Laws are put into place for the greater good of society. The goal with these rules is to ensure everyone has an opportunity to pursue happiness in the safest possible way.
Some laws make a lot of sense, like requiring people to use a toilet instead of the sidewalk if they need to use the bathroom.
There are some laws which don’t make a lot of sense at all. Some of them you might even be breaking right now without realizing it. Here are some of the strange-but-true public health laws that are on the books right now.
Dumbest Laws You Can Find in the United States
1. You are not allowed to get drunk at a bar while in the state of Alaska. If you have already had too much to drink, then you are not permitted to enter a bar to get more alcohol. Local police even enforce this law.
2. There is a community in Arizona called Goodyear which does not permit you to spit in public. If someone observes you spitting on the road, sidewalk, or in a park, then you can be charged with a fine of up to $2,500.
3. It is illegal in the state of California to build, maintain, or use nuclear devices. In case you’re thinking about starting the end of the world, maybe the $500 fine for violating the law will change your mind.
4. If you have an intense love of catapults, then you might want to stay out of the state of Colorado. You can still all down there, but you are not allowed to discharge them. Enter those pumpkin-throwing contests in a different state if you must.
5. Florida says that it is against the law to sell your children.
6. If you take a trip to the state of Georgia, make sure you bring some extra flatware if you want to enjoy some fried chicken. Eating those tasty drumsticks with your hands is illegal.
7. There is only one state (Idaho) in the U.S. where it is illegal to be a cannibal. Of course, the law actually says that you’re not allowed to engage in the non-consensual consumption of human flesh. If you receive permission in their will to eat your friends and family, then you can skirt around this law.
8. Did you know that Washington State has set aside over 1,000,000 acres of land to protect Bigfoot? It’s the nation’s first Sasquatch Sanctuary. If you happen to poach the big fellow, then you’ll be asked to pay a $1,000 fine for your efforts.
9. South Carolina is one of the few places in the world where it is still illegal to work on a Sunday. If that is a cause for celebration, you’d better keep your energy in check. It’s also illegal to dance on a Sunday too.
And then here’s a final thought to consider: it is illegal to impersonate an auctioneer in Rhode Island. So, if you’re going once, going twice, and are sold on the idea, you might want to think again.