital affairs or poor business ethics prevent people from running for office. Not an antiquated form of conflict resolution.
In Wyoming, using a firearm to fish is strictly prohibited.
Unjustified. Fishing with a rod is boring and unproductive sometimes. Shooting fish is much easier.
(Info via dumblaws.com)